Noria Golf Club at Domaine de Noria in Marrakech, Morocco, is a par-72, eighteen-hole championship golf course that measures 6,589 metres (7,206 yards) from the professional tees. Amateurs will find enjoyment and challenge at one of the four alternate lengths that range from 4,579 metres (5,008 yards) up to 6,116 metres (6.689 yards). The two par-36, nine-hole loops, which are very well balanced in terms of length and difficulty, wind through olive orchards, lavender fields and desert landscapes before making a dynamic, parallel finish along a formal reflecting pool with the snow-capped Atlas Mountains and a dramatic, beautiful clubhouse providing a stunning backdrop.
The central feature is a magnificent traditional “basin” that splits the 9th and 18th holes and stretches away into the distance from the clubhouse to the far side of the site.
From a golf course architectural perspective, Noria Golf Club is easily the most unique golf course that Hills & Forrest have ever designed. The concept of blending three different landscapes (orchards and lavender fields, the desert and a formal “oasis”) was challenging, yet provided the basis for a golf experience filled with wonderful variety for the player. Added to this basic framework were lots of interesting traditional Moroccan features ranging from reflecting pools, cascades and basins to architectural elements such as bell towers and observation structures to desert oued (wadi), khettara, seguia (irrigation channels) and even the namesake noria.
Love the course and the greens. All well kept. Price affordable. Full of French and hardly any Moroccans in it. I like to meet local players wherever I play. Manager is a golfer herself so that is a bonus. Caddies are jolly. The only downside is the clubhouse. It is the most boring amongst all the ones I've visited all over the world. Cheers
A must play!
5.0 of 5 starsReviewed November 13, 2014
Really good, thoughtful golf course design. Rectangle greens at 8,9 and 18 are very brave but totally blend in to the clubhouse, water feature and building behind 9th tee. Stunning views of the mountains from most holes. Still needs to be finished but will be a great golf venue in the near future. Totally recommend it. AC PGA Pro
4.0 of 5 starsReviewed January 23, 2020
The most important first step: This place is completely sown with Bermuda grass. For those who are not familiar with this: This plant rests between November and March, so this place is BLOND during the main golfing trip. Apart from that, the course is extremely flat, not too difficult to rate (rightly), but quite varied. There are lots of bunkers, unfortunately no birdie book so it is often difficult to play the right racket. Greens are often - not always - elevated and are usually heavily protected by bunkers. Fast-forward greens that are less likely to break than in other places in the area. So play the hole more directly. Finding the next one is not always easy, because there are few signs for the long connections, even the holes are sometimes not numbered. Otherwise everything is fine, including the futuristic clubhouse with its panoramic terrace. Good but not world class therefore 4 stars.
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