HomePublished on September 05, 2017
Born in Montreal, Canada and being of Egyptian blood, I have travelled to Cairo a few times to see family, friends, and get in touch with my roots. In the past, Ive’ been fortunate enough to visit one of the seven wonders of the world, Pyramids of Giza.
During this most recent visit, I had finally planned to play golf. There are many compounds in Egypt and few contain golf courses. When I had planned to golf in Cairo, I was thrilled to add this new experience to my ventures of Egypt! Katameya Heights is rated 4th of top 10 golf courses to play in Egypt, let’s get to playing!
Once we entered the Katameya Heights compound gates, it was quite a drive to reach the clubhouse. Similarly, as you enter the gates of a country club and a long drive thru residential property awaits you, creating tension in your gut, until you have finally reached the clubhouse parking lot. Coming to Egypt for golf, I did not expect having a similar experience as when I routinely drive to TPC Stonebrae.
Walking through the pro shop, I could feel the course anxiously awaiting to greet me on the other side of the wooden double doors. Knowing Egypt, I was expecting a hot, dry air to smother my face as soon as I stepped out. However, I experienced something completely different. As I took my first step onto the course, I could suddenly feel a cool breeze against my face enabling me to inhale fresh air and I knew I was in a familiar territory again, home.
Luckily, I was playing with my cousin, my mom (well she did manage to hit a few), and an old family friend, who showed me the way out at Katameya Heights Golf Club. I was surprised to see such a hydrated, well manicured golf course, and such spacious practice facilities. The finest qualities of this course can be found through the rolling undulations from the fairways to the greens. Comparably to the Emirates Golf Club, outside the rough, lies the consuming desert sand and I think it is safe to assume that desert-like habitat will have these resemblances amongst golf courses.
Coming to Egypt for golf and family, granted me a new appreciation for my ancestor’s land. Golfing in the country whose history dates back to the Pharaohs, brought me great gratitude. Being fortunate enough to be able to expand my cultural background and knowledge is priceless.
Mainly known for the Pyramid of Giza, there are also incredible sights in south Egypt that individuals tend to neglect, in which you will have to stay tuned for my next trip to Egypt!
Fun Fact: Close to 98% of Egypt’s population live in Cairo, Alexandria or elsewhere along the Nile river banks and the Suez Canal. Being the largest city in Africa, with an estimated population (2016) as high as 12 million. You can find the most historic gems of the world in this country, mainly known for The Pyramids of Giza, there are many more places to explore here!