Assoufid Golf Club nominated as ‘Best Golf Course in Morocco 2015’

Assoufid Golf Club nominated as ‘Best Golf Course in Morocco 2015’
Assoufid Golf Club nominated as ‘Best Golf Course in Morocco 2015’

Award-winning Assoufid Golf Club recently named ‘Africa’s Best New Golf Course 2014’, has reinforced its growing global reputation by being nominated on the shortlist for The World Golf Awards as ‘Morocco’s Best Golf Course 2015’.

The desert-style 18-hole golf course is situated close to the vibrant city of Marrakech –ranked No.1 in TripAdvisor’s ‘2015 Travellers’ Choice, Top 25 Destinations in the World’ – and is set against the backdrop of North Africa’s snow-capped Atlas Mountains.

Assoufid Golf Club, Morocco, Africa
Assoufid Golf Club, Morocco, Africa

Assoufid Golf Club officially opened for play in October last year and is a debut design for Scottish PGA professional and former European Tour player, Niall Cameron.

Additionally, the club is a 10-minute drive from the city’s international airport and forms part of an exquisite 222-hectare development, which will include a hospitality and residential component. The development offers golfers an excitingly diverse challenge across a rolling desert landscape featuring cacti, palm and olive trees.

The golf club’s design concept included integrating the development into the existing landscape, meanwhile encouraging the site’s indigenous flora and fauna to thrive, whilst minimizing water consumption.

Guy Maxwell, Golf Director at Assoufid Golf Club, said:

“Marrakech is rapidly emerging as one of the EMEA region’s must-visit golf destinations and the opening of Assoufid Golf Club continues to attract much interest. To illustrate this, since opening, we have welcomed over 40 representatives from international golf media and received over 50 ‘Excellent’, or ‘5-star’ reviews on Trip Advisor.

“We are proud to be nominated for the World Golf Awards’ ‘Best Golf Course in Morocco 2015’ as we are focused on delivering the country’s finest golfing experience through proper golf course maintenance and high levels of customer service.”

The 2015 World Golf Awards ceremony, hosted by Conrad Algarve, will take place in Portugal on November 7th. To learn more about the World Golf Awards, visit: www.worldgolfawards.com

For more information about Assoufid Golf Club visit: www.assoufid.com

Top 5 UK Golf Courses

With over 2000 golf courses in the UK, it can be challenging to find the best golf club to play at. There are several factors that make a golf course great: the condition of the course, the design and variety of each hole, a sense of history, and the scenery… even just the very feel of the course can have a play in your fondness towards it.

Finding a golf course with all these qualities can be tough, so a great way to start is by using a course finder such as the Gamola Golf Course Finder, which allows you to search by town or postcode to find golf courses local to your area.

Sometimes, however, only the best course will do. In these instances, here are the top five courses in the UK to check out.

1. Royal Birkdale, Merseyside

Royal Birkdale has a rich noble history and has hosted many championships in the past. Each hole runs through stunning landscapes of sand dunes and heather, and the course itself is extremely challenging due to tight fairways, deep bunkers, rough greens and sea gathered wind. The course itself is in excellent condition and each hole is varied, suiting the course to all players.

2. Royal St George’s, Kent

Those looking for a traditional experience need look no further than Royal St George’s. With its in-depth history of hosting The Open championships, stunning clubhouse and outstanding catering, Royal St George’s appeals to golfers of all abilities. The course itself is immaculate, and challenging. Blind tees, deep bunkers and rough create varied holes which require strategic navigation.

3. Sunningdale (Old), Berkshire

Famous for its elevated 10th tee, the old course at Sunningdale is one of the most visually attractive courses in the UK. Surrounded by pine, birch and oak trees, the course gives the peaceful illusion of being at one with nature. Suitable for players of all handicaps, the course rewards good shots and punishes bad ones. Both the course and clubhouse are in perfect condition, with excellent facilities throughout.

4. Woodhall Spa (Hotchkin), Lincolnshire

The Woodhall Spa Hotchkin Course is extremely challenging, testing even the very best golfers. Built on sandy soil, the course is an oasis within a canopy of oaks, fir and birch trees. Lined with rich heather and gorse, the course itself is in immaculate condition. Narrow fairways, deep bunkers and blind tees make the course difficult, but enjoyable.

