Date: Wed 23 Aug 2017

Design work starts on new Soma Bay course in Egypt

EIGCA Member Tim Lobb visited Egypt recently to start work on his fourth new course design in the country.

L-R Design team: Ahmed, Ahmed, Major, Peter, Tim, Kanaeson, Lara onsite at Soma Bay in July.

L-R Design team: Ahmed, Ahmed, Major, Peter, Tim, Kanaeson, Lara onsite at Soma Bay in July.

The Soma Bay resort in the Red Sea resort town of Hurghada already has a course designed by Gary Player's firm; now Tim has been appointed to design a second eighteen holes for the development.

Soma Bay is owned by a combination of Egyptian, Lebanese, Saudi Arabian and other investors.

"We were selected because of our prior experience and strong reputation in the Egyptian market, plus our masterplanning experience," Tim said. "The Soma Bay site is huge - the whole property is 1,100 hectares - with the Red Sea on three sides. The development already has five hotels, including a Westin, a Sheraton and a Kempinski; the golf resort is Westin-branded. Our course will complement the existing Player Design course; it won't be a super-long championship layout, but it will be player friendly and entertaining. We expect construction to start before the end of this year." Tim's work in Egypt has included the El Ein Bay resort course and the spectacular NEWGIZA course which is close to completion.

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