Egypt Aspires to Become Next Big Golf Tourism Destination

Text & Pictures by: Mohamed El-Dakhakhny

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Golf courses around the world attract several visitors as golf tournaments help boost tourism in several countries. While traditionally Egypt has never been a prime destination for the lovers of the elite sport, this might be set to change.

Rania Al-Mashat; Egypt Tourism Minister said that Egypt is ready to receive some decent portion of golf tourism out of the estimated total of 60 million golfers in the world.

According to the USA National Golf Foundation, there were estimated a total of 28.8 million golfers in the U.S.A. in 2018.This includes people who played on a golf course and another 9.3 million who participated exclusively in off-course golf activities at places like driving ranges, indoor golf simulators or golf entertainment venues like Top golf and Drive Shack, Overall, an estimated 8 percent of the U.S. population 6 or older played golf on a golf course in 2018. While Australia has recently been raked the fifth country with the highest number of golf courses. The total number of golf holes in the facilities around the country is 27,676.
Egypt’s golf heritage goes back to the 19th century. Recently, there are more than 26 golf courses around Egypt, with the majority constructed since the 2000s. All around the country, visitors get to enjoy many golf course options, of the very highest calibre designers and architects including Gary Player, Greg Norman, Nick Faldo, Jack Nicklaus, Karl Litten, Robert Trent Jones, and championship winner Peter Thompson. We’re offering you the best of both worlds. You can enjoy Egypt’s enticing sights without having to take time off from your favorite sport Al-Mashat added

It’s about time that Egypt leads to be one of the most prestigious golf destinations, with a country where the sun is out all year round. “Playing golf in winter while exploring the beauty and mystery of historical Egypt , through offering variety products with outstanding rates.” said Ayman Hussein, Chairman of Egyptian Golf Federation.

If you interested in a country where the sun is out all year round. Playing golf in winter while exploring the beauty and mystery of the history of the world in Egypt by offering a product variety, and outstanding rates.

Hussein pointed out that If Egypt intends to receive some decent portion of golf tourism, the government represented by the Minister of Tourism needs to work on sustainable tourism development for the new destinations. For example, Al Alamein needs to looked at from a different perspective. This outlook was achieved by many countries to gain some of the world’s golf tourism such Turkey, Morocco and Spain. We don’t need to build the golf courses next to the beach with in expensive areas, all you need is to develop golf resorts destinations on the south of the road to add to the three golf courses in the North Coast at Marassi, Porto Marina and Hacienda bay to complete the need to the sports attractions internationally.

BMW GOLFSPORT organized the most prestigious golf events in the world; BMW Golf Cup International is the largest international tournament series for amateur golfers. ‘once in a lifetime’. Out of around 100,000 participants around the world, over 149 golfers and their guests from 52 countries every year event discover a new country, and experienced what the BMW brand offer for one week events “Moments money can’t buy!,” said Yahia Abdel Kodous, BMW GM Marketing & PR in Egypt. “We are ready for tourism development partners to address Egypt as an attractive golf destination for the BMW GOLFSPORT to be held in the near future in one of Egypt’s finest reseorts whether in West of Cairo, Red Sea or North Coast.” Hamed Lotfi, BMW Events & Media Relations Manager added.

credit to golfinegypt.org

WEST CAIRO GOLF DESTINATION

 

Playing golf alongside one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World is obvious. The Pyramids Trail consists of four stunning golf course that are closely situated to many of Cairo’s iconic landmarks. These world-famous attractions are no further than a 10 or 30 minute drive from the golf courses, including Giza Necropolis, the site of the Great Pyramids, the Sphinx and other well-known ruins.

The Egyptian Museum is situated just 45 minutes’ away, featuring an extensive collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities. It has 120,000 items, with a representative amount on display, the remainder in storerooms.

Golfers around the World and Egyptian golfer asking what exactly is happening at the Mena House Golf Club, one of the World unique and historical golf course with the superior location is located in the shadows of the Great Pyramids of Giza Plateau in Cairo.  The Mena House the golf course originally was designed by the hotel during the Victorian era in an attempt to mirror the grand old Scottish courses: lots of high grass and rough. In 1917, it was redesigned to have the sleeker look of a standard course.” located 700 meters from these wonders of the ancient world offers unmatched views of the pyramids. You can gaze upon the magnificence of the pyramids from any fairway  at sunrise and sunset.It has been for more than ten years. The course was renovated/changed, but in worse condition now than two years ago. Club house was renovated/reconstructed and the original interior was dismantled. It is a piece of heritage could add a valuable assets to tourism sector and it can’t be sad ending as the managed by the Marriott for outdoor events.

“Egypt still is the undiscovered golf destination” said golf specialist Hafni Higazi, any golfer will find his dream to play golf and enjoy the weather 365 days, In west Cairo golf destination or Pyramids trail, four excellent manicured golf courses Dreamland, Algeria, Palm Hills and New Giza adjacent to the courses the great Pyramids, the big museum and wide varieties of shopping malls plus the new terminal Sphinx airport Hafni added. 

