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Review: Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort, Morocco

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, December 13th, 2016
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On my recent golf trip to Morocco I had the fabulous opportunity to stay at the 5-Star Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort in El Jadida, Morocco. Mazagan Beach & Golf is a very large resort with hotel, casino, spa, huge pool, beach on the Atlantic Ocean, and a Gary Player design golf course.

Mazagan Location

Location Location Location

What a tremendous location Mazagan Beach & Golf occupies. It’s basically and oceanside paradise lined with palm trees. The huge grounds are immaculately maintained and full of fantastic designs and creative landscapes.

The resort’s architecture reflects traditional Moroccan traditions but still has a modern and clean look and feel.

Accommodations

Below notice the open door?  That’s my room.

My room, lower right

Below is the view from inside the room, looking out to the pool area.

Nice patio

Turning around from the view out to the pool, this is the room.

The room…

Bath/Shower


Food and Beverage

My group enjoyed some traditional Moroccan food in the MORJANA Restaurant. The Lebanese/Moroccan food and Moroccan wine was fantastic.

Lamb, chicken, beef kebobs

Triangles with filo dough on the outside. Inside is either meat or cheese

The restaurant featured a musician playing a stringed instrument I’m not familiar with. Looked like a bouzouki but it wasn’t. Then after that we were treated to a belly dancer who was fantastic.

John (GolfBlogger.com) enjoys the show

John (above) enjoyed watching the belly dancer, but yours truly was the one she picked to dance. Never before have such awful dance moves (mine, not the belly dancer’s) been on display in the content of Africa. I guarantee it.

Spa

I had NO idea how many knots I had in my back.  It was a great thing that I was able to get a massage while at Mazagan.  The masseuse was incredible.  She found, and resolved knots in places I didn’t know existed.  It really helped out my endurance and flexibility for the rest of the golf trip.

While working out some knots the masseuse, who spoke nearly zero english asked, “you work on computer?”  She could tell. I responded, “world famous golf blogger. If I’m not on the golf course I’m at the computer penning Blogitzer Prize winning golf blog posts.”  Actually, I just said yes.

Casino

I did not test my luck at the casino, though I did take a quick look in. Very nice. My bank account thanked me for my self-control.

Golf

I’ll be posting a review of the Gary Player designed Mazagan Golf Club soon. The course runs along Mazagan beach. Huge breakers crash in on the shore. Huge. Now I know why some friends of mine take the trip to Morocco to surf.

The course is very fun to play, and not so difficult that it demoralizes you.

Final Thoughts

Think outside of North America.

Casablanca, Morocco is a 6.5 hour flight from JFK Airport in New York. From there it’s not a long drive to Mazagan. Rather than traveling in the USA or to Mexico for your next golf trip, you could be in fabulous Morocco enjoying a 5-Star resort, great food, beach, surfing, gaming, lodging, and golf at Mazagan.


HOG World Tour Visits Morocco’s Assoufid Golf Club

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, November 30th, 2016
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The fourth and final golf course on the HOG World Tour trip to Morocco was the #1 course in Morocco (World Golf Awards), Assoufid Golf Club. Assoufid is a desert style course with some great elevation changes and creative architecture.

Assoufid Golf Club, Morocco

Target golf, anyone?

Assoufid is located a short drive southwest of Marrakesh, a city of about 1.5 million (map below).

Assoufid Golf Club, Morocco

Assoufid Golf Club, Morocco

If you’ve played golf in Palm Springs, you’ll feel at home at Assoufid. There are distinct takeoff and landing areas, with desert between. Holes are lined with palm trees and olive trees.

Assoufid Golf Club, Morocco

Unfortunately our group’s round there was rained out, hard. We got as far as the approach shot on the 10th hole when it was too heavy to plod on. Sorry to my Scottish friends about that.

I even left my golf ball in the fairway on #10. I need to go back and find it soon.

Stay tuned for a full review of Assoufid, and more posts on Morocco.


Holiday Golf Gift Guide

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, November 25th, 2016
Categories: Golf AccessoriesGolf ApparelGolf For WomenGolf GearGolf Lifestyle
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Custom Golf Belt from NXT18

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One of the coolest gifts ever, a custom milled belt buckle from NXT golf. Put your company logo, favorite team, or custom graphic on the aluminum buckle.

Product Review | Buy via special discount link

Kentwool Socks

Such a great color...

Destined to be in every golf Christmas gift guide I ever write is Kentwool socks. Kentwool are the best socks on the planet. Period.

Product Review | Visit Kentwool.com and use the code “Utes” for a discount

Bushnell Neo iON Golf GPS Rangefinder Watch

Bushnell Neo iON GPS Rangefinder Watch Father's Day Golf Gift
With this golf GPS watch, the golfer on your shopping list will always have solid yardages to the front, center, and back of the green.

