4 of the best to play in Cyprus

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Aphrodite Hills
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.

 

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Minthis Hills
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 firm. Located in the grounds of a 12th Century monastery in a valley surrounded by vineyards and orchards. There’s also a chic clubhouse.

 

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Secret Valley
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.

 

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Eléa
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.