Top 10 Golf Courses of Egypt 2013
Top 100 Golf Courses extends its Egyptian rankings for 2013
7th March 2013
Following multiple visits to North Africa by the Top 100 Team in 2012, we expanded our coverage of golf in Morocco and Tunisia by creating a ranking list of ten courses in each country. A year on, we've now decided to further enhance our profile of golf courses in the region with the formation of the first ever Top 10 list for Egypt.
Golf has been played in the country for almost 100 years. Indeed, clubs like Gezira Sporting Club and Alexandria Sporting Club were actually established in the 1880s. The courses attached to these old clubs – along with the 9-hole Mena House layout that sits right next to the Giza pyramids – are wonderful throwbacks to the game of golf as the occupying British forces originally played it almost a century ago.
Sadly, none of these three grand old courses feature in our Egyptian Top 10 rankings but that's not to say they should be completely disregarded if you're looking for a more traditional game when visiting the country. Largely neglected by today's golfer, these antiquated courses are capable of providing more than a modicum of golfing pleasure for the more discerning player.
It wasn't until the 1990s that modern golf development really began in the country with the support of the Ministry of Tourism and the Egyptian Golf Federation. Most of these new courses are now located in and around the capital with the remainder clustered along the western shores of the Red Sea or – in the case of Taba Heights and Jolie Ville – on the more remote Sinai Peninsula.
We produced our original five course ranking list a few years ago when it consisted of the John Sanford-designed 18-hole layout at Taba Heights, which opened in 2007, along with four courses that were built during the preceding decade: Gary Player's Red Sea offering, Cascades at Soma Bay, and three courses situated close to Cairo: Katameya Heights (Yves Bureau), Mirage City (Peter Harradine) and Dreamland (Karl Litten).
All five courses remain in our expanded list of ten and they've now been joined by the following new millennium layouts: Stella Di Mare (Karl Litten), El Ein Bay (Thomson Perrett & Lobb) and Madinat Makadi (John Sanford) from the Red Sea resorts and – closer to Cairo – Katameya Dunes (Nick Faldo with Brian Curley and Lee Schmidt) and Greg Norman's The Allegria, which is the undisputed new national number one.
As to the future, despite the current political and economic upheaval in the country, architect John Sanford has informed us of two major projects that he's currently involved in. The first of these, Palm Hills, is a joint venture with Nicklaus Design that's due to open later this year whilst construction of the other golf complex at Hacienda Bay, on the North Coast, is well under way.
If you have already teed it up at any of our Egyptian Top 10 then please feel free to send us a review or a photo of any course that you have played. To view our new Egyptian rankings in detail, click here.