Stretching across the grounds of an ancient monastery in the village of Tsada in the Paphos district is the oldest eighteen-hole golf course in Cyprus.
Originally designed by Donald Steel, enhancements were later made by Mackenzie and Ebert.
Located 550 metres above sea level, this par 71 course offers mesmerising views of undulating green, combined with the tranquil terrain that makes up part of the historic twelfth-century monastery of Stavros tis Minthis. Its fairways meander through grapevines and mature walnut, almond, and olive trees, along with water features that are always followed by cooling breezes thanks to the altitude.
Opened in 1994, then reopened in 2007 following extensive enhancements, the 5,843-metre course was originally designed in two loops of nine. Under Mackenzie and Ebert, all green surrounds were reshaped and re-grassed, with the twelfth hole given an exciting makeover, along with the creation of the island green and the number thirteen signature hole. A new driving range was also added with a high tee level overlooking the mountains and a high rock face at the far end.
Under the coaching of a PGA professional, the Minthis Hills Academy offers two practice putting greens and a 326m² chipping/pitching green—surrounded by three practice bunkers—as well as a sixteen-bay elevated driving range.
Its new clubhouse, with restaurant, lounge, golf terrace and cocktail bar, overlooks the greens and a dramatic valley. The culinary team has been trained by the prestigious Alain Ducasse Training Centre to transform the finest local and international ingredients into culinary delights. The 2,000 square metre clubhouse has become the social heart of the resort, and also includes a fully equipped Pro Shop.