Royal Dar es Salam Golf ClubDESTINATION GUIDE

Historic Morocco: A budding golf destination

By Brandon Tucker,
Senior Writer

Morocco is a dynamic country on the north coast of Africa full of diversity and rich history, not to mention warm sunshine and even a little golf. As a golf destination, it's not as developed as Spain and Portugal, with only about a dozen clubs. But the game has been a popular pastime of the Royal Family for years, and for the golf courses Morocco does have, the quality is quite remarkable.

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It's also a golf destination that stands to grow in coming years thanks to added outside interest in real estate and vacation homes, as well as a government that continues to work on growing the middle class.

Ernie ElsMorocco is a favorite holiday spot for the French, who travel by two-hour direct flights from Paris to resort towns like Marrakesh and Agadir. It's also convenient for the French because Moroccans are usually bilingual in French and Arabic and most signage is in French, though the majority of larger hotels are able to cater to English-speaking guests.

Morocco's capital, Rabat, is about an hour's drive from Casablanca. There is one golf club here, Royal Dar es Salam, where King Hassan II enjoyed the game so much he founded a tournament, the King Hassan II Trophy, which has been contested here since 1971.

Royal Dar es Salam's Red Course - No. 9royal-dar-es-salam-red-course-no9.jpgMorocco's largest and most cosmopolitan city, Casablanca offers limited golf with a couple nine-hole courses and Royal Golf D'Anfa's Mohammadia 18-hole course just outside the city. A longer drive away is the five-star resort and coastal golf club Royal El Jadida at the Sofitel luxury resort property.

The country's most popular holiday town is the vibrant Marrakesh, which has a population of just over 1 million. You'll find three golf courses here and also year-round golf weather, with winter highs in the 60s.

Agadir, on the coast, features a handful of upscale resorts and golf courses, like Soleil Golf Club and Royal Agadir Golf Club. It's also closer to the Sahara, where you can take in desert and camel tours.

December 16, 2008

Any opinions expressed above are those of the writer and do not necessarily represent the views of the management. The information in this story was accurate at the time of publication. All contact information, directions and prices should be confirmed directly with the golf course or resort before making reservations and/or travel plans.