Royal Greens Golf & Country Club

Asia / Saudi Arabia

The Brief

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.

The Course

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 opened early 2017, offers instruction and practice facilities including special facilities for women and children to learn the game.

The course was officially opened in September 2017 and the facility is managed by Troon Golf, the world’s largest operator of competition grade courses.

Royal Greens G&CC was host for the 2019 and 2020 Saudi International on the European Tour.

Course Stats

  • Course: 18 Holes
  • Length: 6900 yards, Par: 72


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

About King Abdullah Economic City

King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) is the largest privately-funded new city in the world. Situated on the west coast of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, KAEC covers an area of 181 square kilometres of land, approximately the size of Washington DC. KAEC comprises King Abdullah Port, the Coastal Communities residential districts, the Haramain Railway district and the Industrial Valley. The city is under development by Emaar, The Economic City, a publicly listed Saudi joint-stock company established in 2006.

Contact Details

Registered Address:
2338 Bay La Sun
Juman Street – Unit 1
King Abdullah Economic City
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia