With an average temperature of 24C and 326 days of sunshine per year, Cyprus boasts one of the warmest climates and warmest winters in the European Union. Coastal locations in Cyprus have around 180 hours of sunshine in December (that is, as much as in May in London!).
If you want a change from the popular European destinations like the Algarve in Portugal or Andalucia in Spain, Cyprus is lying in wait as a new venture with the first course built there as recently as 1994. While it regularly ranks as one of the world’s top holiday destinations, more and more people are beginning to realise its quality as a golfing paradise and are bringing their clubs, too.
Despite being way in the eastern Mediterranean and south of Turkey, Cyprus can be reached in as little as four hours with regular flights from both Edinburgh and Glasgow with a range of airlines, including Jet2, easyJet, Thomson and British Airways.
Opened for play in 2010, Elea Golf Club incorporates numerous natural features and boasts stunning views out to see. Designed by six-time major winner Faldo and 6,900 yards in length, the layout wander through groves of mature carob and olive trees, while dramatic outcrops of weathered limestone strike a contrast with the dark green fairways.
As well as Elea Golf Club, there is also the Mackenzie & Ebert-enhanced Minthis Hills, which is found in the grounds of a 12th century monastery. It’s also 500m above sea level, making it slightly cooler in the summer heat! Secret Valley, meanwhile, plays through a spectacular valley with a host of tricky water hazards, while Aphrodite Hills has been described as ‘the perfect mix of challenging pot bunkers, pristine fairways and generous tiered greens’.
One of the hottest places in Cyprus, Paphos relies heavily on tourism and there are four resorts in the district: Kato Paphos, Coral Bay, Latchi and Aphrodite Hills. It’s also been selected as a European Capital of Culture for 2017.
Through golf travel provider Golf Kings, you can get seven nights at Aphrodite Hills with two rounds there as well as two more at a choice of Elea, Minthis Hills and Secret Valley from £665 per person, while another staying at the Alexander the Great Beach Hotel with a round of golf at each of the four clubs, including car hire can be taken up for £675 per person. All offers are based on staying in February 2017.
For more information on golf in Cyprus and the best places to stay during your visit, log-on to visitcyprus.com