Minthis is a beautiful and challenging course that winds its way past a 12th-century monastery with breath-taking views of the Troodos Mountains and beyond. The 18-hole, Par 72 championship golf course boasts outstanding holes that organically follow the natural undulations of the topography, looping past water features and ancient groves, with hundreds of olive trees, fruit orchards and grapevines.
As part of a Natura 2000 site, nature is an ever-present element and the Golf Club was recently the first in Cyprus to be awarded a GEO Certification, recognising the eco-friendly sustainable approach and commitment to nature, resource conservation and community value.
Designed by legendary golf architect Donald Steel in 1994 and renovated by renowned course designers Mackenzie and Ebert, the course is a flawless example of their philosophy that golf courses should fit in with the terrain, be in keeping with their setting and focus on the details. Famed for their work on many of the British Open Championship courses, Tom Mackenzie and his team have also been instrumental in the recent course development at Minthis. With their expert help, all greens have been rebuilt to conform to the sand-based USGA specification standard and the golf course reopened in spring 2021 with brand new greens, new bunkers and a redesigned layout.
Few places are so tranquil for a friendly game, elevated tees invite everyone to “have a go”, yet narrow tree-lined fairways provide a challenge, with each shot requiring careful assessment. The opening nine holes are the more forgiving half of the course, encircling the historic monastery, vineyards, orchards and olive trees. The back nine holes are all about precision with a wonderful variety of adventures. The newly designed par 5 10th hole is a perfect example of the challenges golfers will face. It may be difficult to concentrate when standing on the dramatically elevated tees because of the picture-perfect views of the Troodos mountains. The ultimate test is the Par 3 15th hole, with its impressive island green.