Assoufid - Morocco

Assoufid Golf Club,
Avenue Guemassa Km 10,
Marrakech,
Morocco


  • +212 525 06 07 77

  • Golf Club Website

  • 5 miles SW of Marrakech international airport, via the Gmassa road

  • Welcome

  • João Costa

  • Niall Cameron

  • Guy Maxwell


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Marrakech is undergoing something of a sporting boom as the Moroccan government encourages the development of golf facilities to the south of the city. The Al Madden course from Kyle Phillips debuted in 2010 and the 18-hole Samanah layout from Nicklaus Design was unveiled a year later.

Both these modern designs preceded the 2014 opening of the impressive Assoufid golf course – designed by former European Tour player Niall Cameron – and its fairways have been routed in such a way that most of the holes lie in a north-south orientation.

The par four 5th is one of the toughest holes on the card. Played from an elevated tee, its fairway is flanked on either side by desert as it rises directly towards the Atlas Mountains. Tee shots played to the left will afford golfers a better view of the flag for an approach whilst a drive up the right side will leave more of a blind shot into the pin.

The tee for the par three 17th is located at the highest point on the course – offering panoramic views of all the holes on the back nine – and it’s the starting point for the signature hole at Assoufid. Tee shots must carry a natural dry stream (called a shaaba) that runs through the course before reaching a wide but shallow green protected by bunkers to the front and rear.
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Description: The tee for the par three 17th is located at the highest point on the golf course – offering panoramic views of all the holes on the back nine – and it’s the starting point for the signature hole at Assoufid. Rating: 7.5 out of 10 Reviews: 10
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jason

I reviewed this course from playing in 2016 and have now worked out why I was confused at the time as to wether I loved it or not . It was because it has a rubbish first five holes followed by 13 world class holes.

From the sixth hole on this is a truly outstanding layout (apart from a ridiculous copse of trees left in the middle go the 14th fairway)

The first and second are flat and featureless , the third is actually a really good par 3 and the 4th and 5th are uphill featureless par 4's almost identical. If the first 5 holes were redesigned this course would be amongst the very very best, it is such a shame to see a great course spoiled by 4 really poor holes. There does seem to be a lot of room available within the boundaries of the course, so hopefully the powers that be will sort this out in time.

December 08, 2019
7 / 10
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matthew

Having just spent a few days in Marakesh, i was lucky enough to play Al Maaden and Assoufid. This was in November 2019.

Assoufid is about 15 minutes south west of the airport, and has an unassuming entrance. Was given a nice welcome by the marshalls who took our bags and we went to the first tee around the corner of the nice looking club house. We had caddies who cost around £20 before tip. Round was about £60 which is great value.

The 1st hole is one of the tighter on the course with OOB on the left and trees to the right, and is actually one of the poorer holes on the course. Holes get more open (scrub land either side of fairways) and more hilly. Par 3s are good holes and the 9th and 17th probably the best. Both no more than 160 yards and both downhill. Best hole on the course i think is the 10th where a good drive avoiding the fairway bunker leaves a 160-170 yards approach over a dry river to the green well guarded by bunkers.

The greens were receptive and not too quick with subtle breaks. Fairways are still bedding in, and you can tell this is a relatively new course. But still perfectly playable.

Caddies were great and meant we could walk the course easily.

The marshalls obviously know how to start groups as we managed as a fourball to get around in 3.5 hours, which is great.

Assoufid was the best course we played on our trip by mutual agreement of our group ( as a group we played Samanah and Al Maaden also)

The club house at Assoufid is nice, with views over the course from the terrace, and guessing on a clearer day there will be nice views of the mountains.

We had a great lunch and a few beers after, and the golf manager from Scotland came and introduced himself to us and had a good chat about our day. I feel Assoufid is on the right path to making this the best course in the area and are doing everything properly. Well done, and will be back when i return in the coming years.

