Morocco

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There are two op­tions here: the hus­tle and bus­tle of Mar­rakesh or the newer devel­op­ments on the At­lantic Coast. Both are tremen­dous win­ter sun op­tions. Within Mar­rakesh’s 15 cour­ses there is some­thing for ev­ery­one: In the south-west out­skirts, As­soufid (the best in the city), Palm Ourika and Sa­manah are ex­pen­sive but have real qual­ity. Royal Palm is part of a fan­tas­tic Beach­comber re­sort and is full of char­ac­ter while No­ria is dis­tinc­tive yet won’t break the bank. On the east­ern side Palmeraie is a great fam­ily op­tion, Royal Mar­rakesh a pedi­gree track, and Al Maaden a strong mod­ern venue.

If tran­quil, high-class At­lantic coast re­sorts ap­peal more, look west to the Gary Player-de­signed Maza­gan Beach and pair it with El Ja­dida by Ca­bell Robin­son. Mov­ing down the coast, Player also de­signed the North course at Mo­gador in what was once a dense pine for­est. Agadir is home to some good golf re­sorts, with the best just north of the city within Tag­ha­zout’s com­plex. The Tazeg­zout course is a typ­i­cally thought­ful Phillips de­sign that hugs the coast.

TRAVEL TIPS When to go: It is sear­ingly hot dur­ing the peak sum­mer months so head there in April and May (when the cour­ses will be quiet) or in Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber. Get­ting there: Fly to Mar­rakesh, Agadir and Es­saouira. You can even use Mar­rakesh, an in­land city as an in­ex­pen­sive route to the coastal cour­ses.

Tazeg­zout (main im­age) is a Kyle Phillips ma­tur­ing clas­sic while (above) Maza­gan Beach is a fine all-round re­sort.

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