Las Colinas Golf

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Las Colinas Golf
Las Colinas Golf
Jewel in the Crown
Jewel in the Crown
1st Green
1st Green
2nd Green
2nd Green
Challenging 3rd Hole
Challenging 3rd Hole
4th Green
4th Green
Imaginative Bunkering
Imaginative Bunkering
5th Green
5th Green
6th Green
6th Green
7th A Peach of a Par 3
7th A Peach of a Par 3
9th
9th
10th
10th
10th Green
10th Green
A World Apart!
A World Apart!
11th
11th
Cavernous Bunkers!
Cavernous Bunkers!
13th "Signature" Bunker!
13th "Signature" Bunker!
14th Green
14th Green
15th Pure Bliss!
15th Pure Bliss!
16th Mesmerising Beauty!
16th Mesmerising Beauty!
17th Green
17th Green
18th
18th
18th Green
18th Green
18th
18th
19th
19th
15th Green
15th Green
Swathed in Sheer Serenity
Swathed in Sheer Serenity
Call NOW For Best Price
Call NOW For Best Price
10th
10th
Heavily Bunkered 11th
Heavily Bunkered 11th
12th
12th
12th Green
12th Green
Tight Drive!
Tight Drive!
Par 3 14th
Par 3 14th
15th Green
15th Green
Daunting Drive!
Daunting Drive!
17th
17th

HERE’S TO YOU MR. ROBINSON!

There are golf courses, there are good golf courses, there are even great golf courses and then there are amazing, inspirational, magnificent golf courses! Las Colinas belongs most definitely to the latter category. A Spanish gem and one of Spain’s premier golf destinations and regularly voted within the top 100 courses in continental Europe!

Majestic, spectacular, dramatic, awesome, the list of superlatives could be endless and it still wouldn’t adequately capture the sheer splendour of the course. This undisputed jewel in the sparkling Spanish crown is a truly magnificent course!

Imaginatively designed by revered architect Cabell Robinson, whose design ethic at Las Colinas was to create a course that is imminently fun to play rather than a battle of attrition. Don’t, however, for a moment think that Las Colinas is a pushover! Opened in 2010, scintillating doesn’t even begin to describe the layout which oozes class and quality the minute you turn off the main road and pass through the gates of the estate. Every hole is a photo opportunity in waiting and you can seriously end up taking more shots with your camera than with your clubs!

Robinson learnt his trade from the Master, Robert Trent Jones Snr, whose trademark was enormous, irregular shaped bunkers. Robinson has adopted this signature and has elevated bunker design to a different level. The quality of the bunkering at Las Colinas is sublime, so much so, that not only can the course boast signature holes, there also signature bunkers, some of them bordering on being orgasmic!

Located just south of Alicante, the course rolls round gently undulating hills, through tranquil valleys, between gargantuan glistening lakes and alongside citrus groves in a delightfully entertaining and enjoyable fashion that frequently challenges, often surprises, but never intimidates. 

Measuring just a tad over 7,000 yards from the Tiger tees, two loops of nine twist out and back along the valley floor akin to a double row pearl necklace around the throat of a minor mountain in the middle. Five lakes await to gobble golf balls, 128 bunkers to tangle with, some seem larger than the Sahara Desert and olive trees almost as old as golf itself to block your route to the greens, many of which will throw up more than the odd three putt, with borrows to bamboozle the best!

A tremendous trio of holes prepare you perfectly for the treat that awaits. The opening gambit is a dogleg left, slightly uphill, with a quartet of bunkers on the right to catch those susceptible to a slice. A solidly struck drive is required to stand any chance of reaching the green in regulation or even a sight of it, on a hole that measure 479 yards and which many traditionalists would consider a par 5. Savvy golfers will take advantage of a warm-up on the superb range as they need to be on their mettle from the very first shot.

Hole number 2 doesn’t offer much respite either, only being 16 yards shorter, but playing up a slightly steeper incline. The driving area is more generous, but a bevy of bunkers lurk short right of the green to punish pushed shots that do not find the long narrow putting surface. This is followed  by the first of the Par 5 holes, a sweeping downhill dogleg left with cavernous bunkers both sides of the fairway placing a premium on accurate driving. The hole also hails the introduction of water, with two large lakes, one fronting the green, connected by a babbling brook. Lesser mortals will plot a route between the two, laying up for a pitch to the putting surface, whereas the brave and strong (and some would say stupid) may attempt the colossal carry to get home in two. Although with the hole measuring just short of 600 yards it will take two ballistic belts!

Even the shorter par 4 holes present their own unique challenges, not in the least the 372 yard, uphill 6th. Firstly, there are no fewer than 11 vast bunkers to negotiate, positioned either side of the fairway, two just short of the putting surface and three protecting the left of the green. Then there is the green itself, almost 50 yards long and narrow, with three tiers. Correct club selection is paramount if you want to avoid the dreaded three putt!