(gave excellent rating, but with a few more years maturity on the course, Outstanding rating is achievable).

November 19, 2019
8 / 10
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GLOAGUEN

To me definitely a world class venue. This spectacular course offers beautiful views overs the Atlas Mountains as well as 18 very interesting & various holes.

Before starting your round, the practice facilities are the perfect location for warm up. Driving range, chipping & putting green are all in perfect conditions.

After your round, enjoy an exquisite lunch on the terrace facing the Atlas and relax.

A great day of Golf at Assoufid.

October 25, 2019
8 / 10
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malcolm roberts

Probably the best course in the area, far more contour than other courses and more trees to define fairways and make driving well a bit more critical than other local courses, particularly 15 which just gets tighter the further back you go. No water hazards, greens and fairways in great condition. Back 9 probably the stronger, tough second shot over a gulch into 10, great tee shot on par 5 11th. and 17 just a cracking short par 3. Would have awarded 6 balls but for the bunker sand which appeared to be little more than building sand, plenty of it in all bunkers into which balls plugged deeply most of the time a pity really because it spoilt a memorable day.

October 22, 2019
8 / 10
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adam

this is one of the best golf courses in Marrakech. i recommand you to try it.

February 05, 2019
8 / 10
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jason

Whilst in Morocco I really struggled getting any accurate information of the quality of the golf courses... but I have to say this goes down as one of those rare times when you are surprised but in a good way when you play a course. I try to keep my 6 balls to the very top courses and its only because this one caught me out a little that I am reluctant to give it 6 balls.

To me the true test of a great course is how memorable each hole is say a month after you have played it, and Assoufid didn't disappoint , I can honestly say fo the first time in a long time I remembered the majority of the holes in detail and the variety was excellent. I remember the first being ordinary dont let this throw you and also somewhere around 14th ?? a couple of quirky holes that were very narrow and felt a bit crowbarred into the corner of the course but other than that this really is a very very good course with lots of memorable holes.

November 08, 2018
8 / 10
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Ian Cranidge

I played Assoufid on hot late September morning. Unfortunately the hazy weather meant visibility was poor and I couldn't enjoy the views of the Atlas mountains. Assoufid Golf Course - Photo by reviewer The course itself is carved out of rolling desert scrub with waste areas lining most fairways to catch wayward shots, it has its fair share of elevation change using the landscape well. On my visit the condition of the course was very disappointing, I understand summer is the time in Morocco when maintenance is performed and wouldn't expect perfect conditions so early in the season but it was very poor, fairways on the front nine only had a thin covering of grass, the rest being sand and worm casts. The greens were equally poor as well with too many dead Assoufid Golf Course - Photo by reviewerpatches making putting a lottery. In my opinion the course shouldn't have been open or offering at least a reduced green fee. That said it is an attractive layout with the chance to use most clubs in the bag, service is good with a great practice area and free balls. Overall a 3 ball course, just check the conditions before you play.

September 30, 2017
4 / 10
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Kaz Kassam

A fantastic golf course with stunning views of the Atlas Mountains in the background. A new course but you would not know as the course has used all the nature available to its great advantage.

Friendly welcome and a great practice area off the grass.

The changing rooms are from a 5 star hotel with everything you require.

Assoufid has a creek or dried river that runs through the golf course, a very deceptive water hazard, its there but not there as you do not see water. If you enter the hazard it is not permissible to retrieve your ball except on the 10th.

The Golf club itself is in pristine condition and is very looked after. The staff are very courteous/well trained who are aware of the players on the course and stop all machinery well before you are taking your shot which I found very special, I know it is common courtesy but it is nice to see that they adhere to this courtesy.

The 10th hole for me was fantastic, not only needs a good tee but also requires a good second shot. Tee is protected by that creek.

The 17th par 3, is just awesome. Played from an elevated tee and very well protected by that creek, it there but not there :-)) Needs thought with the club selection.

I could carry on as there is some enjoyment on every hole.

