Golf is one of those sports that requires an immense amount of patience, concentration, introversion and most of all, discipline. A perfect swing is noiseless, cutting through the air effortlessly, connecting with the ball with a simple ‘cluck’. The ball sails off into the distance, and the golfer is no more than an instrument; like the golf club in his hands.
If a perfect golf swing is poetry in motion, then shouldn’t it have a golf course to match?
Greg Norman is a golfing legend; he was the Tiger Woods of his generation. After retiring, he took to designing golf courses– no easy feat, mind you– and we are fortunate enough to have one of these courses on Egyptian soil; albeit in the desert sands abutting the Cairo-Alexandria Desert Road. The course that he’s designed has a sage-like quality: not terribly difficult, but challenging enough to get you thinking. The course teaches you the unspoken lessons of the sport, all the while providing beautiful vistas of nature and the wide blue unpolluted skies outside of Cairo. Seasoned golfers enjoy the course as much as neophytes and this course wants you to come back. And so do the staff.
The course is managed by Troon Golf, and they bring a wealth of international experience to bear. The course is maintained almost obsessively, while the caddies and instructors on hand are always ready with a quick smile and a helpful hand. And on hot days (of which, of course, there are quite a few) they appear with a silver tray offering ice cold refreshing towelettes after every few holes.
It’s the details that elevate the experience: monogrammed ball chips, sharpened pencils and fresh scorecard in each golf cart, also equipped with a cooler, full of ice-cold complimentary water bottles. It is often said that golf is a rich man’s game, and the golfing experience at Allegria will do nothing to debunk that impression.
So how do you get a round in? What are the green fees? Is there a driving range? How much does it cost to rent the clubs etc? All excellent questions, and sadly, most of them have no answer. The reason there are no prices is because they have not yet been set. The course is currently open for trial, meaning it's available on an invitational basis until September 1st; you'll have to wait to hear the green fee prices and membership fees, which are set to be announced in August. Allegria expects to hold its grand opening in Fall 2010, by when it will have completed its practice range as well as the Allegria academy building.
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