A peach of a petite par 3 follows at the 7th. Just 122 yards from the Tiger tees and very often played much shorter, it is played from a rocky outcrop tucked in the woods, through a funnel of trees, severely downhill to a narrow green that slopes away from you downhill from front to back. It can boast neither water nor a single bunker and should present a definite birdie bonus, but like its famous short hole counterpart, the Postage Stamp at Troon, this is a hole that will throw up more bogies than birdies!

The back nine is highly unusual in as much as it presents a combination of three par 3’s, three par 4’s and three par 5 holes. A coincidence or by ingenious design your guess is as good as anybodies. The inward half gets underway with another delightful downhill, three shotter, to another three tier green where again the emphasis is on distance control followed by a deft putting touch.

Par 5 holes normally evoke thoughts of a barrage of birdies, but the 11th is a monumental monster measuring a staggering 655 yards and although slightly downhill for the most part even budding McIlroys will struggle to reach the putting surface in under regulation. The hole also boasts 13 bunkers, unlucky for some, it could be for you, if your ball nestles in one of them!

Of the closing 6 holes, only the long par 3, 17th does not feature water. The final third of the course commences at the 13th with a medium length par 4 which plays slightly downhill from the tee where the deadliest of drives needs to be threaded between a corridor of yawning bunkers which possess seemingly magnetic properties. A lake lurks to the left, but it should not worry anything but a horrendous hook. The green is protected by a massive bunker, which is perhaps one of the most photographed bunkers at Las Colinas if not Spain and is indeed a work of art on its own. However, the photographs give the impression that the bunker fronts the green, when in fact it is on the left of the putting surface.

Las Colinas boasts its own Amen Corner, beginning with the exquisite downhill par 3, 14th. Only two bunkers to contend with this time, although one is seriously sized, oh! plus a creek which snakes in front of the green before feeding into a large lake on the left of the green. There is no escape shot, you either find the putting surface or you are in trouble. Enjoy!

The potential signature holes are coming fast and furious now, and the Par 5 15th is no exception. Measuring a tad under 600 yards from the Tiger tees very few golfers will possess the firepower to reach the green in two ballistic blows. A lake cuts in from the left just short of the fairway, but it should not prove too much of a problem to any shot other than a disasterously dunched drive. It is the solitary chasm of a bunker on the right that is the main threat to finding the fairway. Mission accomplished, you will now need to plot a course towards the green which is perched on a peninsula that protrudes into a lake and is surrounded by water on three sides. You will be well pleased to walk off the putting surface having potted a par, a bonus birdie will send you ecstatic!

This tremendous trio of testing holes terminates with the most daunting drive on the course. Played from a highly elevated tee the temptation to grip and rip it is almost unbearable, but the drive must carry a large linear lake that lurks on the left and a bevy of crater like bunkers on the right, await to snaffle bail out shots. Just how much of the lake you take on will depend on how confident you feel, but should your deadliest of drives reach the sanctuary of terra firma a medium iron of pinpoint accuracy is required to a vast, devilishly difficult, undulating green if you are to avoid a dastardly three putt.

The course climaxes to a crescendo on the classic closing hole, the third Par 5 on the back nine and definitely the most dramatic especially if you need a par or birdie to win. On a course that offers almost 18 prime candidates for the accolade of Signature Hole it is an extremely tough decision to single any one hole out, but perhaps the 18th will pip all others at the post if only for sheer drama. Measuring 544 yards it will tempt the most prodigious of protagonists to go for the green in two almighty blows if they have drilled their drive down the expansive fairway. However their bravado may be somewhat tempered by the sight of the gargantuan, glistening lake that comes into play 150 yard short of the green on the right which lingers like the Sword of Damocles. As with almost every hole at Las Colinas bunkers are perfectly positioned to punish poorly played shots off the tee. If you have decided that discretion is the better part of valor and have chosen to lay-up short of the green you will need to be on-song with your brassie as a brace of bunkers in the landing area pinch the fairway to a slender slither between them and the lake. Should a par prevail you will slake your thirst with satisfaction, bagging a birdie will make that beer all the better, an eagle would be ecstasy!

As you sit on the sundrenched patio of the attractive clubhouse, overlooking the 18th green enjoying a well earned ice-cold cerveza, don’t forget to raise your glass and propose a toast…

HERE’S TO YOU MR. ROBINSON!

Course Facts-

 

  • Opened- 2010
  • Architect- Cabell Robinson.
  • Length- Championship Tees 7014 Yards
  •       Medal               Tees 6636 Yards
  •       Ladies               Tees 5171 Yards
  • Par- 71
  • Buggies, Powered Carts, Club Hire.
  • Soft-Spikes Required

 

 

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