The opening of the new José María Olazábal designed Golf Course, is finally on the horizon and during a recent visit by Olazábal, the 2008 Ryder Cup Vice-Captain walked the new course from 9am to 3pm, making detailed changes and suggestions to the final construction. This is without doubt an exciting new Golf Course.
Players familiar with the sister course of Roda Golf & Beach Resort have been looking forward to the opening of Corvera for some time and if our recent visit is anything to go by, players will not be disappointed. (Watch the official Roda Golf & Beach Resort video)
From the moment visitors drive through the main entrance, there is an air of anticipation. The Golf Resort is discreetly hidden from view but on arrival the course suddenly opens out in front of you. The sight is impressive and the surrounding Murcia countryside creates a unique backdrop to what will be a popular new addition to the Murcia Golf Circuit.
Corvera has been designed to provide a wide degree of flexibility which will cater for Amateurs and Professionals alike. This is reflected by the number of Tees. Nearly all 18 Holes have "six" Tee positions and the Scorecard will display 5 sets of Tees, White, Yellow, Blue, Red and Black Competition Tees for the Professionals.
The PGA Academy will have a training facility dedicated to PGA Professionals. The Driving Range has three zones, an office housing the PGA Academy, covered Practice Bays and an enclosed Teaching Area fitted with the latest Teaching Aids (similar to Roda).
With more land available to Olazábal, the overall design reflects a more traditional course layout, for example;
The 9th and 18th Greens are located in front of the Clubhouse, with 18th Tee also visible from the Clubhouse, adding to the excitement of future Tournaments.
The 1st and 10th Tees are also located close to the Clubhouse including the Driving Range and Practice Areas. (The Driving Range and Practice Areas are also located between two residential areas).
The balance of the layout makes it easier for players, whether they are playing the Front or Back Nine.
The Clubhouse occupies a slightly elevated position which looks out across the whole of the Golf Course. The range of facilities and the standard of the fixtures and fittings will be to the same high standard as the Roda Golf & Beach Resort.
One notable change, all Buggy's and Trolley's etc will be housed under the Clubhouse with direct access to the Course.
The construction of the course is virtually complete and the Fairways and Greens have been dressed and prepared for seeding which is now underway.
Corvera hope to open the Driving Range and Practice Areas during the summer of 2009* with the Golf Course opening exclusively to Residents and VIP's towards the end of 2009*. The Golf Resort is expected to be open to the General Public early 2010*.
*No official dates have been confirmed by Corvera Golf & Country Club.
Club Murcia intend to take advance reservations towards the end of the year, so stay tuned for further information.