IMG to Manage New Island Development

Sindalah Island.

Sindalah, Saudi Arabia: A new nine-hole golf course is to be built on the luxury island of Sindalah in Saudi Arabia that will be a partnership between NEOM and IMG Golf Course Services. 

NEOM is a new urban area planned by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to be built in its north-western Tabuk Province. The site is north of the Red Sea, east of Egypt across the Gulf of Aqaba and south of Jordan, with a total planned area of 26,500 square kilometres.

IMG Golf Course Services has been appointed to provide pre-opening, marketing and management services to the Golf Club at Sindalah, which will be a year-round, exclusive venue, aimed at elevating the golfing experience in the Middle East.

The first island golf course of its kind in the Middle East, the Golf Club at Sindalah’s course is being designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. The 6,474-yard, par-70 course will boast nine holes and 18 teeing points, as well as a 280-metre driving range and golf academy.

The course also has ambitions to be GEO Certified, meaning it will demonstrate the highest standards of environmental and social responsibility.

The IMG Golf Course Services team will manage the onsite sports club, which will offer multiple membership options for visitors to enjoy the facilities, equipment and services, including a gym, Olympic-size swimming pool, spa and tennis courts.

The Sindalah Golf Academy will further complement the facilities with multiple performance studios offering the latest in custom-fitting and golf-learning technology. 

“We are delighted to partner with NEOM and Sindalah Island and welcome them proudly to our growing portfolio of world-class clubs and resorts across the globe,” said Russell Hannah, Vice President, IMG Golf Course Services, an Associate Business Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.

“Their vision for this stunning new destination makes it exactly the sort of project which will benefit from IMG’s international experience and resources. We have great expectations for Sindalah Island Golf Club and are looking forward to helping to deliver on NEOM’s vision for what will be one of the most picturesque courses in the region,” added Hannah.

Opening in early 2024, Sindalah island will be the first element of the NEOM development and will offer a taste of NEOM’s vision that will come to life in the coming years with the development of three other regions known as The Line, Oxagon and Trojena.

The Line is planned to be a 170-kilometre linear city that will house nine million people. It will run from east to west across the Neom region. According to the developer, the city will consist of two parallel, 500-metre-high, linear skyscrapers standing 200 metres apart. The buildings will be clad with mirrored facades.

Antoni Vives, Chief Urban Development and Islands Officer at NEOM, said: “Sindalah will be the first physical showcase of NEOM to open to the world and will become a new and exotic golfing destination like no other. We are proud to be working with IMG Golf Course Services to bring this premium course from the mind of Robert Trent Jones Jr to reality at Sindalah.”

In addition to the golf course, Sindalah will offer a wide variety of hotels, including a Four Seasons Resort and Saudi Arabia’s first Marriott International Autograph Collection Hotels property, plus restaurants and retail offerings, and an 86-berth luxury yacht marina.

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