El Valle Golf

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El Valle
El Valle
8th
8th
8th Green
8th Green
8th Green
8th Green
10th
10th
10th Green
10th Green
Peach of a Petite Par 4
Peach of a Petite Par 4
11th Green
11th Green
2nd
2nd
11th
11th
13th Green
13th Green
14th
14th
14th
14th
18th Green
18th Green
19th Hole
19th Hole
Look out for the Apache's
Look out for the Apache's
Majestic Rock Formations
Majestic Rock Formations
8th Green
8th Green
16th Green
16th Green
7th, 8th & 10th Greens
7th, 8th & 10th Greens
Rugged Rock Formations
Rugged Rock Formations
Desert Golf
Desert Golf

 

DESERT GOLF AT ITS BEST!

It is often stated, that the quality of a golf course architect’s design is governed by the tract of terrain he is given to work with. That being true, Jack Nicklaus must have been licking his lips when he was first shown the site which was to become El Valle

Situated in a valley at the foot of the Cresta Del Gallo mountain range, this was the perfect position in which to design a desert course and a challenge to which Nicklaus rose with relish.

Not a long course by today’s standards, measuring just under 7,000 yards from the Championship tees, the undulating fairways loom like ribbons of verdant green, snaking between a bevy of bunkers, sand waste and rocky outcrops.

If you haven’t taken the opportunity to loosen up before teeing off, you may be lucky enough to make par on the well bunkered but short 1st hole. However, you will need to get into your stride quickly as the 2nd hole is a monster par 4 that plays uphill all the way to a raised green. It will take two monumental blows to reach the putting surface in regulation here!

As with many Nicklaus courses the emphasis is on strategy rather than raw power and this is epitomized perfectly at the par 4, 5th hole where a gigantic sand waste area eats into the fairway at the driving distance. Do you grab the driver and hope to find the narrow neck of fairway thus leaving a simple pitch to the green? Or do you go for the percentage play and lay up from the tee hence requiring a much longer approach to a narrow green, set at an angle guarded by a cavernous bunker at the front with further traps at the rear. A classic Nicklaus risk and reward hole!

The tee shot on the 8th hole is another that demands plenty of deliberation. The ideal line is to the left side of the fairway as a sliced shot down the right will probably result in being blocked by an enormous rocky outcrop just short of the well bunkered green.

The course comes alive on the back nine opening with a straight-forward par 4. The right side of the fairway is framed by majestic rock formations. For a fleeting moment you can almost imagine that you are playing golf on the set of a spaghetti western. As you line up your par putt keep one eye out for an Apache ambush from behind the rocks!!!

An amazing tee shot awaits on the 11th. Played from the top of a rock formation a huge carry over wasteland and rocks is required to reach the fairway, although those with prodigious power may chance their arm and go for the green. A peach of a petite par 4!

It is highly unusual for a Nicklaus course, that water has not featured up to this point, but there again, it is a desert course. However, even deserts have the odd oasis and El Valle’s comes with a vengence on the 13th. The pond in front of the tee should not be too troublesome, but a second lake lurks down the left to punish pulled tee shots. It remains a threat until just short of the green fed by a babbling brook beyond which lies the green. For sheer beauty this hole attains the accolade of “Signature Hole”.

The 14th hole returns in the opposite direction and again the drive needs to circumnavigate the large lake, which is a feature for the entire length of the hole. This pair of par 4’s form a dastardly duo indeed!

The round climaxes in fine style with the final tee shot again required to clear water to a fairway which rises uphill to another raised, well guarded green. An ornate stream cascades through a plethora of ponds that straddle the left side of the hole waiting to swallow shots hooked offline.

As you retire to the refuge of the stylish clubhouse to sip a well earned beer or two, take time to reflect on the course that you have just played because this is indeed….

DESERT GOLF AT ITS BEST!

Course Facts- 

  • Opened November 2007
  • Architect- Jack Nicklaus Design
  • Length- Championship Tees 6935 Yards
  •               Medal              Tees 6161 Yards
  •               Ladies             Tees 5883 Yards
  • Par 71
  • Buggies, Powered Carts, Club Hire (not pre-bookable)
  • Soft-Spikes Required

 

 

 

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