Egyptian Golf Courses

Alexandria Sporting Golf 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 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 is 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.

Course Description:
About the course: 18 holes, Par 70, 5960 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
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.

Dreamland Golf & Tennis Resort:
Located on the outskirts of Cairo, the Golf and Tennis Resort is part of Dreamland City, currently the world’s 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, a conference center, an additional 9-hole course and the world’s largest clubhouse.

Course Description:
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, trolleys, club rental
Learning to Play: Golf Pro, lessons
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

Gezira Club:
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 ownership from the government 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.

Course Description:
About the course: 18 holes, Par 72, 7205 yards, rating 74, four tees
Who Can Play: Annual memberships and daily golf
Golf Services: Pro Shop, caddies, trolleys, driving range and club rental
Learning to Play: Golf Pro, lessons

Katameya Heights Golf & Tennis Resort:
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 providing everything our junior members could wish. 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. Plans include a hotel with conference facilities, the development of squash courts, which are expected to be operational by the end of 1999.

Eighteen Holes Course

Hole 1: (Par 4, 380 yards)
This opening hole places a premium on accuracy and not distance off the tee. OB aligns both sides of the fairways, which slopes to the right at the landing area. The large green is guarded to the front left and back right by bunkers. Making par is a good start!

Hole 2: (Par 4, 325 yards)
This short dogleg plays downwind and is one of the few birdie holes on the front nine. Big hitters can try to drive to the green by cutting the corner over the palms on the left. The undulating tiered green is guarded to the right by a cavernous bunker and a steep hill.

Hole 3: (Par 3, 170 yards)
This straightforward par three rewards the conservative middle of the green tee shot. Like the second hole, the green is on a hillside; balls missed to the right will catch a deep bunker or roll down the hill.

Hole 4: (Par 5, 520 yards)
This dogleg par 5 begins with an elevated tee shot to the fairway below. Second and third shots are straight uphill. The fairway is bordered by waste areas and narrows as it approaches the large green, bunkered to the front right.

Hole 5: (Par 4, 450 yards)
Rated the hardest hole on the course, length off the tee is a premium. A well-struck drive will leave a long iron or even a fairway wood from a downhill lie to a green guarded by four bunkers and a pond to the right.

Hole 6: (Par 5, 540 yards)
The toughest par five on the course plays uphill, dead into the wind, has OB down the left, a pond to the right of the tee and waste areas aligning the fairway on both sides. The green is elevated with bunkers to the left, right and back.

Hole 7: (Par 4, 390 yards)
This long dogleg par four has a well-situated fairway bunker to the right, demanding a straight tee shot. The large tiered green is guarded by three bunkers and is slightly elevated.

Hole 8: (Par 3, 205 yards)
A long iron or fairway wood is needed to reach a large undulating green, guarded by well-placed bunkers. Shots hit long will find the pond.

Hole 9: (Par 4, 410 yards)
The hole doglegs sharply to the left and requires an accurate tee shot. The elevated green is deep and protected by four bunkers.

Hole 10: (Par 4, 365 yards)
This short dogleg plays downwind and is the easiest birdie opportunity on this nine. Off an elevated tee, big hitters can try to cut the corner and drive the well-bunkered green. The undulating fairway will seldom give you an even lie on approach shots.

Hole 11: (Par 3, 170 yards)
This short par three plays straight uphill to green, which is guarded by three bunkers. Small plateaus are situated in front of the green to stop balls hit short from rolling back down the slope.

Hole 12: (Par 5, 560 yards)
This par 5 doglegs to the right, but slopes to the left. Two fairway traps and OB to the right come into play on your second shot. The large green is elevated and guarded by bunkers left and right.

Hole 13: ( Par 4, 360 yards)
This dogleg left is bordered by palms and waste areas down both sides of the fairways. The putting surface is slightly elevated. Bunkers to the back, left, and right will see a lot of balls, so too will the pond, which eats up misses.

Hole 14: (Par 4 410 yards)
This challenging hole plays straight uphill and will require most to be hitting long iron second shots into a green which is elevated and bunkered to the left. Approach shots landing short will trickle back down the slope, making par a difficult score.

Hole 15: (Par 5, 535 yards)
Standing higher than the great pyramids, our signature hole offers a breathtaking view from the elevated tee 40 meters above the landing area below. The fairway doglegs around a pond to the left, and traps come into play on second shots. The green is large and framed by bunkers.

Hole 16: (Par 3, 190 yards)
Playing dead into the prevailing wind from an elevated tee to an elevated green, 16 is the toughest par three on the course. Both distance and accuracy are needed. Miss-hits short will either find one of the two bunkers in the front or trickle back down the hill.

Hole 17: (Par 4, 385 yards)
This par 4 has OB to the right and a large pond to negotiate. Approach shots are hit over water to a large green with bunkers front right and in the back. Miss-hits short, long or to the left will be wet.

Hole 18: (Par 4, 415 yards)
Incredibly long, straight uphill, a narrow fairway with OB on the right and playing straight into the wind, 18 is one of the toughest holes on the course. Even long hitters will be struggling to reach this green in two shots. Regulation pars will be few and far between.

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