Cyprus - Europe’s Alternative Golf Destination

24 January 2018
Josh Hawker

Whilst you may initially think of Cyprus as a typical holiday location, Cyprus is rapidly growing into a world class golf destination. Cyprus boasts four world class golf courses, including an European PGA course that are all within half an hour’s drive of each other. Cyprus has a true all year climate boasting longer golf seasons than the traditional golfing hot spots of the Costa del Sol in Spain and the Algarve in Portugal.

Paphos, a beautiful harbour town located in the south of Cyprus and European Capital of Culture for 2017, is the best place to be based as you are within a 30 minute drive from all 4 of these vastly different and challenging courses.

 

Aphrodite Hills Resort – Trip Advisor Rating of 4.5 / 5

All Year Round Golf at Aphrodite Hills, the first ever leisure and golf development of its kind in Cyprus, Aphrodite Hills Golf Resort is home to a magnificent 18-hole PGA championship golf course, dedicated 3-hole Golf Academy and magnificent Clubhouse, designed for golfers of all standards and ages.

Spreading out over 6,289 metres and overlooking the site where Aphrodite, the goddess of love, is said to have emerged from the sea and within 15 minutes of central Paphos, the golf course has a truly unique location. This course won the IGTM (International Golf Travel Market) Award for 'European Golf Resort of the Year 2018' and has attained the highest standard recognition in Golf, the PGA National, Cyprus. The course, designed to a world-class standard, has just undergone a €2.5m investment upgrade and complete modernisation including the reconstruction of greens and bunkers.

 

Minthis Hills Resort – Trip Advisor Rating of 4.5 / 5

The course enjoys a historical location, situated in the grounds of a twelfth century monastery, from which the resort took its name. Its tranquil setting and mesmerising mountain views provide the perfect backdrop for a challenging game with its fairways swathing through mature trees and water features.

At an altitude of 550m (1804 ft) above sea level it’s a course for all seasons, enjoying cool breezes even during the summer. Originally designed by Donald Steel in 1994, Minthis Hills is the oldest golf course in Cyprus, and has recently undergone extensive enhancement by Mackenzie & Ebert. Mackenzie & Ebert, widely known and praised for their work on four out of the nine British Open Championship venues, Tom Mackenzie and Martin Ebert have also created 60 new projects in 16 countries during their architectural careers over the past 20 years. 

Elea Golf Course – Trip Advisor Rating of 4.5 / 5

Elea Golf Club is the newest and is a Sir Nick Faldo designed course situated just a 10-minute drive from Paphos. This challenging Par 71 course is situated at the heart of the prestigious Eléa Estate in Cyprus, Eléa Estate Golf Club offers world-class golf in a stunning setting.

Secret Valley Golf Course – Trip Advisor Rating of 4 / 5

Designed by Tony Jacklin in collaboration with course architects Hans-George Erhardt and Snorri Vijhalmsson of Golf and Land design is located 18km east of Paphos. Described as a “thinkers course” it is probably the most challenging out of the 4.

With such a superb selection of golf courses, all offering their own unique challenges and an all year climate, Cyprus is a destination golfers can return to again and again. If you are interested in discussing property options close to or actually within the golf resorts, please do contact me on the details below.

If you would like to speak to Josh directly about the Cyprus property market and find out more about the golf courses on offer, with advice on where and how to buy, please do contact us and we will only be too happy to hear from you.

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