Discover Golf : September 2015
27 discovergolf.com.au the fairways of its courses are far less crowded than those of other winter sun destinations. Few Moroccans play golf, expat foreigners and long-stay winter visitors making up the bulk of club members and regular players. Getting a preferred tee time is easy outside of the peak winter months, even in Marrakech. And while the golf season in Agadir runs from November until April, most holidaymakers go there for summer sunshine—so fairways are virtually empty from May until autumn. Facilities at most courses are top-notch, generally including a well-appointed clubhouse with locker rooms, showers, bar, lounge, restaurant and a pro shop stocking a range of clothing, equipment and accessories. Some also offer a club fitting service. The majority also has extensive practice facilities, featuring grass-tee driving ranges, pitching and putting areas, and often practice bunkers. Some have pitch and putt courses to help golfers improve their short game. And at Royal Golf Marrakech, the range and practice areas are floodlit using football stadium-style lighting and open until as late as midnight on Friday nights. Other facilities at Morocco’s courses include starters to welcome golfers, marshals to ensure a good pace of play and even beverage carts at some, offering golfers cold water, other drinks and snacks. With many of the country’s courses offering golf academies and resident teaching pros, golfers heading to Morocco can also use their break in the sun to improve various aspects of their game. An increasingly popular option for golf clubs in many countries where courses are often closed by inclement weather in winter is to travel in a group with the home club’s golf pro, giving golfers the chance to enjoy winter sun, relax with fellow club members and have tuition from their own pros. In short, Morocco offers golfers more sun, more time, and more golf.