Shura Links: Saudi Arabia unveils plans for country's first 18-hole island golf course

And it’s got the same wow-factor as the rest of the Red Sea project…

Shura Island, the main hub of Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea Project, is set to welcome guests from next year. And alongside almost a dozen luxurious hotels from world-renowned brands, it’s set to be home to Shura Links, the country’s first 18-hole island golf course.

Shura Links promises to be a unique golf experience, complete with a futuristic-looking clubhouse and world class fitness facilities. And you won’t have to wait long to practice your swing there. Turfing the fairways has already begun, and it’s set to be fully operational in 2025.

The stunning course will unroll against the backdrop of the crystalline waters of the Red Sea, with a series of holes on the water for maximum wow-factor.

The par 72 Shura Links Course, a championship length 7,500 yard course, comes with multiple tees and experiences at each hole – perfect for all abilities. Holes four to seven hug the coastline, while holes 14 to 18 provide a crescendo finish with each enjoying a backdrop of open sea or channel views. The 18th hole finishes below the iconic Clubhouse.

In keeping with the oceanic-inspired Coral Bloom design for Shura Island, the Clubhouse has been designed by Foster + Partners, drawing inspiration from the flora and fauna uniquely found in Saudi Arabia.

Shura Links will also be home to a two-acre putting course that the designers expect to rival the best in the world.

Shura Links will be an alluring part of any trip to the island for golf fans, who will be able to check-in to a choice of 11 luxury hotels once the island is complete. Among them, renowned hotel brands making their mark on Shura Island include Four Seasons, Edition, Raffles, Faena and Jumeirah.

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