Oasis Tozeur is located in the Jerid region of Tunisia on the western flank of the country and it’s a genuine oasis town that sits on the edge of the Sahara desert. Despite the harsh, arid landscape here, the many thousands of palm trees of Tozeur’s extensive palm grove produce bumper date crops annually for distribution around the world.
The terrain here is characterized by sand-coloured stone outcrops and it’s as unlikely a setting for a golf complex as you could imagine but, incredibly, architect Ron Fream fashioned just such an 18-hole layout here back in the 1980s.
Routing the course was a major construction project that involved crossing ravines and building retaining walls to contain the sixty acres of grassed surface on which the fairways are formed. And, of course, large numbers of palm trees were also planted to blend the course in with the local surroundings.
Temperatures in the summer often rise above 40 degrees centigrade in the afternoon so the more intrepid golfer seeking to play desert golf is advised to venture here during the high season from October to May.
Perhaps the location on the edge of the Sahara desert was too extreme to sustain this golf course. Sadly the course closed in 2019.