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: 7.4 out of 10 Reviews: 16
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Scarlett

A resort course built over rugged terrain probably not suited to a golf course, but if the adjacent housing estate subsidises the creation of an unusual course, who am I to complain. Carts mandatory for visitors due to long distances between holes routed across and around large valleys. The layout was a spectacular visual feast, but also with high quality conditioning. There is probably too much going on with the design and that can probably detract from the golf, but it sure is interesting.

I also played Minthis about 20 minutes drive away from Paphos and the course over on Northern Cyprus: Korineum and highly recommend both. Minthis might have been the best smelling golf course I ever been too with massed plantings of dry climate herbs and other flora; something that was a little unique. Some great holes too and at a more sensible green fee rate. Korineum was a little like Aphrodite in taking full advantage of a dramatic site with mountains on one side and the Med on the other delivering spectacular views. Quality conditioning and some wonderfully challenging holes. Both those courses should be featured on a Cyprus top 5.

June 17, 2022
7 / 10
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Greg Watson

Spectacular layout quirky and fun to play not the longest but a real challenge, the greens were as quick as I have ever played amazing surfaces.

The only negative of the day was the very poor service at the check in desk with disgraceful attitude. No spectators allowed on course due to COVID but expected to share a buggy with a stranger, take it or leave it attitude

November 08, 2021
7 / 10
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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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