Mena House Golf Course: One For The Bucket List
An article I recently ran across in the New York Times (it is old, though — from 2009) described a round of golf at The Mena House Oberoi Golf Club in the very shadow of the Great Pyramid.
I immediately added it to my bucket list. I can’t imagine a more exotic location. Even if the course is less than stellar, the view would be par excellence.
There’s a German language video of the course on YouTube
The Mena House Oberoi Golf Club is a nine-hole layout that dates to the Victorian era. It was redesigned in 1917.
Interestingly, each of the nine holes has two greens, meaning that if you loop around twice, you’ll see a somewhat different course. It measures 5,300 yards (if you play twice) and has 34 bunkers. Fairways are lined with jasmine trees.
The hotel known as Mena House dates to 1869 when it was built as a Royal Lodge for Khedive Ismail, the then-ruler of Egypt. Over the next twenty years, the property was sold and resold, and expanded.
I thought this video of the hotel’s history was fascinating
Today, Mena House is a large luxury hotel under the Mariott umbrella. Rates for the hotel don’t seem too bad. A quick check on their booking site listed “deluxe” rooms starting at $360 a night.