Golf in Egypt
And there are few rain checks. In Egypt, the weather is almost certain to accommodate ones desire to play golf (and perhaps, sight seeing, shopping and other activities might accommodate a bored spouse at the same time). And for the sporting man or woman, there are many other activities such as scuba diving in some of the best spots in the world. Egypt has some very wonderful courses including the Gary Player course at Soma Bay on the Red Sea. And most courses either adjoin, or are a part of fabulous hotels, such as the one at the Mena House in Cairo. The Alexandria Sporting Club Built in 1898 and used during the British occupation, the Alexandria Sporting Club is one of the oldest sporting clubs in Egypt. In 1952, it was taken over by the state, converted into a national club (like the El Gezira Club in Zamalek) and was managed by the Chairman of the Club, Mahmoud Hamdy. Today, the golf course stands on 97 feddans, 97 percent of which constitutes the total club area. It is a flat course with tricky bunkers and can be played by beginners as well as experts. The club also features four restaurants, the Club House Restaurant being the most luxurious, and the Happy Land restaurant serving the children's playground. It also offers party catering. Members pay 5 LE for 18 holes, while temporary members pay 10 LE to play. Visitors must be accompanied by a member and pay 50 LE. About the course: 18 holes, Par 70, 5,960 yards, rating 69, two tees Who Can Play: Annual memberships, daily golf, tourist groups welcome Golf Services: Pro Shop, caddies, trolleys, club rental Learning to Play: Golf pro, lessons About the Clubhouse: Restaurant Other Facilities: The course is part of the Alexandria Sporting Club, which has two swimming pools, horseracing, croquet, tennis, squash, basketball, football, board games, and many other facilities. The Alexandria Sporting Club Telephone +203 543-3627/8/9 Web: http://www.igolftoday.com SOMA BAY The Cascades Golf Resort and Country Club is located on the Red Sea coast within the Soma Bay development, about 40 km south of Hurghada. The course is designed by Gary Player, one of the most famous golfers in the world. Soma Bay is well known for its beautiful beaches and for its location directly on the shore. 360 days sunshine a year, perfect temperatures in winter (25 C) as well as in summer (35 C). Come and enjoy yourself at this challenging golf course - you are welcome any time. * Gary Player Design * Driving range * Pro Shop * Rental equipment * Power carts and caddies * Lessons by P.G.A. Professional * Beginners and advanced courses * Personal memberships and corporate memberships on request * Challenging golf course with great service About the course: 18-hole links course, 6,646 yards, 4 tees, 71 rating Who can Play: Memberships, daily golf, tourist groups welcome Golf Services: Pro Shop, caddies, power carts, driving range, club rental Learning to Play: Golf Pro, electronic teaching equipment, golf academy Accommodations: Sheraton 5 Stars, 310 rooms- Golf packages available, exercise facilities, sauna, steam, function rooms, 24 hr. food service, four restaurants, disco, three bars, billiards, table tennis, tennis, satellite television, swimming pool, children's play area, snorkeling, fishing, boating, beaches Robinson 5 stars, 300 rooms- Golf packages available, exercise facilities, sauna, steam, function rooms, two restaurants, disco, three bars, billiards, table tennis, tennis, tennis pro, satellite television, three swimming pools, children's play area, snorkeling, scuba, surfing, amphitheatre The Cascades Golf Resort & Country Club Safaga Road Km 48 Soma Bay/Red Sea Tel & Fax: 065-54 49 01 Web: http://www.thecascadessomabay.com Email: email@example.com Dreamland Golf and Tennis Resort Located on the outskirts of Cairo, the Golf and Tennis Resort is part of Dreamland City, currently the worlds largest private sector development. Once completed this 2,000 acre project will also include a theme park, shopping center, 16 cinemas, equestrian riding center, more than ten thousand residential units, nine hotels, conference center, an additional 9 hole course and the worlds largest clubhouse. Clubhouse and Amenities * Fully stocked pro shop and locker rooms * Rental equipment and power carts * Swiss Inn Restaurant and Lounge * Tow on course snack bars and refreshment carts * Eight night lit tennis courts and swimming