Golf in Cyprus
After last weeks review of some of the best golf on offer on the island of Mallorca, this weeks ClubstoHire.com‘s Travel Blog takes a look at another island in the Mediterranean. We shift our focus to the far eastern waters of the sea and focus on the beautiful island of Cyprus.
The Republic of Cyprus is the third largest and third most densely populated island in the Mediterranean. Although Cyprus is located in the western extremities of Asia, it is an EU member country since 2004. Another island with ancient history, it is believed that the earliest known human activity on the island dates back to the 10th millennium BC. A strategic location in the Middle East, the island was occupied by several major powers. These empires included the Assyrians, Egyptians and Persians from whom the island was seized in 333 BC by none other than Alexander the Great.
The island’s history seems to continuously involve battle over who should be where, until the Ottoman empire took power for 3 centuries in the late 1500s. Under current governance the use of terms like de jure and de facto are common place in relation to Turkish and Greek influence. It would suffice to say that Cyprus is simply a beautiful island with many historical influences. These various impacts on the island have resulted in a mixture of ancient and modern architecture. The majority of which will stop you in your tracks as you travel around the island.
Weather in Cyprus
August is the hottest month in Paphos with an average temperature of 26°C and the coldest is January at 13°C. The wettest month is December with an average of 93.9mm of rain. The best month to swim in the sea is in August when the average sea temperature is 27°C. The weather conditions on the island of Cyprus provides perfect year round golfing conditions.
Attractions of Cyprus
Other than the beautiful turquoise blue waters of the golden beaches, Cyprus is host to a lot of tourist attractions. Take for example the ancient city of Kourion. Kourion was an important city-state on the southwestern coast. The acropolis of Kourion is situated to the west of Limassol. Located atop a limestone promontory nearly one hundred meters in height along the coast of Episkopi Bay.
Coral Bay is a popular tourist resort in the Peyia municipality 6 km North of the city of Paphos. The coast to the north and south of Coral Bay is characterized by rocky headlands and sea caves. Coral Bay itself is a 600m crescent of soft white sand, enclosed by a pair of limestone headlands.
The Tombs of the Kings is a large necropolis lying about two kilometers north of Paphos harbour. The tombs date back to the 4th century BC and are carved out of solid rock. They are thought to have been the burial sites of Paphitic aristocrats and high officials up to 300 AD. Kings were not actually buried in the tombs, which inherit their name from their magnificence.
Cyprus really is worth a visit if you are interested in ancient history, sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and more recently – golf.
Golf in Cyprus
Cyprus is investing to become one of the new golf destinations in Europe. Cyprus is still unexplored territory for a lot of golfers, but there are many high quality golf courses. Some of the best Cypriot golf courses can be found near Paphos.
Secret Valley Golf Club
Secret Valley Golf Club opened for play in 1996. Originally designed by local Cypriot architect Iacovos Iacovou. Secret Valley was the jewel of Cypriot Golf during what could be considered the early years for Cypriot Golf. Voted the best course in Cyprus for two consecutive years in the 90s.
Secret Valley was largely considered a regular members course until 2013. That year the course reopened after a complete redesign by Hans-Georg Erhardt and Snorri Vilhjalmsson. A par 71 that is nestled in a scenic valley by Petra tou Romiou. The course is carefully laid out in the natural landscape within the mature vegetation in the lower part of the valley giving it a distinct setting within Cyprus. It utilises the steep hillside terrain for fantastic tee locations and long views through the valley and towards the ocean.
Aphrodite Hills Golf
The game changer of Cypriot Golf. Cabell B. Robinson, with over 35 years experience in course design, considers Aphrodite Hills as the culmination of his work. The magnificent 18-hole championship Aphrodite Hills Golf Course spreads over 6289 meters. Aphrodite Hills Resort is a 290 room hotel and residential development just ten minutes from Paphos airport. It is here where you can collect your Clubs to Hire rental set.
With stunning views to the Mediterranean and the most beautiful of settings among natural vegetation, Aphrodite Hills Golf is paradise for the golfing enthusiast. The course expands through indigenous olive and carob trees and is built on two plateaus of a mountain separated by a dramatic ravine.
Elea Golf Club
Situated at the heart of Eléa Estate, Eléa Golf Club offers world-class golf in a stunning setting. As mentioned earlier Aphrodite Hills acted as a game changer for golf in Cyprus, but the arrival of this facility has blown the roof off the standard of golf in Cyprus. This Faldo designed course has received rave reviews from the traveling golfer.
With an abundance of bunkers around the course, it is advised to bring your sand wedge locked and loaded. The fantastic thing about these three quality golf courses is that they are all within a short distance of Paphos. There are a few other great golfing options on the island. Minthis Golf Club and Korineum Golf & Beach Resort are other great options.