Aphrodite Hills - Cyprus

Aphrodite Hills Golf,
2 Aphrodite Avenue,
8509 Kouklia,
Cyprus


  • +357 2682 8200

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  • On coast road from Paphos to Limassol

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American golf course architect Cabell B. Robinson had been involved in course design for 35 years when Aphrodite Hills opened early in the new millennium and he considered his Cypriot creation to be the culmination of his work over that time.

The 18-hole Aphrodite Hills course is part of a 290-room hotel and residential development just a 10-minute drive from Paphos airport in sunny Cyprus and it’s a very popular golfing attraction for holidaymakers.

Five years in the making and opened in 2002, the course is routed over two relatively level landforms, separated by a deep canyon which Robinson has incorporated into the design to fashion two spectacular holes (3rd and 7th) on the front nine. Indigenous carob and olive trees on the property were supplemented with additional planting to complete a mature Mediterranean landscape.

If typical Robinson design traits like horseshoe greens, cross bunkers, ponds (at holes 10 and 18) and doglegs were not enough, the architect even included an 18th century kiln and an old olive press in the middle of the fairways on holes 1 and 8 to add further character to the course.

Cabell Robinson commented as follows: “If you can carry 200 metres with your driver, you should try the back tee on the 3rd. It looks forever over the gorge, but it is only that far to reach safety. It is a thrill of a lifetime shot if you succeed. The 7th deep within the bowels of the canyon is another dramatic shot, while fantastic sea views are to be had at the 8th and 15th… reaching for the back pin position on the 12th needs the most courage, while the 16th is my pick for the toughest par-4, and the 18th is a reachable and wonderful par-5.”

The European Tour notched up a half-century of countries visited in October 2020 when Aphrodite Hills staged the inaugural Cyprus Open. Englishman Callum Shinkwin claimed the title (his maiden European Tour victory) after defeating Finland’s Kalle Samooja in a play-off.

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Description: Aphrodite Hills is routed over two relatively level landforms, separated by a deep canyon which Cabell Robinson incorporated into the design to fashion two spectacular holes (3rd and 7th) on the front nine. Rating: 7.5 out of 10 Reviews: 14
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Nick Rice

Excellent course, very playable. Not too testing off the whites. Very enjoyable all round.

October 07, 2021
8 / 10
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Kevin Henley

We played it after routine course maintenance of tining and a fairly heavy sanding on the greens which did not make it the best experience but the work has to be done, and we had booked a week in Cyprus with the clubs so it was play it or don’t play it !

Despite this issue it was still quite an experience as the front nine is built on ‘“not your normal” golf terrain playing either side of a huge ravine, which playing off the whites we did not have to drive over where the black tees add 154 yards to a par five !

The course is pretty much un-walkable as the 2nd green to third white tee is 950m and the tortuous descent down to the “signature” 7th par 3 which plays inside the ravine across ‘certain death’ and then the cart path heads off back from the tee and around the ravine side to eventually reach the green, which is at least a lot bigger when you get there that’s it looks form the tee.

The back nine is a little more “normal” with the two stand out holes for me being the 11th and 18th both of which involve shots from anywhere but perfect position across large water hazards.

As I said it is quite and experience to play, especially the front nine but would happily return and play what I expect are fast greens with some interesting undulations, most noticeably the SI 18 par 3 5th.

I think from a strange (heavily sanded greens) first round I would say the par 3’s were all quite good but many of the 4’s and 5’s also need accurate shots to avoid your ball disappearing into oblivion.

Very friendly and helpful starters hut which doubles as half way house.

Course #459 played worldwide.

September 03, 2021
7 / 10
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Raimondas

The 18-hole championship golf course at Aphrodite Hills Resort was played two times after 2018 renovation of golf course and clubhouse. It is typical resort course with beautifully structured and supervised environment to take comfort for players. Clubhouse is huge and has a lot of space for proshop and lock rooms with restrooms also for dining area. Fields condition was very good, greens and fairways well maintained. They have a good practice area with huge driving range and large pitching green and chipping green. The buggy is fully equipped with the latest GPS functionality and technology and it is included in green fee rate. Actually buggy is compulsory here for reason of long distance between tees. The prices are the highest in Cyprus, but this is understandable due to quality fields and maintenance costs. Acceptable in low season (which is very short).

