Royal Golf de Marrakech
Opened in 1923 by the Pasha of Marrakech, the Royal Golf de Marrakech is the oldest golf club in Morocco, and is reportedly one of His Majesty King Hassan ll's favourite courses. With 27 holes to choose from the Royal Golf de Marrakech must be included on your itinerary for your next golf holiday to Morocco.
Situated at the foot of the snow-covered Atlas Mountains and lined by a variety of cypress, eucalyptus, palm, olive, orange and apricot trees, this 27-hole golf course boasts an unbeatable landscape. There is a real English style to the course with strategically placed bunkers protecting its greens and testing tall trees and palms. The original course features a par-72 18-hole course, and the Menara par 36 9-hole course was recently completed in 2008.
The Royal Golf is home to the most mature plantings in golf courses across the region, and there is much greenery and vegetation lining many holes. Whilst this does provide aesthetic appeasement, it does however increase the risk of hindering your scorecard. For example, the 6th hole has beautiful orange trees lining both sides of the fairway across the length of the hole which in turn creates an interesting challenge.
5 nights, 3 roundsIberostar Club Palmeraie Marrakech
Bar, Buggy Hire, Changing Facilities, Driving Range, Golf lessons with PGA Professionals, Par 72, Pro Shop, Putting Green, Restaurant, Trolley Hire
With the course having its own water supply, the Royal Golf de Marrakech course is consistently kept in immaculate condition all year round, and all 15,000 trees on this course are perfectly maintained. Furthermore, a recent addition to the course includes a set of floodlights added to the Menara nine-hole course at the club, therefore several evening golf competitions and tournaments can be hosted here.
A signature hole on the Royal Golf course includes the 15th hole in the back nine, and has been famously nicknamed the Brigette Bardot. This hole is well known for its unique landscape, and the challenge created by the shape of the bunkers lining the green. Due to the contours of these bunkers, players must not be too reliant on many ‘sand saves’. With its immaculate greens and unique landscape, it comes as no surprise that the Royal Golf de Marrakech has welcomed many famous international guests, including Winston Churchill and Eisenhower.
Caddies are compulsory in Morocco and on some courses, that applies even if you hire a buggy. Fees are paid locally with the minimum amount being 100 Dirhams (£8.00) however if your caddy has done a good job then you are expected to pay 150 - 200 Dirhams. Please allow for this extra cost when you're planning your golf holiday to Morocco