Seeking winter sun without a long-haul flight? Head for the four courses on the island of Cyprus
Cyprus is the short-haul golf destination with long-haul attractions. Blessed with one of the most consistently good climates in the world – with along summer season extending in to late October – this is patently a year-round destination. Even in the winter months, temperatures are mild with an average of six hours of sunshine a day.
It has four superb golf courses too, located close to each other so it is easy to plan a trip where you play more than one of them.
Factor in excellent hotels, great gastronomy, abundant culture – indeed, Pafos is European Capital of Culture 2017 – diverse natural attractions including famous archaeology and authentic hospitality and it is one of Europe’s most appealing destinations.
There is varied nightlife in the cities and towns of Larnaca, Pahpos and Limassol as well as resorts such as Ayia Napa. It’s just over four hours away too, with direct flights from London and regional airports. The courses, too, are first class.
Cyprus’ best-known course was designed by Cabell Robinson on 578 acres on two plateaux, divided by a ravine that overlooks the spot ‘Aphrodite’ is said to have emerged from the sea. Its topography allows for spectacular views and drives – not least on the iconic short 7th. Just 10 minutes from Paphos airport, its 290-room hotel is a great base.
The first course in Cyprus has undergone a name change and a renovation. Known as Tsada when it was laid out by Donald Steel in 1994, it has recently undergone a significant overhaul by the Mackenzie & Ebert rm. Located in the grounds of a 12th Century monastery in a valley surrounded by vineyards and orchards. There’s also a chic clubhouse.
Tony Jacklin’s design opened in 2013 and sits in a scenic valley adjacent to the Paphos coast. Routed among mature trees and natural rock formation, its six sets of tees mean it is playable for all standards of golfer. It has a superb Golf Academy too.
A 2010 Sir Nick Faldo design on rolling hillside topography above the Med. Laid out around weathered outcrops of limestone as well as mature carob and olive trees. It is backed up by a lavish clubhouse with a fine restaurant, five terraces, wine-tasting lounge, and an exclusive private terrace
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t: 00 357 22 691100 w: visitcyprus.com
The Climate: Cyprus is a year-round destination so ideal for winter sun.
When to go: November to March, quiet but atmospheric, perfect for golf.
Getting there: Fly to Larnaca or, even better, Paphos, from a choice of UK airports.
Time: GMT +2