Fairways are wide enough for long drive and greens also large. Was played from white tees so holes is not very long and challenging (except 7th). First nine lets to feel the game and gives memorable experience at 7th (signature) hole. Amazing view and great challenge to attack the pin correctly.

There are only two water hazards and the first of them waiting at 10th hole par 5. It’s one of the best and longest in course (from white tee) with minimum chance to reach green in two shots. The second shot must be careful correct, otherwise the big bunker is waiting from the right side and the water hazard from the left. Also are waiting two long par 3 holes in second nine (especially 15th) and as dessert the last hole (par 5) with good opportunity to make birdie. Just need accuracy second shot to avoid water hazard at right side and bunker at left. My opinion is not big deal to play around or better your own hcp here.

Definitely every golf course rating is always a subject with a lot of subjectivity, depending on various criteria and personal point of view to importance things. My rating depends on following criteria: course complexity or challenging, fields condition (especially greens & fairways), service (only what you can get: buggie, club rent, condition of clubs, the amount of choice and etc. except staff and other subjective things that depends on your or staff mood), surrounding views or pleasure to the eyes and definitely value for the price. All criteries will be rating from 1 to 5 stars. My priority is challenging and value for price criterias. Aphrodite Hills is one of the best in Cyprus and gets:

1. Challenging - 4*

2. Condition - 5*

3. Service - 5*

4. Surroundings - 4*

5. Value for the price - 4*

It's really pleasant „Stay & play“ golf resort. Will be back.

March 26, 2019
8 / 10
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malcolm roberts

Course has recently been refurbed and was in excellent condition when we played. You need a buggy on this course as there are some pretty big distances between some greens and tees, notably the 7th.

3rd. and 7th. are the pick, if you feel adventurous tee up from the black tees on both holes and give yourself a challenge. 10th and 18th are good par 5's with water at greens and 12 and 15 are testy long par 3's. Some great views, particularly 8th. with a friendly and welcoming club house at the end.

A good holiday golf course.

September 11, 2018
8 / 10
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Michael Lumsden

I played two rounds at Aphrodite Hills last week whilst on holidays staying at the resort. The course was in immaculate condition. I understand the greens and bunkers were recently replaced / upgraded and it would appear that they have done an exceptional job. The course is mostly fairly open off the tee but is nicely designed with plenty of memorable holes. It is essential to take a golf cart as there is a long drive between the holes which are separated by the canyon in the middle of the front nine. There are some lovely views and the par 3 7th in the canyon is a fun hole. I highly recommend Aphrodite Hills to anyone looking for a high standard course to build a golfing holiday around.

