I have been eager to discover Michlifen for some time and finally managed to spend a week-end in Ifrane earlier this month. A little later in the season than I would have wished, but in the end we were blessed with perfect conditions. Cool temperatures, even warm in the afternoon, and a golf course to ourselves, as if privatised.
I found the experience at Michlifen simply great, in all respect : setting, course design, quality of service (with the usual touch of morrocan warmth and kindness). The only thing missing is another course of similar calibre in the vicinity...
The course is rather flat but set on a plateau overlooking the Azrou region, with fantastic views from the clubhouse and from holes 9, 17 and 18, undoubtedbly the three scenic holes of the course. It is an altogether different setting from the courses in Marrakech (all flat with the Atlas mountain towering in the distance).
I will not go into a hole by hole definition but the Nicklaus Design touch is clearly recognisable and (in my taste anyway) thoroughly enjoyable, visually and technically. The course is set on a former cork oak forest, with the trees having been completely removed on the front nine but left in between fairways on the back nine, a great ideas which allows for a different kind of setting.
The maintenance is of high quality. The Michlifen hotel (the only one in Ifrane to international standards) is a 10 min drive with the resort shuttles. The course is still young but definitely worth a visit.
Date: December 19, 2019