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

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: 11
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Andy Newmarch
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 05, 2015
8 / 10
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