Located in the northeast of Africa, the Republic of Sudan borders the Central African Republic, Chad, Libya, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia and, since 2011, the newly created country of South Sudan; it also has a long stretch of coastline on the Red Sea. Although the secession of South Sudan was traumatic, Sudan itself remains wealthy in terms of natural resources, in particular oil. Ongoing conflicts in the oil-producing regions and market volatility, however, have complicated the task of exploiting these reserves, which have in the past served to fuel political and cultural tensions within the country. It remains to be seen how the changes unleashed by the redrawing of the political borders will play out for the citizens of both Sudan and South Sudan.
If stability should return, Sudan has a great deal to offer in terms of natural beauty and a rich culture. The archaeological treasures include ancient pyramids and a renowned museum, while the landscape is replete with sweeping desert, rugged volcanic mountains and of course all that beachfront. It will come as no surprise that Sudan is not a golf destination, but there is in fact a course here. Situated in the desert outside of the capital city of Khartoum to the south, Fenti Golf Club features 9 floodlit holes created by Peter Harradine. The layout is somewhat on the short side, but it is there for the enjoyment of visitors, and will hopefully stir interest in the game among the Sudanese themselves.
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