Best Golf Courses In Egypt That You Didn’t Know About

Best Golf Courses In Egypt That You Didn’t Know About

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Egypt isn’t just pyramids and marketplaces. If you’re longing to hit that golf ball straight down a fairway, you can do so at about 20 golf courses in Egypt — some, within sight of pyramids. Leading designers such as Greg Norman, Gary Player and John Sanford created several golf courses on this list. Golf opened up in Egypt when the British left after World War I. Almost 100 years later, the 2011 Arab Spring and changes in government slowed down the development of master planned golf communities somewhat. Here are some of the best golf courses in Egypt that you didn’t know about.

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Soma Bay, Red Sea

The Soma Bay Championship Course was designed by Gary Player Design Group at a coastal resort on Egypt’s Red Sea, about a six-hour drive from Cairo. The resort is on a peninsula surrounded on all sides by the Red Sea, accessible on a private road through a single controlled entry gate. Player’s vision for this course was of beauty and tranquility. He wanted a mix of shots that test the imagination and strategic skills of all levels of golfers. This 18-hole course is 6,998 yards and has a par 72 from the championship white tees. There are nine holes with water hazards that include the Red Sea itself. Busiest months for Soma Bay are September through June. There are electric carts to rent, a pro shop and golf equipment. The course is a 10 minute drive from the Soma Bay Hotels and a shuttle bus is provided for guests.

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Mena House, Cairo

Few golf courses can boast being adjacent to one of the great wonders of the world like Mena House Golf Course at Oberoi, Cairo. For more than 100 years golfers have been teeing off within view of the Great Pyramid of Cheops. This course was recently redesigned by Bettina Shrickel and Robert Trent Jones Jr. It’s known for the diversity of its 18 unique holes. The magnolia trees have been preserved and the redesign elements include new fairways and lush foliage. The layout of bunkers challenge golfer’s thinking.

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Steinberger Golf Resort, El Gouna

The Steinberger Golf Resort offers the El Gouna 18-hole championship USPGA Golf Course, designed by Gene Bates and Fred Couples. This course has Red Sea and mountain views. The par 72 course opened in 1999 and is 6,296 meters. There is a pro shop that offers carts, club rentals and driving range, a bar and restaurant.

Couples won 15 major PGA tours and partnered with Bates to bring their design team to create a new level of golf-course design at El Gouna.

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Stella di Mare, Red Sea

The Stella Di Mare Golf, Spa and Country Club is located by the Red Sea, 90 minutes from Cairo International Airport and two hours from the pyramids. It is the home of the Stella Di Mare International Pro-Am Golf Tournament, scheduled in 2015 from May 18-25.

The 6,500-meter course has a par 72 and many challenges. The designer is world renowned Karl Litten. There are four sets of tees on every hole which makes the course playable for beginners to pros. Known for its excellent playing condition, this year-round course is considered one of the best in Egypt.

There are beautiful views, lush greens and palms throughout the course, and the Academy at Stella Di Mare offers professional lessons for the beginner to the experienced.

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Alexandria Sporting Club, Alexandria

The Alexandria Sporting Club golf course is the oldest standing 18-hole course in Egypt. Built in 1885 in the traditional British style, the par 70 course is made up of two par fives, 12 par fours, and four par threes.

Known locally simply as “Sporting,” Alexandria Sporting Club is one of the most famous sports and social clubs the city and covers an area of about 97 acres. In addition to the golf course the club has 15 tennis courts, 12 squash courts, four swimming pools, handball, basketball, football, croquet, bowls and more. A variety of cafes and restaurants are available too.

Egypt’s second-largest metropolitan area after Cairo, Alexandria lies along the Mediterranean Sean in north-central Egypt. About 80 percent of Egypt’s imports and exports go through it.

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Jolie Ville Golf & Resort, Sharm El Sheikh

Considered one of the best golf courses in Egypt, the Jolie Ville Golf & Resort is on the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula. This 18-hole PGA championship golf course is 6,021 meters long and has a par 72. It’s located 10 minutes from the international airport and Naama Bay.

There are four sets of tees on each hole to make it friendly enough for the beginner to the professional. The course has 18 man-made lakes that attract exotic birds including some endangered species. The course has dramatic views of the surrounding Sinai Mountains.

