Those that make the trip to the lovely island of Corsica to play the famous Spérone course will have one of the most unforgettable golfing experiences of their lives. The course is routed across a most intriguing and beautiful parcel of golfing land. It’s the only 18-hole golf course on Corsica and we think that Spérone is the model that all potential golf estates should aspire to.
Opening for play in 1990, Spérone was designed by the great RTJ. “The tee from 12 is one of the most beautiful in the world”, said Robert Trent Jones Senior, “because of their beauty and variety, holes 12 to 16 at Spérone are comparable to the sea holes at Pebble Beach and Cypress Point.” We couldn’t agree more and Spérone is certainly a little piece of paradise and one of Europe’s most unique designs.
It’s not the longest course in the world, measuring 6,106 metres from the back tees, but the layout is up and down in the extreme. We recommend a buggy, unless you are feeling supremely fit.
Napoleon was born here on this glorious Mediterranean island and some Corsicans believe that Christopher Columbus was born here too. We can’t guarantee that Columbus is Corsican, but we can guarantee that Spérone is one of the most varied and beautiful courses in the world. Play it and weep with joy.
You don’t travel to Corsica because of the golf courses. And Spérone will not change that. I played the course two times in late September. Both times I didn’t book in advance and just drove to the course. But both times I was lucky and got an immediate tee time.
12, 13, 16 and the second shot on 11, 14 and 15 are really spectacular. I mean really spectacular, as in magnificent, gorgeous, breathtaking. The tee shot on 16th from the white or black tees is truly one of the best views of my golfing life. But beside that the whole course is mediocre at best. There are a few nicely designed holes but as some of the the other reviewers already mentioned, the maintenance of the place is not sufficient. Especially the bunkers are in bad condition. Since many of the greens are defended by several bunkers, this is quite significant. Regarding the walking vs. driving discussion: First time I drove, second time I walked and walking is no problem at all. Actually the course routing is quite well designed and there are only a few longer walks between the greens and tees.
I paid 85 € per round since the main season just ended a week before and I think that overall that is a fair price. Especially when you consider the market situation on the island of Corsica, since this is the only 18 hole course.
A handful of some of the prettiest holes you will ever play and an okish course beside that sums up to four balls for me.
This reviewer and others before have mentioned the lack of sand in the bunkers. I think there might be more than maintenance behind the lack of sand in the bunkers. The bunkers, from memory, are designed as if on a parkland course, i.e. flattish. I would not be surprised if the wind simply blows the sand out of the bunkers at a seaside site with as much wind as Spérone, leaving only the pebbles. Keeping the sand in would then require extensive redesign of the bunkers, which would significantly change how the course looks and plays and members and guests with higher handicaps unaccustomed to links style pot bunkers might just freak out. If that is the case, this is a design flaw Spérone would unfortunately share with quite a few courses on windy sites where the designer was less familiar with/enamoured by links golf. Maybe someone with access to the club can confirm.