The venue for the inaugural Volvo Golf Champions is the Royal Golf Club in Bahrain.
The original Riffa Golf Club was opened in 1999 and in 2000 and 2004 staged the prestigious Pan Arab Golf Championship before undergoing a major makeover, which commenced in 2007.
Designed by 2010 European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie and opened in January 2009, the 7,243-yard, Par-72 Montgomerie Course is one of the finest in the region and will present a tough test of golf for the 126 professionals chasing the US$283,330 (Approx. / BHD107,000 / €217,000 first prize on offer at the inaugural Volvo Golf Champions.
In addition to the Montgomerie Course, the Royal Golf Club, Bahrain also boasts the 898-yard Par-27, ‘Wee Monty’ course, part of a world-class Golf Academy aimed at developing young Bahraini and expatriate golfers.
Both the Montgomerie and the ‘Wee Monty’ courses are predominantly planted with Seashore Paspalum (Sea Isle Supreme) grass and have undergone major maintenance works during the summer of 2010 in order to have the facilities in tip-top condition ahead of the inaugural Volvo Golf Champions event in January 2011.
Explains Mark Hopper, Director of Agronomy at the Royal Golf Club, Bahrain, “Renovation allows us to promote plant heath, preventing disease and maintain ideal growing conditions, helping provide an unrivalled golfing experience.”