Secret Valley - Cyprus

Secret Valley Golf Club,
8062 Paphos,
Cyprus


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  • Iacovos Iacovou

  • Paul Dyer


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Secret Valley Golf Club makes it onto our ranking list courtesy of Golf Digest, who voted it the best course in Cyprus for two consecutive years. We do need to remember, though, that golf is still a relatively new sport in Cyprus and at the time, the island only had two courses to choose from (the Cyprus Golf Federation was only founded in 2000). Nevertheless, this delightful holiday course opened for play in 1996 and it was designed by local Cypriot Iacovos Iacovou.

Secret Valley is the home course of Nicosia Golf Club and is situated not far from Paphos and even closer to Petra tou Romiou, where according to folklore, Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love, stepped ashore. Not surprisingly, Secret Valley plays through a valley, but this is no ordinary valley. It really is quite spectacular, with brightly-coloured rock formations, which change colour in different lights. 

After a gentle start, the course begins to toughen up, but if you can keep the ball in play and avoid the numerous water hazards, you'll play close to handicap. The course measures 6,120 metres from the back tees, so it's no pushover in terms of length, but there are a number of forward tees to choose from to suit the higher handicappers. 

The setting really is a delight and it's definitely worth playing Secret Valley early in the morning or late in the evening when the shadows are lengthening. It's also cooler at either end of the day - in the middle of summer, Secret Valley can get rather hot and sticky. 

Secret Valley is invariably kept in good condition and they have an ongoing development programme, which continues to improve the overall experience. All in all, it's a very pleasant place for golf... but don't keep it a secret.

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Description: All in all Secret Valley Golf Club is a very pleasant place for golf... but don't keep it a secret. Rating: 3 out of 6

Basically a good holiday layout spoilt by poor levels of maintenance. Not a long course but shot placement required particularly off the tee where trouble awaits on both sides of the fairway. Sadly a potentially playable course is spoilt by its condition, as with other contributors we found heavily sanded greens and poorly maintained bunkers, a pity because it could be really pleasant to play. Another potential problem for some is that almost everywhere on the course you will find "beware of snakes" signs, if like me you are scared witless by the little sliders then you don't go in looking for a ball as the vipers on the course are reportedly very venomous.
October 13, 2015


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A beautiful setting to a golf course that i would generously describe as mediocre. Whilst the greenkeeping team are not keeping things green they do appear to have plenty of sand available from the local beaches. Unfortunately the sand is being placed on the greens (rather than in the bunkers) as a substitute for grass. As my first putt of the day pulled up in sand some 15 feet short of the hole (on what began as an 18 foot putt) I knew this round would be tricky. There are a couple of average holes amongst the poor ones but overall the condition was such that I won’t be rushing back.
August 25, 2012


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Fantastic location, a very scenic course with some excellent holes, but I agree the greens were very average, at least when I visited. Many of them had large sandy patches on them covering bare earth beneath, and consequently the gloss was rather taken off my round. That said, Secret Valley has the potential to be a really good venue, and at 40 Euros it is well worth a visit.
May 05, 2011


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A very pretty course, with some interesting holes through the valley, the only downside is five hour rounds and gardeners for greenkeepers. The course seems to lack some investment, the fairways were very patcy and if you could find some grass needed cutting, and the greens were very shoddy with bare patches all over them. This is such a shame because potentially it has the makings of a very good golf course.
March 15, 2011


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Ailsa
March 21, 2011
The course does lack investment for the simple reason that a new development has been on the backburner for the best part of 10 years. However this should hopefully change soon. With two brand new courses. www.venusrock.com/signature-golf.asp