A guide to the Golf Du Palais Royal golf course including tips to score well on the course which will host the Trophee Hassan II.
The Golf Du Palais Royal Links course is a perfectly protected jewel. It's door have been opened for six tournament including the Open du Morocco in 1993, 1995, 1997 and 1999 and last year for the 38th Trophee Hassan II. For the 39th event, it is again at the Golf Du Palais Royal which will host all four rounds of the tournament. Partially encircled by the ocean, the Golf Du Palais is links golf at its finest.
Golf du Palais Royal: The Course
1st Hole Par 5 – 484m
It is recommended to drive down the left-hand side of the fairway to see the green. Certainly, it extends the hole a little but it's still reachable in two shots with a long iron. The 1st hole often a good hold for a birdie opportunity.
2nd Hole Par 3 – 201m
The green tilts from left to right and there is a profound depression on its right. Depending on the pin position it's better to avoid being short or right. A 5 iron is usually a good length for this hole. It's on the 2nd hole par 3 that David Horsey achieved a hole in one in 2011.
3rd Hole Par 4 – 352m
On this hole there is a dogleg left, a 3 wood is enough club off the tee to allow an 8 or 9 iron to the green. The choice of clubs depends on the wind. It's one of the easier holes so expect to birdie one in every two times.
4th Hole Par 4 – 388m
The fourth hole is a lengthy par 4 and requires a good drive followed by a full 4 or 5 iron towards the green. The green falls away to the left.
5th Hole Par 5 – 523m
6th Hole Par 4 – 363m
The fairway has a slight dogleg but it fairly straight and opens up. You should be able to play a driver safely down the centre of the fairway. A 9 iron should be enough to throw the ball up to land and hold on the green which tilts to the left. This is a fairly easy hole.
7th Hole Par 4 – 323m
This hole has a dogleg to the left and it turns 90 degrees. It's recommended to play a 2 iron towards the right of the fairway to have an easier shot to the green for your second. It's a shot par 4 so I wedge should be enough. This hole can be played in several ways because of the layout which makes it an interesting one during the tournament.
8th Hole Par 3 – 176m
This is a difficult par 3. The green tilts from back to front. Playing too long on this hole can cause problems. It's better not to attack this hole and play for a par.
9th Hole Par 4 – 360m
A 3 wood is enough to achieve a good approach shot to get a good angle for the 2nd shot to the green. The 4th has a long green so while it's usually a 6 or 7 iron to the green, depending on the position of the flag club choice can vary from an 8 iron to a 5 iron.
10th Hole Par 5 – 504m
The 5th hole has a water hazard in front of the green so unless the wind is favourable, trying to hit the green in two can be risky. When the flag is straight ahead and placed at the back of the green it can be a good hole to birdie.
11th Hole Par 4 – 337m
The dogleg on the 11th can be avoided but be careful of the bunker on the right of the fairway. When the wind is behind it can be difficult to keep the ball on the green because the contours run from front to back.
12th Hole Par 3 – 182m
This is the signature hole of the course with a water hazard at the front and to the right of the green. It's a difficult hole to birdie, particularly with a difficult pin position.
13th Hole Par 4 – 361m
Another dogleg, the 13th hole isn't a difficult one and a good drive will assure you a 9 iron or wedge to the green. A good opportunity for a birdie.
14th Hole Par 3 – 148m
Because of the water hazard to the right of the green, this par three can be delicate to negotiate. If you are too long, or too left you'll have to chip in the direction of the water. It's vital to hit the green to par this hole and a birdie is well-deserved.
15th Hole Par 5 – 492m
You can choose to remain short or to play shots to the green if the flag is in the entrance or at the bottom of the green.
16th Hole Par 3 – 184m
The green on the 16th is the shape of an up-turned saucer. If you miss the green of the tee shot you'll be left with a difficult recovery shot. Especially if the flag is placed at the bottom and to the right-hand side of the green.
17th Hole Par 5 – 467m
The better line is to play over the left bunker on the 17th, if successful you'll have a 3 wood or 2 iron to the elevated green. Because of the shape of the green a chip played to the right and to the front-left of the green can be formidable. You may even end up with the ball rolling back to where it started.
18th Hole Par 4 – 413m
The 18th has two bunkers on the right that can catch you out off the tee. If you hit a good tee shot and avoid them you'll have a 7 or 8 iron to the elevated green which slopes from the back to the front towards a dangerous bunker.