Review for Lauro

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Upon arriving at Lauro, we were impressed by the clubhouse, an old farmhouse with its very pleasant square courtyard planted with orange trees (all of the oranges very green when we visited, unfortunately). The low buildings surrounding the courtyard have been converted in the pro-shop, changing rooms and bar, and the terrace is great for drinks both before and after the round.

Lauro Golf Course - Photo by reviewer

Speaking of golf, Lauro is a nice, enjoyable course to play. Although most agencies booking your round will include buggies in the price due to some sharp elevation changes, it is still a walkable property if you enjoy the exercise. Driving a buggy will not save any time anyway, because local rules call for staying on the paths at all times, at least when we were there.

This course is not very long or very difficult, but still a good test with some tight holes, and several long par threes. The general condition of the course was pretty good, despite a number of mild trouble areas around the fairways and the fact that the greens were not exactly fast when we played the first 18 holes on the property. Unfortunately we did not have the opportunity to take a look at the third, newer 9-hole loop.

Lauro Golf Course - Photo by reviewer

Our favorite holes on the first loop were the par four 6th, a downhill, dogleg right hole with a big tree in the middle of the fairway to make the drive more exciting, and the par five 7th, a 90-degree uphill dogleg which requires two good shots to have a first look at the green. Your first shot should be over yet another tree standing in the middle of the fairway by the creek that crosses it.

On the return loop, the par three 11th was a scenic hole, with the slightly elevated green located at the edge of the plateau and beautiful trees overshadowing it. Then another par five, the 13th, provided both playing and viewing pleasure. Slightly downhill, it does not play as long as its 549 meters from the back tees, but it is no bargain. The approach to the elevated green can be complicated if you need a hybrid or long iron to reach it, as there is a small lake short of the green on the right side. Once there though, you will have a nice point of view on the nearby sierra. Standing on the 14th tee, you can also enjoy a great view of the 13th green and fairway. The last tough test of our game was the par four 16th, a long (421 meters from the back tees) and uphill hole, where reaching the green in two could be well out of range for many golfers.

Overall, a good, solid and scenic course, making for a very pleasurable, if not exceptional golf experience.

Date: October 24, 2016


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