Royal Greens is a course that is well worth playing in Saudi Arabia. Being in great condition from tee to green, even the desert areas look maintained.
The course is not overly long and all the par 5’s are reachable in two for long hitters on a calm day. However three of them have water running alongside the fairways so sometimes the smart play is a safe lay up with a mid-iron.
Some of the par 4’s are at a distance where you can get greedy and try to get as close as possible but with the wind coming in off the Red Sea it can change a relatively short hole into a long hole in the blink of an eye.
The greens have lots of undulations and you need to be on the right part of the green on your approach. I do feel a little more of the Red Sea frontage could have been used in the design, as it is only evident in two holes.
The green fee is still relatively low for a course this good but is set to rise, however as value for money goes, Royal Greens is well worth the green fee.
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Date: November 17, 2019