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.