Gary Player Opens New Course at Golf de Mogador
Located in the beautiful historic port city of Essaouira on Morocco’s Atlantic coastline, the newly completed golf course at Golf de Mogador was recently opened with a ceremonial round of golf. As a highlight of the first Mogador Classic Tournament, the designer of the course, South African Gary Player, was one of the leading golfers to enjoy that inaugural event. At the completion of the game, Player was quoted as saying, “I am blown away by the beauty of what we have created here in Essaouira, and my greatest hope is that the course increases tourism and creates jobs for the warm and gracious people of Morocco.”
With the focus on building a golf course where players will have fun while challenging their skills, the design of the new golf course has made good use of the existing sand dunes and vegetation to minimize the environmental impact, and the result has been nothing short of amazing. With scenic ocean views, generous fairways, and good putting surfaces to counterbalance seasonal windy conditions, the Golf de Mogador is a course that players of all levels will enjoy.
The grand opening event was to unveil the first of two 18-hole signature courses at Golf de Mogador. The second course, which is still under construction and due to open in late 2010, also received the Gary Player stamp of approval as he inspected the progress, noting that it will superbly complement the first course.
Widely regarded as one the of the greatest players in the history of golf, Gary Player was born in Johannesburg, South Africa on 1 November 1935, going on to become a legend in his own time in the sporting world. In addition to winning nine major championship victories and a string of other golfing achievements, he has more than 300 golf course design projects scattered around the world – which now includes Golf de Mogador in Essaouira.
Keen golfers who grab the opportunity to play a game at Golf de Mogador should also take some time to explore the beautiful town and its many attractions, including the fascinating Medina, previously known Mogador and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site of cultural and historical significance.