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The Course

The Corvera golf course, designed by Spaniard José María Olazábal, is a par 72 PGA Championship Golf Course.

We will have much more information, photographs, video, panoramas and multimedia about the Corvera Golf Course very soon, so please watch this space!

In the mean time our first news report shows a recent visit by José María Olazábal when he inspected the course! And we can also present the following hole-by-hole guide to the Corvera Golf and Country Club Golf Course!

Hole 1

A 400-metre par 4 with a wide tee and a slight downward slope. The opening drive is covered to the left by two rather large bunkers. For the amateur golfer this is a long hole, though not too difficult, as befits the opening hole of the round.

The second shot is similar in nature to the first, with a straight line to the green and large bunkers to both right and left. The green comprises three large areas: a short one to the right with a bunker down the right-hand side, another in the centre, slightly larger but with easier access, and a third, which is further from the tee and well bunkered to the left.

Hole 2

A 244-metre par 3 which falls away clearly down the fairway, giving a very attractive view from the tee. This is a long hole for a par 3, though greatly helped by the difference in height between tee and green.

A bunker has been placed to the left which separates this green from the green on hole 7, and players are forced to take this into account when teeing off. The bunker will also trap any low shots that leave the fairway or green from the adjoining hole.

This is an attractive hole with great views from the tee and a large green that offers a variety of potential pin positions.

Hole 3

A 416-metre par 3 with a gentle downward slope. As with all the other holes on the course, it is designed to ensure that sliced shots do not veer into the residential area.

The first shot is driven towards a broad area which is protected on the left by a large bunker, much of which lies directly alongside the edge of the fairway.

There is more room for error to the right, with a wooded area of semi-rough between the 13th and 7th fairways. The second shot is a long iron to the green, which is protected on the right by a large bunker that also protects the tee area on hole 7. The green design includes an area that is further from the tee and close to the edge of the bunker.

Hole 4

Hole 4 is a 363-metre par 4 with a slight slope assisting the drive from the tee, though the platform is more or less on a level with where the ball comes to rest. This part of the fairway forms a level area with a series of bunkers to the right, making it difficult to find an overly favourable lie that might shorten the hole. To the left are two inter-connecting lakes which, while presenting a water hazard down one side also offer an attractive view when lining up your second shot. There is a small area of rough between the two lakes which provides an escape from the water for some hooked shots.

The flight of the second shot is flanked to the right by a series of bunkers, though some of these will not be a problem for the expert golfer. The fairway forms a path between these bunkers and the lakes to the left.

The green is elongated longitudinally, meaning that different clubs will be required depending on the position of the pin.

Hole 5

A long par 5 measuring a total of 517 meters, with a slight upward slope which adds to the difficulty of the hole.

The drive from the tee carries the ball over a lake to the right, a shot that will be easy for the expert golfer, though not beginners, so the forward tees are placed away from this line. Two small bunkers to the left will punish anyone attempting to play safe down this side.

The second shot must clear three fairway bunkers. A central bunker close to the green makes it difficult to come in low, meaning that shots have to be lofted and pitch directly on the green. The green itself is well protected and, in the majority of cases, will require a third shot, due to the distance and the precision required to reach it in two.

Hole 6

Hole 6 is a 438-metre par 4, the longest par 4 on the course. Its length is offset by a gentle downward slope which makes the distance easier to play.

The drive from the tee is made to a broad landing area which allows a certain margin for error from the central line.

Only two bunkers protect the right-hand side, dissuading players from driving to this side in order to shorten the hole.

The first bunker is placed slightly further away from the fairway than the second to force players to drive down the left.

The approach shot is made to a green that has no bunkers but is highly contoured and surrounded by an area of rough that will trap any wayward balls, allowing the amateur to use a long iron or wood.

A lake to the left and a bunker to the right protect each side at half length, but any ball that gets past these hazards will not leave the player with too many problems.

Hole 7

Hole 7 is a difficult 500-metre par 5. As with hole 3, the residential area down the left hand side is protected from any sliced shots with a long bunker along the edge of the fairway. The landing area is approximately half-way along the bunker, so the drive from the tee needs to be quite accurate. It is therefore difficult to leave a lie that will allow you to reach the green in two shots.

The hole slopes slightly upwards at the sides, making it difficult to reach the green in two because of both the distance and the great precision required.

The landing area for the second shot is, in theory, protected by bunkers on both sides, meaning that precision is required. This is not a hole that greatly favours the big hitter.

The green is protected to the left by a large bunker which does not go beyond the green itself but is designed to trap the short ball on this side. A shorter bunker protects the right-hand side.

Hole 8

Hole 8 is a short 138-metre par 3 which requires a great deal of precision. The green is protected by four bunkers, two on each side, with many landing areas.

Though short, this hole is notably flat and players looking for a birdie will have to be very accurate from the tee.

Hole 9

The final hole of the front nine, it measures 390 meters in total and slopes gently downwards. The landing area from the tee is protected to the right by a broad, long bunker, and players looking to drive a long way will therefore have to be very precise in terms of direction. There is a large area of rough and semi- rough to the left.

The second shot is made to a green which is large but well protected by two wide bunkers to both right and left. The bunker to the right is both wide and long.