July 14, 2018
8 / 10
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Owen mills
A great course and set up for a golf holiday, the resort is very good with everything you need onsite, and the course a pleasure to play without being too difficult or without a few signature holes. Ive played the course five times now over the last couple of years and each time enjoyed it, you must play from the back tees to appreciate the course fully, the third hole alone justifies half the green fee. True it has a few filler holes and the greens are not always perfect in the summer heat, but good value if you are on a packaged trip. I would put this place above Elea and cant understand the massive gap between them in the ratings, must purely be on the faldo name in my opinion...
October 13, 2013
8 / 10
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Sarah Forrest
December 13, 2013
Aphrodite Hills is a course for golfers. It is a challenge without it being too easy or too hard. In good condition from tee to green.
Jamie Hill
I had read a previous review which mentioned slow greens and long buggy rides between holes so was on my guard playing the course for the first time off the white tees. The greens were very good; I asked in the clubhouse about their pace and in Summer they sometimes have to keep them longer to avoid burn. The course is a challenge off the whites and you will be looking back at the tiger tees, especially on the third' wondering how the pros would play it! I played in the Xmas Open off the yellows and the course tones down to a very good challenge for handicap 18 or under, with stunning views from the high points..There are plenty of bilingual or native English and other language speakers;,the course marshals and caddie master were very helpful and friendly. You are encouraged to book online to receive better rates. A standard round in December was 85 euros/ twighlight on the net 55 euros so excellent value compared to Spain and Portugal, especially given the quality and condition of the course. You will not forget the holes over the gorges as they are truly spectacular, along with the buggy ride to get to them. Overall a thoroughly enjoyable experience.. The Hotel, especially the kids club was also excellent; something for all the family.
January 03, 2013
10 / 10
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Tim Lloyd
I played a round here yesterday and was very impressed. In my opinion this is a better,more rounded course than Elea and should be number 1. The service was brilliant, the course tough but playable and the experience with the buggy drives, unique. I was lucky enough to tee off at 7:20 and had the course to myself which was great but the fairways were sodden due to the sprinklers so my advice would be to tee off around 8-830 am. . If you're going to Cyprus then play it. It was pricey at 110 euros but it offers a unique golfing experience
September 20, 2012
8 / 10
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Andy Newmarch
This is a tough review to write; as I refer to my notes from during the round it is difficult to fault the experience but in all honesty it can only be a 4-ball rating from me. The hotel, the restaurants and all of the après golf is first class and I defy anyone not to have a wonderful time here but as a golf course I am remembering the dramatic setting more than the holes. The first couple of holes are pretty Aphrodite Hills Golf Course - Photo by reviwerstraight forward, then the first piece of drama;- a 1000 metre trek from the 2nd green to the 3rd tee – nice par-5 when you get there though. More drama after the par-5 6th… a very tricky buggy drive down the side of the ravine (ultra slow is the order of the day) to the par-3 7th – A spectacular hole example of a tee, a ravine with a 100 metre drop needing a mid-iron to carry, then the green, a fun hole to play that is for sure. The 8th is another that is pleasing on the eye, especially at the green. On the back nine, I enjoyed the short par-4 14th (probably as it suits my left to right shot!) – also the 18th is very good, a reachable par-5 in two but water short and front of the green adds to the difficulty. All in all I really enjoyed my day here (despite the very slow greens) and I would love to return again but this is based on the whole day and experience rather than just the course – this certainly is holiday/resort golf but done very well . As a side note, there is a fair bit of investment in Cypriot golf at present (new courses and re-designs) which is great news for the island.
April 01, 2011
6 / 10
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Scott
Aphrodite Hills occupies a stunning location, built on two plateaus split by a deep canyon and with views out to the Mediterranean.It has some spectacular holes. A good drive is required to make the carry across the canyon from the back tee of the 573m, par 5, third hole, but it is only a 413m par four from the white tees. The par three seventh plays across the canyon; there are no prizes here for being short and the chicane buggy route from the previous hole is great fun too! The 8th is a short par four that offers options from the tee and a green site that gives great views out to sea. There is a premium on finding the green in regulation on the par 3 twelfth. To finish, the 18th is a fun par 5, where the tee shot is required to carry the fairway bunkers and catch the down slope to give a chance of reaching the well protected crescent shaped green in two. The course was in immaculate condition when I played it in the middle of March, 2011. The greens were running fast and true while the fairways, tees and bunkers were excellent too.Despite the spectacular holes I have previously mentioned, the course is characterised by very wide fairways, almost no rough and very large, often undulating, greens. In fact, it is the undulations in the greens that provide the course with its main defence. This makes it very much a ‘resort course’ and in truth is very much a second shot course. Two other points detracted from overall experience. Firstly, you do really need to use a buggy as there are some very long treks between holes and keeping to the cart path is compulsory. Secondly, the pace of play was very slow and on the day I visited there was a large group of holiday makers who really were not good enough to be playing; their round must have taken well over five hours!Nonetheless this doesn’t detract from Aphrodite Hills being a good, fun course to play and thoroughly enjoyable.
March 20, 2011
6 / 10
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