A short but tight layout set in a valley with holiday villas on both sides (fortunately far enough back that they don't entrude on the course). We played in early November, which seems a good time of the year to come with temperatures in the mid 20s. The course itself is interesting and reasonably well maintained. Despite being constrained by the valley the holes pretty well manage to keep themselves separated. The constrained space does mean that some of the holes are a little short with at least 2 of the par 4s drivable and all bar one of the 5s reachable in 2 for the moderately long hitter. However the course makes up for its lack of distance by keeping the driving areas and the area around the greens pretty tight. Anything errant will be punished with a penalty. This keeps the course interesting and provides a fair challenge.
A couple of gripes though. It is expensive particularly if you're not staying at the adjacent Sheraton hotel,. The tees were pushed forward when we were there with no chance to play off the back pegs, and finally there is an internal out of bounds beteween 2 holes which is a personal pet hate. All the more so as this OB does nothing to prevent either hole from becoming easier. Also a brief word about the New (North) course- unless you particularly enjoy crazy golf give it a miss. All it needs is a windmill in the middle of the fairway and you're there! A couple of quirky holes is fine, but 18 of them? No thanks.
Date: November 10, 2014