David Williams Golf Design Advises The Libyan Golf Federation
February 9th, 2012
Prior to the recent 2011 conflict, David Williams had been invited by the Libyan Golf Federation on the advice of Duncan Weir, Director of Golf Development at the R&A to visit the country and view the existing three 9 hole courses. The three courses – two on the outskirts of Tripoli and one in Benghazi – are all relatively short and sand based, with oiled greens in the North African/Middle Eastern tradition.
However, the main purpose of the visit was to view the site for a new 18 hole national course at Tajoura, just outside Tripoli. This magnificent site, with tree covered rolling sand hills, was ideal for the creation of Libya’s first full length 18 hole layout, with the aspiration that it be converted to a grass course in the fullness of time once the necessary irrigation supplied had been confirmed.
Initial layouts were undertaken, and a rudimentary sand course built with oiled greens, which then became the host venue for the Libyan championships in the following year.