With the Driving Range already open to the public and the new 27 hole Golf Resort near Sucina taking shape, Club Murcia revisited the resort to see how much progress had been made.
The original design incorporated an 18 Hole Championship Course and a separate 9 Hole Course. However, with the construction and design of both courses meeting the same specification, the decision was taken to open up all 27 holes, allowing players the opportunity to play 18 holes with various options.
Virtually all the landscaping has taken place and all 27 Fairways have been seeded. It is early stages but grass is covering the majority of the course and you can be forgiven that the course is due for completion in 2009, not 2010.
As with most of the Golf Courses in the area, there are three different types of grass used (generally varieties of Bermuda and Rye Grasses). One for the Greens, another for the area surrounding the Green and finally the Fairways and Rough etc. With the latter growing at only certain times of the year (and remaining dormant at all other times), the grass will need a few more cycles of growth to establish the required standard before opening the doors to the public.
Even at this stage, the course gives the impression that this will be a popular choice. The surrounding countryside, distant mountains, lakes and natural terrain are extremely pleasing on the eye and the course is expected to provide golfers with the kind of variety, players of all levels, are looking for.
Ochando Golf opened their Driving Range and practice facilities in February 08. The 24 Bay Range is 250 m with half the Bays covered for players who prefer the shade. There is a Putting Green and PGA Professionals are available for private tuition.
Note: PGA Professionals looking for a base to take their students can "Rent Mats" at very reasonable rates. To arrange tuition or to discuss access for PGA Professionals, Call Pia +34 686 359 673 or Jamie +34 609 584 079
To view the progress at Orchando Golf please see the photos below. Photos taken September 2008.
Update - 25/10/13: Sadly Orchando Golf did not open. There are no indications that this venue will open in the forseeable future.