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Lanitis Development Ltd has unveiled its first green hole on its eagerly awaited, world-class golf course at Aphrodite Hills, on the island of Cyprus. Planting continues apace at the 18-hole, Cabell Robinson-designed course, which is scheduled to open in October 2002.

The new course paves the way for the exclusive Aphrodite Hills real estate and leisure development, and the first five star resort in Cyprus. The resort is to feature villas, apartments, townhouses and a five star Inter-Continental Hotel, as well as a health spa, tennis academy and village centre.

"The addition of a world class golf course is set to give a significant boost to tourism in Cyprus. As well as providing a further incentive for existing tourist markets, the course will position Cyprus as a destination for the international golfing community - a large proportion of which comes from the UK, " stated Angelos Markides, chief executive officer of Lanitis Development Ltd.

The course itself will span two undulating plateaux overlooking the Mediterranean, with all but a few of

the holes benefiting from a spectacular sea view. Fairway areas have been designed to be generously wide off the tee, with large "sculpted" bunkers and contoured or sloped putting surfaces. Playable all year round thanks to the unique Cyprus climate, Aphrodite Hills has been planted with hybrid bermudagrass and features the latest in automatic irrigation to ensure a lush, green playing surface from tee to green.

World famous course designer, Cabell Robinson comments on his latest project: "I was given a pretty exciting canvas to work on at Aphrodite Hills: The natural scenery is spectacular and my challenge was to enhance this. The overall experience will be one of playing golf in an exciting and natural setting. I believe it will be ranked among the very finest courses in continental Europe."

Each hole at the course will have five sets of tee markers, with the men's course playing 6600 and 6200 yards and women's course 5600 and 5200 yards. In addition a three-hole golf academy will provide the opportunity for players of all levels to improve their game, with tuition from professionals.

The Aphrodite Hills course has the seal of approval from the Carnegie Group, who will operate facilities including clubhouse, tavern and retail outlet at the resort. Keith Haslam, PR Manager for Carnegie, said: "The internationally travelled golfer is always on the look out for a new golfing destination and it's our hope that, in spike bars around the world, golfers will soon be saying, 'If you get a chance, you've got to play Aphrodite Hills'. But the golf resort will certainly cater for all standards - from the single figure handicapper to those never having gripped a club before. The course will be a wonderful asset to the holiday resort and to Cyprus."

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