Looking at the scorecard, it seems that Cabopino could be a benign course, with a total length of « only » 5,193 meters from the back tees. In fact, there are only three sets of tees, no championship or black tees here, so obviously this course is not designed to handle the cream of golfers. Or is it not?
Cabopino is pretty full of nice surprises and a source of really good golfing fun. It is located mostly on a hillside facing the Mediterranean sea, only 1 kilometer away, so you get very nice views on several holes. At the same time, some other holes have been created at the bottom of narrow gorges, and even with the invasive groups of villas around the edges, you can feel in the middle of nowhere. The Mediterranean pines are as lovely a landmark as can be. The design of the course is quite varied, so you never have the impression of having played a hole already. The fairways are very good, and even though we played in February on a cool day, the greens were lightning fast, and difficult to read due to the lack of horizontal reference surfaces anywhere. The putting challenge is made even greater as many greens are two-tiered, and a ball not quite reaching the top tier when needed will certainly roll back down a long way. Indeed, the course goes through a lot of elevation changes, both up and down, which makes riding a buggy almost a necessary evil.
Of course the most breathtaking hole of the course is the 3rd, with an elevated tee standing probably 50 meters above the fairway at the bottom of the gorge. However, the par threes are set very pleasantly, at least to the eye because the last two include water and the 15th in particular can be tricky when the wind blows sideways. We thought probably the weak hole was the first par-five, the 12th, a strange double dogleg where only a long and well thought out second shot will allow a chance at reaching the green in regulation.
All in all however, a fun course, no stress over distances but all kinds of use for a level and strategic mind if one wants to score well.
Date: February 16, 2019