I played 3 courses while in Marrakech and I would make Assoufid a must visit every time I am in Marrakech.

A job well done Guy, congratulations.

August 15, 2016
8 / 10
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Jim McCann

The number of new courses that have emerged around the city of Marrakech in the last few years is nothing short of extraordinary. As I was arranging to come here last week, I received an email to notify me of another new layout that’s just opened at PalmGolf Ourika (which I’ll look at tomorrow) then, on arrival here yesterday, I was told of yet another course – designed by Tony Jacklin – that’s opening next year (which I had a quick look at earlier today). I now make that a dozen different golf facilities in and around the Red City, which some might think is verging on the side of overprovision.

Assoufid has been on my hit list for a while now, as some believe it to be one of the best new tracks to have opened in all of Africa in the last five years or so. Although it’s a little further south than most of the other Marrakech courses, I still expected it to be pretty flat – how wrong could I be , as the quite marked movement in the landscape really surprised me, with what appeared to be naturally rolling fairways in play throughoutAssoufid Golf Course - Photo by reviewer.

I was told the nines were reversed soon after the course opened and that was a smart move because holes 10 to 18 are stronger than 1 to 9. I’m not a fan of long par threes and there are two on the course (at holes 3 and 12) which are no fun if you have to take driver to reach a target over 220 yards from the tee.

Then again, balance that against a pair of back-to-back short par fours (at holes 6 and 7 then at 15 and 16) and that more than tips the playability scales back the right way.

The greens were a big disappointment, unfortunately. Apart from the wonderful Biarritz green on the 15th, there was next to no internal contouring on any of the other holes so, although the putting surfaces were immaculate and beautifully paced, I found them to be rather on the bland side.

The 10th sets the tone for the inward half as it sweeps right and down to a green sitting behind a wonderful dry ditch that runs alongside many of the back nine holes. The 13th and 14th run along the perimeter of the property and they’re two very different types of par five: the first sweeps beautifully down and left to the green whilst the second plays to a split fairway which tapers to the target, with out of bounds lurking menacingly to the right of the fairway. The short 17th, played from an elevated tee position across the dry creek, is probably the signature hole on the course and it precedes the right doglegged home hole, which veers right and uphill to a very smart clubhouse.

I mentioned earlier the possibility of there now being too many courses in the Marrakech area. If, in the fullness of time, that does turn out to be the case, I don’t see Assoufid suffering unduly as it appears to be a cut above many of the others.

December 06, 2015
8 / 10
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Andy
A must-visit course when in Marrakech - very new (2014) but already in great condition. This is a desert style course with waste-areas on every hole and although you can play from these, the best advice is to avoid them really as they are full of stones and results will be un-predictable. The course opens with a tough par-4, although under 400 yards, there are plenty bunkers left, right and also at the green, add in out-of-bounds down the left and you have plenty to think about. The standout hole of the front must be the 7th; a great looking dog-leg to the left with the approach having to carry desert in front of the green. The front-nine ends with a short downhill par-3 which is my least favourite hole if I am honest. I would say that the back-nine has more memorable holes and that starts at the 10th, the toughest par-4 on the course; the hole moves to the right and then the approach has to carry the shaaba (dry river) – a lay-up and a decent up and down could be the wise move here. The par-5 14th is worth a mention as the fairway is split, not unlike the 7th hole on Woburn’s Marquess course – choose your side and par or better is achievable, go straight and then you are in trouble! The 17th is a nice spot to be; an elevated tee to a downhill par-3 crossing the shaaba again to a well-protected green and is going to be most golfers favourite short hole on the course. A course comparison that does come to mind is the similar desert-style, Hacienda del Alamo in Spain….There seems to be a lot of energy behind golf in Morocco at the moment and Assoufid should not be missed, add in time within the old city walls of Marrakech and you will get the perfect blend of old and new.
May 06, 2015
8 / 10
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