The beautiful par-5 2nd blue course
6th green on the blue course 9th hole on the blue course
Last but by no means least on my tour of Marrakech courses is the Amelkis Golf Club, designed by American Cabell Robinson and named after a legendary queen of the Berber tribes. There are three loops of nine that are called the Blue, Red and Green. Thankfully itís the only unimaginative thing youíll encounter on this track.
I played the Green and Blue nines. The former has only been open for seven months, so with that in mind you have to look at the design rather than the condition as the course is still bedding in. But I have to say I was very impressed and in a couple of yearsí time, once everything is settled down, this is going to be a very strong nine.
The totally yardage for the Green and Blue courses is a staggering 7,405, but donít fret Ė like the other tracks it has five different tee options with the shortest coming in at 5,463 yards. I really enjoyed the Blue nine as you are introduced with a gentle par-4 of only 396 yards, but the fairway narrows in the landing area where a bunker has been placed on the left part of the fairway.
Strategic bunkering plays a big part on this track, but it also adds an aesthetic beauty to the course. This becomes very evident on the next hole, the par-5, 568-yard second. The bunkering up on the right-hand side of the fairway that runs down towards the tall palms and green are there to capture any wayward second shot, but they also have their own allure and add elegance to this track.
I could take you through the rest of the holes one by one as they are all stunning, with some great design and again beautiful views of the mountains. But itís something you should experience for yourself. When youíre sitting back in your chair relaxing in the charming clubhouse with a cooling beverage of choice in hand, you and your playing partners will all want to go round again Ė always a sign of great satisfaction and, unlike Mick Jagger, something youíll get plenty of at Amelkis.