Hacienda Riquelme

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Hacienda Riquelme
Hacienda Riquelme
Bunker Mentality!
Bunker Mentality!
Cavernous Bunkers
Cavernous Bunkers
11th
11th
5th
5th
Nicklaus Bunkering
Nicklaus Bunkering
18th
18th
7th Green
7th Green
13th Green
13th Green
14th Green
14th Green
18th & 9th Greens
18th & 9th Greens
Imagine Yourself Here!
Imagine Yourself Here!

 

BUNKER MENTALITY!

Opened in 2008, the course takes its name from the ranch (hacienda) that was formally owned by the Riquelme family. The hacienda buildings have been meticulously restored to their former glory and provide an authentic Spanish clubhouse oozing with character, charm and ambiance which further enhances the experience that is, Hacienda Riquelme.

Jack Nicklaus designs have always been noted for the quality, and at times, quantity of the bunkering. At Hacienda Riquelme full reign has been given to his imagination!

The course has been sculptured on land that was once an olive grove and many mature trees have been retained in strategic positions. Whilst the fairways are quite expansive, the bunkering is prolific, capaciously cavernous with some almost 10 feet deep. A must to avoid!

At first glance the greens appear to be generously sized. However, many are multi-tiered, contain cunning contours with slick surfaces, placing a premium on an accurate approach if a regulation two putt is to be achieved.

Opening with a Par 4 of over 440 yards requires you to be on your metal from the off. As if length is not enough of a challenge, you also need to negotiate a plethora of the Nicklaus trade mark bunkers before reaching the putting surface. Enjoy, because this sets the scene for the rest of the round!

Another excellent example of Nicklaus’s strategic bunkering comes to the fore on the Par 5, 525 yard, 4th hole. A massive crater like bunker, which appears to be in the middle of the fairway, but is actually on the apex of the dog-leg, turns the tee shot into a classic risk and reward choice. If you are brave enough to attempt the monumental carry over the trap your ball will kick down the fairway bringing the green into range for a well struck second shot. The conservative line to the right will almost certainly result in a conventional three shot strategy to reach the putting surface. You will be well satisfied to walk off the green having potted a par. A bonus birdie will send you ballistic!

The front nine finishes with a florish. A delightful dog-leg Par 4, the demanding drive is played over a lake (hopefully) which remains a constant companion down the right for the entirety of the hole.

As a testament to the dramatic design of the course there have already been a number of contenders for the title of “Signature Hole”. The 11th is another hole with a strong claim. A Par 5, measuring 535 yards, the tee shot is not particularly punishing providing the fairway bunkers are avoided. Assuming that a solid tee shot is executed efficiently into the fairway the golfer will be walking to their ball thinking that the hard part of playing the hole is over and that a birdie is now a distinct possibility. Imagine how their bravado will disappear as they sight the gargantuan glistening lake which protects the last half of the hole to the left and alongside which the green is precariously positioned. Two solidly struck shots of prodigious proportions are needed if you harbor aspirations of putting for eagle. Pure Joy!

The course climaxes with a crescendo on the closing hole and despite the 4th and 11th holes being prime candidates for the accolade of “Signature Hole” many will feel that the 18th pips them at the post. A Par 4, playing just under 450 yards from the Tiger tees it epitomizes the saying “keeping the best till last”. A daunting drive dispatched over water is required. Anything launched left will be consigned to a watery grave. Landing on terra firma only offers a modicum of respite as you now need to negotiate the same lake with your second shot to reach the sanctuary of the green. Catch the ball a trifle heavy, drag it ever so slightly left and you will be left muttering those immortal words “hacienda that”!!

Although the course concludes with a hole dominated by water, the sheer beauty and quality of the bunkering will last long in your memory and your thoughts will be of the….

 

BUNKER MENTALITY!

Course Facts- 

  • Opened November 2008
  • Architect- Jack Nicklaus Design
  • Length- Championship Tees 6992 Yards
  •               Medal              Tees 6440 Yards
  •               Ladies             Tees 5593 Yards
  • Par 72
  • Buggies, Powered Carts, Club Hire (not pre-bookable)
  • Soft-Spikes Required

 

 

 

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