First taste of new resort in southern Spain

Bob Warters's picture
Wed, 20 Oct 2010

But I have to admit it brought a wry smile when petite Dagmar Kaske, from the German 'Golf Magazin' in Hamburg won the longest drive prize, albeit from the ladies tee on the 524-metre 15th.


As for the five short holes at Las Colinas, the 7th and the 10th reminded me of the 6th and 12th at Valderrama, while at the 6th, the approach to a parapet green, I almost experienced deja vu with the short 7th at the former Volvo Masters venue.


The course has a definite sting in its tail, with four of the last five holes offering no more than a stroke indoex of seven in defining its degree of difficulty.


It's unusual to find a short hole with an index as low as three but 17 deserves it with a three-tier green demanding 200-metre carry from the competition tees -  at least five on every hole - with a difference of upto 130 metres.


As for the closing hole, a deceptively long 475-metre par-5 over the brow of a hill, danger lurks left and right off the tee, with a lake urging the second shot to keep to the left.


Having negotiated my par successfully in taking the wimps' route, I was grateful for the haven of the clubhouse's contemporary UNiK Cafe, with its classic Mediterranean tapas, to reflect on my 18 holes and join in the buzz of anticipation at doing it all again tomorrow!


Fact file

Address: Las Colinas Golf and Country Club, 2 Ctra de Campoamor a San Miguel de Sal;inas, CV-941,km.6, 03189 Orihuela Costa, Alicante Spain.

Tel: (+34) 965 32 40 04

email: golf@lascolinasgolf.es

Accommodation

Las Colinas is managed by Troon Golf, world leader in upscale golf course management, development and marketing. The resort has an exclusive residential community built around the course with private, extensive communal areas and pools.

There are four and five bed detached villas, three-bed semis and two and three-bed apartments. Further information from www.aworldapart.es

 

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