Marrakech is Morocco’s golf city by essence, with more than 10 different golf courses, designed by famous names like Robert Trent Jones, Kyle Philips, Jack Nicklaus and Colin Montgomerie, among others, that guarantee Marrakech’s reputation as the best and the largest Moroccan golf destination. Just over 3 hours from Gatwick Airport, Marrakech could be the ideal short haul destination for an idyllic golfing holiday.
- ROYAL MARRAKECH
- LA PALMERAIE
- AL MAADEN
- DOMAINE ROYAL PALM
- MARRAKECH GOLF CITY
ROYAL MARRAKECH Architect: H. T. El Glaoui Mezouari (1923) The “Old Course” of Marrakech. Golf has been played here since the 1930’s and was a frequent haunt of King Mohammed IV – one of Morocco’s keenest golfers. Tightly knit through avenues of palm and fruit trees in a little oasis of calm just outside Marrakech. Level terrain, so easily walked. A lovely outdoor Clubhouse under the shady palms completes the picture.
ASSOUFID Architect: N. Cameron (2014). 18 holes: 5,957m: par 71. The latest addition to the growing list of Marrakech golf courses and voted the ‘Best new course in Africa’ as soon as it opened: when you set foot on the First Tee you’ll realise why! Assoufid is a fascinating series of carefully designed golf holes that will test and entertain you in equal measure. The course has a remarkable appearance, Fairways stretch across open desert with hundreds of palm and olive trees added in all the right places. The (current) lack of construction around the perimeter ensures unhindered views of the Atlas mountains as your backdrop: stunning.
LA PALMERAIE Architect: R. Trent Jones Snr. 18 holes: 6,214m: par 72 Out of town, bordered on one side by the desert and on the other by the expanding La Palmeraie residential plantation. A modern style course with water featuring on many holes where, in typical Trent Jones fashion, your golf ball’s (intended) route must be plotted with some care.
AMELKIS Architect: C. Robinson 27 holes: 6,297m: par 72 A superb test of golf by one of the great current course designers. The expanding Amelkis development is a walled enclave just outside the city (and opposite Royal Marrakech G.C.). US in style, there are some visually stunning holes amongst the luxurious Riads that surround the course. A further 9 holes opened in 2009 with another 9 to follow.
AL MAADEN Architect: K. Phillips (2010) 18 holes: 6,297m: par 72 Opened in 2010 but showing great promise already, a course of interesting design and sensible length that will provide a fun day out for Club golfers of all levels. Al Maaden is the closest of the Marrakech course to the Atlas mountains, whose snowy peaks provide a unique backdrop to your round. A moderate amount of earth has been shifted to define the holes, helped by (continuing) planting of trees and shrubs. However your abiding memory of Al Maaden will probably be of the capacious bunkers and oddly rectangular water hazards: a unique aspect. Lovely al fresco Clubhouse – with good service!
SAMANAH Architect: J. Nicklaus (2010) 18 holes: 7,241m: par 72 Samanah lies at the heart of the developing “Marrakech Golf City”, about 10 miles south of town a vast new expanse of golf courses, hotels, villas and residences that will take shape over the next decade. Samanah is the first of these golf courses to be completed. Shaped by Niklaus design it bears Jack’s hallmarks of length and large obvious bunkering and some big waste areas studded with stubby palms and grasses. The course is long from the back Tees so choose your starting points wisely. The course curently has a lot of building going on around the periphery (it will eventually have some 600 villas and three hotels) which is likely to continue until at least 2015. Once completed, the course may well be privatised for residents only.
NORIA Architect: S. Forrest (2013) 18 holes: 6,116m: par 72 Noria is a very interesting new design that seeks to encapsulate all of Morocco into 18-holes of golf. This allegorical approach sees three separate zones across the course (desert, orchard and lavender) comnbined with a reflection of the water features and formal gardens popular in the Ryads and some Moroccan architecture too, such as the bell tower and water wheel. It is a charming and unique golf course that will probably appeal more to the artist than the purist.
DOMAINE ROYAL PALM Architect: Cabell B. Robinson (2013) 18 holes: 6,608m: par 72 Ideally located south of Marrakech, 12 kilometers from the old city’s ramparts, the stunning golf course is the perfect complement to the Royal Palm Hotel, Country Club and 89 luxury villas. Dotted with aged-old olive trees at the foot of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains, it counts among the most beautiful golf courses in Marrakech.
MARRAKECH GOLF CITY Architect: Colin Montgomery (2012) 18 holes: 6,230m: par 71 Designed by European Golf design, the creator of more than 60 world-renowned courses and official supplier of the PGA European Tour, the Golf de Marrakech Golf City meets international standards. With high departures, water obstacles and varied greens, the 75-hectare course offers remarkable technical interest as well as a great diversity of play for amateur or professional golfers. "The Montgomerie Marrakech" is an 18-hole golf course of 6,230 meters Par 71 which embodies at the foot of the Atlas, a place of unique sports intensity where you will take an immense pleasure to practice your passion.