Awali Golf Club

PO Box 25413,


  • Office

    +973 (0)17 756 770
  • Pro shop

    +973 (0)17 756 770
  • Fax

    +973 (0)17 754 653
  • Golf pro

    Steve Gerrish

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Sand course (not grassed). Gently undulating terrain - easy to walk (depending on how hot the day is).

  • Surroundings:

    Desert environment.

  • Designer:

    Colin Pendal-Smith laid out Awali's first 9-hole golf course.

SSS or slope






How to get there:

S of Al Manamah (Bahrain's capital) between Riffa and Awali.

Located 20 minutes drive from Manama. From Manama, take the Sh.Khalifa bin Salman Highway heading south towards Hamad Town. At the end of the motorway turn left past the BDF hostpital direction Riffa. Turn right at the Riffa ‘Clock Tower’ roundabout and carry on through Riffa, down the escarpment to the Awali Roundabout.

Awali Golf Club

2-star: Reasonably okay course - if better courses not available.

Est. 1938

Awali Golf Club: While you're in Bahrain, why not try a round of golf on the Gulf's oldest sand course, and sample golf as it was originally played in the desert. Awali Golf Club is located very close to the Royal Golf Club, Bahrain's only championship grass golf course.

Here at Awali the entire game is played on sand, and that means fairways, greens (known as browns) and obviously the bunkers. Although not as easy on the eye as a grass course, there are many very well laid out holes on this 6589 yard, par-70 layout.

The large and sloping browns roll as straight, fast and true as anything you'll find on a grass course. Sand golf may not be to everyone's liking, but it is remarkable how close to grass golf it comes - what's missing are all those lush green fairways.

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Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.

Always best to contact in advance.

Green fees

Contact club for green fee details.

Other information

The etiquette of sand golf requires the following: only wear flat-soled shoes (e.g. trainers). Spiked shoes, including soft spikes are not permitted as they damage the greens (called browns). An artificial grass mat is used when playing from a fairway (marked by oiled lines). The browns must be brushed after putting out, large brushes are provided for this purpose.

Practice facilities

Good (including a covered driving range)

Did you know?

The desert course at Awali Golf Club is the oldest golf club in the Arabian Gulf area and probably the oldest in the Middle East. Golf was brought to this region by oilfield workers in the 1930s.

A three-hole course was created next to the first oil well in Jebel Al Dukan, prior to the establishment of a nine-hole course in the hill area of Awali. The forerunner of the current course was laid out in the late 1930s, with the Golf Club being recognised as an official sports facility in 1952.


  • Al Bander Hotel & Resort4-star

    PO Box 28567, Riffa, Bahrain

    +973 (0)17 701 201

    Visit website

    A resort hotel located on the shores of the Arabian Gulf, with a marina, plenty of swimming pools and everything else you'd expect of a resort hotel location.

    • Golf at this hotel:


    • Golf within 10 km:

      Riffa; Awali

    • Golf within 30 km:


  • Sheraton Bahrain Hotel & Towers5-star

    6 Palace Avenue, Po Box 30, Manama, Bahrain

    +973 (0)17 533 533

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    Located close in the centre of Manama City.

    • Golf at this hotel:


    • Golf within 10 km:


    • Golf within 30 km:

      Riffa; Awali

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