Situated on the southeastern side of the Cap Bon peninsula, Hammamet was the first Tunisian tourist destination established by the government in its plan to attract overseas visitors. Golfers visiting this coastal resort are well catered for with 54 holes in play at two locations.
Each of the three Hammamet layouts were designed by American Ron Fream – the most prolific course architect in Tunisia since the 1970s – and there are 18 holes on site at Yasmine, with two courses – Les Oliviers and La Forêt – laid out here at the Citrus golf complex.
Les Oliviers is quite a forgiving track, characterised by wide fairways that allow golfers to open their shoulders on the tee at most of the holes. La Forêt, on the other hand, is more strategic and demanding with many of the fairways doglegging through pine groves laid out on hilly terrain.
A feature hole on the outward half is the par three 6th; an exciting short hole that requires a do-or-die tee shot across a gully to a plateau green on the other side. On the back nine, the signature hole at the par five 12th sweeps majestically downhill to a green surrounded on three sides by cactus-laden waste areas.The Citrus facility, which also boasts a 9-hole compact course for beginners, is owned by several local hotels that offer preferential green fee rates to residents.