20. December 2011 00:51
I recently made my first visit to the Paphos region of Cyprus. After a short flight from Gatwick direct into Paphos airport I picked up my hire car and was very happy to find Elea Golf Club just 15 minutes up the road. In fact during my whole time in the area I found getting around very easy. Paphos town centre is just 20 minutes from all of the venues and the airport, plus driving on the left when overseas is always a bonus!
Elea Golf Club, home to the Sir Nick Faldo designed golf course that opened in late 2010, is all about service. On my arrival at the clubhouse I was warmly greeted by a member of the Golf Services team whilst my clubs were looked after and placed on my buggy for the day. The clubhouse is one of the finest I have visited and if club houses received a star rating it would certainly get the full 5. The locker rooms, restaurant and bar are all first class and sitting on the balcony looking out across the golf course towards the Mediterranean Sea is a fantastic place to be both pre and post golf.
The golf course is in great condition and you can certainly recognise it is a Faldo design. With numerous bunkers and run off areas around the greens, strategy plays a big part in putting together a good score. The course is not overly long but watch out for the finish - holes 17 and 18 are both strong par 4s that will require your long game to be in order if you are to get to the clubhouse victorious.
After a day at Elea I travelled the 10 minutes to Paphos city centre and stayed at the Amathus Beach Hotel. As a 5 star facility and a member of the Leading Hotels of the world it did not disappoint. The restaurants, bedrooms and leisure facilities are excellent and when you are not playing golf make sure you make the most of the outdoor pool, spa and beach location. Just a 2 minute walk from the hotel and you are in the heart of Paphos, great for getting out for the evening and enjoying the night life.
During the second half of my stay I was located at the Aphrodite Hills Resort and this place certainly has the wow factor. Onsite you have it all, a fantastic golf course, golf and tennis academy, pool, spa, even its own village with a mix of shops and restaurants. Choose from staying in the 5 star Intercontinental Hotel or opt for one of the private villas.
The golf course is both a great test of golf and also a highly memorable experience. Buggies are included in all packages and are very much needed as the course is set on two plateaux divided by a huge ravine. Watch out for the par 3 7th hole. Not daunting in length at around 150 yards however a test for all as it is played straight across the ravine. The 18th hole provides a very exciting finish - this par 5 can be reached in two shots, however the approach is played across water and after a good tee shot a big decision awaits.
Overall I would highly recommend a golfing visit to Cyprus, the weather is perfect for golf nearly all year round and we have some fantastic offers available in the coming months. Groups would really enjoy this as a destination and with the variety of ‘1 in 8 FREE’ promotions that we have running I would certainly recommend the area of Paphos to all.