Gary Player Design will make its first appearance in Morocco, in the port city of Essaouira, with 36 holes of golf. This destination, popular with European tourists, just a two hour drive from Marrakech, boasts an eclectic cultural influence, miles of superb sandy beaches, a breezy climate and a wealth of history dating back to the 15th century.
SAEMOG shareholders Thomas & Piron, Colbert-Orco and ACCOR have partnered with Gary Player Design to create a unique golfing experience while further promoting tourism for the country. The golf course will be built among the natural sand dunes on the Atlantic coast and the development will include a hotel and a small number of villas. In addition to the windswept dunes, the remnants of an old castle will be a distinguishing feature at the tip of the golf course.
Typically Morocco’s tourism industry has so far been centred around towns like Marrakech and Casablanca, which have seen the majority of resort and golf course developments. Since the mid 1990s, however, Essaouira has experienced an unprecedented explosion of tourist activity and today the city well-represents the overall attraction of Morocco with both its cultural diversity and aesthetic value.
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