Date: Thu 02 Aug 2018

Dave Sampson designs new Saudi Arabia, Royal Greens Golf & Country Club

The creation of a high-end, international 18 hole golf course to form part of the new Esmeralda community at the King Abdullah Economic City.

In a first for a Saudi Arabian leisure development, the Royal Greens Golf Course and Country Club at King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) has won three ‘Best Leisure Development’ accolades from the International Property Awards, including:

  • 'Best in Saudi Arabia'
  • 'Best in Arabia'
  • The prestigious 'Best International' Leisure Development 2016-2017

Playing to a par of 72 and a maximum length of just over 6900 yards, the Course is characterized by beautifully manicured playing surfaces, enhanced by the creation of wadi & lake features and colourful and maintained native landscaped areas. Regular shaped bunkers, set within the manicured grassed areas, contrasts with freeform desert waste bunker edges. The creation of bold contouring, contrasting with the odd subtlety and ‘imperfection’, not only creates intrigue, but also ties all golf course features seamlessly into the neighbouring leisure facilities.

Inspired by the surrounding Saudi Arabian desert landscape, numerous wadi features, which meander through the golf site, play a significant strategic & functional role on numerous holes. These features help to alleviate storm drainage from both the golf course and adjacent residential neighbourhoods and each wadi terminates in one of the four salt water lakes, all of which have been created for strategic challenge, aesthetic enhancement and habitat creation. As well as enhancing the course’s visual appeal and challenge, these ‘drainage’ features, along with the spectacular views of the Red Sea, will further characterise the course setting and compliment the perfectly manicured green, tee & fairway edges.

Complimenting the golf course is a premium golf academy featuring a state-of-the-art teaching facility with extensive practice areas including a full length driving range with swing studios, as well as extensive putting, chipping and bunkers greens complexes. The Academy will open in early 2017, offering instruction and practice facilities including special facilities for women and children to learn the game.

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