5. Walton Heath (Old), Surrey

More suited to those with a lower handicap due to the thick heather that lines the fairways, the old course at Walton Heath is a stunning heathland course whose difficulty progressively increases with each hole. Warm hospitality, stunning food and beautiful clubhouse facilities make a welcome reward after a hard game.

When considering which golf course to visit, it can be easy to get caught up in the idea of travelling overseas to take advantage of stunning courses and warm sun, however UK courses are among some of the most traditional and prestigious, and are well worth taking the time out to spend a day navigating the holes, enjoying the scenery and taking in the history.

Take it Easy with a French Golf Holiday or Weekend Break

With such a long hot summer drawing to a close, there’s been plenty of time for golf this year. Courses throughout the UK have been lush and busy throughout.  So like me you may have managed to play a round or three at many of your local golf courses; some for the first time, and others with more regular visits. We’re pretty lucky here in the south-east corner of England as Kent, Essex and Surrey are full of great golf courses to play, including some fantastic pay and play courses. But if you were looking for a weekend getaway or golf holiday abroad that’s not going to break the bank or take too long, then why not consider golf break in France?

Kent is the closest point in the UK to France with its ferry terminals and Channel tunnel.  There are plenty of fine courses waiting for British golfers on the other side of the English Channel.  But for something a little more adventurous, why not take a ferry from Portsmouth or Poole to one of the French Atlantic ports, situated on the French west coast.

The French Atlantic Ports includes Le Havre, Rouen-Honfleur, Cherbourg, St Malo, Brest, Lorient, Nantes-St Nazaire, La Rochelle, Bordeaux and Bayonne-Saint Jean de Luz; and part of their beautiful countryside is a wealth of beautiful golf courses, all of which welcome tourists and golf lovers, alike.

Cherbourg is very close to the Channel Islands and hosts many golf courses including the Golf De Cherbourg which is probably one of the most beautiful nine holes you will find in the whole of Normandy.  The course is relatively short (5686m) and very flat.  The fairways are long and narrow with small beautifully kept greens. The Golf De Cherbourg is close to the ferry terminal and therefore an obvious place to visit.  But Cherbourg has other courses that are well worth a visit. Why not book a round at the nearby18 hole Golf de la Presqu’île du Cotentin or the Golf de la Côte des Isles?

For those planning a longer stay there is Golf de Coutainville and Golf d’Omaha Beach further along the coastlines or the lovely Golf Centre Manche further inland. This beautiful part of France is truly beautiful and loves its golf.  So I can’t really think of any good reasons not to book Brittany Ferries golf holidays and enjoy the beautiful French cuisine, culture and play a few rounds.  Can you?

Golf has never been so popular in the UK

With Tiger Woods back where he belongs, re-instated as the #1 golf player in the world ranking table followed by a wealth of British talent, the likes of Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald, Justin Rose, Lee Westwood and the flamboyance of Ian Poulter, it’s no wonder that golf has never been more popular as an amateur sport in the UK.

Furthermore, with over 7,500 courses to choose from throughout the UK, it’s never been easier or cheaper to play the best game in the world. Competition has driven prices down and increased the quality of pay and play golf courses available for non-members. Although I am surrounded by some awesome golf courses, I personally choose not to be a member of any of my local golf clubs. These days I have more fun facing different challenges, playing different courses whether it be with my son, some friends or co-ordinating a special corporate day.

I really enjoy seeking out new golf courses to play; and with the internet it is now even easier to find  new courses, read customer feedback on the quality of the greens and even the food and service on offer at the nineteenth hole.  All this, plus numerous websites listing cheap tee-times including some of the most prestigious golf courses throughout the UK.

From the amateur golfers point of view, things couldn’t be much better.  But what’s it like owning or managing a golf course with such competition and high levels of expectation and value for money?

Keeping the greens lush, the bunkers raked and the fairways in order is just one small part of managing a successful golf course. Imagine how a storm or severe winds could affect a golf course. Damage caused by hurricane-strength winds or an overnight flood, falling trees or branches on the course all need to be managed as does vandalism and theft.  But as a customer, I am only interested in the golf day experience I have when visiting a club.

Golf club insurance from Aon or other insurance companies, against accidental damage and public liability is as necessary as a top quality groundsman; and managing a course to always hit or exceed high expectations must be a real headache. these reasons alone, I recently decided to carry on enjoying the best game in the world as a customer rather than further exploring the possibility of co-owning a golf course with a friend who is very keen on making golf his livelihood as much as his pastime.