Blazing sunshine and verdant fairways shaded by palm trees – a game of golf on a pristine Mediterranean course is a wonderful experience but often costs a small fortune. Now however, you can play championship courses in exotic climes without breaking the bank, in Tunisia. Fast becoming a
, this North African oasis offers year-round sunshine, ten excellent golf courses, a vibrant culture and ancient history.
Many of the golf courses are new, designed by world-class golf professionals, whilst others are more traditional in style. Here you will find fairways overlooking the glittering Mediterranean Sea and bunkers nestling in aromatic pine forests. The variety of courses is enough to keep golfers happy and planning a return visit. A wide range of reasonably priced Tunisian hotels offering golfing packages also help to keep the budget in check.
One of the most popular attractions is the Djerba Golf Club near the resort of Houm Souk. This has an 18-hole Championship Links course which is par 73 – 36 (visitors should bring their handicap certificates). It was designed by Martin Hawtree and was opened in 1994.
Golf Citrus in the beach resort of Hammamet is a golf center with two 18-hole championship courses with a par of 72. Designed by Ronald Fream and opened in 1992, these courses have six lakes and plenty of olive trees and forests to make things tricky. The challenge is heightened by the sea breeze and devilish sand traps. The clubhouse has a restaurant and bar, a Pro Shop and a golf clinic as well as practice greens and a driving range. Preferential rates are offered by the six nearby hotels, including the Hotel Sindbad and the Royal Hammamet.
Established in 1927 and one of the oldest golf clubs in Africa, the Carthage Golf Club is relatively compact with lots of shady foliage including ancient eucalyptus trees. It is close to Tunis and to the ancient ruins of Carthage. The 18-hole course is par 66 and requires great skill and accuracy. The clubhouse and restaurant overlook a lake and there is a golf academy and Pro Shop.
One of the newest and most exciting destinations for
, Tunisia can be very hot in the summer.