Once again, there is not much information online about this course other than it is 18 holes with a par 72. The photo that is attached to the information is absolutely NOTHING like the real thing. Of course, I LOVE the weird and wonderful, so a course like this was on my list of “Things to Do”.
Cervantes has oil greens. From close inspection they used sea sand and mixed in the oil. The hole looked a little bigger than standard cups but that would probably be an illusion with the sun setting and dark greens.
Tees are made from grass which is a lot better than turf tees. However the fairways will definitely challenge you.
With a practice fairway that extends to 175 metres, means you can become accustomed to the terrain before you head off. I walked the whole practice fairway to see if I could spot any ‘old’ balls but there were none. I believe golf balls would be like gold is this side of town.
The rough was marginally longer than the fairway, however once on the fairway it was hard to distinguish between the two. I was really hoping I could find a lonesome club to have a least one shot on this course.
I made my way to the club house to see if there was a spare 9 iron, or any club, I could use. To my delight, one of the members found a 9 iron for me to use. It belonged to one of his friends and he said: “please don’t break it”.
I thought for a minute that breaking a club on this course could be possible. Needless to say, I took the club with the idea that if it did I would fix it and then send it back to them via mail. [note to self – GET THAT SPARE CLUB]
I could envision Cervantes being a very tricky course given that it is by the ocean. As it is not exactly alongside the water, one can not call it a LINKS, but I could imagine it offering all the challenges plus more!
My first shot was a chip onto the green. The ball I found by the 9 green was cracked, so it landed on the green and then rolled forward to about 2 foot from the hole. #luckyshot
I decided to hit a 9 into the wind. There were yardage markers but I did not want to walk all the way back, so I improvised. I turned the 9 iron into a wedge.
Once again the ball landed on the green and scuttled forward. If you play this course I can guarantee that the greens does not hold the approach shots. In fact, if you play short you may end on the green. Every shot is really depended on luck and skill.
Overall, I loved this course. I think I should add this course to the trio I have going. We should call it Quatro? Who knows, we could even have a competition where we travel from course to course and play them! #goodidea.
Tips to Playing this Course:
- Check the rules to see if you can place. Those lies will challenge even the best of players.
- Play with second hand clubs. Not sure what is under that sand.
- Think fun. The ball is not going to stop on the green and I doubt you will have amazing run to the pin.
- The greens are surprisingly slow. It tends to bury into the sand as it rolls along.
- Watch out for snakes. They have been sited on this course
- Comment on this blog once you played this course (or if you have). Let others know of your experience.
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