A new addition to the European Tour schedule, this week's King Hassan II Trophy is hardly a new event, founded 37 years ago when Billy Casper put together a small field of pros to compete in the capital city of Rabat.
I covered the event two years ago when it was just an unsanctioned invitational tournament of two dozen men and female competitors. Ernie Els headlined the field that year and he delivered with a victory.
The event is staged each Rabat's finest golf facility: 45-hole Royal Dar es Salam Golf Club. The Red course is tops amongst the three courses and it feels a bit like Carolina lowcountry with mossy trees, gentle undulations and small ponds. Along with being designed by Robert Trent Jones. Sr., the course reminds me most of the Dunes Golf & Beach Club in Myrtle Beach. Click here to view images of the golf course and click here for a course review.
The course is certainly worth playing if you're passing through Rabat, but it’s a conservative city and there are very few bars and if you have women in your group, you're practically limited to hotel bars and just a handful of nightclubs.
Morocco golf trips usually opt for the more exciting holiday city of Marrakesh or coastal Agadir, but a layover in low key Rabat to see the city sights and spend a day at the golf club is certainly worth it.
The course is also a bargain at 45 Euros and is a favorite of Parisian golfers who can make a quick escape here during the fall and spring months.