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GOLF GUIDE


Elea Golf Club


on the vertiginous descents at holes three and seven, imposing par threes that link the two sides of the canyon. Less familiar hazards include an 18th-century kiln on fairway one and an olive press on fairway eight. With a 290-room hotel and villas to rent, plus a state-of-the-art retreat spa, a tennis academy, a fitness centre and an on-site village with restaurants and shops, Aphrodite Hills is all things to all holidaymakers. Secret Valley, tucked in behind


Aphrodite Hills, is home to the Nicosia Golf Club. True to its name, it occupies a long ribbon of a valley walled with rock formations that change colour at different times of day. This is a haven in a dramatic seting with a convivial clubhouse, a complement to Elea and Aphrodite Hills, but not in their league for low handicappers. Hazards include ponds, streams, changes of elevation and slow sandy greens. Minthis Hills, its inland sister course


in the hills to the north-east of Paphos, occupies the grounds of a 12th-century monastery. At an elevation of 575ſt on the road up to Troodos, the mountain resort that offers skiing when snow permits, it’s significantly breezier than its coastal rivals. The countryside is equally contrasting, with vineyards, almond and walnut groves surrounding traditional villages: think wine


SIGNATURE HOLES


Elea Golf Club From the tee, the sloping fairway on Bobby Jones, the long par-four 17th, looks like a postage stamp surrounded by bunkers. If you land safely on the grass, a demanding approach shot over scrub to an island green takes no prisoners. Green fees from £68. eleaestate.com


Aphrodite Hills A mid iron and gritted teeth may take you across a canyon with a 350ft drop to the green at the par-three 7th. If you fail, best not go looking for your ball. Green fees from £90 per person, including shared buggy. aphroditehills.com


Secret Valley


and meze on cobbled terraces. The golf’s a similarly rustic pleasure and the welcome’s the warmest of them all. Vikla, on its own near Limassol,


commendably saves water by irrigating only greens and their aprons, leaving fairways to bake in the sun. In summer, golfers take their shots off portable artificial turf squares, as they would on a sand course in the Gulf. At £22, the price is right but, for most visitors, the other courses are worth the extra cost (vikla4golf.com).


Secret Valley Many fail humiliatingly on the 18th, a par five to a watery green in front of the clubhouse. No mercy from the busy terrace where 19th holers are ever ready with mocking applause. Green fees from £58. secretvalleygolfclub.com


Minthis Hills Unlucky 13th? All too likely as any wavering tee shot will miss a dangerously small island green. Green fees from £62. minthishills.com


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