Golf in Cyprus

TRAVEL Tuesday, 14 September, 2010

Golf in Cyprus

Cyprus is the new hotspot for golfers seeking golfing breaks in the warmth of the Mediterranean sun. Cyprus offers challenging world-class championship courses, top quality accommodation, warm hospitality and almost year-round sunshine. A small number of excellent courses are operating and more are planned, both to meet growing on-island demand and the requirements of quality tourism and given the sport's worldwide popularity and continuing growth, there is absolutely no doubt that it will continue to develop and thrive here in Cyprus.

Aphrodite Hills

Officially opened on 2nd November 2002, Aphrodite Hills Golf Club is the first leisure and golf development of its kind in Cyprus. Situated in a stunning location near Paphos overlooking the Mediterranean, this magnificent course takes its name from the birthplace of Aphrodite which it overlooks.

A magnificent 18 hole championship standard golf course designed by acclaimed course architect, Cabell B Robinson who believes the course to be the perfect mix of challenging pot bunkers, manicured fairways and generous tiered greens. The manicured fairways of this undulating course follow the scenic contours of two plateaux cutting through lakes, olive and carob trees overlooking the Mediterranean.It plays to a par 71 and measures 6299 metres

Beginners and experienced players of all abilities are encouraged to learn and improve their game at the Aphrodite Hills three hole golfing academy, where a team of resident PGA qualified golf professionals can provide the very best one-on-one tuition.

The Clubhouse Restaurant open to golfers and visitors alike offers an elegant and intimate dining experience. The Aphrodite Hills Pro Shop is located on the lower level of the Golf Clubhouse and carries an extensive range of golfing equipment and stylish apparel from the world's leading brands.

Situated between Paphos and Limassol, only 2 minutes from the main highway and easily accessible from both towns.

Secret Valley

Near the legendary birthplace of Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love, lying in a scenic valley surrounded by mature trees and beautiful natural rock formations is this highly prestigious golf course. It plays to a par 71 and measures 5904 metres.

Secret Valley Golf Club was the second golf course to be opened in Cyprus. Designed by local man Iacovos Iacovou, the first tee shot was struck back in September 1996.

The front nine has four warm-up holes, two birdie opportunities and an easy dog-leg. The back nine is much more challenging. Practice facilities include putting greens, chipping areas, fairway bunkers and a large driving range. Tuition can be tailored to suit individual requirements and teaching can be on an individual or group basis.

Renovated in 2006, the attractive clubhouse has verandahs overlooking the artificial lakes and the golf course. Other facilities include a fully stocked Pro-shop, locker rooms, buggy rental and electric trolley rental.

Situated 18 km east of Paphos and 49 km from Limassol, near "Petra tou Romiou".

Minthis Hills

Founded in 1994 on the hills of Tsada and set in the grounds of the 12th-century monastery. The golf course at Tsada was the first grass course to be built in Cyprus having been designed by Donald Steel.

Major renovation work began on the golf course in 2006 with Tom Mackenzie, a former colleague of Donald Steel's, is the man charged with the considerable task of improving the course. The newly enhanced course completed by the designers Mackenzie and Ebert, re-opened in June 2007.

An elevated position 550 metres above sea level, ensures cool breezes during the summer months. It plays to a par 71 and measures 5828 metres. Practice facilities include a driving range, two putting greens, a pitching/chipping area and practice bunkers. Fornon-golferss, the facilities include a tennis court.

Situated in the hills around the village of Tsada, 15 km north-east of the town of Paphos.

Elea Estate

Situated at the heart of the prestigious Elea Estate in Cyprus, Elea Golf Club offers world-class golf in a stunning setting. The challenging Par 71 course, designed by the legendary Sir Nick Faldo, incorporates numerous natural features and boasts stunning views of the Mediterranean. The course has been created to be sympathetic to its stunning setting, while still embodying the traditions of the game. Skill, strategy, precision – and maybe a little luck – is needed if you’re to be victorious here. But, win or lose, playing at Elea Golf Club promises to be a memorable experience. The fascinating layout of the Elea Golf Course circulates through stands of mature carob and olive trees, while the dramatic outcrops of weathered limestone strike a contrast with the deep green of the Paspalum grass fairways and semi-roughs.

In a carefully planned ecological design, individual holes are fringed by undisturbed and un-irrigated swathes of colourful native ‘garrigue’ flora. This stunning visual effect invokes a truly Mediterranean feel while retaining the ethos of a traditional and dramatic experience for the golfer.