American golf course architect Cabell B. Robinson has been involved in course design for 35 years and he considers Aphrodite Hills 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 landcape.
And, as if typical Robinson design traits like horseshoe greens, cross bunkers, ponds – at holes 10 and 18 – and doglegs were not enough, he 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 B. Robinson – course architect writes: “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.”
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.
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.