|From Golfing in Saudi Arabia|
A new colleague and neighbor of mine found a driving range and desert golf course about 30 minute drive outside the city. He had been previously and was telling me about it, so I just had to go.
As you will see from the pictures, it really does seem as though it is out in the middle of the desert. Well... it is. There are some sort of warehouses around where we were and plenty of electrical lines, but for the most part, it was all sand, sand, sand.
My first impression was of the quite funny sign that told all ladies to make sure they had "male protection." Women can play out there with no problem and even do not have to wear an abaya, but do have to wear long sleeves and pants. No one was playing today, but my friend tells me that women do play out there. The South Koreans who live in Saudi love to play golf.
We arrived and as you can see from the pictures, it is a small 2 shack operation, but with a solid cover for driving range balls, a small putting "brown," and even some mats thrown down so you can hit on the range. The yardage is marked accordingly. There is actually 18 holes on that course complete with rules and everything. Apparently, you purchase your own little square piece of artificial turf, drive the ball down the lightly packed fairway, and then try and your ball on the finely packed "brown" (green). Walking only.
We only hit about 50 balls each, but we will definitely go back when the weather cools down. Not a bad rate to play either, and it will certainly be an experience. Check out the pictures closely in the PICASA Photo Album of Golfing in Saudi Arabia Album and follow my little experience in pictures.
Welcome the Kingdom!