New Golf Club for Giza, Egypt

The 12th hole at the New Giza Golf Club in Egypt.

The 12th hole at the New Giza Golf Club in Egypt.

Some golf courses are blessed with views that make you put down your putter and pick up your camera. 

Ireland’s Old Head offers dramatic 240-degree vistas of the Atlantic. Banff Springs in Canada sits under the snow-capped peaks of the Rocky Mountains. Liberty National provides stunning views of New York’s famous skyline. Golfers at Loch Lomond enjoy eerily serene views over the loch. We could go on. But no course has ever boasted views of one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Until now. 

New Giza Golf Club is located just five miles from the Great Pyramids of Giza, meaning the breathtaking structures are clearly visible from the course. 

“To set a course against one of the true wonders of the world is a brave and daring proposition,” says renowned golf course photographer Kevin Murray, the man responsible for this spectacular shot of the par-3 4th. “The vision to craft a layout that sits naturally in the imposing terrain of New Giza is a skill not many are blessed with. From a playable and visual perspective, the design delivers at the very pinnacle of great golf course architecture.”

Dramatic elevation changes, numerous water hazards and vast, undulating greens will provide an enjoyable challenge, no matter which set of tees you choose. There is no rough, the fairways instead framed by landscaped sandy waste areas. The only way to lose a ball is in one of the lakes.

The course is open now, almost 15 years after work on the layout first began. Design duties were undertaken by Thomson Perrett & Lobb, the golf architecture firm comprising the late five-time Open champion Peter Thomson and his fellow Australians Ross Perrett and Tim Lobb. Thomson retired in 2016 and passed away in 2018, with Perrett and Lobb each setting up their own firm, meaning New Giza will be the last Thomson Perrett & Lobb design to open. 

What a way to bow out. 

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Nick Wright