Morocco’s “premier golf venue” set to open

The Marrakech Golf Club, Assoufid, built against a backdrop of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains, is set to open in spring 2012.

The championship layout, is the debut design of Scottish PGA professional Niall Cameron, and is part of a new resort and private residential development on a 222-hectare estate being billed by developers as Morocco’s premier golf venue.

“I had to pinch myself when I first saw the site for the golf course,” said Cameron.

“The setting, with the views to the mountains, is mesmerizing – you can see why people from all over the world are drawn here.

“The terrain for the golf course was ideal. The palm and olive groves, set on undulating rolls and folds in the landscape, enabled us to incorporate mature trees into the design.

Marrakech Golf Club, Assoufid, Morocco

Marrakech Golf Club is billed as Morocco's Premier Golf Venue

“We also have a creek running through the course, which we have brought into play. It’s a strategic design, prompting the golfer to think about how they tackle each shot.”

A luxury, 98-room Rocco Forte Collection hotel and spa, is planned, along with a high-end golf clubhouse, currently under construction and set to open next year.

The estate’s first private residence, one of 80 luxury villas, has been built and is now occupied.

Marrakech Golf Club is just 20-minutes from the ancient center of the vibrant ‘Ochre City’ of Marrakech, and a 10-minute drive from the international airport.

Marrakech is Morocco’s fourth largest city and is home to the largest traditional market (souk) in Morocco and one of the busiest squares in Africa and the world, Djemaa el Fna.

Morocco is among the fastest growing golf destinations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

With recent political and civil unrest in more established North African golfing destinations such as Egypt and Tunisia, Morocco is likely to benefit from a boost in golf tourism from European travelers who appreciate the warm climate and year round sunshine in this region.

Within a three-hour flight time of most European capital cities, Marrakech is a legendary haven for artists, fashionistas, movie stars, business people and statesmen.

While tourists enjoy the sights, sounds and heady aromas of the souks, residents head for discreetly favored restaurants, clubs and shopping.

For those with a taste for the outdoors, skiing, walking and 4×4 driving in the Atlas Mountains is a 90-minute drive away, while the beach is a two-hour trip.

The 6,420-meter (7,020-yard), par-72 golf course is scheduled to open in March 2012.

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