For all the Star Wars fans out there, the beautiful Tatooine © Tunisia Tourist Board
There have been many conquests of Tunisia dating back to the ancient Berbers, Phoenicians and Romans and through to the French. But there is a new invasion afoot – that of the British, Irish and European golfer.
After the relatively peaceful peoples’ uprising that was part of the so-called ‘Arab Spring’ in 2010, golfers from the northern hemisphere come armed with 9-irons, wedges and putters and their most lethal weapon is no more than a poorly-hit driver that could take out a few local caddies if they stand too close!
In return, what you will be greeted by are friendly people and the perfect golfing climate. Golf in Tunisia is not a new phenomenon – in fact the first Tunisian golf course was established at Carthage in the 1920s. It was another 50 years before another followed, but the tourist board is making a concerted effort to woo the travelling golfer from the European continent and several new courses are in the pipeline ¬– exciting news which gives us golfers another option and a new destination to explore.
For those who are looking not just to play golf, Tunisia has a very rich heritage and history. There are plenty of things off the links to do. For those Star Wars fans among you – and I count myself one – then you will want to visit the planet Tatooine, better known as Matmata in Southern Tunisia where four of the Star War movies were partially filmed. You can even stay in Luke Skywalker's home, which is now a hotel.
Below is a list of courses I played on, in the annual Tunisian Festival of Golf – a great way to play several courses in a friendly competition-type format.
I will be adding reviews of new courses as they come online, so do keep coming back once in a while or when you are looking to book your next golfing invasion!
Golf Citrus: Le Foret
Golf Citrus: Les Oliviers
Looking back La Foret 15th The 17th at Les OliviersYasmine Valley's 5th hole
A stunning photo taken by © Dennis Jarvis of a boat on the dried out lake Chott el Jeri