Golf Holidays in Cyprus
Although Cyprus has been a favoured holiday destination amongst sun-worshippers for a number of years, it is only recently that it has started to show up on the golfing holiday map. However, recent course developments in the country, teamed with the opening of a number of luxury golf resorts, means that Cyprus is now one of the fastest growing golf holiday destinations in the Mediterranean.
Golf holiday in Cyprus are boosted by the island’s favourable climate. The average temperature throughout the year is around 24C, and the weather is still warm enough for a round of golf even during the winter months. In fact, Cyprus is renowned for having the warmest winters in the whole EU. It is undeniable that the courses on the island benefit from the unique climate, and they are able to welcome visitors all year round.
From most destinations in Europe, the travel time to Cyprus is under 4 hours, meaning that if you are looking for a short haul destination, golf holidays in Cyprus are the perfect choice. For those who want to keep down costs, the island is also serviced by a number of low cost carriers. Many people choose the country as a short break destination for this reason. Golf holidays in Cyprus can range from a few days to a few weeks.
The majority of the popular tourist courses are congregated around the island’s South-West coast. With four courses within very easy driving distance of one another, it is very easy for visitors to get around. Choose Paphos and the surrounding area if you want a holiday where you can play a range of different courses in a short space of time. This area of the island is more commercialised and generally more popular with people who are looking for more established courses. Alternatively, a new golfing region has sprung up in Northern Cyprus, centred around the small harbour town of Kyrenia. This area is just 90 minutes drive from the major international airport at Larnaca, and less than 35 minutes drive from Ercan airport. The new Korinieum Golf & Country Club has already won over legions of golf fans, for its testing play and the truly magnificent setting. This course is the first 18 hole club in the region, but the success of this course is rumoured to have sparked plans to create more courses in future. Cutting through a natural forest of pine, olive and carob trees, and giving players spectacular views of the Five Finger mountain range in the background, this course is perfect for those who want a peaceful round in the Mediterranean sunshine. Designed by British course architect David Hemstock, the course meets European course design standards, and is well-suited to players of all ages and abilities. The adjoining luxury resort is also is also the perfect place to stay if you want to explore the surrounding area, which is fringed with beautiful beaches and a rich cultural heritage.
Girne / Kyrenia
If you are looking for a wonderful destination for your next golf holiday in Cyprus, you may be interested in visiting the Kyrenia area. The city, which is located on the Northern coast of Cyprus, is alternatively known as Gime in Turkish. As well as a highly acclaimed new golf course, the region offers a plethora of other attractions for visitors.
Like much of the rest of Cyprus, Kyrenia has a pleasant Mediterranean coastal climate, with hot summers and mild winters. This climate has helped to shape the gorgeous environment around the city. Across the region, there are swathes of gorgeous pine olive and carob forests, which help to give the air a beautiful, fresh, natural scent. The warm seas are perfect for swimming in, but they are also the perfect habitat for a wide range of different sealife. The restaurants in Kyrenia serve some of the freshest seafood in the whole of Northern Cyprus, as well as number of other locally grown specialities.
Kyrenia and the surrounding area also have a rich history and culture. The harbour area has helped to foster trade between Cyprus, Turkey and mainland Europe for centuries, and is still a busy tourist attraction. The Kyrenia Castle, which lies to the east of the harbour, was built in Byzantine times, and has been occupied by the Crusaders, the Venetians, the Ottoman Turks and the British at various points throughout its history. These inhabitants’ influences can be seen in and around the castle building. Inside, visitors can enjoy a 12th century chapel and an intriguing museum dedicated to some of the many shipwrecks which have occurred along the Northern coast of the island. Around the area there are also many other remnants from the Crusades. Further along the coast you can also visit the Bellapais Abbey, which was an important site for those travelling to the Crusades in the Middle Ages.
The city plays host to a range of different arts and cultural festivals, including the Kyrenia Festival of Culture and Art which takes place every June. Hundreds of performers from different genres and artistic traditions take to the streets and venues of the city to entertain visitors. As well as successfully blending the islands Greek and Turkish traditions, there are also performers from all around the world. An alternative International Music Festival takes place at Bellapais Abbey.
The new Korineum Golf course and adjoining spa resort is one of the latest reasons why tourists are flocking to the area. The 18 hole course winds its way through the natural forests of the area and offers players spectacular views out over the Mediterranean sea or towards the Five Finger mountain range from every hole. Designed by British course architect David Hemstock, the course is a nice challenge for players of all ages and abilities. There is also a golf academy and Pro Shop onsite for those who want to work on their skills or invest in more golf gear.