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“Scenic” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Secret Valley Golf Club

Secret Valley Golf Club
Petra tou Romiou, Kouklia 8500, Cyprus
26 274005
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Ranked #5 of 7 Attractions in Kouklia
Type: Golf Courses, Sports
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Owner description: We are very pleased to announce the opening of our brand new Tony Jacklin design 18 hole championship course at Secret Valley.(9th September 2013)The new course at 5700 meters is set in a beautiful scenic valley next to the Paphos coastline. The course offers 6 sets of tees to accommodate all levels of play( 3 men and 3 ladies), rolling Bermuda fairways and bentgrass greens. Our new practice facilities on the way to the first tee will also be open and ready for use to ensure you warm up and are ready for the exciting new challenge ahead.We look forward to seeing you all very soon on your first visit to the brand new Secret Valley Golf resort at Venus Rock.
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Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

Lovely golf course. Only opened 3 weeks when played 29 September 2013. This will mature to a very high standard - much nicer than Aphrodite Hills and Elea courses.

Visited September 2013
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Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
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“New Course: Exiting and with lots of potential”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

The „Secret Valley“ Golf Course is in the process of being converted from 18 holes to 36. The first 18 new holes have been commissioned about a week ago and a first round leaves the following thoughts:

The new greens are already excellent, the fairways soon will be. Tees are fine and bunkers are plentiful, tend to be smallish and devilishly positioned. Also the traps have rather large catchment areas. Fairways tend to be fairly tight (it is a tight valley after all) and the course demands quite precise shots, a few of which will be blind. Most water hazards are lateral and at some it will be difficult whether or not a ball has crossed the red line with “virtual certainty”, simply because they are of sight when a shot is made. The roughs currently still are bare and stony ground or thick grass in which looking for balls may turn out to be a waste of time. To play a bogey round (or better) one will need quite good tactical course management, probably more so than on the other courses in the area. The initial slope ratings are 129 for the yellow and 121 for the red tees. Overall this course has the potential of becoming the most exiting in the area, certainly for those with a few balls to spare.

However, not only play but walking also. Two or three steep inclines (one of them already nicknamed “cardiac hill”) and rolling fairways in combination with grass that seems to put up quite some resitsance against the wheels of trolleys, makes a walking round a good physical exercise.

The new training facilities look very promising and word is, that the equipment will be leading edge sometime soon. In combination with a the well established and well reputed professional (Paul) they will offer everything to improve the game and no doubt, tourist from Europe will appreciate the opportunity to improve their game when back home there is little they can do for their golf.

Reception staff are friendly, cheer- and helpful and so is the marshal cum starter.

So far the good news. The beauty of the course is, that – other than neighboring Aphrodite Hills – it can be walked. However, it is difficult to understand why no consideration has been given to the walking golfer. Communications are optimized for those who drive around in buggies. No provisions have been made for those who walk and wish to stay off the tarmac and minimize distances to walk between holes. They have to trample out paths through roughs or bare ground, which after the first rains will be a muddy affair.

Equally it is hard to appreciate what drove the planners to establish as many as six different tee boxes for each fairway. So on average the difference between the black tees and the orang tees are more than 100 meters, in some cases as much as 150 meters. This line of tee boxes at the beginning of each fairway gives an artificial and technical feeling, increases maintenance and is simply ridiculous. Maybe, with fewer tee boxes, one of te fairways could have been made longer and would have brought the coruse to the standars Par 72 as opposed to the current 71? Ball washers and benches are always positioned at the black tees (which will be used only on rare occasions) and many cases, players wishing to use them will have to walk up to them over quite long distances. In a country where intensive sunshine and summer temperatures above 30 degrees are the norm, one could have thought about planting a few mature trees and bushes to provide shade for those waiting (and waiting – on a resort course- will be a frequent experience.

Unfortunately, on three or four fairways the noise from the motorway is more than detectable. And why these fairways have been floodlit is everyone’s guess. Maybe as an advertisement to those passing on the motorway at night? Certainly not for evening play.

New clubhouse facilities have yet to be built. And with the current ones the rack rate or 95€ seems way to steep, just like the annual membership which is expected to cost north of 2500€ (for a single). For the same or even less, the other three courses in the Paphos area offer more and better facilities. Also, the clubhouse is a place, where management`s lack of attention to detail can be demonstrated: The new shower heads already only allow water through some of their holes and lack of flushing the drains allows stench to emerge from them. Also, management continues to deny members a towel for a shower after a hot round – at €2500+ p.a. completely inappropriate.

And, finally, on suggestion: The marshal (quite rightly) lectures players to repair pitchmarks on those beautiful and sensitive greens. Why not issue players with a free pitchfork at reception or the first tee? Costs cents, is good advertising and a nice gesture and may remind a few more of doing what they should be doing anyway….

One more thing: The old Secret Valley course was many people`s favorite because of its vegetation. Bougainvillea, Palm trees and other tropical plants made players feel as if they were walking in a park or a botanical garden. Virtually none of such trees and bushes are to be seen right now. Let us hope that management will foster new ones with devotion. The flora could and should again be SV`s unique selling proposition. The climate and the soil are right for that. Will the will be there?

Well done, Secret Valley! But a few things remain to be done .....

Visited September 2013
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“Brand New Golf Course”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

Not having played Secret Valley for a couple of years I was apprehensive about paying €95 euro for a round of golf on a course that previously was very tired. Was I in for a shock, this was no makeover of the old course this was a brand new course in every single way. None of the old holes remained at all. I could not even work out where the old layout used to be. Every hole has it's own unique features with a number of elevated tees that made it a joy to use my driver. And the greens? probably the best around with tricky little borrows but perfectly true. Was I impressed? you bet I was. Did I think it was worth €95 for a round? without doubt. Would I play again" I can't wait. Even the academy area beats everything I have seen before.

Visited September 2013
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“New holes will be fantastic. I love this course.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013 via mobile

I have played here many times since it first opened,and it gets better an better. Shame about the price of a Beer at the 19th.

Visited May 2013
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“Golf and only golf!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

Fantastic location, a very scenic course with some excellent holes,greens had large sandy patches on them covering up the lage run of use That said, Secret Valley has the potential to be a really good venue, and at 40 Euros it is well worth a visit, the greens man said that its due a refurb soon so this will only make it much better I will play there again.

Visited November 2012
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