Two mythical figures, one an ancient legend, the other a legend of the royal and ancient game, have played roles in the creation of the 18-hole championship course at Secret Valley Golf Resort.
The 5,905-yard, par 71 layout is located 18km east of Paphos on the Mediterranean Sea near the famous Rock of Aphrodite, an area known locally as “Petra tou Romiou”, said to be the birthplace of Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love.
With two major titles, seven Ryder Cup appearances as a player and four as a non-playing captain, the last three of them successful, Tony Jacklin was the most successful British golfer of his generation.
Secret Valley opened in 1996. In 2013, when the current layout was unveiled, the 1969 Open Champion and 1970 U.S. Open winner lent his expertise, following collaboration with course architects Hans-George Erhardt and Snorri Vijhalmsson (Golf and Land Design).
Set in a scenic valley surrounded by mature trees, beautiful flowers, natural rock formations and spectacular vistas towards valley and sea, the course provides perhaps the most challenging test of skills of all the courses in Cyprus. Indeed, it is “a thinkers course”.
An added attraction unique to Secret Valley is a floodlight three hole loop, situated at the sea end of the golf course, which proves popular for summer evening play.
Managed by Troon Golf, lush Bermuda Green fairways and greens considered the equal of anything in Cyprus are other lures while TaylorMade M2 golf clubs are available for hire from the fully stocked
pro-shop, mean you can travel light if desired.
Secret Valley Golf Resort also offers a state-of-the-art Troon Golf Academy and magnificent 300-metre driving range located close to the clubhouse with grassed tees as well as 22 covered bays. There’s also large putting, chipping and pitching greens and indoor solutions with a golf simulator and swing studios.
PGA Golf Professional Paul Dyer and his team are available to give tuition for all ages and abilities, whether for a complete beginner, an experienced golfer or a large group.
After the play, guests are welcomed to the friendly atmosphere of Secret Valley’s stunning clubhouse with its balconies overlooking the tranquillity of the valley and sunsets over the Mediterranean Sea.
An extensive list of refreshments is available to accompany world-class Greek and international cuisine, all delivered with the friendly service unique to Cyprus. The clubhouse boasts extensive and well-appointed conference facilities and caters for seminars, business meetings, private or social functions, christenings and weddings for up to 400 guests.