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Golfing in Cyprus with the Gods & Drakos Travel for ?Better Performance!

May 2004

What is your definition of a great golf adventure?

Ours is a day spent in one of the three high standard golf courses available at present in Cyprus in Paphos, the island?s capital of the west!!!

CYPRUS is the new jewel in the crown for golfers seeking golfing breaks in the warmth of the eastern Mediterranean. It offers golfers challenging world-class championship courses, top quality hotels, safety, warm hospitality and almost year round sunshine.

With 3 golf courses in Paphos and its high standards of infrastructure, hotels and services, Cyprus is fast becoming an attractive golf destination, wit facilities comparable to the best courses found on continental Europe: Tsada Golf Club, Secret Valley Golf Club and Aphrodite Hills Golf.

Tsada Golf Club, the first grass course to be built in Cyprus, was completed in April 1994. Located just 20 minutes from Paphos Town, on an elevated position 550 meters above sea level, ensures cool breezes during the summer months.

Historically, it has been part of the monastery of Stavros tis Minthis, which gives an air of timelessness and romance. From the 7th tee often a monk may be seen in the garden of the monastery. The 18 hole course, designed by Donald Steel, in two loops of nine, reveal the subtle hand of a man who always allows a course to blend into its natural surroundings.

It plays to a par 72 and measures 6060 meters, a fine test for players of all abilities.
The fairways most of which have uphill, downhill or side hill slopes are lined with fruit trees and grape vines. Undulating greens are not always easy to reach but do have perfect putting surfaces.
The 14th is a par 3 and the most challenging short hole, played from an elevated tee across a ravine to a green cleverly set on the side of the hill.
The 17th (par 5) is 533 meters and has a winding fairway crossing three unforgiving streams.

The clubhouse facilities include a restaurant, bar, ladies and gents changing rooms with showers, outdoor swimming pool, tennis court, a driving range, putting green, pitching and chipping area.

The Pro-shop offers clients an array of golfing accessories, a boutique, electrically powered Golf Carts and trolleys. A P.G.A. professional offers tuition and guidance.

Secret Valley Golf Club started operation in September 1996 and is located 18 km east of Paphos and 49 km from Limassol, near ?Petra tou Romiou? the legendary birthplace of Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love.

It lies in a scenic valley with grand trees adding maturity to the fairly new course. The sty kingly colorful natural rock formations offer panoramic views to the golfer. It plays to a par 71 and measures 5904 meters.

Secret Valley promises players both the beauty of nature and the pleasure of golf.
?The views of the surroundings combined with the design efforts will create a truly unique and memorable golfing experience?, says Mr. Stelios Patsalides General Manager, who also manages the Tsada Golf Club under the umbrella of Cyprus Golf Resorts.

The front nine offer four nice holes for warming up, two birdie opportunities and an easy dog leg (if you know how!). The first and third holes - par 4?s 375 and 335 meters respectively - feature sand traps halfway between the tee and the green. A good drive or a really bad one will keep a player out of trouble. The second hole is a straight, comfortable par three. Number 4 at 120 meters has birdie written all over it, with a tricky bunker at the front edge of the green, which requires accuracy.

The back nine, plays longer than the first nine and the challenge starts immediately - no warm-up holes on this side. A long par 5 475 meters with sand traps in the middle make the tenth hole demanding. Hole 13 is a big hitter?s nightmare - a short 145metres with water in the back (winter only). Overshoot the green and you are out of bounds: Underplay it from the tee and bear the embarrassment of not making the green in one. The eighteenth par 5 515 meters finishes at the clubhouse with what appears a selection of artificial lakes on the back side of the green.

Practice facilities include putting greens, chipping areas, fairway bunkers and a large driving range. Tuition can be tailored to suit individual requirements and teaching can be on an individual or group basis.

The clubhouse at Secret Valley as the one at Tsada, has a wooden interior and facilities including a fully stocked Pro-shop, locker rooms, bar and restaurant with verandas overlooking the artificial lakes and the golf course.

Down town in Paphos, visitors can explore the city day or night with safety. A myriad of restaurants and bars will keep even the most ardent night owl occupied.

Aphrodite Hills Golf Course
has been carved out of a ?forest? of carob and olive trees on two high plateaus divided by a dramatic ravine, overlooking the Mediterranean, across from the ?Rock of Aphrodite?, the legendary birthplace of the goddess. All but a few golf holes have a spectacular view of the sea.

It is a world-class, championship standard 18-hole, par 71/70 golf course, with a 350-metre double-ended driving range, including a three-hole academy and superb short game facilities, designed by Cabell Robinson. The total course length is 6,269 meters, with hole 7 being our signature hole and one of the most spectacular par 3s in Europe.

Aphrodite Hills Golf includes a large and inviting stone-built clubhouse with a bar and restaurant serving meals all day. There is seating on extensive terraces that offer spectacular views of the 18th green and surrounding countryside. The pro shop has all the latest golf fashion trends and labels with golf carts, golf shoes, and Callaway sets of clubs available for hire. There are also bag storage facilities, locker rooms, and changing rooms available. Golf lessons are available 7 days a week by the residential PGA qualified golf professionals.

Golfing in Cyprus with the Gods and Drakos Travel for?. Better Performance!

For further information, please address your requests to Mrs. Christina Drakos at cyprus@euromic.com


Tsada Golf Club - map

Secret Valley

Secret Valley

Secret Vally Golf Club - map

Aphrodite Hills

Aphrodite Hills

Aphrodite Hills Golf Club - map