First Jack Nicklaus golf course in Saudi Arabia



Course to be built in the heart of the capital of the Kingdom of entertainment, sport and the arts, currently under construction

RIYADH, : Jack Nicklaus, the world-renowned golf course designer and the greatest champion in the history of the game with a record of 18 major professional championships to his name, has confirmed that he is designing his first course in Saudi Arabia, a golf course. championship golf for Qiddiya— The entertainment, sports and arts capital of Saudi Arabia. The camp, located 40 minutes from the Saudi capital of Riyadh, is in the planning stage and is awaiting the start of construction.

Jack and Nicklaus Design are creating the championship course for a private golf and country club, located within an exclusive residential community in the heart of the Qiddiya development just outside Riyadh, with land expected to be broken by the end of the year. year. The golf course will be framed by the majestic Tuwaiq mountain range.

Commenting on Jack Nicklaus’ involvement, His Excellency Yasir O. Al-Rumayyan, President of Golf Saudi and the Saudi Golf Federation, said: “To have the greatest golfer ever committed to making his mark on our developing golf landscape in Saudi Arabia and in such a significant project as Qiddiya gives us great pride. Being part of Nicklaus’ legacy will be something we will always appreciate, especially knowing the positive impact it will have on growing awareness of the sport nationwide, while increasing our national visibility as a vibrant new golf destination. We look forward to welcoming Mr. Nicklaus on his first visit to Saudi Arabia in the coming months. “

Nicklaus, the most decorated player in the history of the game, commented: “I am thrilled with this project and my first golf course project in the Middle East. To be selected as one of the first international designers to work in the Kingdom is a great honor. I have already spent some time looking at the terrain topography, background and terrain images, and discussing a strategy for the course with our design team. The design will fully integrate Qiddiya’s natural environment and beautiful landscape, bringing together green spaces and mountainous terrain to form a picturesque canvas for a golf course that is both beautiful and challenging. “

Construction on the Qiddiya project began in 2019 and the golf development will include a high-end hotel and spa resort, as well as exclusive residences, which when finished will position the development as both the first Golf and Country Club and the number one course in the Kingdom. . It will be built to the highest standards, with the aim of hosting the most prestigious international championships in future years, challenging elite golfers and giving casual players the opportunity to enjoy the sport and develop their skills.

“By being involved in this project, we hope to promote the development and enjoyment of the game in the Kingdom,” said Nicklaus. “Not only do we want to entice Saudi residents to indulge in the great game of golf, but we also hope that this will provide employment opportunities for citizens of the Kingdom who are part of or connected to the golf industry. This mirrors Qiddiya’s vision. “

Course planning was undertaken by Qiddiya in consultation with Gulf Saudi. The Nicklaus-designed course is the centerpiece of what has been positioned as the Kingdom’s most exclusive residential golf community.

Further expanding the sport of golf in the Kingdom, Qiddiya will be looking for designers for a second course. Together, the two courses will provide first-rate golf facilities for Qiddiya’s residents and day visitors, from elite players to those just learning the sport.

The CEO of QIC, commented Philippe Gas; “The philosophy behind this whole development is to introduce a new active lifestyle for the people of Saudi Arabia. This project has been carefully planned to ensure an unparalleled resort experience for both golfers and repeat guests. We expect the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course and residential offering to provide the most fun challenge for golfers and the most attractive farms for residents looking for an extraordinary lifestyle. “

About Qiddiya Investment Company:

Qiddiya Investment Company (QIC) is driving the development of Qiddiya, Capital of Entertainment, Sports and Arts of Saudi Arabia. As a fundamental principle of the Vision 2030, Qiddiya it has a dual economic and social purpose: to promote economic diversification and unlock new professional paths, enriching the life of young people in the Kingdom.

His Royal Highness Mohammad bin Salman, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Council for Economic and Development Affairs and the Public Investment Fund (PIF), announced the project on 7 April 2017. The start of the project is which took place on April 28, 2018, and the company, Qiddiya Investment Company (QIC), was incorporated as a closed joint stock company, wholly owned by PIF, on May 10, 2018.

In 2020, Qiddiya moved from the planning phase to the construction phase, when mass classification and site preparation began on site, supported by security fences around the entire Qiddiya site. A strategic partnership with DETASAD was also announced, building on the 2019 milestones, which included the approval of the Master Plan, the release of the Six Flags Qiddiya design, and the opening of the Welcome Center and the first office on the site.

Qiddiya it is located southwest of Riyadh on an area of ​​366 sq km.

Visitors will be able to enjoy activities through five cornerstones: Sport and Wellness; Nature and environment; Parks and attractions; Movement and mobility; and Art and culture. The development of these areas will create theme parks for families; sports arenas suitable for international competitions; academies for sport and the arts; places for concerts and shows; tracks for motorsport enthusiasts; outdoor and adventure activities along with nature and environmental experiences; and historical, cultural and educational activities. Qiddiya it will also include a variety of real estate options and community services.


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Mazen Thabet

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About the Saudi Gulf

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Information on the Saudi Golf Federation

The Saudi Golf Federation is the governing body of golf in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, responsible for handicap, the development of golf as a sport and the organization of national tournaments. Based in Riyadh, the Federation is a full member of the Council of National Golf Unions and is committed to fully developing the game for all its citizens and residents.

About Jack Nicklaus / Nicklaus Design

For 50 years, Nicklaus Companies’ mission has been to enhance the golf experience and provide quality branded products and services on a global basis that mirror the high standards set in the career and life of its founder, Jack Nicklaus. The activities of Nicklaus Companies include golf course design, development of golfing and real estate communities and the marketing and licensing of lifestyle products worldwide under the iconic Jack Nicklaus and Golden Bear brands. Nicklaus Design, recognized as a world leader in golf course design, has created over 425 courses worldwide, open to play in 45 countries and 40 US states. In 2007, Jack Nicklaus partnered with Howard Milstein to help drive the company and expand the brand’s businesses. In addition to institutionalizing Nicklaus brands for the future, Milstein instilled a personal philosophy of “A Brand That Returns”, with products and partners pledging to make donations to help the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation and other charities. Leading entrepreneur in the golf industry, Milstein has also created 8AM Golf, a family of companies that also includes GOLF Magazine and, Miura Golf, Club Conex, True Spec Golf and GolfLogix. They all share a common mission to help players at all levels enjoy the game more.


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