New venue for Moroccan Open

Golf D'Amalkis is the new home for Morocco's premier event

European Tour
Tue, 7 Mar 2000

The Moroccan Open, which this year celebrates its tenth anniversary, will move to Marrakech for the first time and the exciting new Golf D'Amalkis on April 20-23.

Golf D'Amalkis, designed by Cabell B. Robinson, will host the Moroccan Open following three successful years at Golf Royal D'Agadir. The five-year-old parkland course, with fine views of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains, is sure to provide a stern challenge for European Tour players.

The Royal Moroccan Golf Federation and European Tour mutually agreed to move the tournament from Golf Royal D'Agadir, which was suffering from problems with the fairway grass, to the new course in the famous resort of Marrakech.

A feature of the par-72 course, measuring 6,657 metres (7,280 yards), are the three long par three holes measuring well over 200 yards each. The 18th hole is also likely to play a significant part in the outcome of the tournament. At 489 metres (534 yards) the par five is reachable in two but the green is guarded by water on the right. Golf D'Amalkis also boasts excellent practice facilities.

Last year at Golf Royal D'Agadir Spain's Miguel Angel Martin triumphed at the sixth hole of an enthralling sudden-death play-off to deny Welshman David Park victory in his first ever European Tour event.

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