If you’re looking for an outdoor activity in Cairo that doesn’t involve bustling markets or crowds, take a trip to JW Marriott Hotel for some golf on their championship course or driving range. If you arent a big golfer, going for an afternoon at the driving range with your friends can still be a lot of fun, and you can do it as cheap as 61LE (60 balls 50LE, 1 club 11LE).
The hotel is located in ‘Mirage City’ on the Ring Road in Heliopolis. Its elaborate gates, palm tree-lined boulevard, rolling green lawns and well-maintained grounds are a stark contrast to the dusty roads and traffic you’ve just weaved through. Even if you hate big, flashy resorts like this one, you can't help but enjoy the open space, fresh(er) air and the rare sound of birds chirping. Drive past the enormous, bright white hotel on your left and continue straight ahead for the clubhouse perched upon the hill.
The clubhouse and gift shop have all the equipment you need for hire, as well as some sportswear for purchase if you’re in need of hats, gloves, shirts and other swanky golfing attire. The hotel has two courses – the 9-hole Executive Course and the 18-hole Championship Course – both of which are well-designed and used for tournaments. The driving range is uncovered and stretches 300 yards.
The prices for the golf passes depend on which course and what day. The 9-hole Executive Course costs 205 LE on weekdays, 270 LE on weekends, and 180 LE for club hire. The 18-hole Championship Course costs 405 LE on weekdays, 520 LE on weekends, and 250 LE for club hire. Golf carts are included in the price. The driving range is 50 LE for 60 balls and 11 LE for each club. This is all cheaper for hotel guests and members.
Private and group lessons are available, and well as special programs, just contact reception for the latest dates and deals. There’s a small putting green beside the clubhouse for beginners and young children.
If you’re in need of some refreshments after a few rounds, head to one of JW Marriott Hotel’s many restaurants, cafes and bars (not many of which are highly recommended, though). There’s a range of cuisine options and prices, but they’re all expensive for what you get. See the website for details. For cocktails, head to The View Lounge and Bar.
Aside from the golf facilities, JW Marriott Hotel houses 5-star luxury rooms, dining, a spa, swimming pool, fitness facilities, conference centres and event spaces.
Golf pass: 205-270 LE 9-hole course, 405-520 LE 18-hole course (cart included)
Golf club hire: 11 LE per club (driving range), 180-250 LE (courses)
Golf balls: 50 LE (driving range)
Drink prices in the hotel bars: $$$
Address: Mirage City Heliopolis, Ring Road, Cairo Governorate 11757