Royal Golf Club

PO Box 39117,

Riffa Views, Riffa

  • Office

    +973 (0)17 750 777
  • Pro shop

    +973 (0)17 750 777
  • Fax

    +973 (0)17 750 756
  • Golf pro

    Mariano Ochoa (Head Teaching Professional).
  • Academy

    The Royal Golf Club Academy

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Desert-style. Gently undulating terrain - easy to walk (depending on how hot the day is). Buggies usually taken.

  • Surroundings:

    Residential and desert.

  • Designer:

    Original Riffa GC layout designed by Karl Litten (1999); completely redesigned by Colin Montgomerie (2008).

SSS or slope

At the same location:

Above distances are for the Championship course. Also at Royal GC is the nine-hole Wee Monty Academy Course (par-27; 898 yds).






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. Turn left at roundabout. After 600 metres exit on a slip road to the right. Continue across one more roundabout. Golf Club entrance is on your left.

Royal Golf Club

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.

Est. 1999

Royal Golf Club (formerly Riffa GC) is located in the upmarket Riffa Views housing development, and is home to Bahrain's only grass golf course. With its floodlit back-nine, the Montgomerie course absorbed several holes from the original Riffa course, as well as adding in several entirely new holes.

The course is landscaped to follow the natural rolling desert terrain and harnesses the underlying waters of the Al-Hunayniyah Wadi to create many water hazards, especially on the back-nine, and most especially on the closing four-hole stretch.

Acclaimed as challenging but fair, the course enjoys a natural harmony between desert rough, water and the green fairways. Extensively planted palms and native shrubs flourish over the 160 acre site, attracting all manner of migratory birds and waterfowl.

List of courses: Bahrain


Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends. Back-nine holes are floodlit for night golf.

Must book in advance. Handicap required.

Green fees

Contact club for green fee details.

Other information

Non-metal spike facility. Golf carts available for hire.

Practice facilities


Did you know?

Both in its current guise, and previously as the Riffa Golf Club, the course has staged a number of top-level tournaments, including European Tour and European Senior Tour events (see our Tournaments section >by Venue >Riffa).

Royal Golf Club is managed by Troon Golf, a world-leader in the management and development of upscale golf courses.

Night golf is possible at the Royal GC, with state-of-the-art floodlights installed on the back-nine of the Montgomerie course and across the whole of the Wee Monty Par 3 course.

Published ranking

Bahrain's No.1 golf course (Golf Digest, 2022).


  • 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:


  • Intercontinental Hotel Bahrain5-star

    King Faisal Highway, Manama, Bahrain

    +973 (0)17 227 777

    Visit website

    Located close to the centre of Manama City.

    • Golf at this hotel:


    • Golf within 10 km:


    • Golf within 30 km:

      Riffa; Awali

Find a course



124th US Open: the No.2 Course at Pinehurst once again plays host to this most illustrious championship (June 13-16). Wyndham Clark defends his title, having won at Los Angeles CC in 2023.

79th Women’s US Open: the second women’s major championship of the season gets underway at Lancaster CC in Pennsylvania. It’s the second time the championship has been held here.
(May 30-June 2).

Who's Who

Nelly Korda: won the Mizuho Americas Open (May 16-19) at Liberty National GC, continuing her extraordinary form in LPGA events. This was her sixth win in seven starts in 2024.

Xander Schauffele: recorded his first major championship win, and second record-equalling low score of 62 in a major. Only he, Branden Grace, Rickie Fowler and Shane Lowry have achieved this feat in a men’s major championship.

Marco Simone Golf & Country Club

Marco Simone Golf & Country Club: With a clubhouse that might befit a Roman Emperor, and a golf course to match, you can be sure of a memorable outing at Rome's most talked about golf facility.

Jim Fazio's original layout was much changed to create a modern Ryder Cup course ... now one of the Eternal City's (and Italy's) most revered.

Prince's Golf Club, Kent (UK)

Here at Prince’s Golf Club you'll find 27 excellent holes of links golf. Just over the fence and sharing similar terrain is Royal St George’s; but Prince’s is far from overshadowed by its venerable neighbour. The three nine-hole loops at Prince's, laid out over gently undulating terrain, are sure to bring a smile of satisfaction to all lovers of links golf.

Stay&Play at Prince's: excellent onsite Lodge accommodation available

Popular videos

You can subscribe to the Where2Golf channel on YT if you like to see more video content. You'll find a "Subscribe" button on any of our YouTube videos. Or if you want a quick and direct access subscribe here. Once done, any new published videos will show up in your Subscriptions feed.

Hamburger GC - Falkenstein, Germany

WINSTONgolf - Links course

Littlestone Golf Club (Kent, UK)