Marrakech is a very popular destination for golfers from all over the world. There are several excellent world-class golf courses in the city that offer exceptional rounds. Moreover, the climate in Marrakech is ideal for golfing and for holidays and the natural environment is absolutely outstanding, with exotic vegetation and the incomparable setting of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains in the background.
There are three main golf courses in Marrakech: the Royal Golf de Marrakech, the Palmeraie Golf Palace and the Golf d’Amelkis, each with different characteristics, histories and services.
The Royal Golf de Marrakech is the oldest and most renowned golf course in Marrakech and one of the best in the whole continent. It is located on the Old Road to Ouarzazate and consists of 27 holes, with a 72 par, and a total of 6.086 meters.
This golf course was built in the 1920s by the Pasha of Marrakech and is one of the oldest in the country. It has welcomed many celebrities, such as Winston Churchill, David Lloyd Weber or Ike Eisenhower. Its beauty is absolutely astounding, with a perfect view of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains and abounding in cypress trees, eucalyptus, palm, olive, orange and apricot trees.
The Royal Golf de Marrakech offers three rounds: the Ménara, 3.072 meters long and with a 36 par, was inaugurated in May 2008 and is worthy of the greatest golf courses in the world; the Koutoubia has 3.014 meters, and the Agdal, 2.939 meters. The course also offers a club-house and a snack-bar.
The Palmeraie Golf Palace, located within the Palmeraie Gardens, consists of 18 holes, with a 72 par and a total length of 6.214 meters. This course is a true work of art designed by the internationally renowned architect Robert Trent Jones on an airy valley, planted with thousands of palm trees and brightened up with seven lakes.
The course offers numerous exciting and challenging sand obstacles that liven up its 18 holes. There is a beautiful palace that holds the club-house in the middle of the course, decorated with traditional green tiles and ochre walls. In the club-house there is a restaurant, several terraces and suites facing the Atlas Mountains.
The Golf d’Amelkis is the third most important golf course in Marrakech, and is located on km. 12 on the Route de Ouarzazate. The course comprises 27 holes, with a 72 par and a total length of 6.657 meters. It was created by the landscape architect Cabell B. Robinson and is quite probably the most visually striking course in the city.
The round is rather technique, possibly the most technique among the three golf courses in Marrakech, and enjoys numerous bunkers and artificial lakes. There are very few trees along the course, just a few palm trees here and there, but it has a nice atmosphere that seduces and challenges golfers of all levels.
The course is stimulatingly challenging, quite hilly, dented, with multiple blind starts, pitfalls to be avoided at every hole and 7 lakes judiciously laid out, as well as picturesque bunkers made of crushed red bricks. There are three rounds with a total of 27 holes, although there is a project for an extension of 9 holes, which will result in a total of 36 holes. The Blue round is 3.156 meters long, the Red round 3.141 meters, and the Green round, 3.170 meters.
Your holidays in Marrakech will be even more exciting and pleasant if you experience the chance to ski that the city offers. Most hotels in Marrakech will help you plan your golfing to the last detail.
You can also stay in a wonderful Marrakech riad or Marrakech villa right next to one of the three golf courses and thus make the most of your holidays in the Ochre City.