Troon announce Opening of Palmgolf Marrakech – Ourika
Story published at 13:12, Wednesday, November 18th, 2015
Troon® announces that PalmGolf Marrakech – Ourika, its second PalmGolf Morocco course with the Palmeraie Development Group, has opened to the general golfing public. Adding a further option to Troon’s bolstering collective in Morocco, the venue joins the Robert Trent Jones Jr designed sister venue PalmGolf Marrakech – Palmeraie in operation.
Following the announcement in 2013 that Troon would manage the PalmGolf properties; the International division has worked closely with the Owners to create a course that will extend the reputation of both owners and Troon set as it is against the spectacular backdrop of the Atlas Mountains.
Designed and developed by the Canadian duo, Neil Haworth (Nelson & Haworth Office) and Stéphane Talbot (Talbot Golf Design), the 18-hole course takes influence from its local surroundings, enhanced by a plantation of olive trees, palm trees and cypresses. The venue adds to the already impressive portfolio of Troon-managed properties in operation in the country, bringing the total up to five operating venues benefitting from the market-leaders expert knowledge.
“PalmGolf Marrakech – Ourika is an exciting addition to the global Troon portfolio, the design team have created a course which harnesses the very best of Morocco in a format that can be enjoyed by every player. We look forward during this opening period, to working with the team to welcome guests in true Troon fashion,” commented Jon Schauder, Business Development Director, International Division and Area Director – Europe, Troon.
“Morocco has seen continued growth in rounds for a number of years, gathering a loyal client base from across Europe and further afield. These are extremely positive times for the country and we’re excited to be part of this development with Palmeraie Development Group, strengthening the existing relationship.”
From humble beginnings, the design team have carved the landscape for the course out of over 73 hectares of land, producing a semi-desert, Arizona styled layout. With wide undulating fairways woven around the 46 expertly placed bunkers, players have to plot their way carefully around the Par-72 course which extends over 6,692 metres from the Championship tees. Within the stunning backdrop of the Atlas Mountains, elevation changes and water hazards are key features of the design and its regular playing conditions, providing a fresh challenge for golfers of all abilities.
Stéphane Talbot, General Manager PalmGolf Marrakech also commented: “We are extremely honoured to welcome this new course to the PalmGolf Morocco family. It is our goal to create an extraordinary experience for our members and guests by offering them excellent service, facilities and superior playing surfaces. The signature 17th hole will certainly leave a lasting impression on our guests, with its island green surrounded by sand.”
Thanks to its unique online platform for Morocco, golfers can now book their tee times on their desktop and mobile devices for PalmGolf Marrakech – Ourika and its sister venues at www.PalmGolfMorocco.com
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