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The stunning Soma Bay peninsula

The stunning Soma Bay peninsula – site for new TPL 18 hole course.


Eighteen-hole course will be TPL’s third project in Egypt and will form the centrepiece of a new hotel and residential community at the luxury Soma Bay Resort


(London, United Kingdom – November 02, 2015) Thomson Perrett & Lobb (TPL), the golf course design practice founded by five-times Open Champion Peter Thomson with partners Ross Perrett and Tim Lobb, has announced it is to create a family-friendly, resort-style golf course on Egypt’s Red Sea coast.


The 18-hole design, which will offer panoramic vistas of the Red Sea from every hole, will be at the heart of a new community at the exclusive holiday resort destination of Soma Bay, situated 20 minutes from Hurghada International Airport, and 80 miles from the ancient city of Luxor.


The new TPL-designed course will embrace the area’s natural desert landscape, whilst preserving the indigenous flora and fauna of the region, and will occupy a slightly elevated hillside position, approximately 30 metres above sea level. It forms part of a new hotel and residential masterplan created in conjunction with international architects Gensler.


The Soma Bay Resort, a luxury resort-style village, is a popular destination for visitors from the UK and mainland Europe. Located on its namesake peninsula just outside Hurghada, the resort boasts five luxury hotels operated by globally recognised brands including Kempinski, Sheraton and Robinson Club.



Extended marina and new hotels on offer for Soma Bay

Extended marina and new hotels on offer for Soma Bay


It also features a world-famous spa and offers guests a host of sporting activities, including diving, kite surfing and sailing. Soma Bay is also already home to a fabulous 18-hole championship golf course, designed by Gary Player, which opened for play in 1998.


TPL principal and golf course architect, Tim Lobb, commented: “The Soma Bay peninsula is a stunning location, surrounded on all sides by the Red Sea, and our goal is to create a golf course that focuses on strategic and fun play, has family-friendly options and is accessibility for all’.


“The design process has already commenced, and we hope to begin construction next year. The existing Gary Player design has received significant critical acclaim since opening, and we look forward to creating a very different, but complimentary, golfing challenge for future visitors to Soma Bay to enjoy.”



Soma Bay already boasts an acclaimed Gary Player course

Soma Bay already boasts an acclaimed Gary Player course


Lara Iskander, Director of Development of Soma Bay Resort, added: “Thomson Perrett & Lobb has a strong, and growing, international pedigree in the golf course design sector and we look forward to working with Tim and his team to create a world-class, enjoyable and memorable golf experience for our guests.


“TPL’s vision to design a golf course that appeals to families and holidaymakers, and also marries perfectly with the Soma Bay environment, were key considerations when selecting our design partner. We are confident the new course will significantly enhance our extensive leisure facilities.”


More about Soma Bay:


Soma Bay is an exclusive Red Sea resort in Egypt. Just a 4 hours flight from Central Europe, with year round sunshine and mild temperatures, Soma Bay offers vacationers an ideal Red Sea holiday. The resort location boasts some of the sandiest beaches of the Red Sea and panoramic views of Desert Mountains and blue skies. Luxury hotels, Gary Player championship golf course, a Holistic Spa & Thalasso centre, a diving and kite surfing centre all make Soma Bay the ideal place for relaxation and recreation.


Located just a stone’s throw away from Central Europe, Soma Bay is Egypt’s best kept secret and considered the leading location for scuba diving, snorkeling, wind surfing, sailing and kite surfing.  With year-round sunshine, spectacular dive sites and idyllic white beaches, Soma Bay offers the ultimate escape. Equally ideal for both investment and personal inspiration, Soma Bay’s diverse residential properties combine the comforts of home, the ease of a resort, and the luxury of the Red Sea.











WRITTEN ON November 1st, 2015 BY Tim AND STORED IN Golf News, Our projects, Press Releases, Tim Lobb

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