UNVEILING THE LATEST ENHANCEMENTS BY MACKENZIE & EBERT
AT MINTHIS, IN CYPRUS
Minthis is excited to reopen its fairways to the golfing world following substantial work to upgrade the course and enhance the golf experience, following an investment of €5 million.
Minthis has enjoyed a successful partnership with renowned golf course architects Mackenzie & Ebert for the past fifteen years, with major upgrades being undertaken from 2017 to 2020.
The course architects impressive track record, advising 17 of the Top 100 Courses in the world including Royal Dornoch and Walton Heath and 7 of the 10 Open Championship venues, as well as their design philosophy that reflects our respect for nature is what makes the course truly unique.
Tom Mackenzie and his team have been instrumental in the course development and the redesign of the layout, most recently working on the quality of the new greens. With their expert help and a dedicated team, Minthis has rebuilt the previous original clay push-up greens to conform to the sand-based USGA specification standard. This will provide true, consistent and quality putting surfaces all year round, whilst benefitting the long-term sustainability of the golf course.
The average size of each green has notably increased by twenty five percent, which is further complemented by Mackenzie & Ebert’s distinctive and interesting green designs. The reshaped greens offer golfers more fun, variety and challenges both on and around the greens. The greens have been seeded with 007 Creeping Bent Grass, known for its heat-tolerance and disease resistance, which has proved to be the modern grass seed of choice among many of the world’s top golf courses.
A full course bunker upgrade has also been undertaken. It includes the replacement of sand with new USGA specification material quarried from the Sahara with the reshaping of green side bunkers to enhance not only the aesthetic appeal but also to allow for rain water to be diverted and harvested by storm drains, where it can be stored in the main reservoir.
‘Courses cannot afford to stand still’
Tom Mackenzie Founder, Mackenzie & Ebert
In addition, Minthis continues to follow a detailed plan set by the golf architects, to build on the beautiful natural character of the golf course. This incorporates additional planting of vineyards, local shrubs, native grasses and wildflower meadows. Moreover, further native, out of play grass areas have been identified and will be left to grow naturally in order to protect the existing nature at the resort and to create new habitats for local wildlife.
Rediscover Minthis Golf Course
The opening nine holes is the more forgiving half of the course, encircling the historic 12th century monastery, vineyards, orchards and olive groves. These holes have been cleverly designed to give players a fair start to the round, keeping in mind the sloping tree-lined Par 5 3rd hole and the long 6th hole with a blind approach shot played towards the monastery. At the turn, the 9th hole is played alongside the beautifully remodeled lake and finishes in front of the impressive contemporary Clubhouse.
Tom describes the back nine holes as being all about precision with a wonderful variety of adventures. The newly designed Par 5 10th hole is a perfect example of the challenges golfers will face. It may be difficult to concentrate when stood on the dramatically elevated tees because of the picture-perfect views of the Troodos mountains. A well struck tee shot over the ravine is essential to find the generous fairway. Once on the fairway the second shot is played through a valley, this time to a cunningly angled green. It is a fun hole with perhaps the best view from any course in Cyprus. The new Par 3 13th hole then offers a realistic birdie opportunity in the middle of a run of challenging holes with a great chance of getting a hole-in-one. In addition, the short Par 4 14th offers the best risk and reward tee shot on the course. The green can be reached with a well struck drive, although danger lurks with the steep valley cascading away on the left hand side. The ultimate test is the Par 3 15th hole, with its impressive island green.
With this exciting course layout, the Par 72 championship golf course now plays at almost 6000m and together with the new greens, Minthis Golf Club will be a highlight in the golfing world.
Press release c/o; Minthis Hills