from€220San Roque Club Experience w/ Buggy
from €220 San Roque Club Experience w/ Buggy
1 round at San Roque Club Old Course and 1 round at San Roque Club New Course.
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Almenara Golf Club 1.74 Km
27 holes, par 108
The New course perfectly complements the David Thomas layout that transformed the site back in the 1980s and which put San Roque onto the world stage of golf. Both Trent Jones and David Thomas had expansive sites on which to practice their arts. In this case, Perry Dye, son of the illustrious Pete, found a limited canvas at odds with the magnanimous acreage to which most US golf architects are accustomed.
The San Roque New course is laid over a scant 45 hectares, a vaguely triangular-shaped oblong lying parallel to the ocean and with a sacrosanct nature reserve running along one boundary. To complicate matters, its centrepiece was a huge hill festooned with cork and oak trees. Plainly, ''shifting dirt'', as the Dye dynasty has it, was a priority, as was transplanting trees, hundreds of them.
San Roque New is an all-round examination of ability and character where the major test invariably awaits with the approach shot. The New course greens, though large, present small targets in that they have a narrow opening or are angled, often side-on and partially hidden by subtle mounding. The lay-up will be a popular option here.
Horticulturally speaking, the New course is unique in several aspects. In what he classifies as his wilderness areas, the architect has introduced a species the Americans know as love grass. Similar to marram grass but finer stemmed and lusher, it lays a knee-high carpet that gives a “Mexican wave” in a breeze. It forms a beautiful backdrop to many holes, along with another innovation: cascading wildflowers, acres of them, whose seeds were brought over from their native Colorado, where Dye is based. The more practical grasses are unusual, too. Dye has used five varieties of hybrid Bermuda on each hole: tees, fairways, greens surrounds and on the putting surfaces. On the greens, it is Tifeagle, a species ideally suited to the climate of Southern Spain. It is one that doesn’t hibernate in winter. It gives a good matt cover and has a finer grain, too, bringing a more consistent roll than the old fashioned Bermuda. Good putters will be licking their lips, although they’d better be sharp-eyed. The greens get a tad slick down-grain and consequently more than a hint slower against it. On cross-grain putts, the ball will wander just a touch at the death so bring your reading glasses!
A compelling vista is enhanced by a series of rock retaining walls, built from material unearthed in the construction, and two large lakes. The latter provides irrigation and add spice to four holes: the 7th and 14th greens straddle one lake; the 9th and 18th are separated by the other. The New Course is simply a celebration of golf in its purest form.
The course had undergone maintenance when we played so it wasn’t in best condition. Easier access to tees and bunkers needs to be addressed, they are far too steep in places, also some of the fairways. Interesting course layout but needs time to mature.
147 Bunkers!! Not one of the best courses but in combination Smith the old nice to play
Difficult course with an infinite number of bunkers.......
Good value for money. We always enjoy playing the new course at San Roque and do so every time we travel to Spain. Excellent clubhouse service throughout.
Très beau golf. Club house magnifique, buggy super equipé, gps, lave balles.. Le tracé du parcours est splendide, l entretien peux etre amelioré. English version - Very nice golf course. Magnificent club house, super equipped buggy, gps, ball washer... The layout of the course is splendid, the maintenance can be improved.
The New Course is very much the “Second” Course @ San Roque and largely discontinued by many players. It is good value for money…but not in any way a destination course. Good selection of holes…..which might look “scabby” but actually play quite well. Greens were true and fast…..but again didn’t look aesthetically pleasing. Tiring course if you walk.
Very nice course layout. Greens looked in poor condition but actually run fairly true and were quite a good pace. It looks like more time and effort has been spent on work getting the old course to a high level at the detriment to this course but still an enjoyable days golf
Slightly disappointed not to be playing the more famous and recently renovated Old course (we will definitely return to do so) we set off on our round not quite knowing what to expect. Our welcome had been very friendly and helpful, the clubhouse and overall setting is super smart and you really have the feeling of visiting an exclusive club. As it turned out we needn’t have worried about the quality of the course. The ‘New’ is beautifully designed with undulating, heavily bunkered fairways, in places narrow enough to challenge even the best players. The greens are not quite to the standard of Valderrama or Finca Cortesin but are pretty good by any normal measure. The whole course was in brilliant condition when we played it - quiet and hugely scenic. A definite one to add to your programme if you’re playing in this part of the world. A totally enjoyable experience.
Nice course in good condition. Staff all very helpful
Difficult course, very narrow, plenty of bunkers. Good for low handicappers. Caddiemaster team very nice provide you with cold water but no refreshments or snacks available during play. New course is far from the club house and the restaurant so on a busy day on the course it would be impossible to get any food or drinks after the front 9.
Excellent from the moment we arrived in the car park. Our clubs were taken directly from the car to the Caddy Master & secured on to our buggies. The reception in the Pro Shop was courteous & welcoming. The course is a challenge for high handicap golfers, unless their strength is accuracy from the tees. Or possibly, that was just our group.
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