Developed by SODIC, Egypt’s leading real estate company, The Allegria is Greg Norman’s first North African golf course design, opening to rave reviews when it was first unveiled in 2010 on the outskirts of Cairo.
King Golf International – who recently built the Nicklaus Design courses at Monte Rei in Portugal and Samanah in Morocco – constructed the 18-hole layout and they laid out the playing corridors within a substantial residential development.
Plenty of sand was shifted to create the contours on a largely level site but the results are simply stunning as lush, rolling fairways – many of them characterised by large waste areas or beach bunkers next to water hazards – flow around the property.
The short 7th is a real feature hole on the front nine and a pin placement to the right of the green here forces a carry across water. It’s followed by a terrific par four which plays to an enormous double green that’s shared with the 13th.
A contender for signature hole must surely be the short par four 14th, which is a great risk/reward hole with a creek running along the right side of a fairway leading to a heavily protected green.Currently managed by Troon Golf, The Allegria stands head and shoulders above all the other golf developments that have opened for business in Egypt since the late 1990s and it sets a very high benchmark for world-class golf in the region.
Quite simply an amazing facility. The Allegria has raised the bar for golf in Egypt and transformed it from a round of golf to a real experience. The Allegria has simply the best greens in Egypt year-round, the course is a brilliant design and a joy to play. Add to that Troon Golf brand, excellent service, friendly staff and a fantastic restaurant and you can see why this is ranked number 1. There is also a state of the art Academy with video, flightscope and other technologies to improve all golfers handicaps.
I feel this review is very malicious, ‘given the course's financial status’ / ‘loss of the greens can not be far away’ / ‘members fleeing in droves’. Financially this has been the best year for the club since opening, the membership is 13.5% stronger now than at the beginning of the year, this year has been the best year for rounds played since opening and the greens are perfect and running 10 on the stimpmeter (we are the only club in Egypt over-seeding the greens for winter). Hence I can’t understand this review at all. I played here in January this year before Josh left and it was in incredible shape. Everyone has an opinion I guess. Chris Geraghty, PGA • Director of Club Operations • The Allegria Golf Club