The original course on the site was opened in 2011 but due to a number of issues around ownership and financial issues was allowed to become un-loved and un-played. New owners, new management and what seems to be a big pot of cash has seen the intriguing Jack Nicklaus design rise again. I played for the first time this August and although the new project is in the early days, the signs are there to say the course is in first class condition, several exciting holes and an air of quality all around.
The course is desert-style; lots of waste areas border the holes and the lush grass looks like quality rolled-out carpet – add in a number of water hazards and you have a very stylish course indeed. As a quick comparison, Saurines can be compared with Cascades at Somabay in Egypt and also Assoufid in Marrakesh, Morocco.
The course opens with a par-5 with water protecting on the right-side for the last 200 yards – this is a fairly intimidating opener. The next par-5 comes at the 4th – I like this hole because although fairly straight, there is plenty of elevation change all the way to the green. The 6th could be described at the signature par-3 – only playing 166 yards at most, you are playing across water to a very undulating green – as a comparison this hole is very similar to the 5th at BlackSeaRama in Bulgaria.
This ‘new’ layout at Saurines is very young but the signs are there to say this will be a very strong course in the region in the years to come – I have mentioned a couple of the par-5’s already but all four of them (1st, 4th, 9th and 13th) are very good indeed. As the off-course facilities develop, the Sauries offering can only get better. Look forward to see the course enter to Spanish Top 100 for 2020-2021
Date: August 23, 2019