Jack Nicklaus to design championship golf course at KSA’s Qiddiya development

Jack Nicklaus

Globally renowned golf champion and golf course designer, Jack Nicklaus, will be designing his first ever championship golf course in Saudi Arabia.

The course will be located at Qiddiya, Saudi Arabia’s capital of Entertainments, Sports and the Arts, which is situated 40 minutes from Riyadh. The course is currently in its design phase and is awaiting commencement of construction.

Jack and Nicklaus Design are creating the championship course for a private golf and country club, set within an exclusive residential community in the heart of the Qiddiya development, which will be framed by the majestic Tuwaiq mountain range. Ground is expected to be broken later this year.

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Chairman, Golf Saudi and the Saudi Golf Federation, HE Yasir O. Al-Rumayyan commented on the news: “To have the greatest-ever golfer commit to making his mark upon our developing golf landscape in Saudi Arabia and at a project as significant as Qiddiya gives us great pride. To be part of the Nicklaus legacy will be something that we will always cherish, especially knowing the positive impact it will have on growing awareness of the sport at a domestic level, whilst increasing our national visibility as a vibrant new golf destination. We are looking forward to welcoming Mr. Nicklaus for his first visit to Saudi Arabia in the coming months.”

Meanwhile, Nicklaus declared: “I am excited by this project and my first golf course design in the Middle East.  To be selected as one of the first international designers to work in the Kingdom is a great honour. I’ve already spent time looking at the topography of the land, images of the backdrop and terrain, and discussing with our design team a strategy for the course.  The design will fully integrate the natural environment and the beautiful Qiddiya landscape, bringing together green spaces and mountainous terrain to form a picturesque canvas for both a beautiful and challenging golf course.”

Construction began on the Qiddiya project in 2019. The golf development will include a high-end resort hotel and spa, as well as exclusive residences, which are expected to position the development as both the premier golf and country club, and the number one course in the Kingdom.

Eager to further expand the sport of golf in Saudi Arabia, Qiddiya will be seeking designers for a second course.