Hole 10

A short 332-metre par 4, with the tees placed between the residential area to the right of the hole and the practice range to the left.

The entire fairway is flanked by bunkers on both sides. In the landing area, there is a bunker to the right to catch balls that fade and a longer one to the left to punish the hook or any ball that is hit too hard and strays from the centre of the fairway.

The approach shot is struck towards a green that is heavily protected by four quite wide bunkers. Two short ones are placed to the right to protect the green from shots struck from the right side of the fairway, while two long bunkers protect the rear of the green on both sides.

Hole 11

A 505-metre par 5 with a very slight downward slope. The landing area from the tee is protected by two bunkers to the left and a lake to the right which will penalise any attempt at a long drive that strays off course. However, the point at which the lake begins has been designed so that a 270-metre drive will not fall in the water unless players punch the ball hard, in which case they will also have to be very accurate.

From this point, the lake runs alongside the hole all the way to the green and is the only classical golfing hazard from here.

However, the green is made difficult by its contours, landing areas and the dips and cutaways surrounding it.

Hole 12

At 425 meters, this is the second-longest par 4 of the course. It makes a dog¬leg to the left, and the shortest route to the green is down this side.

However, the landing area from the tee is protected by two large bunkers, one on each side of the fairway, forcing the player to follow the line of the fairway in order to reach the hole. Since the landing area is slightly higher than the tees, it is difficult to reach the point where the bunkers are located.

The second shot therefore needs to be lofted over the left-hand edge of the fairway, though the green itself is not too heavily bunkered. Just one irregularly shaped bunker protects the right of the green, while the left-hand side offers a more open approach to the pin.

Hole 13

A 363-metre par 4 hole that requires great precision, particularly when playing the second shot.

There is an out-of-bounds area to the right. From the professional tee the hole is almost straight, though it gradually takes on a small dog-leg as you move forward through the tees so the further up you move the less likely it is that a sliced shot will travel beyond the course boundaries.

A large bunker to the right encourages players to favour a line along the left- hand side of the fairway, which in turn is restricted by both mature and newly planted trees. The second shot needs to be accurate as the design of the green is quite contoured.

Hole 14

A 538-metre par 5 and the longest hole on the course. As such, it could be regarded as the most difficult, if one thinks of more than just making par at each hole.

The drive from the tee leads to a landing area that has been left fairly free of hazards in order to allow the player to hit the ball as far as they can. There are two bunkers, but the area between them is quite wide.

The second part of the hole forms a gentle dog-leg to the right, with four bunkers placed close to the landing area, thus forcing players to make an accurate shot. The first is on the fairway, encouraging players to hit beyond it in order to leave their third shot closer to the green. The second is to the right, in the landing area but off the fairway. The third and fourth are beyond the landing point and practically on the apron to the green. This forces players into making a second shot that is not too long but quite precise.

The green is protected by three bunkers, one on each side and one at the back, meaning that it is well defended on almost every side.

Hole 15

A 213-metre par 3 which requires a long and precise shot if the player is to make par or perhaps a birdie.

The green is protected by two wide bunkers, the first being a short one to the right with a safe area between one section of the bunker and the green, leaving the central area relatively clear. The second one is long and runs all the way along the left-hand edge of the green, punishing any shot that is made too long or with too much draw.

The green is irregularly shaped and divided into three areas. The hole is easiest when the pin is placed short and to the left. It is regarded as being of medium difficulty when the pin is placed in the broad central area and most difficult with the pin to the right, close to the bunker.

Hole 16

A 400-metre par 4. The first shot is played to an area that is free of hazards, though there are two small bunkers on the fairway before the landing area and five beyond it, marking the outer edges of this area. The second shot is played towards a green that is well defended by four bunkers along the left-hand side, while dense woodland forms a screen between the fairway and buildings down the right.

The green is elongated longitudinally, allowing the pin to be placed at different distances from the tee and above all forcing players to ensure that their shots don’t stray laterally outwards.

Hole 17

A 230-metre par 3 with a large green and apron. An extensive bunker stretches along the left-hand side from half-way down the fairway to the green, protecting the green on this side.

The green is therefore large and broader than it is long, to allow for some sideways drift. The three large areas in which the pin can be placed offer broad, slightly sloping landing areas, and there are no level sections except for those required for pin placement.

Hole 18

A 383-metre par 4 running downhill, giving the hole a particularly attractive visual design. The drive from the tee to the landing area is flanked by a bank to the right and two bunkers to both left and right, leaving a more limited choice for the second shot.

The green has large bunkers on both sides and there is a further short bunker to the left. A canal connecting two of the lakes cuts obliquely across beyond the landing area from the tee shot, providing a visual break between the two parts of the hole. To the right, the high bank makes the approach to the pin difficult.

The green lies lengthways following the line of the shot, and all the different approaches offer certain complications.

Practice range

The practice range faces southeast, making it ideal for practicing shots. It is located between two residential areas, oriented slightly further from the right- hand one to ensure all the homes are fully protected from sliced shots.

Five short fairways for different practice shots of between 50 m and 250 m. To the left of the range, there is an area for approach shots, and a putting green completes the facilities for the strokes golfers may want to practice. On the right is a long line of trees that acts as a barrier between the practice range and hole 1.

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