The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia or Al-Mamlaka al-Arabiya as-Saudiya to give the country its official name is the largest country on the Arabian Peninsula. Occasionally known as ‘The Lands of The Two Holy Mosques’, referring to Mecca and Medina – Islam's two holiest cities – Saudi is a country of intrigue and sand, lots and lots of sand.
But there’s much more to Saudi than a desert landscape, there’s plateaux and mountains too. The country is also steeped in history and Saudi is the birthplace of the Prophet Muhammad and the cradle of Islam. With more than 25% of the world's known oil reserves, Saudi Arabia is a very wealthy country, but the game of golf has yet to take its grip on the Kingdom.
There are 10 or so golf courses in Saudi, but most are sand based layouts with browns instead of greens. Of the three grassed golf courses in the country, one is reserved for the workers of the oil company, Saudi Aramco.
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