I just finished playing a round at Kuwait’s finest course called Sahara Golf Resort, and it was fantastic! Totally blew away my expectations of a golf course in Kuwait.
To be honest with you, I didn’t even know golf existed in Kuwait until I was already there and my Kuwaiti friends mentioned it to me. So, on my very last day in Kuwait, I sneaked in a round before my 4PM flight and it was a great decision!
First off, the facilities in Sahara are 5 stars all-around. The gym, pool, lunchroom, hotel and customer service is just about as good as you can find anywhere on earth. In addition, Kuwaiti people are some of the friendliest and welcoming people I’ve ever met, so you will certainly be treated with the upmost respect from the moment you walk inside the door.
Here were my new friends who welcomed me to the course!
Sahara Golf Resort is just a 10 minute drive from Kuwait international Airport, so you can sneak in a round if you have a long layover.
The course is equipped with a driving range, practice putting green, lounge, rental clubs and golf carts. The desert landscape made me feel like I was playing back home in Arizona. It’s not the cheapest round (about $120USD), but it’s worth it just for the experience along of playing golf in Kuwait.
The course wasn’t too challenging, other than the enormous amounts of sand traps and desert on every hole. Most of the desert isn’t O.B., so you can play your ball if you can find it. The grass on the fairways isn’t great (it’s brownish) but considering the hot and dry climate of Kuwait, it’s really above par. The greens were the highlight of the course — very fast and true.
As expected, most of the golfers at Sahara are wealthy foreigners and business men, including a LOT of Koreans, Europeans, Americans and other Asian golfers. But don’t let that stop you from having a great time!
I hope you get a chance to see what golfing in Kuwait is all about, and let me know how it goes if you do end up playing!