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Golf in Tunisia

May 13, 2013

Prime for a straight forward sun, sea and sand holiday, Tunisia's summer temperatures average 25 degrees and, with a slight breeze, it's ideal weather for a round of golf. Beyond the courses, Tunisia is an underrated destination, where distinct cultures and incredible landscapes can be discovered in a matter of days.

Tunisia may not be a renowned golfing destination, but that's not to say it isn't home to some of the best courses in the Mediterranean. There are eighteen in the country, all of which offer exciting and different challenges for golfers of all levels. The most welcoming aspect of the whole experience has to be the relaxed atmosphere of both the staff and members at each club, which is surely the perfect finishing touch to a round of golf.

We preview Tunisia's golfing culture, with a walk through four of the best courses on offer. Which will suit your game?

Yasmine Valley - Championship Course - Hammamet

One of the 13 courses in Tunisia designed by Ronald Fream, it's safe to say his reputable creativity and flair is displayed in its highest order here. The championship course at Yasmine Valley is a truly unique and characteristic golf course in the heart of Hammamet, known as the 'St Tropez of Tunisia' for its beaches and water sports. The 18 holes provide a tough test for all levels of golfers, with dramatic bunkers, vast teeing areas and creative use of water. The stunning par 71 course measures 5850 metres and includes three par 5's and four par 3's. With many trees surrounding the luscious green fairways, an accurate tee shot is a necessity to record a respectful score. With a relaxed and informal atmosphere, the Hammamet course is ideal choice to dust off the clubs and enjoy the Tunisian sunshine.

Signature Hole: The third hole of the championship course is a favourite amongst most players. Previously a lengthier par 5, the hole has recently been shortened to a testy 330 yard par 4. With an uphill dog leg and a heavily contoured raised green, you will breathe a sigh of relief walking off the green without a bogey.

Facilities: Club hire, buggy hire, trolley hire, driving range, putting green, food and drink service and caddies available if required.

Green Fees: From €33-€47 (Depending on time/month)

Golf Citrus - La Foret Course - Hammamet

The La Foret, or 'The Forest,' golf course is home to the first 45-hole complex in Tunisia. Also designed by Ronald Fream, the course is located just a few minutes from the Hammamet bay, where it's designed around seven lakes within a 173 hectare area. The course makes good use of its natural characteristics, with steep hills in the forest and course length measuring at 6,066 metres for men, and 5,235 metres for women. Designed to be played in windy conditions and surrounded by pine trees, the tee shots are not for the light hearted. On top of this, many holes have numerous blind shots, as well as water hazards and bunkers protecting the fast paced greens. The clubhouse was renovated in 2006, offering a lovely finishing touch for relaxing in style after being out on the course all day.

Signature Hole: To make the fairway on the 18th hole, you are required to carry your tee shot over a lake 220 metres long. Once that obstacle is out the way, your shot into the green also needs to be on target, as there's a welcoming bunker to the right of the green and another small lake the opposite side. So, make sure you stay focused until your ball drops into the 18th cup.

Facilities: Buggy Hire, pro shop, caddy hire, club hire and food/drink service.

Green Fees: €46 (between 1 st June-31st August)

The Residence Tunis, The Residence Golf Course - Tunis

Described as an absolute gem by its creator Robert Trent Jones II, the Residence course is set within a five star resort, which has beautiful viewpoints for all to relish. The course has been designed in a specific way to respect the natural scenery and beauty of Tunisia , creating one of the most beautiful golf courses in the Mediterranean, as well as one of the most environmentally friendly. Measuring 6451 metres at par 72, your game needs to be on top form with great power and finesse to post a competitive score. Away from the course is the magnificent club house, offering pool facilities for those who choose not to play, or the perfect post-game pampering for those that do.

Signature Hole: Given the name 'Humility', the par 3 2nd hole, measuring 140 metres, will need someone to stand up and deliver the goods. Set alongside a lake, your tee shot to the green will need to be an accurate one, with it being surrounded by bunkers. This could be the make or break of your round right here, and it's only the second hole!

Facilities: Club hire, buggy hire, trolley hire, driving range and caddies available.

Green Fees: €60 (Between 1 st July - 31 st December)

Flamingo Golf Course - Championship Course - Monastir

A course favourite amongst many European tourists, the Flamingo Golf Course offers beautiful views overlooking Monastir. The par 72 course, again designed by Ronald Fream, has three water hazardous holes, seven cliff-holes, undulated greens and sloped fairways; it really offers a great challenge for all. The club house is one to appreciate, offering panoramic views of the course, and a light Mediterranean cuisine; the perfect recipe after a long day on the golf course. The practice facilities include a 30 bay driving range and putting green offering postcard views and the chance to get rid of any last minute yips.

Signature Hole: Number 6 on the Flamingo course is the signature hole as well as the hardest. The tee shot is crucial, with water up on the right many golfers will aim down the left hand side of the fairway. Make sure you don't go too far left though, otherwise you'll be out of bounds and hitting three off the tee. Your shot into the green needs to be a good one too, as that's also surrounded by water and bunkers.

Facilities: Club hire, buggy hire, trolley hire, pro shop, driving range, putting green and caddies if needed.

Green Fees: €42 (between 1st June - 30th September)

The future for golf in Tunisia is bright. There are plans in place for more courses to be built, as well as the PGA of Europe looking to provide Tunisia's professionals with further training. This will allow the best service possible for amateur golfers either living in or visiting the country. Now is definitely time to tee off in Tunisia.

About the Author: Will is a travel writer at lowcostholidays.com and is an avid golfer himself. He has a handicap of 6 and has played in several countries including Portugal and the USA.








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