Arcos Gardens Golf Club and Country Estate
Cadiz's latest 18 hole course
Arcos Gardens Golf Club and Country Estate is a new development from one of Cadiz’s esteemed families and is positioning itself as the leader in lifestyle services. The company led by Fernando Mora Figueroa, contracted Landmark, creators of Kiawah Island and Doonbeg to design and construct Arcos Gardens. After a couple of years of construction Arcos Gardens since last year is now in full operation and boasts a magnificent 18 hole championship golf course, a double ended driving range and practice facility and a fully restored beautiful old Cortijo which will act as both club house and hotel.
Located in the heart of Cadiz, Spain, in Western Andalucia, just 30 minutes from Jerez airport, Arcos Gardens goal is to develop a residential community of low-density construction, peaceful, secure with service and facilities to match.
The Director of Golf, Ashley Northridge, a PGA golf professional since 1988 explains “the golf course in my opinion will be a huge attraction; the design is something very special that will suit players of all levels”
His aims are clear, to offer a championship golf course in great condition with an unimpeachable service “I really want people to feel very welcome when they arrive, a smile and a hello makes a big difference then couple this with the golf course that makes you want to play it again and again, for me this will attract and maintain our client loyalty”.
It is a big golf course, from the pro tee measuring over 7300 yards however players of all levels have been thought about. The different tees have been positioned to not only shorten the hole but also to change angles and carries. “With the different tee positions, wide open fairways and interesting undulating greens, players of all levels both men and ladies can be challenged but not defeated” says Ashley.
|The numbers 6 & 7 holes of the Arcos Gardens Golf Club
The course is set in an amazing mass of olive trees, some are 300 years old, and although the course is new this helps to give a mature feeling to the course. They also bring new challenges in themselves, with low level branches means you easily find your ball but making a backswing sometimes proves a test.
The golf course flows nicely through subtle undulations giving shape and interest. This walkable course is a good blend of different type holes giving both challenge and a rest bite.
One interesting feature to the course and surrounding area is how much the colour of nature changes, this is seen not just in the change of the year but on a daily bases. “I love playing in
the evening as the shadows start to grow, it brings a whole new look to the course”. Even the fields surrounding the course change colour totally. As you play golf here at Arcos Gardens your brain subconsciously records all these different sights and sounds that this peaceful place has to offer.
When you play the course you are constantly reminded of the beauty of the white town of Arcos de la Frontera playing a shot towards it gives a very different backdrop.
As you climb to the highest point on the course the long countryside views unveil themselves giving you chance to clear the mind and refocus on your game ready for a strong finish.
From the first hole, the course really does tell a story as you work your way round it. The first three holes get you into the game and help to register an early par or two on your scorecard, then the test increases. Hang onto your game over the next three and then comes the seventh hole, a short par 4 is your next hole and a chance to tidy your scorecard. Over the next two holes work hard for a strong finish to the front nine.
Entering the back nine...things are heating up, a nice blend of different shape holes test all the clubs in your bag but save some energy for the big finish. “The last three holes are one of the best finishing stretches that I know,” says Ashley. Up high on the 16th tee you see what you need to do and the green is reachable in two on this long Par 5 but beware, the left side of the green is well protected by water. 17 is a good strong par 3 and 18 you just need to see for yourself. Put it this way, make a par 4 and it puts a smile on your face for the rest of the day.
One other interesting facility at Arcos Gardens is the practicing area. Developed in association with the Swedish Golf Ferederation who themselves will be using Arcos Gardens as their winter headquarters for training is one of the best of its kind in Europe.
A double ended range, a short iron target range, 2 bent grass chipping greens, a Bermuda green and large bent putting green. This is heaven for the Golfer who is a practicing junky.
After the game relax in the Cortijo Fain, sample of glass of the local rioja with a plate of Andalucian tapas. The cortijo also is a small hotel with nine unique rooms. All in all, Arcos Gardens offers golfing excellence in a natural and peaceful environment with personal and friendly service.
For more information contact:
Arcos Gardens Golf Club & Country Estate
News site www.underanolivetree.com
Tel. (+34) 956 704 131
Fax. (+34) 956 717 932
Address: Carretera de Algar Km 3,5 11630
Arcos de la Frontera Cádiz Spain
Tel: (+34) 956 704 201
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