Lighthouse’s golfing credentials are plain for all to see. It’s one of two dozen golf facilities operating under the European Tour Properties banner and it hosted a prestigious event on the Staysure Tour last year so there can be no doubt about its ability to provide a good test on the course and offer decent peripheral amenities and accommodation off the course.
I experienced both facets a couple of weeks ago when I played here with the club’s French-born Director of Golf Dimitri Chaynes. In fact, some might consider playing with a professional as a requirement when officially reviewing a course because you get to see in person exactly how the layout should be tackled by a good player!
It’s a well-constructed track – as you would expect to find with any layout from the European Golf Design portfolio – that’s set out on a good-sized property with plenty of separation between the contoured fairways. There are small pockets of on-site housing but these residential elements never come close to interfering. There’s also a little wooded area close to the coastline that a few holes are threaded through.
Some might bemoan the fact that the edge of the cliffs were never really incorporated into the routing but I think it’s fine, actually – I’d rather tee it up somewhere which is laid out to pretty much look like it’s a lie of the land layout than something more contrived, containing forced holes offering nothing more substantial than visual stimulation off the tee.
The front nine is very solid, highlighted by the 7th and 8th holes (funnily enough, located close to the cliff edge!) where new raised tee boxes have been introduced to give golfers a better perspective of what lies ahead. The halfway house (Shiv’s Bar) behind the 8th green overlooks the precipitous drop down to the Black Sea and this is the spot that rightly claims all the attention, not the holes themselves.
The inward half is just as good as the preceding front nine, made memorable by a terrific par five at the 16th that doglegs right past a small lake to a green sporting some serious forward bunker protection. The following hole, a water-laden par three, affords a little bit of respite before tackling the tough finisher – a long par four (rated stroke index 2), which plays to an offset, raised home green.
Date: May 08, 2019