Nothing beats hitting a hole-in-one, except perhaps doing it in the stunning surroundings of the Mediterranean coast. Korineum Golf Course is an 18-hole championship golf course in North Cyprus, designed for golfers of all abilities. Unlike most golf courses, it offers you the opportunity to play golf with a stunning backdrop of mountain and sea views. Hiring a golf buggy to get around the course is highly recommended, as many of the holes are designed around hilltops!
The plot where the course is situated was first selected in the 1990s, and designed to be ‘a natural golf paradise’. The project was finally completed in 2006. Thousands of golfers have since travelled from all over the world to play on the unique course, including many well-known politicians and sports personalities.
The course is part of Korineum Golf & Beach Resort, which is set between the Mediterranean coast and the Besparmak mountain range. It’s the perfect place to stay if you’re after luxury accommodation in a beautiful setting.
The hotel offers 86 luxury guest rooms and suites. You’ll have plenty of privacy as they are hidden in the pine forest in the heart of the resort. The rooms all have stunning views, either of the mountains, the sea or the golf course.
Things to do
As well as golf, the resort has a tennis academy with 4 tennis courts, a swimming pool and a 70m private beach. It’s also a wedding venue, and the ideal place to hold events of any kind. If you want to learn how to play golf or tennis, you can take lessons at the resort’s academy. If you’d prefer to relax and unwind, there’s a spa and wellness centre offering a range of treatments and spa packages. There’s also a fitness centre for those who aren’t tired out by the golf course!
Food and drink
You won’t be short of places to eat at Korineum. There are plenty of restaurants and snack bars to choose from in the resort, from the Clubbers Lounge and the Valley Restaurant, to the Beach Snack Bar and Sandals Bar by the pool. From July to October there’s also live entertainment and Cyprus Folklore performances to enjoy while you have your dinner.
If you want to leave the hotel, you can explore North Cyprus by signing up for one of the resort’s many tours and day trips. Visit Kyrenia Castle, which was built by the Byzantines; Bellapais, where you can sit under the Tree of Idleness; or Nicosia, the biggest city on the island. See the wild donkeys of Karpas or take a trip to Famagusta, a small port and fishing village. If you fancy something more active, you can hire a bike and hit one of the mountain trails, or hike through the unique natural environment of North Cyprus.
You don’t have to take part in one of the tours to get out and about. The resort also offers a courtesy shuttle to Kyrenia at certain times each day. It’s a picturesque harbour town with plenty of bars and restaurants to relax in. You can wander the cobble streets, browse souvenir shops and sample freshly caught seafood.
With such a vast expanse of ocean around you, you can’t leave without spending some time diving in the deep blue Mediterranean Sea. With marine life from the Red Sea washing through on gentle currents, there’s plenty to see, from turtles to parrot fish. The resort also offers deep sea fishing trips, which take around 6 hours and include some time for lunch and swimming.