Golf El Gouna
Golfing in Perennial Sunshine
El Gouna’s 18-hole championship course boasts year-round golfing in a setting where players can feast their eyes on stunning views of mountains and endless water as the course challenges the strength, ingenuity, and skill of novice and professional alike.
and Fred Couples designed El Gouna’s course with
every level of golfer in mind, from the beginner looking
to try out the game for the first time to the advanced
golfer playing the tournament circuit. The course boasts
three different men’s and ladies’ tees,
carefully placed bunkers, lagoons, and desert rough,
all designed to challenge the individual at his or her
The Golf Club welcomes golfers of all levels; tee-off times must be reserved in advance and handicap proof is mandatory. The club offers a full range of retail products, rental equipment and driving range facilities as well as PGA tuition. For non-golfers, don't miss the weekly Golf Introduction with PGA Professionals on the driving range.
Holes: 18 holes
Rating: Par 74
Opening: 1999 (front nine); 2000 (back nine)
Length: 6.296 meters
Tees: 5-6 (ladies and men)
Grass: Seashore Paspalum
Players: Handicaps 0-45
Lessons: Beginner and advanced courses in English,
German, or French
Wellness: Spa, fitness, sauna, steambath, massage
Services: Pro Shop, caddies, carts, driving range,
shoes and club rental
Catering: Bistro and A la Carte restaurant
Details on the Holes
Out on the greens, golfers find that navigating the course’s pitfalls and varied wind currents challenges their creativity and
hones their ability. The par five fourth hole heads straight into the 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 the La Rotisserie Restaurant in the Clubhouse tower, and while it’s a relatively easy drive for
beginners, it 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 will attempt to carry the sand trap that
guards the front of the green, but even the best may fall short. The green itself is a large target, but once there, 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 yards separate the
championship tee from the flag. To have a reasonable shot to the green, the golfer must be courageous enough to carry a
bunker on the left side of the fairway that ends 250 yards from the tee. Fortunately, the prevailing winds can provide the extra
push needed to carry this hazard. Once that’s accomplished, reaching the green requires a straight long iron or a wood.
Par here is an excellent score