While Egypt has also hosted several successful winter events such as the European Tour’s Challenge in April 2016 and alps tour from 2103 till now 5 events each winter, pro golf tour from 2103 till now 2 events each year and in 2020. We are glad to host the Mena tour event at new Giza on February 2020, Ali Mohamed Ali, director of Golf at Sokhna and new Giza golf clubs said hosting golfers and their trainers is a niche where Egypt could really succeed.

Ali Mohamed continued: that Egypt has ”the best possible conditions where teaching pros have everything they need to develop the relationship with their golf club members in the winter months.”

Allegria Golf course
Allegria Golf course
Dreamland Golf course
New Giza Golf Club, Cairo, Egypt. The par 3 4th hole. Credit: Tristan Jones
New Giza Golf Club, Cairo, Egypt.  The par 5 17th hole. Credit: Tristan Jones
Palm Hills Golf course. Photo by Mohamed El-Dakhakhny
Dreamland Golf course

EAST CAIRO GOLF DESTINATION
Chance to play at Gezira Sporting Club Built in 1882, the golf course in Gezira is one of the oldest in Africa and probably the oldest in the Middle East, it has struggled for survival for over a century of historical and political changes that went against it. On the other side of Cairo in the East destination Katameya Heights, Mirage and Katameya Dunes also three beautiful courses, the east destination is rich by shopping malls and business parks.

Ahmed El-Naggar, Katameya Dunes Club Manager said International golf business increased at Katameya Dunes about 25% in 2019 and effective marketing of (Stay & Play) packages have generated almost 50 packages of 7 or more nights sold during 2019.

Hole 8, par-three. Katameya Dunes Golf Resort & Spa, Cairo, Egypt. credit: Richard Castka
JW Marriott Golf course
JW Marriott Golf course. By Mohamed El-Dakhakhny

 

The Red Sea    destination 

 

It’s only a four hour flight from Europe’s major capitals. Offer combination of golf and water sports such as diving surfing and snorkeling.Three magnificent courses El Gouna, Soma bay and Makadi bay.

Sokhna Golf Club” (SGC) is located on the North of the Red Sea, only one hour drive from Cairo. The Sokhna Golf Club features an 18-hole Championship Golf Course designed by renowned golf course designers, John Sanford and Tim Lobb.

Hurghada has multiple 18-hole championship golf courses that are open year round. Players get to enjoy stunning mountains and endless sea views; along with carefully placed bunkers, lagoons, and desert roughs.

While at Makadi CHAMPIONSHIP GOLF CLUB “A WORLD-CLASS GOLF DESTINATION” You’ll feel like you’ve checked in to paradise when you enter the Madinat Makadi: fantastic sea views, an 18-hole championship golf course just around the corner, and the far-reaching Makadi Bay at your fingertips. In addition to activities like diving, snorkelling, and sailing you can enjoy the beautiful sandy beach.

El Gouna Golf course
Taba golf course
Makkadi Golf course
Makkadi Golf course
Sokhna Golf Course. Photo by: Mohamed El-Dakhakhny
Soma bay golf course. Photo by: Mohamed El-Dakhakhny
Soma Bay Golf course. Photo by: Mohamed El-Dakhakhny

The Mediterranean destination 

 

The beautiful sands to the west of Alexandria are becoming beach, sun and water sports destinations. One-time coastal village El Alamein is now a burgeoning resort destination with luxury hotels. The scene of a decisive Allied victory in World War II, there is also a war museum and cemetery. Nearby Marassi became an upmarket tourist resorts and continues to expand. The city of Alexandria, founded by Alexander the Great in 332 BC, spreads out for miles along the Mediterranean coast. One of the most famous landmarks is the Pharos lighthouse, which was one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. can be visited on a tour. Three lovely courses Marassi Al Alamein, Hacienda bay and Porto Mariana, also in the center of the beautiful Alexandria a nostalgic nearly 100 years golf course the sporting club and only 27.0 km distance to Alex West Golf. 

While Amr Abdel Fattah, Head of Golf Operations (Uptown & Marassi) at Emaar Misr said that Emaar Misr it’s ready to promote golf tourism by 2020 with the opening of the New Address Marassi Golf Resort and Spa and will consist of 48 rooms and suites in additional to the 189 rooms and suites at the Al Alamein Hotel.

Egypt began individually with a series of great strikes, hosting several events for famous professional golfers on the Pro Golf Tour and the Alps Tour, Both are considered the prime tours of the PGA European Tour Challenge. 

After that, launching a tour that takes place only in Egypt: “The Mediterranean Tour.” Will Egypt succeed to become a golf destination to renew the glory Egypt had with golf over the last decade!

Hacenda Golf course, Al Alamein. Photo by: Mohamed El-Dakhakhny
Marassi Golf course, Al Alamein. Photo by: Mohamed El-Dakhakhny
Marassi Golf course. Photo by: Mohamed El-Dakhakhny

Alexandria Sporting Club- Golf course. Photo by: Mohamed El-Dakhakhny
Alexandria Sporting Club- Golf course. Photo by: Mohamed El-Dakhakhny
Alexandria Sporting Club- Golf course. Photo by: Mohamed El-Dakhakhny

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