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The best golf courses for holidays in Marrakech:
Royal Marrakech - Amelkis - La Palmeraie - Al Maaden - Samanah

Moroccan caddies: a necessary luxury

Please note that caddies are available at all courses.  They are in abundant supply and the going rate is 150 Dirhams per round (roughly £10 - plus discretionary tip).

Royal Marrakech Golf Club Royal Marrakech  Architect: H. T. El Glaoui Mezouari (1923).  27 holes: 5,888m: par 72.

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 golf course - MarrakechAssoufid  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.

Ourika golf course Marrakech Ourika  Architect: N. Haworth & S. Talbot (2015)  18 holes: 6,232m: par 72.

The newest and without doubt the toughest course in Marrakech!  Eye-catching holes spread across the desert south of the city on the road out to the Atlas mountains.  Many holes have long carries over extensive waste areas, to find narrow Fairways running around deep lakes – not for the faint-hearted!

Samanah Golf Club 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 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.    

La Palmeraie G.C. La Palmeraie   Architect: R. Trent Jones Snr.  18 + 9 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.  La Palmeraie has three distinct loops of nine holes: two encircle the Clubhouse the third and most recent nine, starts about 500yds from the Clubhouse (buggy transport is provided by Omar).

Amelkis G.C. 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 Golf Club 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!

 

Noria Golf Club - MarrakechNoria  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 (noria).  It is a charming and unique golf course that is likely to appeal more to the artist than the purist.

Montgomerie Marrakech Golf ClubMontgomerie  Architect: C. Montgomerie (2014)   18 holes: 6,230m: par 71

Colin Montgomerie's first course in Africa is part of a sprawling residential development between the airport and the town (not more than five minutes from either).  It's 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!  Urban Clubhouse (dare we say grungy?) will not appeal to everybody.

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Sample Itinerary

5 nights at the Es Saadi
3 rounds of golf
All transfers
£424.00 per person in January & February

 

Guest Comments

"All arrangements worked well and we had a thoroughly enjoyable holiday."
Mr. G. Clark - York

"10/10 GPE Service
10/10 Royal Marrakech - Lived up to its reputation.
6/10 La Palmeraie - Poor fairways and too much building work.
10/10 Amelkis - Very challenging, but excellent course.
10/10 Overall - Thanks for all your help!"
Mr. J. Tye - Bedford

"8/10 La Palmeraie - Attractive and challenging course.
8/10 Royal Marrakech - Lovely course, caddies generally helpful.
8/10 Overall - Very much enjoyed Marrakech. Really useful to have all transfers included."
Mrs. R. Hoare - W. Sussex

 

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