Established in 1927 as envisioned by Pasha of Marrakech El Glaoui, the Royal Golf Marrakech is the city’s oldest golf club, having welcomed international visitors including Winston Churchill and Ike Eisenhower. Today the course is covered in more than 15,000 trees including Aleppo pines, eucalyptus, palm, olive and orange trees that have been around for over a hundred years, towering high to protect golfers from the strong Marrakech sun. The original course features 18 holes with a par of 72, while the Menara course consists of nine holes with a par of 36, and was completed in 2008.
An 18-hole golf course just 20 minutes from central Marrakech, Assoufid was designed by Neil Cameron and named after the village nearby. The World Golf Awards awarded this club Morocco’s Best Golf Course in 2015. The course offers golfers an excitingly diverse challenge across a rolling desert landscape featuring cacti, palm and olive trees. The golf club’s design concept included integrating the development into the existing landscape, meanwhile encouraging the site’s indigenous flora and fauna to thrive, whilst minimizing water consumption.
Assoufid Golf Club, Avenue Guemassa, Km 10, Marrakech, Morocco, +212 5 2506 0770
An ideal destination for a golf holiday, the Royal Palm Golf Club is nestled within the Beachcomber’s Domaine Royal Palm Resort. The course, just 13 kilometres from Marrakech, finely displays the region’s native flora – bougainvilleas, roses and hibiscus shrubs provide a pop of color, and again olive trees provide much-needed shade. The website indicates the course ‘resembles a spectacular garden that changes with the seasons’. The 18-hole, par 72 course was designed by Cabell B. Robinson and is spread over 6,608 meters.
Royal Palm Golf Club, Km 12 route d’Amizmiz, Marrakech, Morocco, +212 5 2445 8746