Linda Fornara Bertona
Cyprus for golfers
Paphos, a small picturesque town is situated on the West coast of Cyprus and stretches from the beautiful Akamas peninsula in the north-west across to Aphrodites rock in the East. It attracts thousands of visitors every year and golfers too.
Paphos is included in UNESCOs list of World Cultural Heritage sites. The Tombs of the Kings, the Medieval fort, the Odeon, the House of Dionysos, Aphrodites Rock and the Baths of Aphrodite as well as Saint Paulss pillar are but a few of these sites.
The first-ever leisure and golf development of its kind in Cyprus, the Aphrodite Hills Resort (www.aphroditehills.com), is home to a magnificent 18-hole championship golf course which spreads over 6,299 metres. Overlooking the site where Aphrodite, the goddess of love, is said to have emerged from the sea, the golf course also has a dedicated three-hole golfing academy, large and well equipped training facilities and a beautiful clubhouse with a veranda overlooking the 18th green.
The third to be built in Cyprus, this award-winning golf course officially opened in 2002 and was designed by acclaimed architect Cabell Robinson. Visually spectacular and offering outstanding views over the Mediterranean sea, the course expands through indigenous olive and carob trees and it is built on two plateaux of a mountain separated by a dramatic ravine.
Club Features: 18-hole championship-standard Golf course, double-ended 350 metre practice range.
Driving Range with 4 target greens and bunkers, short game practice facilities, 3 academy holes (1 x par 3, 2 x par 4), PGA-qualified resident Golf instructors and a clubhouse with bar and restaurant facilities.
Elea Golf Club (www.eleaestate.com - located in Geroskipou 8 km from the Paphos International Airport and 65 km from Limassol) is a part of the prestigious Elea Estate. It commands a breathtaking location alongside the shimmering eastern Mediterranean.
Elea Estate mixes its location with the challenge of Sir Nick Faldo’s 18-hole golf course meandering its way through a captivating landscape that ushers you far beyond the frantic pace of modern life.
Once you have finished your round you can relax in the luxurious surroundings of the clubhouse.
The 6,900-yard layout circulates through groves of mature carob and olive trees, while dramatic outcrops of weathered limestone strikingly contrast with the dark green fairways that, on many holes, are fringed by Mediterranean grasses and an abundance of wild herbs and native flora.
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