Morocco is arguably the world's most exotic golfing holiday destination and a 40 per cent increase in golfing visitors over the past three years suggests it is rapidly becoming the most popular. The growth is easily rationalised: currently there are 27 golf courses scattered throughout this enchanting land, most of them designed by world renowned golf architects, and a further 13 will be unveiled within the next three years.
Morocco has much to offer the golfing visitor: a convenient proximity to Britain and Europe; a modern infrastructure encompassing first class airports, hotels and resorts; a mild climate that is ideal for year-round golf on good quality courses, not to mention a rich and diverse culture and fascinating cuisine.
With seven major golf courses Marrakech has long been established as the leading golf destination in Morocco but 2011 has been unveiled by the Moroccan National Tourist Office as the Year of Golf in Agadir.
This appealing beach-side city has everything: with a mild climate and 300 days of sunshine a year it is the ultimate coastal golf resort located just a few hours flight from Europe’s major capitals. It has four splendid golf courses offering a challenge to players of all abilities and a range of hotels and apres golf attractions to suit every taste.
Already this year Agadir has hosted two major golf competitions: the European Tour's Hassan II Trophy and the LPGA's Lalla Meryem Cup, both attracting world class players and watched by more than 450 million viewers, thanks to the television coverage at both events.
The National Tourist Office is gearing up to promote Morocco as the leading golfing destination in Africa and will be focusing its 2012 strategy around Agadir and several golf events to be staged in this appealing resort city.