Come and stay at Azzurra and play golf at some excellent courses along the Red Sea Riviera.
Two beautifully located professional golf courses are currently under construction and will, in the near future, allow players to enjoy a day on the fairway and to work on their swing. Both courses are designed to provide golfers with unrivalled views of the sea and the desert mountains. Geared for players of all levels, the courses will be staffed with professional golfers to provide instruction for newcomers and veterans alike.
Waiting fot the opening of the 2 Sahl Hasheesh Golfs, enjoy the courses of SomaBay, Makady and El Gouna.
There are some excellent golf courses in the local area. We can make reservations at golf courses and provide transportation as required.
Located in the five star flagship property, ‘The Steigenberger Makadi Golf Hotel’, the golf shop is the focal meeting point to start your game or enquire about one of our exclusive 18 hole round packages or PGA tuition programs. Whatever your golfing needs the golf shop and sales staff are always on hand to ensure your experience is first class.
When it came to the design of this fantastic golf course in the middle of ‘pure desert’ along the Red Sea coastline, John & his team created a highly sustainable golf course that was a very challenging project both for the required water consumption and strong winds that affect the region at certain times of the year.
To overcome this, a strain of paspalum was planted in the form of Sea Dwarf for the greens and Seashore for the fairways to ensure year round playability over 46Ha. This drought resistant grass can be resistant to high salt tolerances (ppm) and delivers a firm but fair playing surface for all levels of player. This was combined with 1200 date palms & 200 Washingtonians that represent the majority of the superb landscape.
John’s team worked the topography to unseen shaping in the region; holes 11 and 16 are testimonies of this with their steep undulations from endless cut and fill that delivered two very exciting signature holes.
Sandford Design is no stranger to Egypt and has completed several other projects in the region, but it’s fair to say that John has somewhat of a ‘soft point’ for Egypt’s No1 Golf Resort.
The Golf Academy's Team of PGA Professionals offers a full range of one-on-one and group lessons for Beginners, Juniors and more advanced players and features also extensive practice facilities, including a 60 bay driving range, and several putting and pitching practice greens. Serving the Golf Academy is the Par 3 Challenge Course, also designed by Gary Player.
The Golf Academy’s 9 Hole Par 3 Challenge Course, also designed by Gary Player, measures 1,148 yards. It was designed to offer to both the beginner and the more advanced golfer the opportunity to practice a variety of shots with emphasis on the short game.
The island green on the Academy's 9th Hole provides a foretaste of the many water hazards awaiting the golfer on The Cascades Championship Course. A double-ended shaded driving range, generous practice greens for pitching and putting round out Soma Bay’s golfing facilities.
The Golf Academy's Team of PGA Professionals offers a full range of one-on-one and group lessons. A free Introduction to Golf ("Schnuppergolf") is available for all Soma Bay hotel guests. It starts with a tour of the Golf Academy followed by a demonstration of the golf swing. Practice what you've just learned with 25 balls to hit on the driving range. Schnuppergolf is held every Monday at 3:00 pm and Friday at 10:00 am, no reservations needed.
Gene Bates and Fred Couples designed the course with every level of golfer in mind, from the beginner to the advanced golfer playing the tournament circuit. The course boasts three men’s and ladies’ tees each, carefully placed bunkers, lagoons, and desert rough. The aqua driving range accommodates up to 30 players
On the greens, golfers find navigating the course’s pitfalls and varied wind currents challenging to their ability. The Par five fourth hole heads straight into prevailing wind and requires at least two well-placed wood strokes to close in on the green. Because players must aim into the wind, those who draw a fade risk sending their balls into the desert, making it a uniquely challenging hole.
The ninth hole plays towards La Rotisserie Restaurant in the Club House tower. It’s a relatively easy drive for beginners, but presents a serious challenge for those hitting off the championship tees. After surviving the first drive, players are faced with a second shot into the narrowest part of the fairway.
Confident long drivers often attempt to carry the sand trap guarding the front of the green, but even the best may fall short. The green itself is a large target, players often have to make long putts. Only a careful read of the terrain will save you from the dreaded three-putt.
The back nine have their own surprises. The longest Par four is the fourteenth hole, where nearly 440 meters separate the championship tee from the flag. For a reasonable shot at the green, the golfer must be courageous enough to carry a bunker on the left side of the fairway that ends 230 meters from the tee.
The following hole, a dogleg right, presents yet another interesting dilemma. With a lagoon on the right and a large bunker in the center of the fairway, the golfer can try and carry the lagoon, leaving only 130 meters to the green.
Another signature hole is the 17th, a long, narrow and gentle dogleg right running along the lagoon separating the back nine from the Steigenberger Golf Resort. Accuracy on the drive is essential to avoid the sand and water traps to the right, and the fairway bunker on the left. A golfer’s ambitions are rarely enough to carry both the lagoon and the massive bunkers.
Playing it safe to the left leaves a relatively short iron to a large, sloping green. Tricky at first, but a good opportunity for a birdie once you know the lay of the land.