Product Review | Buy One

Vegas Golf VIP Edition

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This is a very fun game for your golf group. Chips in the set represent events like birdies, bunkers and such. Collect the good ones and try not to collect the bad ones!

Product Review | Buy Now

myCharge HubMax Portable Charger

HubMax in action, charging my phone and a Golf Buddy GPS

This is a fantastic portable charger to help the golfer on your Christmas list keep his GPS, phone, and other devices charged up while on the go.

Product Review | Buy One

Puma D Vent Golf Polo

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This is a very stylish and extremely comfortable golf polo from Puma.

Product Review | Buy One

Bobby Jones Donegal Cable Mock Sweater

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90% merino wool and 10% cashmere. 100% comfort and 100% style.  Yes, that equals 300%.  Fantastic sweater.

Product Review | Website

 


HOG World Tour Visits Royal Golf Dar Es Salam in Rabat, Morocco

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016
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I’m still traveling and I had a small problem with my brand new MacBook Pro. The power cable plug broke. That and non-existent or extremely slow internet access has made it tough for me to post from the tour. I’ll be catching up for a while.

The HOG World Tour made it’s first golf stop in the African continent at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam in Rabat, Morocco.

Royal Golf Dar Essalam Rabat, Morocco

Royal Golf Dar Es Salam
Rabat, Morocco

Royal Golf Dar Es Salam is a Robert Trent Jones, Sr. design. “RTJ” is one of the all-time greats of golf architecture.
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Above are rocks which could be found in places on the course.  They had some kind of crazy erosion, producing perfect holes.
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Below is a map to show you just were Royal Golf Dar Es Salam is.  Stay tuned for a more in-depth review and more photos!
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Best Place to Stay in St Andrews: Albany Apartments

Written by: Tony Korologos | Saturday, November 5th, 2016
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albany_apartments_05I’ve now been to St Andrews, the Home of Golf, on three separate occasions.  I plan to return in 2018 and I know where my group will be staying, Albany Apartments.  It’s the best combination of price, convenience, location, and quality of the many places I’ve stayed in the “Auld Grey Toon.”  Let’s take a look:

Location Location Location

Albany Apartments is located on the famous North Street in St Andrews.  North Street intersects with Golf Place, the primary access road to the Old Course.  I would guess the total yardage from Albany Apartments to the Old Course is length of a short par-4.  A long iron to Golf Place, then a 9-iron to the 18th green.  It’s all of maybe a 90 second walk.  Albany is a 45 second walk from the most famous pub in Scotland, the Dunvegan.

If one heads the opposite direction of the Old Course, the center of St Andrews is a 3-5 minute walk.  Shops, restaurants, golf shops, golf shops, pubs, golf shops, pubs, are all very close by. Did I mention golf shops and pubs?

One minor drawback to Albany’s great location is that it could be “too close” to the pubs, if you know what I mean.  On a warm summer night with the windows open one might be subjected to the horrendous and embarrassing sound of 10 drunk americans singing “Bye Bye Miss American Pie” at 2:00 a.m. like I was.

Amenities

Albany features three bedrooms, located on the 3rd floor of the structure (see outside photo).  They’re accessed via a rather fun spiral staircase, as is the 2nd floor from the street level.  The bedrooms upstairs are spacious and feature a bathrooms with showers.

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Bedroom

On the main level, one level up from the street, is a kitchen, spacious reading/sitting/TV room, restroom with bath, and a back deck which is located in a secluded garden (first image).  The kitchen is fully appointed with a dishwasher, refrigerator, oven, microwave, and washer/dryer. There are even some staples in the cupboards.

Sitting Room

Sitting Room

Quality

The building was built in the late 1800’s, but renovated and modernized in roughly the mid-2000’s.  The inside is very nicely appointed with quality furniture, carpeting, fine woodwork, and lots of great golf memorabilia to enjoy.  The space is warm, clean, inviting, classy, and extremely comfortable.

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Patio

Pricing

Current pricing runs 50 pounds per person, with a four person minimum and three night minimum.  This is a very reasonable price.  Consider that a single room across the street at the Ardgowan Hotel ran me 120 pounds per night in 2012, and the rooms there are barely bigger than a sardine can.   With a group of four or more golfers the cost per golfer, especially considering all of the great offerings I mentioned above, is unmatched.  What a great value. To bring the cost down even more, a group of six could comfortably occupy the Albany Apartments.

Conclusion

Location, amenities, quality, space, price…  No hotel in St Andrews can come close in any of those categories.  If you are putting together a golf buddy trip to Scotland of four or more golfers and are looking for St Andrews hotels, look no further.

Related Links

Albany Apartments website

Ardgowan Hotel St Andrews Review

St Fairmont St Andrews Hotel Review

Kingsbarns Golf Links Review

Carnoustie Golf Links Review

Balcomie Links at Crail Review

St Andrews New Course Review


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