Within a large 500-acre resort on the Costa Dorada, you’ll find forty-five holes of seaside golf available for play at the Infinitum Resort. This comprises the two championship 18-hole layouts, named Hills and Lakes, and a 9-hole track called the Ruins.
The pine and olive tree-lined fairways of the Hills course are situated an hour’s drive to the south of Barcelona, close to the popular resort of Salou, and because they’re routed around a coastal bird sanctuary, golfers are never short of avian company within this wonderful Catalonian nature reserve.
The impressive Infinitum golf complex has been used in recent years as a winter training base for elite golfing groups such as those from the Austrian and Finnish Golf Federations.
You’ll find a fine quartet of par threes on the Hills course and the best of these short holes is probably the 195-metre 8th, which is fronted by water and surrounded by four rather large and menacing sand traps.
There’s also a scintillating set of long holes on the scorecard with both three-shotters on the front nine (at holes 2 and 7) doglegging to the left and the two par fives on the back nine (at holes 11 and 16) doglegging in the opposite direction to the right.
So many fantastic holes on the Hills course make me say that this one of my favourites on the Costa Daurada, probably along with Bonmont my pick in the area. The biggest difference to Lumine’s Lakes course is that there are spectacular holes, elevation changes and plenty of tree-lines holes – most golfers prefer this combination I think. The opening two holes are very strong, a par-4 then a par-5 both need accurate driving as the landing areas are pretty tight. The 8th hole gives something fairly rare – it is a par-3 around 200 yards but it is the stroke-index 1 hole; it is a great hole with plenty about it; water to carry, bunkers at the green to avoid and the green is much wider than it is in length; standing on the tee, everyone will challenge the stroke index but I would say across all golfers there will be many more 5’s than 3’s on this hole. The 12th hole is a great design; another of the short par-4 variety that is one of Lumine’s features (across both courses) but here it is a bunker-fest; just the sixteen to negotiate! The closing two holes are great fun to play, the 17th is a par-4 that is all about the approach to the small green with the natural rock-face as a superb back-drop. The 18th will stay in your mind for a long while, from the tee all you see are three bunkers and a fairway that runs off into no man’s land (more water) – it is here that the fairway turns severely to the right leaving around 100 yards to the green and what a view you have now; large water hazard on the left, another huge rock-face even further left that continues behind the green and four bunkers just short of the green. Now there is a very different way to play the hole, if you get the line correct (aiming well over the trees on the right) and can hit the ball around 250 yards then you may just choose to take this on – the risk and reward only too obvious! It maybe the type of shot to play in a 4-ball game when your partner is safely in the fairway… In summary, if I could only play one of the Lumine courses again, it would be Hills over the Lakes – drama, fun and more great holes being the reasons.