The last time I played a course with such a dazzling array of flowering shrubs, bushes and trees around the tee boxes and lining the fairways was at Tecina in La Gomera. Sierra doesn’t quite have the same wonderful Atlantic Ocean vistas as that Canary Islands course but it can certainly compete with it on the botanical front.
I’d heard that the owner left following a disagreement at his former club and decided to do whatever he could to make his new club more attractive than the other one, hence the proliferation of plantings around the course. How true that story is, I don’t know, but I have been told the owners of all the private Polish clubs are very competitive!
The tee box on every hole at Sierra was immaculate, with a perfectly positioned bench, ball washer, bin and board showing the layout of the hole. Cart paths were fully tarred, there wasn’t a weed to be seen on any fairway or around the greens and not the slightest hint of anything being out of place.
After a solid start at the opening three holes – all of which are lengthy par fours – the par three 4th is the first (and best) of the short holes on the card, played to a raised green with a hint of aquatic trouble short and right of the putting surface.
The par four 10th is a beast of an uphill par five, doglegging first to the right then to the left as it heads towards the green and it resulted in a lost ball through not paying enough attention to the course guide booklet. Holes 15 to 17 all feature water hazards and they’re tough to tame (with stoke indices of 5, 3 and 7) before the 18th crosses another pond just as it heads uphill to the home green.
I didn’t play from the back markers which can stretch the course to just over 6,400 metres (5623 metres from the yellows was fine for me, thank you very much) but I can imagine the longer tees might well have been in use to give the course some real bite when Sierra hosted a couple of EGA Senior Team events in 2014 and 2016.
Date: June 05, 2018