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