While Morocco may be famous for its historic cities, souks brimming with an array of eye-catching products, rugged mountains, traditional villages, and beaches, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t also plenty of ways for sports-loving travelers to indulge in their favorite pastime. Surfing, hiking, biking, and varied adventure activities can be enjoyed in Morocco. Golf enthusiasts aren’t left out either; the nation has numerous top-class and international-standard courses where you can perfect your swing and play a few rounds. Here of some of Morocco’s best golf courses.
Located on the outskirts of El Jadida, Mazagan Beach and Golf Resort is one of Morocco’s most high-class and luxurious resorts. The golf course was designed by a famous South African golfer, Gary Player. Overlooking the ocean, the 18-hole course uses natural features, such as dunes, in its design. The Mazagan Morocco Golf Academy is ideal for beginners or anyone who wants to improve their technique and the pro golfing shop sells an array of golfing goods. The course is open to members of the public as well as to hotel guests and members.
There are several excellent golf courses around the Red City of Marrakech, including Al Maaden Golf Resort. Luxurious accommodation is available at the site, though anyone can, for a fee, enjoy a few rounds at the prestigious golf course. Designed by Kyle Phillips, a leading golf course design company in California, the original 18-hole course provides stunning views of the Atlas Mountains. There are challenging water bodies in addition to long fairways and beautiful greens. Large sculptures add artistic inspiration to the course. Club and shoe rental are available and there’s a well-stocked pro shop as well as golf lessons and a driving range.
The scenic 18-hole Noria Golf Club can be found on the outskirts of Marrakech. A uniquely designed and fairly new course, it combines various landscapes and traditions from around the country. Tour lavender fields, olive groves, orchards, an oasis, lakes, and an arid desert, and admire traditional architecture, fountains, and other stunning water features as you make your way around the course. The eighth hole is especially enchanting, with a bell tower and a reflecting pool. The Atlas Mountains sit in the background. There’s a clubhouse with a pro shop. Lessons are available. Visitors can pay daily fees or take out a membership.
A historic course that was founded in 1927 on the wishes of the former Pasha of Marrakech, Royal Golf Marrakech is one of the most prestigious golf courses in the old imperial city. Many famous figures have played here. A variety of towering trees provide plenty of shade and a garden golf experience. The original course had just four holes, later being expended to have nine, and then enlarged again to the 18-hole course that golfers can enjoy today. Although a fairly short course, it still provides plenty of challenges. There is another nine-hole course, the Menara Course, if you want a quicker game. Equipment rentals, golf tuition, a shop, and a restaurant are all available.
A 27-hole golf course in the Palmeraies area of Marrakech, PalmGolf was designed by an American architect, Robert Trent Jones Senior. The site is relatively flat and two lopped courses can be combined or played individually. Beautiful palm trees surround the course and the peaks of the Atlas Mountains rise in the distance. The course has an impressive 11 lakes too. Pre- or post-game, you can enjoy tennis, and the restaurant serves a delicious assortment of typical Moroccan dishes. Tasteful accommodation is also available.
Located in the coastal town of Essaouira, Golf de Mogador is another Moroccan golf course designed by Gary Player. The area was previously a thick forest alongside the Atlantic Ocean. Today, visitors will find a beautiful golf course with many challenging features. Dunes, sandy soil, grass, bunkers, trees, and bushes are found throughout the spacious area. The Club House has an elegant restaurant, a pro shop, and relaxing lounges. Lessons are available for beginners.
Royal Golf Dar es Salam is located in Rabat. Commissioned by King Hassan II, the regal course was designed by Robert Trent Jones. Spread across a large site, the course is often said to be one of the premier golf courses in Africa. There are three interesting courses in a forest: the challenging 18-hole Red Course, the slightly easier 18-hole Blue Course, and the leisurely nine-hole Green Circuit. As well as the usual features often found on golf courses—grassed fairways, bunkers, water features, lush greenery, and so on—the site is adorned with ancient Roman columns from the country’s ruins of Volubilis. You’ll also find a restaurant, bar, lounge with panoramic views, terrace, gardens, and a swimming pool. Of course, there’s also a well-stocked golfing shop and lessons are available by the hour.
Situated on the outskirts of Casablanca and close to the Forest of Bouskoura, Casa Green Golf Club is a top place to let off steam and fire off a few rounds while visiting Morocco’s largest city and the nation’s economic heart. Created by Jeremy Pern, a leading European golf architect, the course makes full use of the natural surroundings. Offering a blend of traditional Moroccan elements, such as deserts, ravines, and architecture, with typical features found in the famous courses of Scotland, the 2003-built 18-hole course is great for people of all golfing levels. The peaceful course meanders through lovely terrain and provides terrific views. There are top-class practice facilities and a renowned golf academy.
Located close to the sands and waves of Taghazout, a top Moroccan surfing destination, and within easy reach of the popular seaside city of Agadir, Tazegzout Golf provides incredible vistas of the Atlantic Ocean and the mountains. Covering a large site, the 18-hole course was designed by Kyle Phillips. The course takes players across rugged terrain and through patches of native argan trees. The course follows sustainable principles and incorporates traditional Berber elements. Onsite facilities and amenities include a hotel with a spa, a restaurant, lounges, a golf school, equipment rentals, and a shop. As with most courses, keen golfers can pay daily fees or become a member.
Another terrific golf course in Agadir, Golf les Dunes is full of character and life. Designed by Cabell Robinson, an eminent golf course designer from the U.S.A., the course has a total of 27 holes spread around three nine-hole loops: Tamaris, Eucalyptus, and Oued. Forests, ponds, lakes, tight fairways, and a spectacular Biarritz green await golf enthusiasts. Other features include a driving range, a putting and pitching green, a club house with a pro shop, buggy and equipment hire, a restaurant/bar, and golf lessons.
Among the oldest golf courses in both the country and the African continent, Royal Golf de Tanger was established in 1914. The course has a markedly British feel. Close to Tangier’s major attractions and beaches, the northern course was also the first golf course in the Mediterranean basin. Covering 65 hectares of attractive land, the 18-hole course combines flats and hills and there are also plenty of surprises! Pines, firs, cypresses, and other trees surround the course. The practice facilities, with grassed areas, a training bunker, two putting greens, and a chipping/pitching green are great for beginners to the sport. Lessons are also available.
Another brilliant golf course in the north of Morocco, Palmeraie Golf Saidia is located close to the sparkling waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Eighteen glorious holes await keen golfers, each offering something different. There’s a golf academy and equipment can be rented onsite. Designed by Spanish architect Francisco Segales, the course boasts exceptional greens, gorgeous water features, and plenty of wildlife-filled natural areas.