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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 only just begun to take its grip on the Kingdom.

There are more than a dozen courses in Saudi, some are sand based layouts with browns instead of greens, but there are eight grassed courses which include: Safaa (a 9-hole layout for city residents and their guests) and Royal Greens (opened in November 2017) near Jeddah, Rolling Hills (built for Aramco employees) in Dahran, Arizona (a 9-hole community-based course) and Dirab in Riyadh. Not too far from the capital are two other 18-hole facilities called Riyadh Golf Courses and Nofa Golf Resorts.

In November 2020, Golf Saudi revealed ambitious plans to build between 16 and 23 new golf courses and host at least four professional tournaments by 2030. The Crown Prince’s commitment to golf extends beyond course building to possibly including golf within the school curriculum. The Kingdom’s golfing future is bright.

Our Middle East rankings were last updated in March 2021. Click the link to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Saudi Arabia

Royal Greens

1st Saudi Arabia Ranking

The Al Murooj community of the vast King Abdullah Economic City is the setting for the Royal Greens Golf & Country Club development where Dave Sampson of EGD first began to build a course in 2008.

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Nofa

2nd Saudi Arabia Ranking

Nofa Golf Resort is located to the southwest of the capital Riyadh, just off the main Mecca highway. This oasis – set among the red sand dunes of the area – is also home to the King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud equestrian centre and stud farm...

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Riyadh

3rd Saudi Arabia Ranking

Billed as the “Pearl of The Desert” the plurally named Riyadh Golf Courses currently comprises of only one 18-hole course, but it certainly has length, measuring almost 7,000 yards from the tips.

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Dirab

4th Saudi Arabia Ranking

Situated 50 kilometres south west of Riyadh in the Dirab Valley, beneath the Tuwaiq escarpment, Dirab is one of only a handful of grassed championship courses of Saudi Arabia...

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Saudi Arabia Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Martin Jer Courses Played 4
2 Esa Makinen Courses Played 3
3 steve chard Courses Played 1
= Nicklaus Mills Courses Played 1
= Sam Thomas Courses Played 1
= Michael Steer Courses Played 1