Elea - Cyprus

Eléa Golf Club,
1 Eleon Avenue,
8310 Geroskipou,
Paphos,
Cyprus


  • +357 26 202001

  • Karl Morgan

  • Nick Faldo

  • Neil Sweeney


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Elea Golf Club is at the heart of a new, luxury residential development that is set in an idyllic spot, only two kilometres from the Mediterranean Sea and the vibrant town of Paphos. Golf in Cyprus was elevated to a new level with the opening of Aphrodite Hills in 2002 but the arrival of the new Sir Nick Faldo-designed course at Elea in October 2010 has stratospherically raised the Cypriot bar.

The vision of Elea Estate is to be a place where people enjoy life. If you like golf then you’re going to enjoy Sir Nick’s Elea. The team at Faldo Design are proud of their achievement and have created a course that “sits comfortably and in harmony with its landscape”. For those who are familiar with Faldo courses – Chart Hills for example – you will notice a theme. There are bunkers at Elea in abundance and covering significant acreage. From now on we’re going to call Sir Nick “Mister Sandman”.

The par four 4th is perhaps the most outrageously bunkered in Europe and this hole, named “Orchard”, tames the famous “anaconda” bunker at Chart Hills. Two irregularly shaped bunkers, which masquerade as gigantic sandy pieces from a jigsaw puzzle, need to be avoided from the tee. If you can find sanctuary on the fairway, you’ll have an approach shot to a bridged green that slopes up at the front and then cants away towards the back. The green is protected to the left by a smaller (but still vast) jigsaw-shaped bunker with a Muirfield-styled grassy mound in the centre. To the right of the green, there’s a more conventionally shaped trap. We think there’s more sand on this hole than an average desert.

The long par four 17th is rapidly becoming Elea’s signature hole and places fear into the swing of most golfers. Named “Bobby Jones” this is another hole that has dramatic bunkering but also a severely sloping fairway, which seems to be smaller than a postage stamp from the tee box. Assuming you can avoid the bunkers and stay on the fairway, you’ll need to hit a top drawer, all-carry approach shot over native scrub to an island-like green.

So, is Elea all about bunkers? The short answer is no. There are, in fact, three bunkerless holes, including the tempting 10th, a short par four that simply shouts: “come on – give it a go”.

Put on your thinking cap before you tee it up at Elea. This course warrants careful consideration, coupled with a positive attitude and a hot sand wedge.


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Description: Elea Golf Club is at the heart of a new, luxury residential development that is set in an idyllic spot, only two kilometres from the Mediterranean Sea and the vibrant town of Paphos. Rating: 4.875 out of 6

A wonderful course sadly spoilt a little by a poor location next door to a factory estate. Generous off the tee and very well bunkered. The 9th is a good par 5 over water to the green if you choose and the 10th. a very hittable par 4. Course in good condition , fairways and greens, greens are very tricky and breaks are not always obvious.Make sure that you stop at the hut at the 9th. bacon butties to die for.
October 13, 2015


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The course feels very new, and the surrounding area is pretty grim, which spoils the look of alot of the holes. It has some great long holes but the par 3s are very average and i felt they were an after thought. I cant say i recall any real signature hole, and to give it a fair rating you would need to llay it a few times as course strategy is very important, nothaving any gps or local knowlege was difficult. I woildnt put it above Aphrodite Hills quite yet, purely on the way the course looks, it doesnt fill you with anticipation etc.. Expensive as well, so needs to bed in alittle to justify the price and the ratings on here.
October 14, 2013


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Reall enjoyed the Elea which is a strategic course full of bunkers - I've never seen so many! Most holes make you think but the par 3s are very short. Still nice but nothing more than a light wedge...tough finish with the 17th earning its stroke index of 1. Overall service and clubhouse was first class however with views of mainly electricity pylons and warehouses this doesn't deserve to be above Aphrodite Hills at this moment in my opinion but overall an excellent thinking mans course in top condition.
September 21, 2012


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Very expensive for the layout very simple course to play if you knew what lies ahead. I followed the course planner for the first two holes and stood on the 3rd tee 3 over. I didn't use it again and finished 5+ playing off 7. I expected a harder challenge! Not worth £125. I could play Open venues in the UK for less.
September 27, 2011