pool Golf Academy * International professional instruction * Private lessons, group clinics and video analysis * Night lit, turf driving range with 6 target greens * Three practice greens for putting and bunker play Narrow serpentine fairways wind around grassy mounds and lakes contrast against golden desert sand and offer spectacular views of the Great Pyramids of Giza. The Dreamland Golf Course is an exceptional 18 hole, par 72 layout designed by renowned golf architect Karl Litten. About the Course: 18 holes, Par 72, 7205 yards, rating 74, four tees Who can Play: Annual memberships, daily golf, tourist groups welcome Golf Services: Pro Shop, caddies, power carts, club rental, tournaments, food and beverage on the course Learning to Play: Golf Pro, lessons, swing analyzer and other electronics, golf academy About the Clubhouse: Restaurant and bar Other Facilities: Tennis academy with six clay courts, pro shop, tennis pro, lessons, tournaments; exercise facilities, swimming pool, adjacent to amusement park; Hilton Resort Hotel opening 2001 Dreamland Golf and Tennis Resort 6th of October City Road, Dreamland City Cairo, Egypt Phone: (2011) 400 577 / 8 Fax: (2011) 400 935 Pro Shop: (2011) 400 580 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: http://www.dreamgolf.com The Gezira Club In Cairo, Egypt The 111 year old, par 70 golf course, the first in Egypt, was once also its best. Before the Nasser Era, it was an 18 hole course used only by British nationals. In 1906, the club members requested from the government to won the club, but were refused. Instead, they were allowed to lease the club for 60 years. In 1951, it was converted into a public club and 9 of its 18 holes were lost to the youth club. Fortunately, it is still possible to play 18 holes with a bit of maneuvering. For non-members, entrance to the club is 20 LE. Tournament fee is 40 LE and non-members are welcome to participate. About the Course: 18 holes (played on 9 fairways), Par 70, 5860 yards, rating 68, three tees Who can Play: Annual memberships, daily golf Golf Services: Pro Shop, caddies, trolleys, driving range, club rental Learning to Play: Golf Pro, lessons About the Club: The course is part of the Gezirah Sporting Club, which includes four restaurants, swimming, lighted tennis, tennis pros and lessons, squash, croquet, playing fields, walking tracks, exercise facilities, equestrian, basketball, children's play areas, saunas, bridge and board games The Gezira Club Telephone +202 736-0434/735-6000 Fax +202 736-7293 Katameya Heights Golf and Tennis Resort Egypt has not traditionally been known as a golf destination. This changed however with the opening of the first true Championship Golf Course. Since January 1997, Katameya Heights Golf & Tennis Resort has been a fully operational resort community for those who love the challenge of golf and tennis, while enjoying a wide variety of recreational and social facilities. Just 20 minutes from Cairo’s International Airport and conveniently located between Cairo’s distinguished districts of Heliopolis and Maadi. This 5 star deluxe resort features 27 holes of championship golf, practice facilities and a golf academy. Set amid endless rolling hills of golfing green, our Clubhouse stands in recognized glory with restaurants, lounges, bars, a swimming pool, health spa, state of the art fitness center and a fully stocked Pro shop. Katameya Heights is also the site of the prestigious “El Shafei Tennis Ranch”, the perfect facility for tennis in a lively atmosphere. Our children’s Clubhouse “The Hangout” is dedicated to provide everything our junior members could wish for. Receiving worldwide critical acclaim from the international media, Katameya Heights development also includes 280 luxurious villas overlooking nearly 250 acres of green fairways surrounded by golden desert sand. Future plans include a hotel with conference facilities, the development of squash courts, which are expected to be operational by the end of 1999.
One often here's of the scenic views surrounding golf courses around the world. Walk into any real golf enthusiasts home or office and one is likely to see beautiful landscapes in Scotland or England, or even the US. But no where else in the world can one play golf in the shadows of the Great Pyramids, or play 18 holes in the morning, and then visit the mountain where Moses passed down the ten commandments in the afternoon.