Cyprus' Venus Rock Resort Under Construction

Cyprus' Venus Rock Resort Under Construction

Vacation News » Europe Vacation News Edition | By Scott Kauffman | June 27, 2012 9:00 AM ET

Cristo Developers from Paphos recently began construction on an ambitious mixed-use master-planned resort community on the island of Cyprus.

Located in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, south of Turkey, Venus Rock will be one of Europe's largest luxury beach-front residential developments. Nestled along the Cypriot coastline in a stunning valley next to Aphrodite Hills, the new golf and resort community can be reached within 20 minutes from Paphos.

Planned for approximately 3,000 units, the Venus Rock aims is to create a vibrant, exclusive community that provides residents with facilities and service second to none. Developers are particularly excited about the two championship golf courses being designed by four-time Ryder Cup captain Tony Jacklin.

 In addition to the two golf courses and new luxurious clubhouse, the master-plan includes a retail and leisure area with over 15,000 square meters of seafront commercial space, property development and a beach hotel with spa. Visitors and residents will be offered the highest standards of comfort, convenience, exclusivity and opulence, according to the developers.

Jacklin, a former British Open and U.S. Open champion, is personally helping design the two new courses called Secret Valley. The Jacklin Design Group is working closely with Golf & Land Design Project Golf Architect, one of golf's most active and respected design firms and a member of the European Institute of Golf Course Architects (EIGCA).

 "Designing courses is more than just family business," Jacklin said. "It's now the next chapter in my life. As a player and then designer, my goal has always been to grow the game around the world."

The new courses have been designed to complement the natural characteristics of the area to make the most of the secluded valley setting with views over to the Mediterranean.

"Exquisite design, superb conditioning and a reverence for nature are the hallmarks of truly great golf courses,"Jacklin added. "With Cyprus' unique topography and elevation, any golfer will be tested."

According to Snorri Vilhjalmsson, principal with Golf & Land Design, rough earthworks or grading has been carried out on all the golf holes and grassing should commence by the end of June.  The course is expected to be open by the middle or late summer 2013.

The existing Secret Valley clubhouse will serve the first new course while a new and larger clubhouse will add luxury to the second course. And to add more golf excitement, a floodlit 3-hole loop for evening play will be conveniently located at the lower end of the golf course where the beach development links with the golf course.

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