Golf in Marrakech
Marrakech is a great destination for a short golfing four both for the standard of the courses, laid out by some of the top names in golf course design, and, no less important , for the ideal winter climate, temperature being in the low twenties to mid thirties from November to late April. Afternoons can beautifully warm on the golf course, even in January! There are currently no fewer than twelve excellent 18 or 27 hole courses to choose from, most some 45 to 60 minutes from our hotel Taj Atlas Wellness, where exotic flowering shrubs as well as a palm, eucalyptus, , olive and other trees flourish against the splendid backdrop of the Atlas mountains, snow-capped from mid November to early April. Each course has an impressive range of facilities including a clubhouse with restaurant and bar, a practice ground and/or driving range and the services of a professional as well as caddies.
We are happy to organize golfing breaks for small groups and larger societies (our maximum capacity is 32). As well as accommodation, we can arrange transfers to and from the courses and pre-book tee times as well as on-courses meals. We are also able to set up special "Gala Evening” finales at the hotel, combining prize-giving ceremonies with a traditional gastronomic dinner accompanied by Moroccan musical entertainment, dancers and other performers.
Contact Us to request further details and we'll be happy to quote you for the creation of a tailor-made package to meet your specific requirements.
MARRAKECH GOLF CLUBS
The Royal Club (opened 1928)
An attractive woodland course, 5.88m par 70, the long established Royal features, for the most part, generous fairways flanked by palm, cypress, olive und orange trees which make this shadier than other courses. As attractive, well presented course, perhaps not unduly challenging for low handicap golfers, but one of the most senic and enjoyable, especially for amateurs of American target golf. There is a practice area and superb, Atlas facing driving range alongside and splendid, newly- built restaurant/bar in colonial style. An interesting 9-hole extension was added to the course some years ago. One of the closest courses (along with the Al Maaden, Amelkis and Atlas) to Marrakech itself.
The Palmeraie (opened 1993)
A parkland course, 6.214m, par 72, created from a palm and olive grove on the north side of town. The course is notable for its several acres of ponds and other water features and for its fine Atlas views. There is a large clubhouse with good restaurant bar and extensive views of the course and a driving range alongside.
Amelkis (opened 1995)
Another parkland course, 6,657m par 72, designed by Cabell Robinson. The fairways are mainly quite generous, with relatively little rough, but being bordered by palms and olives with extensive, shallow sand features , some deep bunkers and numerous water hazards, the course is a challenge for golfers of all levels. Grass driving range (not mats). Impressive Kasbah style clubhouse with bar, dining room and sunny terrace. An extra nine holes were added some years ago and a further nine are planned.
Samanah Country Club (opened October 2009)
Designed by the Jack Nicklaus company, the course is located some 14 km to the south of Marrakech set against the splendid spectacle of the Atlas Mountains, beautifully snow-capped in winter. A state of the art drainage system, in line with US PGA recommendations, has created greens of exceptional quality. Tony Jacklin is a regular visitor here.
Al Maaden Golf Resort (opened in March 2010)
Designed by Kyle Phillips, the 18-hole Al Maaden Golf Resort, located right next door to the Royal and close to the Amelkis, features an open, gently undulating terrain combining indigenous vegetation (olives, palms and flowering shrubs )with plenty of sand and water hazards in the shape of two large irrigations basins, each divided into numerous individual pools, the signature feature of the course. The views of the Atlas are uninterrupted and breathtaking. The Al Maaden Golf Resort boasts a number of impressive facilities including a smart clubhouse, popular restaurant, overlooking a water feature, and driving range.
The Atlas (opened 2012)
This is a delightfully laid out nine hole course occupying it peaceful location not far from the centre of town. The course is short but challenging, with numerous water features and a treacherous rocky wadi running down the centre of it, and is extensively planted with decorative palm and olive trees. An excellent terraced restaurant overlooks the course. There is a (lightning quick) wavy putting green and several practice nets. Try 9 holes, followed by lunch, and the second nine in the afternoon. One of our favourite courses.
Assoufid (opened 2014)
A beautifully landscaped, gently undulating par 72 golf course situated some 10 kms out of town, this is another golfing location notable for its glorious setting against the backdrop of the Atlas mountains. In line with the club's plan to protect the natural environment, only 45% of the course was planted at the outset to minimise water consumption although numerous palm trees, olives and cacti have been planted since opening to enhance the impression of this as a typical desert course. The clubhouse features state of the art facilities and a noted restaurant, La Colline.
Other Marrakech golf courses include the more recently created 'Montgomery' and the 'Noria'. 'Ourika' and 'Royal Palm, all within 10 kms from town. The Tony Jacklyn course, also some 10 minutes south of town, is scheduled to open in 2019.