Golfing in the Middle East
Club adds to Syrian appeal
The Cham Golf and Country Club which opened last year in Damascus has added an new dimension for visitors to Syria.The club, which is located adjacent to the five-star Ebla Cham Palace Hotel and the Omayyad Conference Centre, is just 10 minutes from the heart of the Syrian capital. Special golfing packages are now available at the club, offering ideal breaks not only from elsewhere in the Levant region but also from the Gulf and Europe. The one night packages starting at $122 for a single bedroom at the Ebla Cham Palace includes breakfast as well as green fees at the golf club. Double room with single occupancy is available at $132 and double occupancy at $172 per night. The Cham Golf and Country Club and the Ebla Cham Palace are part of the Cham group of hospitality companies which includes the Cham Hotels and Resorts with 12 hotels in Syria currently and another 16 to open in Syria, Lebanon, UAE, Jordan and Iraq. The group also includes Chamtour which handles corporate meetings and incentive programs and Chamcar, the Hertz franchisee in Syria. Spread over 60 hectares of green area, the 18-hole, par 72 Cham golf club course features four artificial lakes and several thousands of palm and olive trees surrounded by natural plants and flowers. The club also offers a fully equipped driving range and putting and pitching greens and provides lessons for beginners and other levels of players.