Golf & Land Design’s plans and vision are quickly being realised at the Secret Valley GC at Venus Rock Resort in Cyprus, where the first of two new 18 hole golf courses is under full construction.
Developed by Aristo Developers from Paphos, Venus Rock will be one of Europe's largest luxury beach-front residential developments.
Nestled in the spectacular Cypriot coastline, this unique resort will radiate serenity and natural beauty. Set in a stunning valley setting next to neighbouring Aphrodite Hills, the golf course can be reached within 20 minutes from Paphos.
Home eventually to some 3000 properties, the resort aims is to create a vibrant, exclusive community that provides residents with facilities and service second to none.
In addition to the two golf courses with a new luxurious clubhouse, the Masterplan includes a retail and leisure area with over 15.000 square metres of seafront commercial space, property development and a beach hotel with spa.
Tony Jacklin, four times Ryder Cup captain and winner of the British Open and US Open, is providing his signature for the two courses - Golf & Land Design have a successful and ongoing design cooperation with the Jacklin Design Group on other international projects.
Due to the mature vegetation in the valley, the golf course can take advantage of a unique setting within Cyprus.
Golf & Land Design architects Hans-Georg Erhardt and Snorri Vilhjalmsson have carefully laid out the holes in the natural landscape, utilising the steep hillside terrain for spectacular tee locations and views towards valley and ocean.
Aided by GPS technology and detailed grading plans, French construction company Benedetti are moving fast and on schedule.
Rough earthworks are completed, fine shaping is in full motion, irrigation lakes have been lined, pumps are installed and the first set of holes are being grassed. Completion of the first course is scheduled for the end of the year.
But the course is already beginning to take shape, including some stunning stone walls and water features around the main reservoir lake. The narrow but fair Bermuda fairways are highly shaped and rolling, each with 6 set of tees, large Bent grassed green and strategically placed bunkers to allow both competitive professional play and a relaxed friendly game.
The venue will include high end golf academy facilities. The driving range is located close to clubhouse and starting hole and provides grassed tees as well as sheltered bays. Large putting, chipping, and pitching greens as well as indoor solutions with golf simulator and swing studios complete the modern practice areas.
The existing Secret Valley Clubhouse will serve the first new course while a new and larger clubhouse will add luxury to the second course. And to add more golfing excitement, a floodlight 3-hole loop for evening play will be conveniently located at the lower end of the course.