Friday, 1 May 2009
Caesarea's 18 hole golf course has been rebuilt by renowned golf course designer Pete Dye and was opened today!
"I normally design golf courses for a client but as this is Israel's only 18 hole golf course, I have designed this course for an entire country!", stated Pete Dye on his site visit to Caesarea in 2008.
The course is 7,163 yards ( 6,512 metres) long off the tips but can be played from four sets of tees all the way up to a more welcoming 5,266 yards ( 4,787 metres). Whereas the previous course had no water features, the Dye course has two holes where water comes into play. Another factor which will add greatly to the pleasure of playing the course will be that the variety of grass has been changed from a hostile kikuyu to a far friendlier and less water consuming paspalum which permits the links style of golf to be playable, the ball responding to the humps and hollows on its way to the flag. Although friendlier than most Pete Dye courses, the Dye trademark bunkers dot the course and provide hazards for wayward shots.
One of the key new features is a spacious double-ended practice range, short game practice area and an attractive nine hole par three course equally designed by Pete Dye and his Associate, Tim Liddy.
"We are delighted with the new Caesarea Golf Club course", stated Caesarea PGA Golf Professional, Andy Santos. "The design of the links style course is spectacular and can be enjoyed by both low handicappers and beginners. The new paspalum grass is excellent and course conditions will be much, much better than in the past."
Caesarea Golf Club will host the 18th playing of the World Maccabiah Games in July when the best Jewish golfers from over 20 countries throughout the world come to Caesarea to test their skills against the new Caesarea course.
With a world class golf course, another box can be ticked for those golfers looking to travel to the Holy Land.
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