New Gary Player Course Opens in Morocco

Gary Player was on Morocco's Atlantic coast over the weekend to unveil his newest golf course design at Golf de Mogador, located in the historic port town of Essaouira. Player inaugurated the course by leading guests in a ceremonial opening round during the first Mogador Classic Tournament.

After the round, Player commented, "I am blown away by the beauty of what we have created here in Essaouira and my greatest hope is that the course increases tourism and creates jobs for the warm and gracious people of Morocco."

Built among the sand dunes, the ocean-view layout has generous fairways and reasonable putting surfaces to account for seasonal windy conditions, making the challenging course playable by all golfers. Player utilized the existing dunes and vegetation to define the holes and minimize the environmental impact.

The grand opening celebrated the completion of the first of two signature courses at Golf de Mogador. Also during his visit, Player inspected the second 18 holes currently under construction, and was pleased with the progress, commenting that it will complement the first course nicely. The second course is slated to open in late 2010, providing Morocco with 36 holes of championship golf.

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