Assoufid Golf Club nominated as ‘Best Golf Course in Morocco 2015’

Assoufid Golf Club recently named ‘Africa’s Best New Golf Course 2014’, has reinforced its growing global reputation by being nominated on the shortlist for The World Golf Awards as ‘Morocco’s Best Golf Course 2015’.

The desert-style 18-hole golf course is situated close to the vibrant city of Marrakech –ranked No.1 in TripAdvisor’s ‘2015 Travellers’ Choice, Top 25 Destinations in the World’ – and is set against the backdrop of North Africa’s snow-capped Atlas Mountains.

Top 5 UK Golf Courses

With over 2000 golf courses in the UK, it can be challenging to find the best golf club to play at. There are several factors that make a golf course great: the condition of the course, the design and variety of each hole, a sense of history, and the scenery… even just the very feel of the course can have a play in your fondness towards it.

Finding a golf course with all these qualities can be tough, so a great way to start is by using a course finder such as the Gamola Golf Course Finder, which allows you to search by town or postcode to find golf courses local to your area.

Sometimes, however, only the best course will do. In these instances, here are the top five courses in the UK to check out.

1. Royal Birkdale, Merseyside

Royal Birkdale has a rich noble history and has hosted many championships in the past. Each hole runs through stunning landscapes of sand dunes and heather, and the course itself is extremely challenging due to tight fairways, deep bunkers, rough greens and sea gathered wind. The course itself is in excellent condition and each hole is varied, suiting the course to all players.

2. Royal St George’s, Kent

Those looking for a traditional experience need look no further than Royal St George’s. With its in-depth history of hosting The Open championships, stunning clubhouse and outstanding catering, Royal St George’s appeals to golfers of all abilities. The course itself is immaculate, and challenging. Blind tees, deep bunkers and rough create varied holes which require strategic navigation. Continue reading “Top 5 UK Golf Courses”

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Image source: Brittany Ferries presents the best golf courses in Western France.

Take it Easy with a French Golf Holiday or Weekend Break

With such a long hot summer drawing to a close, there’s been plenty of time for golf this year. Courses throughout the UK have been lush and busy throughout.  So like me you may have managed to play a round or three at many of your local golf courses; some for the first time, and others with more regular visits. We’re pretty lucky here in the south-east corner of England as Kent, Essex and Surrey are full of great golf courses to play, including some fantastic pay and play courses. But if you were looking for a weekend getaway or golf holiday abroad that’s not going to break the bank or take too long, then why not consider golf break in France?

Kent is the closest point in the UK to France with its ferry terminals and Channel tunnel.  There are plenty of fine courses waiting for British golfers on the other side of the English Channel.  But for something a little more adventurous, why not take a ferry from Portsmouth or Poole to one of the French Atlantic ports, situated on the French west coast.

The French Atlantic Ports includes Le Havre, Rouen-Honfleur, Cherbourg, St Malo, Brest, Lorient, Nantes-St Nazaire, La Rochelle, Bordeaux and Bayonne-Saint Jean de Luz; and part of their beautiful countryside is a wealth of beautiful golf courses, all of which welcome tourists and golf lovers, alike.

Cherbourg is very close to the Channel Islands and hosts many golf courses including the Golf De Cherbourg which is probably one of the most beautiful nine holes you will find in the whole of Normandy.  The course is relatively short (5686m) and very flat.  The fairways are long and narrow with small beautifully kept greens. The Golf De Cherbourg is close to the ferry terminal and therefore an obvious place to visit.  But Cherbourg has other courses that are well worth a visit. Why not book a round at the nearby18 hole Golf de la Presqu’île du Cotentin or the Golf de la Côte des Isles?

For those planning a longer stay there is Golf de Coutainville and Golf d’Omaha Beach further along the coastlines or the lovely Golf Centre Manche further inland. This beautiful part of France is truly beautiful and loves its golf.  So I can’t really think of any good reasons not to book Brittany Ferries golf holidays and enjoy the beautiful French cuisine, culture and play a few rounds.  Can you?

Critters on the Course – Animal Encounters Add Excitement to Golf

Salem Golf Club, N. Salem, NY                                                                                                                   © Golf Girl Media

A golf course, by its very nature, can be an ideal place to observe wildlife. Whether you play on a traditional seaside links course, a lush parkland spread or an unlikely desert oasis, sooner or later you’ll probably have a close encounter with a critter or two.

Autumn with its ripened berries, falling chestnuts and burnished golden foliage, is prime time for nature watchers in the northeastern US; last week, just off a pristine fairway at Salem Golf Club, our foursome observed a white tail deer casually rubbing his antlers on the bark of an ancient oak tree.  It was all very picturesque until he began pounding his hoof on the ground in a blatantly aggressive manner. We collectively conceded that this eight point buck might be the most effective deterrent to slow play… ever.

This past weekend, along with a US victory, The Presidents Cup celebrated… with giddy enthusiasm… a squirrel.  Sammy, as the affable rodent was known, quickly became the team mascot and provided multiple moments of brightness in a competition that took place under consistently somber skies.

Less famous than Sammy, but far more imposing was the female grizzly bear who’d been haunting the golf courses at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort in British Columbia for most of the summer.  It seems the ursine interloper was attracted to the area by a berry patch and salmon stream.  She was finally trapped and moved to higher ground … and wildlife officials made sure to outfit the golf course grizzly with a tracking collar to assure an advanced warning should she again be tempted to try her paws at the Creekside Par 3.

Finally, there’s the now famous fairway fox at Verbier Golf Club in Verbier, Switzerland.  Local residents and golfers playing the alpine course have been entertained… and frustrated… by the playful omnivore since early September. You see, this sly canid isn’t content to sit on the sidelines. According to observers, he appears on course each afternoon and proceeds to steal golf balls.  The impressive action is documented in the video below, and has garnered Foxy a share of celebrity; BBC News, CNN and the Huffington Post have all covered his antics.  It’s interesting to note that Foxy’s course of choice is also a par-3.  Perhaps critters prefer the playability of a shorter course.

With more and more courses focused on sustainability and conservation golfers can expect more frequent meetings with wildlife. Fortunately, for most who love the sport animal encounters only add to its awesomeness.