Golf in Cyprus

By January 4, 2016Cyprus Information

Aphrodite Hills Golf Club

The Aphrodite Hills Golf Club is located near Paphos in Cyprus, overlooking the Mediterranean. The Aphrodite Hills Golf club has taken its name from the birthplace of Aphrodite, which it overlooks. Aphrodite Hills has been described as an award winning 18 hole championship golf course and academy.

Designed by Cabell B. Robinson, this Cyprus golf course was officially opened in 2002 and is considered to be one of the best in Cyprus. Surrounded by a protected forest, the fairways cut a swath through lakes, olive and carob trees and the golf course comprises two plateaux separated by a dramatic ravine which offers golfers an original and breathtakingly stunning backdrop.

The Aphrodite Hills golf resort itself spans a massive 234 hectares (578 acres) with the golf course weaving in and around the development. The golf course is 6,299m long and plays at a par 71/70.

The golf resort includes facilities such as a luxury hotel, spa, championship tournament golf course, double-ended 350m practice range, PGA qualified instructors, golfing academy, 3-hole academy course for beginners, luxurious clubhouse with restaurant and bar, and a pro shop offering the latest in golf apparel.

The Aphrodite Hills golf academy features first class practice facilities, including a challenging 3-hole course consisting of two par 4s and a par 3. The academy caters for all ages and abilities under the expert tuition of PGA qualified professionals such as Andrew Darker and Giles Johnson.

Secret Valley Golf Club

The Secret Valley Golf Club is probably the most prestigious golf course in Cyprus, located in the famous area of Petra tou Romiou, the birthplace of Aphrodite, 18km east of Paphos and 49km west of Limassol.

Opened in 1996, the Secret Valley golf course, designed by Iacovos Iacovou, nestles in a scenic valley, surrounded by grand trees which add an aura of maturity to this golf course. The rock formation offers panoramic views, giving golfers both the beauty of nature and the pleasure of golf.

Secret Valley was the second 18-hole grass course to be developed in Cyprus and it has become a favourite among local golfers. The course has a rural and isolated feel, in the midst of natural Cypriot countryside, making it the perfect place to unwind. Tradition, history and elevated views of the ocean accompany an enjoyable golfing experience to make this an attractive destination for enthusiasts of the sport.

The golf course measures 5,904m and plays to a par 71, and players without a handicap certificate can play after noon on request, depending on availability.

The facilities at the Secret Valley clubhouse in Cyprus offer a fully stocked pro shop, locker rooms, bar, a restaurant with verandas overlooking the golf course, putting greens, chipping areas, fairway bunkers, a large driving range, buggy rental, trolley rental (electrical and manual) and locker rental.

Just a few minute walk from the clubhouse you will find a 12 bay covered driving range with a maximum distance of 250 metres. Secret Valley PGA Pro, Paul Dyer offers lessons to members and non-members, for those who want to enhance their game and learn or improve skills. Tuition is tailored to individual needs and can be conducted on a one-to-one or group basis.

Minthis Hills Golf Club

Minthis Hills Golf Club, the first grass course being built in Cyprus, was completed in April 1994. Located just 20 minutes from Paphos Town, on an elevated position of 550 metres above sea level, it ensures cool breezes during the summer months.

Historically, the terrain has been part of the monastery of Stavros tis Minthis, which gives an air of timelessness and romance. The 18 hole-course, designed by Donald Steel, in two loops of nine, reveals the subtle hand of a man who always allows a course to blend into its natural surroundings.

Major renovation of the course started in the year 2006 under the guidance of Mackenzie and Ebert from the UK.

All green surrounds were reshaped and re-grassed. Two new greens and two new practice greens were rebuilt. Significant work was carried out on the 3rd. 6th, 11th, 12th, 14th, 17th and 18th fairways. Every tee and every bunker was rebuilt.

The main change to the course was the extension of the 12th hole. It has become an exciting driveable short par 4. The 13th hole was shortened and has become a par 3; the stream has been lined with boulders.

On the 1st of June 2007 Minthis Hills Golf Course re-opened to the public.

The course is par 71 and measures 5843 metres, a fine test for players of all abilities.

A new two-thousand square meter club house has opened in December 2011, enjoying fantastic views of the golf course and dramatic valley. Also in the club house you will find a fully stocked pro-shop (all rental items are available), a comfortable, spacious and well equipped changing areas, conference facilities and there is help at hand in the form of tuition and guidance for those who feel they need it, given by a PGA professional.

There is now a completely new driving range which is much wider and longer than the old one, putting green, pitching and chipping area, are also available. The driving range is very dramatic with a high tee level overlooking the mountains and a high rock face at the far end.

Vikla Golf and Country Club

The Vikla Golf and Country Club was founded in 1992, designed by Robin Houry. It is situated near the village of Vikla in Cyprus, close to Larnaca and a 20km drive from Limassol.

This golf club is one of the more relaxed in Cyprus and prides itself on customer service; the dress code here is casual and a handicap certificate is not required.

The clubhouse at the Vikla Golf and Country Club has an excellent standard of drinks and bar snacks to offer at affordable prices, and, for those who are not golfers; there is a swimming pool and outside terrace overlooking the green to enjoy. The pro shop has clubs and trolleys available to hire and an excellent selection of golfing equipment for sale.

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.

Elea’s course has been created to challenge golfers of every level. The par 71, 18-hole course, designed by Sir Nick Faldo, incorporates natural features to evoke a truly Mediterranean feel.

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.

Created by a legend, cared for by a dedicated team and already attracting international interest, Elea Golf Club is set to be one of the leading golf destinations in the Mediterranean.

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.

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