Groundwork is underway on what could be the world's first city dedicated purely to sport and the pursuit of a healthy lifestyle for all its residents and visitors.
Named Tunis Sports City the project will be located in Tunisia and will in fact be a city within a city, the master plan comes from the drawing boards of Spanish based architectural firm Diseno Earle.
The project will be built in several phases the first of which will be named Cedar village and will consist of 50 villas, 13 blocks of low rise townhouses and apartments and 11 eighteen storey residential towers all of which will have views of the 18 hole PGA approved golf course.
Residents and visitors will also be able to make use of a top notch club house offering tennis courts, billiards room, a top class gymnasium and spa with indoor and outdoor spaces for treatments along with other exciting amenities.
There will also be a golfing academy for all the wannabe Tiger Woods of the world, many restaurants and cafes, the all important shopping spaces which unfortunately due to the theme of the area will probably only offer space for golfing shoes, but you cant have everything perfect.
The design of the towers and villas are inspired by traditional Islamic designs but still manage to add a modern look to the Tunisian skyline. Mostly square in shape the towers feature glazed facades with geometric patterning, many with large balconies which provide extra social spaces as well as adding shading to the towers.
A few towers break from the traditional shape and go for a more rounded look adding focal points to the project and breaks up the square theme somewhat. All the apartments and rooms will be finished to a luxury standard and offer amenities such as spas and gyms along with child friendly play spaces and childcare to residents, all designed to promote the projects healthy living theme.
The other phases of the project will see sporting academies open to residents and international visitors where top class coaches will be teaching future champions and many other sporting based facilities will feature throughout along with more villas and towers.
Covering a whopping 256 hectares and carrying a hefty price tag of $3.5 billion USD the project is hoped to begin construction in earnest in 2010 although there are no completion times available as yet so it may be a while before you take a round at the 19th hole.