ROYAL MARRAKECH GOLF COURSE: 27 Holes
The ‘Old Course’ of Marrakech. Golf has been played here since the 1930s 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.
NORIA GOLF COURSE: 18 Holes
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) combined with a reflection of the water features and formal gardens popular in the Riads and some Moroccan architecture too, such as the bell tower and water wheel (noria). It is a charming and unique golf course that is likely to appeal more to the artist than the purist.
SAMANAH GOLF COURSE: 18 Holes
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 Nicklaus 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.
ASSOUFID GOLF COURSE: 18 Holes
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 realize 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 GOLF COURSE: 18 Holes
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 GOLF COURSE: 27 Holes
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.). The US in style, there are some visually stunning holes amongst the luxurious Riads that surround the course.
AL MAADEN GOLF COURSE: 18 Holes
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!
MONTGOMERIE GOLF COURSE: 18 Holes
Colin Montgomerie’s first course in Africa is part of a sprawling residential development between the airport and the town. Its location makes it very convenient for a round on arrival or departure day: the slight downside being the consequent road and air traffic noise! The layout itself is good however with plenty of sand and water to contend with as it winds its way around the various blocks of flats. There are some long walks to Tees, so consider taking a buggy and be cautious when crossing the roads!