Situated close to Lecce, in the southeast of Italy, the resort course at Acaya first appeared in the late 1990s when architect David Mezzacane set out the eighteen fairways within a local nature reserve.
New American owners subsequently called in Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry to remodel the layout before it reopened for play in 2009.
Water features rather prominently on the course – especially on the back nine, where five of the holes (10, 12 and 16 to 18) are routed around lakes – and the closing trio of tough par fours (with stroke indices of 4, 8 and 2) can easily ruin a decent score.
The course held the first Acaya Open in 2010 and this competition has since become a regular event on the European Challenge Tour.
Nearby the Adriatic sea but in the middle of the maquis full of olive trees, you will find the Acaya Golf course. The 18-holes par 71 course is about 5.900 meters long from ladies back tees.
It offers a wide variety of design, constantly searching for perfect harmony between the natural features of the land and how the shots are to be played. It therefore requires to master every type of shots The fairways using a strong and dense grass seed, guarantees that the ball will be nicely carried. On the sides, the mixture of different grass is left at natural height. The greens, some quite undulating were rather fast and nearby perfect when I played the course by three times.
The welcome was friendly and the avaibility for teeing-off was not a problem
The course was in poor condition today. Almost non-existent fairways, uncut greens and a general run-down feeling do not correspond well to the rather high green fee (80 EUR). The course has potential but is a shadow of its former self.