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Royal Valley Golf Club, Luxor

The Royal Valley Golf Club at Luxor is 18-hole championship course and clubhouse on the east bank of Luxor, 13 kilometers from Luxor’s city center and eight kilometers from Luxor’s international airport. This is a desert golf course where you can experience target golf and year-round sunshine.

This 6,735-yard par 72 course was designed by Arthur Davis, an American golf architect. There are many water hazards throughout the course and four tees at each hole to satisfy the higher handicapped golfer as well as experts.

Royal Valley has one of the largest practice facilities in Egypt which includes a 270-yard double-ended driving range with six target greens. There is a large pitching and putting green. If you want to practice your sand shots, there is a sand practice green and a fairway bunker. At the pro shop you can get a PGA qualified golf lesson.

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Katameya Heights, Cairo

The Katameya Heights Golf Resort is an oasis of greenery in the desert and it claims to be one of the more impressive Golf Resorts in the Middle East and North Africa.

Katameya Heights Golf and Tennis Resort was one of the first commercial ventures to combine golf and real estate in Egypt, and in its promotional material, it says it has influenced the corporate landscape of Cairo.

It was initially perceived as a risky venture when it opened its doors in 1997, but the long-term vision of the owners is being realized.

Its real estate development has provided Egyptians and expats with an alternative suburban lifestyle.  Katameya Heights with the golf course, clubhouse and residential plots of land covers an area of 1.5 million square meters. The course  is an 18-hole championship course par 72 of 6800 yards. Katameya Heights has a nine-hole par 35 course at 2,985 yards. It was designed by renowned French golf architect Yves Bureau.

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Allegria Golf, West Cairo

A newer course, the Allegria Golf Course was developed in conjunction with Troon Golf of Scottsdale, Arizona and developed by SODIC, one of Egypt’s leading real estate developers. This championship course was designed by Greg Norman, a well-known PGA golfer. The Allegria development is just outside of Cairo and has both residential and commercial applications in a parkland-type environment. Growth in this region is expected to make the Allegria attractiveto both domestic and international players.

Allegria is located in Sheikh Zayed City in West Cairo. The course is a par 72 with 7,217 yards from the championship tees. It features streams, rock features and views of the pyramids of Giza.

Greg Norman and his design team introduced innovative methods to save trees rather than destroying them and the course is designed to be a natural extension of the overall community. It has four sets of tees on each hole.

The course has received the prestigious CNBC Arabian Property Award three times. Villas, townhouses, a golf academy and a driving range are some of the features of this resort.

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El Ein Bay Sokhna Golf Club

El Ein Bay is the closest beach resort to central Cairo, located about an hour’s drive away along the Red Sea coastline. The course was designed by golf architects Thompson Perrett and Lobb. They helped do the master planning of a resort-style golf course incorporating a large practice facility and 27 holes. The Sokhna Golf Club is a joint project between two of Ein Sokhna’s leading golf resorts — Einbay, developed by Galalah for Touristic Investments And Hassan Allam Properties’ The Little Venice Golf Resort. These two developments joined forces to create a golf facility will be surrounded by 200 luxury villas and three apartment complexes when it’s completed. The course has 18 holes, par 72 and 6968 yards.

The idea behind the Sokhna Golf Club is to cater to more serious golfers bent on improving their game.

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Taba Heights

When they tee off at Taba Heights golf course, golfers can see three countries — Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Israel. Views of desert mountains and blue water are added bonuses on this course on the east coast of the Sinai Peninsula.

The course was designed by John Sanford, a member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects, and it meets American and European architectural standards for golf courses. It was ranked No. 1 golf course in Egypt for two consecutive years according to U.K. rankings. The gentle slopes of the fairways take advantage of sea and mountain views and the course offers an impressive 7,100 yards between the first and 18th holes. The total course area spans the central section of the resort’s overall properties, linking different hotels and future developments.

Nestled between the Red Sea and a mountain range, the course provides an exciting game with rolling elevations ranging from four to 70 meters above sea level. Due to this terrain, the management is making the use of golf carts mandatory for all players. Golf carts are complimentary. There’s a golf academy and lessons available from PGA golfers.

Source: TabaHeights