Unveiling the latest enhancements by Mackenzie & Ebert at Minthis in Cyprus

26 April 2021

Minthis is excited to reopen its fairways to the golfing world following substantial work to upgrade the course and enhance the golf experience, following an investment of €5 million.

Minthis has enjoyed a successful partnership with renowned golf course architects Mackenzie & Ebert for the past fifteen years, with major upgrades being undertaken from 2017 to 2020. The course architects impressive track record, advising 17 of the Top 100 Courses in the world including Royal Dornoch and Walton Heath and 7 of the 10 Open Championship venues, as well as their design philosophy that reflects our respect for nature is what makes the course truly unique.

Tom Mackenzie and his team have been instrumental in the course development and the redesign of the layout, most recently working on the quality of the new greens. With their expert help and a dedicated team, Minthis has rebuilt the previous original clay push-up greens to conform to the sand-based USGA specification standard. This will provide true, consistent and quality putting surfaces all year round, whilst benefitting the long-term sustainability of the golf course.

The average size of each green has notably increased by twenty five percent, which is further complemented by Mackenzie & Ebert’s distinctive and interesting green designs. The reshaped greens offer golfers more fun, variety and challenges both on and around the greens. The greens have been seeded with 007 Creeping Bent Grass, known for its heat-tolerance and disease resistance, which has proved to be the modern grass seed of choice among many of the world’s top golf courses.

A full course bunker upgrade has also been undertaken. It includes the replacement of sand with new USGA specification material quarried from the Sahara with the reshaping of green side bunkers to enhance not only the aesthetic appeal but also to allow for rain water to be diverted and harvested by storm drains, where it can be stored in the main reservoir.

‘Courses cannot afford to stand still’, Tom Mackenzie Founder, Mackenzie & Ebert

In addition, Minthis continues to follow a detailed plan set by the golf architects, to build on the beautiful natural character of the golf course. This incorporates additional planting of vineyards, local shrubs, native grasses and wildflower meadows. Moreover, further native, out of play grass areas have been identified and will be left to grow naturally in order to protect the existing nature at the resort and to create new habitats for local wildlife.

Rediscover Minthis Golf Course

The opening nine holes is the more forgiving half of the course, encircling the historic 12th century monastery, vineyards, orchards and olive groves. These holes have been cleverly designed to give players a fair start to the round, keeping in mind the sloping tree-lined Par 5 3rd hole and the long 6th hole with a blind approach shot played towards the monastery. At the turn, the 9th hole is played alongside the beautifully remodeled lake and finishes in front of the impressive contemporary Clubhouse.

Tom describes the back nine holes as being 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 stood on the dramatically elevated tees because of the picture-perfect views of the Troodos mountains. A well struck tee shot over the ravine is essential to find the generous fairway. Once on the fairway the second shot is played through a valley, this time to a cunningly angled green. It is a fun hole with perhaps the best view from any course in Cyprus. The new Par 3 13th hole then offers a realistic birdie opportunity in the middle of a run of challenging holes with a great chance of getting a hole-in-one. In addition, the short Par 4 14th offers the best risk and reward tee shot on the course. The green can be reached with a well struck drive, although danger lurks with the steep valley cascading away on the left hand side. The ultimate test is the Par 3 15th hole, with its impressive island green.

With this exciting course layout, the Par 72 championship golf course now plays at almost 6000m and together with the new greens, Minthis Golf Club will be a highlight in the golfing world.

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Minthis Golf Club Landmark Dates

  • 1994
    • Designed by legendary golf architect Donald Steel, Minthis is the first grass course to be built in Cyprus and opened in April as Tsada Golf Club.
  • 2003
    • A 150,000m3 capacity private reservoir was built to harvest and store rainwater.
  • 2006 -2007
    • Mackenzie & Ebert renovated the course in order to improve its sustainability and playability.
    • Significant work was carried out on fairways, tees and bunkers. The extension of the 12th hole (later becoming the 14th hole) made it an exciting, driveable short par four.
    • A new 16-bay covered driving range and two new practice greens were added to the golf facilities.
  • 2007
    • Complete renewal of the irrigation system, pump station, drainage and water harvesting methods.
    • A 2,000m3 irrigation lake was added.
  • 2009
    • Complete re-seeding of the fairways and roughs: the cool season grass was replaced with Bermuda grass, which is more drought tolerant and compatible with the Cyprus climate.
  • 2011
    • Opening of the new island green (now hole 15).
    • Opening of the impressive two-thousand square meter Clubhouse, the social heart of Minthis Golf Club.
  • 2012
    • Minthis hosted the final of the European Golf Association’s European Men’s Club Trophy Championship, with teams participating from 25 nations.
  • 2015
    • Once again, Minthis was honoured to host the European Men’s Club Trophy Final
  • 2018
    • Opening of the newly built Par 3 hole (now hole 13)
    • Connection of Minthis with the grey water supply of Paphos Town
  • 2019
    • First phase of the Greens Upgrade: the existing clay push- greens were rebuilt to conform to modern sand based USGA specification standards.
    • First phase of the full course Bunker Upgrade.
    • As part of Natura 2000 site, nature is an ever-present element and the Golf Club was the first in Cyprus to be awarded with a GEO Certification, recognising the eco-friendly sustainable approach and commitment to nature, resource conservation and community value.
    • Minthis Golf Club won the IAGTO Sustainability Award for Resource Efficiency
    • Opening of the spectacular new Par 5 hole (10)
  • 2020
    • Completion of the second and final phase of the Greens Upgrade and bunker renovation programme.
    • Remodelling the irrigation lake and doubling its capacity to store sufficient grey water and recycled rainwater
    • Minthis won four prestigious awards at the Cyprus Tourism Awards 2020.
    • Three gold awards under the categories Golf Tourism, Sports and Adventure; Sustainable and Corporate Social Responsibility for Golf; Sustainable Development and Environmental Protection for the CSR Program. The fourth, silver award, in the category Culinary Experience.
  • 2021
    • Minthis Golf Course reopened in March with brand new greens built to USGA specification.

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For more information on Minthis, visit MINTHISRESORT.COM or contact: T. +357 26 842 200 or m.dunst@minthisresort.com

Perched on a tranquil hilltop among five million square metres of breathtakingly beautiful protected Cypriot landscape lies Minthis. From award-winning luxury residences, villas and suites conceived by world-renowned architects Woods Bagot; to golf, fine dining, wellness, nature and adventure pathways, this authentic residential retreat redefines holistic living.

Nature is an ever-present element at Minthis being part of a Natura 2000 protected site. The 18-hole championship golf course is the first GEO Certified® Golf Club in Cyprus and moulds itself to the landscape, passing walnut and fig trees, olive groves and the historic 12th century monastery. It is a beautiful and demanding course for all seasons with breathtaking views of the Troodos Mountains and beyond. Designed by legendary golf architect Donald Steel in 1994 and renovated by renowned course designers Mackenzie & Ebert, the course is a flawless example of their philosophy that golf courses should fit into the terrain, be in keeping with their setting and focus on the details.


Margarete Dunst - Golf Business Development Executive
Minthis Golf Club
Minthis Golf Club, Tsada,P.O. Box 62085,Pafos,Pafos 8060,
Tel: +357 26 842 246
Email: m.dunst@minthisresort.com
Website: www.minthisresort.com