With its unique culture and amazing landscapes, Tunisia is an underrated holiday destination. Even though it is also said to be home to some of the best courses in the Mediterranean, the country is not renowned for its golf links. Eighteen in total, dotted across the country, however, does make for an exciting variation for golfers of all levels. Staff and members at each club contribute to a relaxing atmosphere, making you feel both welcome and adding a perfect finishing touch to the end of a game day. Two of the best courses are located in and around Hammamet leaving only one question: which one will best suit your kind of game?
Yasmine Valley’s Windy Challenges
Vast teeing areas, dramatic bunker shapes and an imaginative use of water are just some of the characteristics given on the website of Yasmine Valley. This describing their championship course designed by golf architect Ronald Fream. Hilly and impacted by wind, a game here will challenge you on many levels and make for an enjoyable day out.
Course and Design
The course is rated par 71 and measures over 5859 metres from the back tees. Prevailing winds mean that you will have to make use of a wide selection of clubs during your round. To end your game with a respectable score accuracy at teeing off is important. Many trees surround the fairways and could easily throw you off your game. With Nicklaus Design involved in an extensive renovation and expansion project of Yasmine Valley, the goal is to make this one of Tunisia’s most innovative and complete golf facilities. Ranging from desert style links to traditional park land, there’s something here for every golfer. With a raised green heavily contoured and an uphill dogleg, the favourite amongst players is the third hole of this championship course. This challenge is sure to make you hold your breath the whole way through.
Narrow Links at Golf Citrus
You are in for a treat when visiting Golf Citrus which offers two 18 hole courses with completely different characteristics. Said by many to outplay the course at Yasmine Valley, this is one of the largest and best golf facilities in the whole of Tunisia.
From Olive Groves to Forrest
The first course, Les Oliviers, ‘the olive grove’, is over 6km long. Its first half frills its way in between the olive trees and is quite flat, whilst the other half offers rolling hills, from which you can catch a glimpse of the Mediterranean Sea. For those who have a high handicap this is a great course to play on.
For the more experienced player the La Foret course, ‘the forest’, will give you just the challenges you need. Narrow and surrounded by trees, this link will make you wish you brought extra golf balls, as they are easy to lose. In addition to the heart pumping tees, several holes have blind shots, bunkers and water obstacles surrounding them. Most challenging is probably the final hole which is nestled between a bunker and a small lake.
Enjoying a Good Day of Golf
As the first tourist destination in Tunisia, Hammamet has long been a favourite place to visit in the country. Wide beaches, service-minded and modern hotels, combined with luxurious gardens are just some of what makes the town stand out. Adding to this that you will find some of the country’s best golf links here, there’s not much holding you back from a memorable stay.
Radisson Blu Resort & Thalasso, Hammamet will be more than happy to assist you in arranging a day of golf with good friends or colleagues. The resort also has partnership deals with some of the golf clubs, making sure you will get the most of your day out.
Where would you play your game in Tunisia?