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 Paphos.
At 6,800 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.
Slightly hilly course near Paphos. Champagne square design by the pen of Sir Nick Faldo. Place in an impressive state. Reception and golf shop very friendly. Service in the restaurant could be improved. All in all a great experience. We will be back.
A crisp, typical "Nick Faldo" design. By YELLOW with 5.734m already not too short, WHITE with 6.313m so long that one of these tees as a precaution for the tourist locks. BLACK (6,775m) anyway. Many, many, many BIG and DEEP bunkers. (A bunker has just been prepared.) The dredger in the bunker barely protruded over the bunker edge!) Fairways "actually" wide enough, but you have to find the places where no bunker lurks. Unfortunately, they are usually within easy reach of YELLOW (on the bone-dry fairways the balls also like to run to the nearest sandpit) - WEISS would probably be less dangerous. There are hardly any water hazards, only a green lies between two ponds.
Moderately hilly - if you are not completely unsportsmanlike, you do not need a cart.
The condition was OK, but the greens were partly quite bumpy. But still pretty quick and the breaks fair recognizable. What can not be said of all bunkers on the field, these are not always visible before the blow.
Unfortunately, also this place (like Minthis) was pretty crowded - 4: 45h took the round. After all, while waiting for the back nine, you can enjoy the wonderful, Tuscan-like landscape, which offers constantly magnificent sea views. (On the front nine unfortunately a larger substation is often disturbing in the view.)
Conclusion: The # 3 in Cyprus - take it, if you are on site. Good 3 stars. (In the "Golf Bear Ranking": 6 out of 10 points.)
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