The course is superb and the painstaking work of Dave Thomas and his son Paul has paid dividends -
92 hectares in total with wide yet challenging holes. Built on natural terrain with very gentle slopes and
undulations, the course measures over 7,400 yards, with tee off times every 10 minutes.
Hole 2 The hole is defined and dominated by three large bunkers. The drive must
be played to the elevated fairway between the first bunker on the RHS and the run-off area to the left The
drive rewards accuracy and length on this occasion and a player benefits from a medium to short iron
which must be played across an expansive bunker to the large elevated green.
Hole 3 First of the short par fours and a good birdie opportunity. The drive is played
dawn hill in which the player must pick fairway area surrounded by bunkers at various levels and contours. The
green is large, although awkward pin placements may provide for challenging second shots.
Hole 4 A semi blind tee shot played over a slight rise is required although the
fairway landing area is quite generous. The hole is tree lined on both sides which provides sufficient definition
from the tee and two large bunker configurations further define the first part of this hole.The second shot for the
longer hitter demands strategy as it is possible to reach the green in two shots by hitting up the left hand side,
negotiating the several bunkers guarding the opening. The safe route to the right requires the player to play a
short iron or pitch to the green which can be made more difficult by the deep greenside bunkers to the right.
Hole 5 The first of the short hotes on the course and obviously wind direction
will be the key. Deep menacing bunkers close in to the green define the right hand side of the hole. Again,
an opportunity exists to play down the relatively open left, hand side where balls will gather in to the green.
Hole 6 A dog-leg right to left par 4 played around a bunker placed to the left hand
side landing area. An awkward tee shot as the ball could drift away to the right and it becomes important to keep
as close to the middle of the fairway as possible. The second shot is played across a small valley to a green
protected by three bunkers to the front and left. This shot requires a medium iron to carry all the way to the
|"In almost all sports, the place where you play is not essential. In golf it is. The course
is essential; it is the real and only rival. That is why in this course you may find an exciting golf partner,
a luxury for life." Miguel Ángel Jiménez|
Hole 7 A straight away par 4 in which length from the tee is not necessarily rewarded.
It requires a placed tee shot, possibly with a long iron or fairway wood, between the two fairway bunkers left
and right of the . fairway. The second shot is a medium to short iron and requires accuracy and understanding
of the flag position due to the difficult undulations in the putting surface.
Hole 8 The most demanding par 3 on the course visually dominated by the large lakes
in front of the tee. Alternative tee positions provide different lines into the green but ultimately it is the
fag position tint will determine the outcome for this note. The green is guarded with bunkers front and left,
although shots may be played to the front left with some success
Hole 9 Another tong par five, although a slight dogleg right to left The drive must
negotiate large bunkers to the left hand side of the fairway and be long enough to hove a good view of the green.
The strategy for second shot depends very much on the position of the flag as parts of the green is well guarded
by the take on the right hand side. A fot of fairway area exists and allows play up the left hand side for the
second shot which opens up the green for a short wedge or pitch into the green.
Hole 10 A daunting tee shot played across lakes. The brave line requires the
player to carry two bunkers on the right hand side which give the best route into the green. A second shot
from the (eft hand side of the fairway must carry deep bunkers guarding the green. A good opening hole for
the back nine.
Hole 11 Again there are options for the player with his tee shot. Two bunkers define the
right hand side of the fairway and if the player chooses to carry the ball should 'kick' and gather into the middle
of the fairway making the second shot a lot shorter and easier. A drive to the left hand side of" the fairway must
be long enough to get a view of the green which is elevated and guarded with deep bunkers to the left and front.
A difficult second shot in which the player must hit the green.
Hole 12 A picturesque short hole although a really long good iron to the green is
required The landscaped lake provides the setting although bunkers to the right and left provide most of the
trouble.The green is large and softly undulating but a well struck shot is likely to provide good results.
|"It's a very beautiful spot, with superb views all round and I am sure this is going
to be a very popular place for peaople to come to."|
Miguel Ángel Jiménez
Hole 13 A short par 4 but large fairway bunkers prevent a player getting too dose to this
green. A lay-up from the tee with a long iron is maybe the right choice. The green is a fete hidden from view,
although the bunfoer to the right guards half the green. A very undulating green /urther odds to the problems,
although a lovely looking hole with the range of mountains providing the setting and background scenery.
Hole 14 A long left to right par 5 in which a good first shot must negotiate large
bunkers placed to the right The green is designed in an island and makes two shots to the putting surface seem
impossible. A long iron lay-up would leave a wedge or pitch across waste bunkers and bunkers to the large green.
Another good birdie opportunity.
Hole 15 Another short hole played slightly uphill. The largest bunker on the course
dominates the right hand side and a steep slope and sides make it appear very menacing. The green itself is
relatively gentle with only soft contouring. Safe area is to the left where there are good opportunities for
chipping and putting.
Hole 16 A testing tee shot as the player must negotiate probably the narrowest
fairway on the golf course. The hole is aggressively undulating with bunkers on both sides of the landing area,
approach and green surrounds. The second shot requires a long carry across deep bunkers to a green which is
relatively flat but is likely to reward good putting.
Hole 17 Another difficult tee shot in which it is necessary for a long carry to the
elevated fairway landing area. Four bunkers divide the hole and provide the option for directional play from the
tee. The second shot again is all carry to the green across greenside bunkers. A long hole when the wind is coming
from the north and a par four would be a good result.
Hole 18 A very long and dramatic finishing hole played uphill to the clubhouse in the
background. A good drive down the left hand side must avoid the bunkers to the right side which sets up the second
shot with a long iron or fairway wood. In the middle of the fairway the 18th is a picturesque hole enhanced with
the dramatic cascades and lakes to the left. A good second shot leaves a short pitch to a relatively long but easy
green. It is important to miss the deep fairway bunker to the right hand side, some 100 yards short of the green.
A good finishing hole, but one that will reward good play.
|"I'm delighted to be associated with it and carry the name. As a Spaniard, I feel
it is very important for resorts like this to have an ambassador from this country."
Miguel Ángel Jiménez|