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Eléa is about Wow… this course is stunningly difficult to play for the better golfers, it requires careful drives even many second shots in oblivion (on the 17th) Some are straightforward deceit: a few can drive the par 4 10th hole (SI17) but even crowds will take more than 2 puts if the flag is anywhere near the front of the green. A great design which is outside of the common, even the grass is something else, you might need a few holes to adapt your ball striking. If you are an aggressive golfer, think twice, the first time around will be a lesson of humility, you will take a beating on many occasions. Best to carefully pick your way and enjoy the ride, a great one it is! Manu(7.4 hcp)
June 14, 2011


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As a setting this course is not the most attractive but for a test of golf I found it outstanding, the terrain and bunkers protect the course making it a real challenge to plot your way around. Faldo has designed a course here for all abilities with chances to cut corners for the bigger hitters and bail outs for the average golfer. The hotel is amazing and the staff were excellent, I only wish we'd picked a better day to play as at one stage the hailstones came down like pebbles making it the coldest round of my life and that includes a frosty January roll up at my home course!
May 25, 2011


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Another new European course that I have a gut feeling will get many positive reviews (including mine). The surrounding area of the course is by no means complete but don’t let that influence your opinion of the course as the design is very good. I think that of the half a dozen Faldo designed courses I have played, strategy must be the key word in Sir Nick’s mind at the outset. The bunkering at Elea is severe and not unlike Faldo’s Chart Hills, England to be honest. The greens are very tough too, with subtle run-offs, speedy surfaces and confusing grain that can make putts turn uphill! Only the very best of short games will survive on what I would call professional’s greens - comparisons could easily be made with those at The Grove, England. I found a similar theme on all 18 holes at Elea, with each hole becoming more difficult from start to finish (i.e. tee shots not too tricky, approaches a little tricky and the work around and on the greens very tricky!). The option to run a shot up to the green doesn’t exist, all shots need to carry to the putting surfaces but with fairways cut tight (giving a links turf feel) there are chances to control the ball on landing. The pick of the front-nine holes for me start with the par-5 2nd; there is a ditch about 175 yard out that needs negotiating plus plenty of deep greenside bunkering. The 5th, a par-4 is a nice hole; water at the green on the left and a tough green to hold. Best hole on this nine has to be the 9th – a reachable par-5 with water at the green-side and deep bunkers behind the putting surfaces – This hole is named Barney’s Rest, which is also the name of the welcoming half-way hut (fine bacon rolls indeed). The 11th hole is my favourite par-3; called Thistle which is apt as there is a Scottish feel to this short hole (all carry with a huge jigsaw piece bunker protecting). The final three holes are very strong indeed – all par-4’s and tough…the 16th continues the theme of an easy drive but not so easy approach (tip: take more club)…the 17th is SI-1 - a sloping fairway favours a fade to counteract this but then the shot to the green must be the hardest approach on the course; very long and needing to carry the vegetation to get anywhere near the green. The final hole is tough too, bunkers on the right side at driving length and further bunkering down the left on the way to the green. I am sure to return to Elea in the future as I thoroughly enjoyed my two rounds in March 2011 – my only worry/concern about the course would be, is it too difficult to get near handicap? Not sure but plenty of fun will be had trying. The off-course facilities at the clubhouse are all of high order with an air of quality throughout the bar/restaurant/warm-up area/caddie-master etc. and already a comfortable club atmosphere is evident.
May 11, 2011


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Having played the Faldo course near to Vilamoura in Portugal I had some idea what to expect when I arrived at Elea, but this course knocks spots off it's Algarve counterpart. We played it for a very reasonable 90 Euros, and from the outset it is a truly class act. The clubhouse is absolutely stunning, and whilst the backdrop towards Pafos can at times leave something to be desired, this course really does deliver a stern test of golf, measuring 6300 yards from the whites. The 1st is a relatively straightforward downhill par 4, followed by the par 5 2nd which gives an idea of what is to come. A creek crosses the fairway to catch a poorly struck second shot, and the approach to the green is heavily bunkered giving several choices but making club and shot selection key. There are several holes when the approach has to carry scrub, notably the 17th, which has the added problem of a severely sloping fairway which feeds anything other than a well struck drive towards trouble. The greens are up there with the best I have putted on, and certainly as good as those at Monte Rei in the Eastern Algarve. Whilst not the cheapest course in Cyprus, from my experience it is by far the best and should be added to everyone's must play list.
May 05, 2011


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