MOROCCO

MOROCCO

WHERE AFRICA SHAKES HANDS WITH EUROPE

The Kingdom of Morocco, a land of mysterious charm and intrigue, evokes images of Medieval Medina’s and Arabian nights.

Morocco marks the merger of the Atlantic and Mediterranean Oceans, separated from mainland Europe by the 12 mile expanse of the Straights of Gibraltar. Morocco may be just a step away from Europe geographically, but it is a world away in culture.

Not surprisingly, its history is more closely related to the Mediterranean than that of Africa, reflecting a turbulent bygone age shaped by its significant, strategic location. Since the days of the Phoenicians, Morocco has attracted foreign interest from the Romans, Vandals and Ancient Greeks until the Arabs assumed control in the 7th century bringing with them the Middle Eastern influence that is so evident to this day. Spain and France battled for control until Morocco regained independence in 1956.

This rich past, coupled with the timeless quality of its present, makes Morocco a magical mystery tour of surprises, excitement, exotic experiences and enchantment, the perfect blend for those who wish to combine a golfing extravaganza with a cultural crusade. Whether it was coincidental or profoundly prophetic, nothing encapsulates the ambience of Morocco more than the title of the famous song “As time goes by”.


IMBIBE THE SPIRIT OF MOROCCO


Although golf has been played in Morocco since the inception of its first course, The Royal Country Club of Tangiers, in 1917, the explosion of golf in Morocco is directly attributable to the late King Hassan II. A self confessed golf fanatic, he personally commissioned courses to be built close to his Royal Palaces in Rabat, Marrakech, Agadir and Fez. Designed by the world’s most eminent architects, probably the most celebrated course is the Robert Trent Jones creation at the Royal Dar es Salam Golf Club in Rabat. The championsip “Red” Course in this 54 hole complex is rated as one of world’s top 100 courses and hosts the annual Hassan II Trophy which, since its inauguration in 1971, has been won by golfing greats such as Lee Trevino, Billy Casper, Payne Stewart, Vijay Singh, Colin Montgomerie and in 2007 by reigning Open Champion, Padraig Harrington.

King Hassan’s heir, King Mohammed VI, is perpetuating the legacy bestowed by his father and the growth of golf in Morocco continues at a rapid rate, so much so that there are plans to construct a further 13 new courses by 2010 in addition to extending the present courses. Golf in Morocco, has for many years, been a well kept secret where the courses have been the Kings personal playground, but not anymore, Morocco is destined to become…….

THE KINGDOM OF GOLF!