Minthis Hills comes highly recommended as the place to hone your golfing skills whilst in Cyprus.
The course enjoys a historical location, situated in the grounds of a twelfth century monastery, from which the resort took its name. Its tranquil setting and mesmerising mountain views provide the perfect backdrop for a challenging game with its fairways swathing through mature trees and water features. At an altitude of 550m above sea level it’s a course for all seasons, enjoying cool breezes even during the summer. Originally designed by Donald Steel in 1994, Minthis Hills is the oldest golf course in Cyprus, and has recently undergone extensive enhancement by Mackenzie & Ebert. Mackenzie & Ebert are fervent believers that golf courses should fit into the landscape and be in keeping with their setting. Widely known and praised for their work on four out of the nine British Open Championship venues, Tom Mackenzie and Martin Ebert have also created 60 new projects in 16 countries during their architectural careers over the past 20 years. The ancient gardens in which the course is set lend a unique flavour, with holes surrounded by grapevines, walnut, almond, and olive trees. Few places are so tranquil for a friendly game, being fun to play for all standards of player, with great variety between holes. Elevated tees invite everyone to “have a go”, yet narrow tree-lined fairways provide a challenge, with each shot requiring careful assessment. The sporty short par four 12th hole is an example, where the green can be reached with a well struck drive, although danger lurks all along the left with the steep valley cascading away. The 14th & 17th holes are challenging uphill par fours requiring accuracy and distance to reach the green in two, and the new 13th hole provides an excellent crescendo to a set of good par threes with water surrounding the green. To top it off it is a looped course, with each nine returning you to the clubhouse, perfect for halfway refreshments!