Hole by Hole

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ALBORAN GOLF COURSE was built and designed by Ramón Espinosa, one of the most prestigious golf architects. It is now run by Almería City Hall. The Club has a 6,278-meter long, 18-hole par-72 Championship course, an extensive practice range, and different training areas.

The designer successfully created an important balance between the holes, as regards the length, the orientation and location of the elements that make up the course (bunkers, streams, lakes, etc…), offering an enjoyable golf game  on a challenging course where each and every one of the holes will put us to the test. The course has 66 bunkers strategically placed around each hole, meaning that the golfer will have to keep his wits about him at all times.

This course  hosted in 2005 the Almeria Mediterranean Games in which the Spanish team won the day and collect all the medals.

 

 

Technical file

Holes Par Bunkers Lakes Putting green Practice range
18 72 66 2 3 300m x 150m
Lenght
White Stakes Yellow Stakes Blue Stakes Red Stakes
18 72 66 2
Slope
White Stakes Yellow Stakes Blue Stakes Red Stakes
133 130 130 127
Grass type
Fairways Tees Greens
Bermuda Bermuda Agrostis
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1st Hole

Par HCP
4 17
White Stakes Yellow Stakes Blue Stakes Red Stakes
320 304 279 264

Description

The first hole on the course runs parallel to the practice range and opens up over the imposing Sierra Alhamilla. The two bunkers at the ball drop to the left and the out-of-bounds area along this whole side provide great incentive.

 

 

2nd Hole

Par HCP
3 5
White Stakes Yellow Stakes Blue Stakes Red Stakes
169 160 145 134

Description

The fairway at this par 3 is a good example of the beauty of the course as regards land slopes, with its gentle undulations that show utmost respect for the existing land. Golfers will have to take great care with the whole left-hand side, which is out of bounds, and with the two sand traps located to the left of the green.

 

 

3rd Hole

Par HCP
5 13
White Stakes Yellow Stakes Blue Stakes Red Stakes
493 476 453 430

Description

We have to aim directly at the sea at this dog-leg on the left, which is well-protected from the first drop of the ball by two bunkers to the left and a third to the right, making it necessary to take a very precise aim if we want to reach the fairway. If we make it, we still have to overcome another large sand trap to the left before reaching a green, which has two more bunkers defending its front. Take care not to overshoot the green, as there is an extensive lake right behind it.

 

 

4th Hole

Par HCP
4 9
White Stakes Yellow Stakes Blue Stakes Red Stakes
364 345 325 300

Description

After passing the brook over one of the beautiful train-tie bridges on the course, we find ourselves on one of the  most pliable holes. From our position at the tee, the lake to the right and the out-of-bounds area to the left provide us a most challenging panorama. New sand traps to the right and left of a winding fairway add the final touch to the hole.

 

 

5th Hole

Par HCP
4 15
White Stakes Yellow Stakes Blue Stakes Red Stakes
332 302 289 268

Description

As was the case for the previous hole, the out-of-bounds on the left and the new lake on the right make necessary to hit the ball straight ahead. Thanks to the two large bunkers at the entry into the green, it is necessary to hit a high approach shot, but with precision, as there is an out-of-bounds area behind.

 

 

6th Hole

Par HCP
3 3
White Stakes Yellow Stakes Blue Stakes Red Stakes
202 191 177 166

Description

This par 3 is one of the most difficult holes on the course due to its length and the lake to the right. The large bunker on the left will collect the balls from those who miscalculate in their haste to avoid the water.

 

 

7th Hole

Par HCP
4 1
White Stakes Yellow Stakes Blue Stakes Red Stakes
414 396 384 365

Description

This is where the course really puts you to the test with an out-of-bounds area to the left and a natural water course to the right. It is necessary to hit the ball straight ahead and you will need two too long shots to reach the green which, that is well-defended by sand.

 

 

8th Hole

Par HCP
5 7
White Stakes Yellow Stakes Blue Stakes Red Stakes
518 499 485 468

Description

A long ‘dog-leg’ to the left with an out-of-bounds area covering the whole side and a watercourse to the right. After a few good shots to get this far, the green is well-defended by a bunker and a lake.

 

 

9th Hole

Par HCP
4 11
White Stakes Yellow Stakes Blue Stakes Red Stakes
333 312 298 267

Description

The out-of-bounds area on the left and the two big sand traps in the center of the fairway make it necessary to hit a straight high ball in order to avoid the sand around the green.

 

 

10th Hole

Par HCP
4 4
White Stakes Yellow Stakes Blue Stakes Red Stakes
362 345 313 296

Description

Under the shade of a huge palm tree, standing at the tee-off we can observe the entire right-hand side which is out-of-bounds at this hole, with a stream running through the middle of the fairway. This spot and an extensive area containing plants native to the area are clear examples of the importance given to respect for the environment when designing the course. Close to the green, there is another stream to the left and two bunkers for added incentive.

 

 

11th Hole

Par HCP
4 10
White Stakes Yellow Stakes Blue Stakes Red Stakes
378 361 341 325

Description

It is necessary to hit the first ball over stream that runs along the fairway. To the right golfers will have to avoid an area of pitas that are highly-valued from an ecological point of view. Your reward will be entering the green where the sea acts an admiring back-drop.

 

 

12th Hole

Par HCP
3 14
White Stakes Yellow Stakes Blue Stakes Red Stakes
163 154 142 136

Description

A beautiful tee-off over the course of a river and beside one of the other tie-bridges on the course. The green is protected by sand.

 

 

13th Hole

Par HCP
5 12
White Stakes Yellow Stakes Blue Stakes Red Stakes
494 464 445 439

Description

A mild ‘dog-leg’ to the right with a bunker where the ball drops and another three defending the extensive green that show fantastic views.

 

 

14th Hole

Par HCP
4 2
White Stakes Yellow Stakes Blue Stakes Red Stakes
389 370 352 339

Description

A slight dog-leg to the left with a out-of-bounds area to the right of the fairway and a natural watercourse on the left. With two bunkers in the center of the fairway, golfers should think carefully about their shot. The green is protected by sand traps for all those wishing to avoid the watercourse on the left.

 

 

15th Hole

Par HCP
4 18
White Stakes Yellow Stakes Blue Stakes Red Stakes
322 304 295 288

Description

A straight hole where the watercourse to the left and the bunkers on one side and another where the ball drops make very difficult to play.

 

 

16th Hole

Par HCP
4 6
White Stakes Yellow Stakes Blue Stakes Red Stakes
379 361 351 331

Description

A long straight route, where the gentle sloping land is just one more incentive to a game that is appropriate for long ball hitters, who will do well to avoid the right side as this is out-of-bounds.

 

 

17th Hole

Par HCP
3 16
White Stakes Yellow Stakes Blue Stakes Red Stakes
154 141 131 125

Description

The shortest hole on the course has the added initiative of a watercourse to the left and two bunkers defending the green.

 

 

18th Hole

Par HCP
5 8
White Stakes Yellow Stakes Blue Stakes Red Stakes
492 471 447 430

Description

This hole, which brings us back to the club house, has a watercourse to the left and a bunker where the ball drops, apart from an out-of-bounds area to the right. Take care choosing the club you use for the second stroke, as you may end up in the sand. Also you shouldn’t overshoot, as the green emerges majestically on the other side of the watercourse, which means a high approach shot is necessary. There are also sand traps to be avoided.