Golfing in Malta
Malta's central location in the Mediterranean, only 2 hours from major European cities coupled with the mild weather during the winter months makes the island an ideal venue for off-season golfing breaks in Malta both for individuals and groups.
The Royal Malta Golf Club dates back to 1888 when golf was first played in the ditches formed by the fortification walls of Valletta. One of the founding members was the then Duke of Edinburgh who was serving in Malta at the time and from whom the club received royal patronage. The club moved to its present location in 1904 and the course has undergone numerous changes since, the most significant of which is the installation of an irrigation system that helps keep the course evergreen.
Today at par 68, the course is a good test of golf without being unkind to the novice. There are some very interesting par 3s, the most memorable of which, although not the most difficult, is the 6th - nicknamed "The Maid's Bedroom" by the members. The two par 5s present a daunting challenge in the prevailing winds, as do some of the longer par 4s. Altogether a very pleasant golfing experience in Malta.
A PGA qualified teaching professional is always on call at the Royal Malta Golf Club for those who wish to learn the game or improve their handicap. For non-golfing partners the adjacent sister club Marsa Sports Club offers facilities which include 19 tennis courts, 5 squash courts, a criket pitch, swimming pool, bar and restaurant.
Hotel Phoenicia Malta is ideally located at just 6km from the Royal Malta Golf Course and the Marsa Sports Club which is easily accessible by car or bus.
Recently Hotel Phoenicia sponsored the Scratch Challenge at the Royal Malta Golf Club which is one of the most pretigious tournaments on the local calendar.
For further information about the Royal Malta Golf Club kindly contact the Concierge at Hotel Phoenicia Malta.