Palm Hills (A & C) - Egypt

Palm Hills Golf Course,
26th July Corridor,
6th October City,

  • +20 10 207 76844

  • Teymour Abou El Kheir

  • John Sanford and Nicklaus Design

  • Ihab Hosny

Florida-based architect John Sanford has designed several new millennium Egyptian courses, including the 9-hole Little Venice layout (now the “A” nine at the 27-hole Sokhna Golf Club complex outside Ain Sokhna) and the 18-hole Madinat Makadi course situated further south on the same Red Sea coastline, near the beach resort town of Hurghada.

Sandford’s also the lead architect at the new Hacienda Bay Resort, east of Alamein on the Mediterranean coast, and his extensive local knowledge was put to good use when he teamed up with Nicklaus Design to fashion the fabulous golf facility within the sprawling Palm Hills residential development in Cairo’s western satellite city of 6th of October.

"Collaborating with Nicklaus Design has been a great opportunity and experience for Sanford Golf Design”, said Sanford. “They have provided us with access to their vast resources and insight into their unique design details, as well as bringing the Nicklaus brand name to this growing golf destination.”

Situated less than thirty kilometres from the Great Pyramid of Giza, the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the course is laid out on top of a limestone landscape, requiring heavy earth moving during construction. Fairways are also routed around half a dozen man-made lakes that are interconnected by a series of small creeks.

The three nine hole circuits are named Khufu (A), Khafre (B) and Menkaure (C), with the A and C combinations regarded as the championship 18-hole course.

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Description: Palm Hills Golf Course is situated less than 30 kilometres from the Great Pyramid of Giza and it was laid out on top of a limestone landscape by Florida-based architect John Sanford. Rating: 5 out of 10 Reviews: 1
Colin Braithwaite

Palm Hills is a Nicklaus design and perhaps the coolest thing about the course is from a few holes you can actually see the pyramids at Giza. From the tips it is a test at almost 7400 yards. The first hole is a welcoming par four. Slightly uphill with fairway bunkers left and right and one greenside front right. The second is a mid-length downhill par three with a water hazard right. Things get tougher on the third which is the longest par four and bends right. Favor right of center off the tee to take the left fairway bunker out of play. A water hazard sneaks into play on the right side about 100 yards out. The first par five is long and bends right. The good news is you are teeing off from the highest point on the course. Still play it as a three shotter. Favor the right side to tale the left fairway bunkers out of play and choose your approach yardage. Thru four I was two under and thought this may be the day I go red, but then I came to five and six. As many folks know Nicklaus loves left to right designed holes, which as an avowed hooker are not my sweet spot. At Palm Hills, he designed back to back parallel long par fours with water hazard in between them. Two overcooked drives and there went my visons of grandeur. The 7th is the shortest par three and yet it is the number nine handicap hole. The green is surrounded by bunkers, but seems peculiar to me. The 8th is the shortest par four on the front. Bends left and is uphill with four fairway bunkers left and one right. Take an extra club on the approach. The front ends with a sucker par five that is reachable. If you are not past the right fairway bunker do not contemplate going for it. There is a water hazard left and the green is behind the stream that runs across the fairway.

The back starts with a downhill dogleg right. You can cut some of the corner and it is rated the easiest hole on the course. From ten green you will have a trek thru a neighborhood. You may notice something is amiss, especially if you are walking. Just about all of the homes have been vandalized and are vacant. I asked about it after my round and was told that the vandalization occurred during the 2011 revolution. Certainly, drives the point home about how much we take for granted. The good news is that the buildings have been bought and the new owner will be revitalizing them soon. The 11th is a par five that leans right. The 12th is a straight away par four and at 460 yards it is the 16th handicap hole. The 13th is another 200+ yard par three. The 14th is the shortest par four and is a good birdie hole. It is followed by the longest par three at a robust 243 yards! It is not downhill and my driver failed to reach it. The 16th is the last par five and it is the longest at just under 600 yards. Play it as a three shotter. The 17th is the last of the long par fours, hardly a gimme at 462 yards. The 18th is a good birdie oppty, an uphill par four that leans left. Take an extra club on the approach.

A pleasant surprise.

February 02, 2022
5 / 10
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