Assoufid: This modern course in mystical Marrakesh is already feted as one of the finest in Africa.
It has been open for little more than two years, but Assoufid's course is already widely regarded as one of the best not just in the golfing hotspot of Marrakesh, not just in the ever-expanding golf portfolio in Morocco, but in Africa as a whole.
The 18-hole course opened in October 2014 and winds way through naturally undulating terrain in the lee of the snow- capped Atlas Mountains. It is just 20 minutes from the old town (Medina) of the vibrant city of Marrakesh yet playing here is a tranquil experience. Niall Cameron's design vision is a desert- style course that blends seamlessly into the natural landscape and takes into consideration its environmental impact through minimal water consumption and the preservation of native plants and trees.
Indeed, only 45 per cent of the course's acreage is planted to minimise water consumption and the result is the lush Bermuda fairways contrasting spectacularly with the natural desert-style landscape.
Named 'Africa's Best Golf course 2016 & 2017' and 'Morocco's Best Golf Course' for the last three years, many holes enjoy awe- inspiring views of the Atlas Mountains to the south, with several elevated tees making for spectacular-looking drives. The course's natural beauty is further enhanced by a dry creek that meanders through the entire length of the course.
Assoufid is presented beautifully all year round
Ten par 4s, four par 3s and four par 5s are spread equally between the nines of a 7,042- yard, par-72 course that has enough bite to test even the strongest players. Open to the general public on a pay-and- play basis. Assoufid also provides a limited number of membership opportunities for individual, couples, junior and corporate members, with exclusive benefits for each.
The Clubhouse Restaurant & Bar "La Colline"is managed by Chef Damien Durand. It has a terrace and seats 40 indoors and 70 outdoors. A Private Pavilion adjacent to the clubhouse features a lounge, kitchen, outdoor pool and patio area.
A halfway house, practice facilities, pro shop, club hire, pull trolleys, electric buggies and caddies enhance your visit to Assoufid, which is six miles south-west of Marrakesh's city centre, off the old Agadir road (Avenue Guemassa). It's just five miles from Marrakesh Menara airport – yet not close to any ight paths so is entirely peaceful – which you can y to from several UK cities.
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