We had this course to ourselves when we played on a Sunday afternoon in March 2015. Why would that be? The weather was not that bad on the day and other courses on the island were fully booked.
So, why were golfers not teeing up ? I think three factors might be involved, in descending order of importance:
1) A green-fee nearer 100€ buys you a ticket at many better designed and better maintained courses on the island,
2) no internet booking facility, when almost all other courses on the island have one
3) very tight course layout, bordering on downright dangerous with many holes in very close proximilty to each other.
So what could the owners and management do, apart from setting up an internet booking service which makes it easier to price low-frequency tee-off times such as ours at a lower price? They could also move the tee-markers to unused forward locations to allow the grass to recover and consider convertering a few to artificial turf where there plainly is no space to move or enlarge. As it is, many golfers get cheesed off unnecessarily, even theough the rest of the course is in decent shape.
Finally, they should actually consider making a short course even shorter by converting the ridiculous 13th hole (par 4) into a challenging par 3.
The headline? If they could somehow get hold of the unused land downhill from the club-house - visible from the access road - there would be space to re-design the course and get rid of some of the more obvious security risks, because I would hesitate to play on a really busy day with a few wayward long-hitters about.
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