Cyprus is an emerging golfer’s paradise, a place where you can enjoy the game all the year round in an ideal Mediterranean climate.
Choose between three international standard 18 hole golf courses situated in peaceful surroundings amidst landscaped hills and with breathtaking views across the Mediterranean below. Located in the Pafos (Paphos) region, they are far from the hustle and bustle of the main tourist resorts, yet near enough for easy access.
Come and enjoy amateur golf or challenge your handicap by participating in one of the Golf Open Tournaments organised on the island. You will find here everything today’s demanding golfer needs, from clubhouses, to practice facilities and individual lessons. Bring along your spouse and family. In Cyprus there is something for everyone.
Aphrodite Hills Golf Course
Aphrodite Hills, near the legendary birthplace of the Greek mythological goddess of love, is an award-winning integrated golf, leisure and real estate development. With spectacular views over the Mediterranean and dotted with native olive trees, the course is built on two plateaux separated by a dramatic ravine.The golf course was designed by acclaimed course architect, Cabell B. Robinson, who is said to have created the perfect mix of challenging pot bunkers, manicured fairways of lush Bermuda grass and generous tiered greens. It is an 18-hole championship standard golf course and features one of the most spectacular par 3s in Europe, which can be found on the 7th hole. A signature hole, it plays steeply down across a canyon onto a large green nestled in a grove of olive trees. The course also has a double ended 350 metres practice range, 4 target greens with bunkers, short game practice facilities and 3 academy holes.
There are three residential professional golf instructors available for individual or group lessons and a three-hole academy course.
A beautifully appointed clubhouse with bar, restaurant and terraces overlooks the green and is an ideal location for hosting special events and private parties.
The resort also includes a five-star deluxe Intercontinental Resort Hotel, a tennis academy, fitness facilities, luxurious villas, junior villas and apartments for sale or rent, a spa and a village square with shops and restaurants.
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Elea Golf Club
The world-class Elea Golf Club, part of the prestigious Elea Estate, commands a breathtaking location alongside the shimmering eastern Mediterranean and the ancient town of Pafos (Paphos).
At 6.900 yards from the back tees, the Sir Nick Faldo-designed golf course commands a striking location above the Mediterranean Sea and has been meticulously crafted through rolling countryside, featuring imposing weathered outcrops of limestone that offer a unique character across the course.
The world’s media have already heaped positive critical acclaim on the layout, with Golf World Magazine in the UK including it in a ‘The World’s Most Exciting New Courses of 2010’ feature, and Golf Magazine in the US ranking it as “one of the Best New International developments of 2010”.
Sir Nick Faldo said: “I’m convinced this golf course will be pivotal in establishing the south west of Cyprus as a leading European golf destination. When we designed Elea Golf Club we decided to put the emphasis on thoughtful, rather than big-hitting, golf and there are plenty of strategic riddles for the golfer to explore and unravel over all 18 holes.”
The challenging layout circulates through groves of mature carob and olive trees and the dramatic outcrops of weathered limestone strikingly contrast with the dark green paspalum grass fairways and semi-rough, which on a number of holes are fringed by Mediterranean grasses and an abundance of wild herbs and native flora.
The course is supported by the Elea Golf Academy that sits alongside the clubhouse. It features a full length driving range complete with target greens and bunkers, a short game practice area and a stunning putting green, which commands an imposing location overlooking the whole course.
Elea Estate is a premium development that will boast luxurious villas and apartments, a boutique hotel supported by a range of dining options, and extensive spa facilities.
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Minthis Hills Golf Club
The par 71, 18-hole championship course is situated in the grounds of a twelfth century monastery. Its tranquil setting and mesmerising views provide the perfect backdrop for a challenging game with its fairways swathing through mature trees and water features. At 550 metres above sea level it’s a course for all seasons. Originally designed by Donald Steel in 1994, it’s the oldest course in Cyprus, and has recently undergone extensive enhancement by Mackenzie & Ebert.
Minthis Hills also offers excellent practice facilities and an exceptional clubhouse with a superb restaurant and bar.
Secret Valley Golf Course
The aptly named Secret Valley Golf Course is tucked away in a superb valley just 18 kilometres east of Pafos (Paphos) near “Petra tou Romiou”, the legendary birthplace of Aphrodite, the mythical goddess of love. It is set in scenic hills surrounded by mature trees and dramatic rock formations offering panoramic views.
The course plays to a par 71 and measures 5.989 metres. The front nine offers four nice holes for warming up, two birdie opportunities and an easy dog leg. The back nine plays longer than the first nine and the challenge starts immediately. Practice facilities include putting greens, chipping areas, fairway bunkers and a large driving range.
Tuition by a PGA qualified resident golf instructor can be tailored to suit the individual and can be either private or in groups.
The clubhouse has recently been refurbished to the highest standards and has a well-stocked sports shop with equipment for sale or hire, locker rooms, bars and a restaurant with verandas overlooking the artificial lakes and the golf course.
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