Riffa Views awarded 'Best Golf Real Estate Development'

Riffa Views, in Bahrain has won a 5-star Award for ‘Best Golf Real Estate Development’ at the prestigious CNBC Arabian Property Awards 2009. The award highlights Riffa Views as a leading golf and residential development in a tough economic climate and has helped elevate Bahrain as a residential destination. Since opening this year, the course has hosted a number of prominent tournaments including the Gulf Air International Pro-Captain Challenge and the Middle Eastern Final of the Faldo Series.

The luxury Riffa Views development has over 900 villas built around the acclaimed Montgomerie Course, designed by Colin Montgomerie in association with Robin Hiseman of European Golf Design. Hiseman commented, “We were delighted to hear that Riffa Views has won this prestigious award and feel it is wholly justified for the very high standard of the whole Riffa Views development. The developer was very accommodating in providing us with the space and investment necessary to provide a world class golf course and we expect this to be just the tip of the iceberg with the plaudits that Riffa Views will receive. It’s a great place to live and a fun golf course to play”.

Colin Montgomerie added “The course has all the characteristics to make it one of the top courses in the Middle East. Of all the region’s desert courses that profess to offer a links type experience, we believe that Riffa Views is clearly the most authentic. It is a very classy development and a special layout to play. I’m very proud to have my name attached to it.”


The impressive Montgomerie Golf Course at Riffa Views

Hot Stuff!

Racing driver Martin Brundle once described one of his crashes by saying, “I thought the last two barrel rolls were a bit unnecessary. I was already well aware I was having a big accident by then!” This is a little bit like I felt about the heat in Bahrain last week. Now, you don’t need to be a meteorologist to comprehend that August in the Gulf is going to be a tad on the warm side and all of us at Riffa Views who have routinely slogged away in temperatures well into the 40’s have got used to feeling uncomfortably sticky as we go about our work. Last week took this endurance test to an entirely new level.

It started after lunch, as we trooped out of the luxurious air-conditioned comfort of Subway and into the furnace of the 1pm Bahraini sunshine. We could tell it was going to be a long, energy-sapping afternoon. My first task upon returning to site was to stake out the bunker edging for the 11th hole. Being a desert course, this also doubled up as the extent of grassing all along the right edge of this 350-yard par 4. I loaded up four bundles of red stakes and four cans of red spray paint and drove the 300 metres from the site camp to the midpoint of the fairway. I trooped slowly back towards the tee and started to bang in the stakes at regular intervals. Already I could feel my heart begin to pound and perspiration was literally erupting from every pore. My sunglasses quickly became covered in sweat as it ran off my brow and into my eyes, stinging them viciously. Squinting through salty eyelids, I took my glasses off to wipe them clean, but I had nothing dry enough on me to clear the lenses. My bare arms were a slick of perspiration, with the occasional droplet falling to the floor. There was no point wiping my forehead with my arm; both were soaking. My body had sprung a leak!

“Just get this bit done and you can go and cool off”, I told myself. Moving very slowly and with regular breaks to catch my breath, it took another 20 minutes to mark out the rest of the bunker edging. By then, I was literally gagging for a drink and trudged wearily the short distance back to the 4×4 through the desert sand. Opening the door, I caught sight of the temperature gauge on the dashboard and the reason for my struggles became immediately apparent. Located together were two numerals I had only ever thought could exist in tandem on a Heinz beans tin. First….a 5….and then….a…7! 57° Celsius!!! Or if you like it in old money, 134.6° Fahrenheit. That isn’t a temperature, that’s a gas mark!

It’s been a long hot job getting Riffa Views built, but last week took the biscuit. In fact, you could probably cook biscuits in that heat!