Royal Golf Club (Montgomerie) - Bahrain

Royal Golf Club,
PO Box 39117,
Riffa Views,
Riffa,
Bahrain


  • +973 17 750777

  • Nathan Williams

  • Colin Montgomerie with European Golf Design

  • David Flanders

Bahrain burst onto the Middle East golf scene in 1999 when the Riffa golf course was inaugurated and over the next eight years, it held a number of important regional competitions like the Pan Arab Golf Championships in 2000 and 2004.

Investors had bigger and better plans for the property however, and in 2007 the course closed, undergoing a radical makeover by Colin Montgomerie and European Golf Design that saw it emerge in 2009 as the Royal Golf Club.

Now part of the luxury Riffa Views residential complex, the new Montgomerie layout at the Royal Golf Club lies within three housing estates – Park, Lagoon and Oasis – and it will, in time, be serviced by a country club, complete with swimming pools, racquet courts and gardens.

The Montgomerie course is certainly a green oasis within a natural desert landscape where good use of the terrain has been made to fashion the layout around deep wadis and sandy waste bunkers. The closing four holes feature significant water hazards with man made lakes coming into play on the left side at 15 and 16 and the right side at the penultimate and closing holes.

To round off the whole set up at the Royal Club – and, some might contend, quite in keeping with the total artificiality of playing golf in such a non conducive environment – golfers, if they so desire, can play the back nine under state of the art floodlighting, teeing off as late as 8.30pm in the evening!

In 2011, the Royal Golf Club played host to the inaugural Volvo Golf Champions event, with the field comprising of 126 European Tour winners. England’s Paul Casey holed a six-foot par putt on the final green, claiming the title by one-shot from Miguel Angel Jiménez and Peter Hanson.

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Description: Now part of the luxury Riffa Views residential complex, the new Montgomerie layout at the Royal Golf Club lies within three housing estates and it will, in time, be serviced by a country club... Rating: 5 out of 6 Reviews: 2

This is a great golfers course. No two holes are alike, one of the toughest courses I have played. Not for high handicappers as if you stray from the fairway you will struggle. Greens were being cared for, but still in good nick, fairways cut to around 18ml, staff friendly, practise facilities brilliant. Make sure you try the lamb rogan in the links bar...

5 / 6
Royal Golf Club (Montgomerie)
April 21, 2016


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I recently played this course with my golf society and what a wonderful experiance it was. The reservation staff could not have been more helpful in arranging tee times and providing advice. On arrival we were welcomed into the impressive clubhouse and escorted to the proshop. All the carts were parked up ready to go with players names on the back. The range facility was excellent with balls available on the chipping and putting green as well as the main range itself. The course has 5 tee positions, I would recommend playing off at least the gold tees if you are 12 handicap or better. The course was in excellent condition but be warned you need to be accurate there is little room for error with errant shots quickly placing you in the sandy wasteland areas, they also plan to grow the rough prior to the HSBC in January 11. The fairways are typical Mongomerie a lot of sloping lies. The greens were in superb condition not a straight put in sight and reasonable speed but very receptive to a good iron/wedge.On return to the clubhouse we grbbed some food and a few beers in the Links restaurant which was extremely good value for money.Overall a course not to be missed if in town.
5 / 6
Royal Golf Club (Montgomerie)
November 04, 2010


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