The next great golf tourism destination is … Egypt?

Golf in Egypt
Courtesy of Golf Travel Egypt
Egypt isn't known for golf, but it has several world-class facilities and beginning a major push to attract golfers.
By John Holmes
PGA.com

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 | 3:59 p.m.
 
So you're sitting there, looking forlornly out the window at the five feet of snow in your yard that just won't melt, and you decide to make a list of places around the world you'd love to go on a golf vacation. 
 
Scotland, check. Ireland, check. Spain's Costa del Sol, check. Egypt, check.
 
Wait … Egypt?
 
Yes, a group called Golf Travel Egypt, which is backed by the Egyptian Tourism Authority and the Egyptian Golf Federation, has begun a major push to attract golfers to its little corner of the world. Specifically, the country wants to become a world leader in attracting golfers traveling with their instructors.
 
 
Egypt offers "the best possible conditions where teaching pros have everything they need to develop the relationship with their golf club members in the winter months," said Mohammed Attallah, the golf business development director at Golf Travel Egypt, in a release announcing the new endeavor.
 
As an example, Golf Travel Egypt points to the Madinat Makadi Golf Resort on the Red Sea, which has extra par 3, 4 and 5 holes just for practice. Also: the state-of-the-art academy facilities at the Allegria Golf Club (with a Greg Norman-designed layout in Cairo) and Katameya Dunes (with a Nick Faldo-designed course in Cairo), which boast K-Vest Biomechanics software and analysis tools as well as Flightscope launch monitors and Sam Putting Labs on site.
 
"Destinations aiming to attract teaching pro-led groups need to be able to offer an experience that is comfortable in a relaxing environment and where the golfers don't feel under pressure on the course," said Peter Walton, the chief executive of the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO). "Egypt has the capacity on its golf courses to provide exactly this with established resort destinations on the Red Sea and the option to mix up golf, tuition and sightseeing by combining the Red Sea with Cairo."
 
Egypt already hosts several events for up-and-coming professional golfers on the Pro Golf Tour and Alps Tour circuits, both of which are regional satellite tours of the European Tour's Challenge Tour. And the country recently created its first home-grown tour, the Mediterranean Tour, which has a series of events exclusively in Egypt open to both professionals and elite amateurs.
 
Plenty of people already travel to Egypt to visit the Pyramids in Giza, soak up the culture in Alexandria, go shopping in Cairo and hang out on the beach in Sharm-el-Sheikh. Soon enough, a significant number of those tourists might add golf to their to-do list.