Resort Course, Desert Golf Course
European Golf Design
The 18-hole golf course at Royal Greens Golf & Country Club has been designed and constructed to the highest quality, to compliment the high standard of other proposed resort elements.
Designed by London based European Golf Design, the course will be one of the best in the Middle East, capable of satisfying a wide range of golfing abilities, and will embrace the classic strategic elements of the world’s most famous and enduring golf courses.
Set alongside the Red Sea coastline, the design intention was to create a golf course rich with variety and choice, and ultimately, a course, which the golfer will never tire of. With the prevailing wind blowing off the Red Sea, the course has been routed in such a way that holes play in multiple directions, creating a layout that is brimming with risk-and-reward choices and opportunities for creative and varied shot making. Holes 15, 16 and 17 offer the most stunning backdrop of the shoreline, with the breeze off the sea making for interesting shot challenges.
Playing to a par of 72 and stretching 6,900 yards, the course will be characterized by beautifully manicured playing surfaces, enhanced by the creation of wadi and lake features and colourful and maintained native landscaped areas. Strategically placed bunkers, combined with freeform desert waste areas to provide further challenge to the golfer.
The numerous wadi features, which meander through the golf site like a serpentine, not only play a significant strategic and functional role on numerous holes, they also help to alleviate storm drainage from both the golf course and adjacent residential neighbourhoods and each wadi terminates in one of the four spectacular salt water lakes, created for strategic challenge, aesthetic enhancement and habitat creation.
Due to the potentially harsh climatic conditions, especially in the summer, and the potential high levels of salt in the existing soils, extensive design precautions have been taken in the selection of both the grass and the irrigation system. Genetically modified grass from Georgia that is heat resistant was sourced and the irrigation system itself has been designed to provide uniform and efficient application of water, minimise wastage and provide sustainable use and management of water.