The 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

    Tim Backhouse (PGA, 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:

    Colin Montgomerie (2008) completely redesigned the Karl Litten designed Riffa course (1999).
SSS or slope

At the same location:

9-hole par-27 Wee Monty Academy Course (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.

The Royal Golf Club

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

Est. 1999

The 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.
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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

Visitor fee, 18-holes on Montgomerie course: weekdays BHD50; weekends BHD73. Golf cart included.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2018].

Other information

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

Practice facilities


Did you know?

In its former guise as the Riffa Golf Club, the course staged a number of top-level tournaments, including 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.

Published ranking

2020 Golf Digest rating: No.1 course in Bahrain.


  • Al Bander Hotel & Resort4-star

    PO Box 28567, Riffa, Bahrain

    +973 (0)17 701 201

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    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.
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    • Golf within 10 km:

      Riffa; Awali

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  • Intercontinental Hotel Bahrain5-star

    King Faisal Highway, Manama, Bahrain

    +973 (0)17 227 777

    Visit website
    Located close to the centre of Manama City.
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    • Golf within 30 km:

      Riffa; Awali

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