Developed by SODIC, Egypt’s leading real estate company, The Allegria is Greg Norman’s first North African golf course design, opening to rave reviews when it was first unveiled in 2010 on the outskirts of Cairo.
King Golf International – who recently built the Nicklaus Design courses at Monte Rei in Portugal and Samanah in Morocco – constructed the 18-hole layout and they laid out the playing corridors within a substantial residential development.
Plenty of sand was shifted to create the contours on a largely level site but the results are simply stunning as lush, rolling fairways – many of them characterised by large waste areas or beach bunkers next to water hazards – flow around the property.
The short 7th is a real feature hole on the front nine and a pin placement to the right of the green here forces a carry across water. It’s followed by a terrific par four which plays to an enormous double green that’s shared with the 13th.
A contender for signature hole must surely be the short par four 14th, which is a great risk/reward hole with a creek running along the right side of a fairway leading to a heavily protected green.
Currently managed by Troon Golf, The Allegria stands head and shoulders above all the other golf developments that have opened for business in Egypt since the late 1990s and it sets a very high benchmark for world-class golf in the region.
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First, let's be honest: this is NOT the best course in Egypt! Heck, it's not even the best course in the Cairo area. The biggest problem is the weed infestation that has taken almost one-third of the course. Fortunately, the weeds have not taken over the greens, yet. But, given the course's financial status...members fleeing in droves, and the departure of the greenkeeper...the loss of the greens ( the course's best feature ) can not be far away. The design is somewhat appealing, but houses intervene in way too many spots making shot shaping quite impossible. Golfers in west Cairo are much better served at Palm Hills, which may be the country's second or third best course after Sokhna and Katemaya Dunes. Play it by all means. But, do not expect the best in Egypt