In recent years, the golfing tourism industry has become increasingly busy in many countries. The steady stream of golfers from the cooler countries of northern Europe to the warmer southern nations has become something of a torrent, and even in the midst of an economic recession there has been little sign of any downturn in visitor numbers.
Although many people tend to head to the more established golf resorts of Spain and Portugal, a growing number of people have been looking to Cyprus as a viable destination. There are several reasons for this development, but perhaps the most obvious is the climate; even in the winter months the temperature is ideal for playing golf.
The warm sun and the cooling breezes ensure the perfect conditions, and the lush fairways and slick greens provide a testing but enjoyable round for players of all abilities. In addition to high temperatures, the island has relatively low levels of rainfall, so there aren’t many days during the average year when play isn’t possible.
As you might expect in such an idyllic island paradise, many of the golf courses in Cyprus offer players some truly spectacular views as they make their way around the course. Stunning cliff-top panoramas are especially impressive, and it’s often the case that returning golfers pack their cameras in their bags before they even pack their clubs.
A difficult, but enjoyable, test for all players
One of the most popular courses in the whole of Cyprus is Aphrodite Hills, which is located in the south-west of the island. Rightly regarded as one of the best courses in the Mediterranean, it features several beautifully contoured holes and fine manicured fairways. Be warned, though, the uphill fourth is a particularly tough test even for low handicappers.
Just up the coast from Aphrodite Hills you’ll find Elea Estate, a stunning course that was designed by the legendary Sir Nick Faldo. Although it’s only been open for less than two years, it has generated a great deal of interest from across Europe. Accuracy from the tee is a must at Elea, because there are plenty of bunkers and water hazards lying in wait.
Although some golfers choose to play the same course over and over again during their holidays, many of them opt instead to play several courses while they’re away. Companies which arrange golfing holidays have been keen to offer customers a chance to play in countries which aren’t usually associated with the golfing scene, and in Cyprus they have truly discovered a winner.