Las Colinas - a buzz of anticipation!

First taste of new resort in southern Spain

Bob Warters's picture
Wed, 20 Oct 2010

US designer Cabell B.Robinson has injected such imagination and innovation into his latest creation at Las Colinas Golf and Country Club, close to the Spanish resort of Campoamor.

He has transformed a huge parcel of undulating scrub land just a handful of kilometres from the famous La Manga strip, into a golf course that winds through gorges and valleys, served by elevated tees and greens.

The course is punctuated by man-made lakes and sandstone rock formations, where little, green, Rana Comun frogs dive for cover into babbling, boulder-strewn streams as golfers approach anything boasting red or yellow stakes.

As visitors to other courses that bear his hallmark will know (La Reserva in Sotogrande, Praia d'El Rey near Lisbon and Finca Cortesin where Ross Fisher won the world matchplay last year), Robinson places a distinct emphasis on accuracy, course management and club selection in his designs.

But he also tempts the longer hitter to go for broke on the par-5s even though water protects the greens on three out of four of them.

In the group of visiting overseas and UK journalists I joined at Las Colinas recently, the testosterone was definitely firing as one after the other smashed their drives into the distance in a macho effort to mount the 3rd, 11th, 15th and 18th greens in two mighty blows from the back tees.

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