New Els-designed golf course coming to Zanzibar


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    Els and his team are currently drawing up the designs for the new course

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    A visualisation of the new resort in Zanzibar

Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley

Ernie Els Design is to design a new golf course on the Zanzibar archipelago off the eastern coast of Africa.

Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous part of Tanzania, comprised of several islands that lie between 16 and 31 miles off the African coast.

The new course will be located at the Zanzibar Amber Resort in the north-eastern part of the archipelago.

Brian Thomson and Saleh Said, the directors of Zanzibar Amber Resort, commented: “As we began discussions with Ernie, we realised that we share the same vision, to build a distinctive and superior golfing destination that will further enhance the golfing experience of both professional and leisure golfers. It became clear to us that Els’ highly regarded course designs, African profile and International Hall of Fame career were a perfect fit for our aspirations.”

The designs for the course are now taking shape, and construction is set to commence later this year.

“As a course designer, I feel so fortunate to be working with Zanzibar Amber Resorts. And to be awarded with some of the most beautiful settings in the Indian Ocean is a wonderful opportunity for us,” said Els. “Our clients and I share the same vision and I am confident our work here will set a new standard, leaving a lasting legacy for Zanzibar and the region’s golfers as a whole.”