If you love golf, you’ll be in your element in Marrakech because it boasts one of the best selections of top courses to be found in any single city location.
To demonstrate the remarkable growth of golf in Marrakech, in 2010 there were just three courses whereas today there are no fewer than twelve, many of them designed by some of the top names in the sport. All the courses are listed in Trip Advisor’s ‘Top 20 courses in Morocco’.
The Royal Golf Club – commissioned by a former Pasha of Marrakech, the Royal Golf Club, opened in 1933, has played host to many prestigious visitors, including President Eisenhower, Winston Churchill, David Lloyd George and, notably, late King Hassan. The oldest course in Morocco, less than ten minutes from town, it benefits greatly from its colourful vegetation and mature plantations, especially eucalyptus and palms, with most holes being shaded, and fairways lined, by lofty trees. Originally designed as an 18-hole course, the Royal Golf Club was recently extended by an additional nine.
The Assoufid Golf Club - this exclusive 18-hole course, opened in 2012, is set in a naturally undulating, semi-desert landscape within sight of the High Atlas. The Assoufid Golf Club has a luxury club house, a first class pro shop and golf academy.
Set against the backdrop of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains, Assoufid Golf Club’s 18-hole, par-72 golf course winds its way through an undulating, typically desert landscape. Located 10 km from Marrakech’s Medina, the Assoufid Golf Club provides golfers with an exceptional golfing experience that is excitingly diverse and challenging.
As his first golf course design project, Scottish course architect and former European Tour player, Niall Cameron, had the vision to create a desert-style golf course carefully integrated into the natural landscape while making the most of the beautiful views south to the Atlas Mountains.
Assoufid Golf Club recognized the importance of protecting and enhancing its natural environment by planting only 45% of the golf course area in order to minimize water consumption. During construction, a significant number of the indigenous trees growing on site were retained, and many more have since been planted, including palms and olives, as well as numerous cacti.
The Samanah Golf Club – this is a 6,800-metre, par 72, course designed by the Nicklaus company, its most distinctive feature being the contrast between its lush fairways and the rough areas of rock and sand dotted with cacti and scrub brush beyond the playing areas. Natural hazards include two large lakes. Samanah has a smart club house, driving range and a chip and putt area.
Other Golf Courses in Marrakech
Other, excellent courses in Marrakech include the:
- Al Maaden Club (beautifully laid out by Kyle Philipps and with outstanding facilities)
- Amelkis Golf Club (one of the three oldest courses, now with 27 holes)
- Palmeraie Golf (another of the original three, also with 27 holes)
- Noria Golf Club
- The Montgomerie Marrakech (opened in 2014, only a few minutes from town).
- The Atlas Golf (9 holes but delightfully designed around several water features))
- Concept Parcours Golf Maroc
- Golf Tour Academie
- Morocco Golf (Marrakech)
Other courses worth experiencing include the 27-hole, Gary Player designed Mogador Golf Academy outside coastal Essaouira and the PalmGolf Marrakech, near Ourika, in the approaches to the High Atlas.