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The Course

The golf course was designed by Severiano Ballesteros. The 18 hole, a 72-par-course, has a length of 6.019 meters. The course has 6 holes of par 3, par 4 and par 5. The outstanding holes are closer to the coast and the player seems to hit the ball right into the ocean or  into the lake of holes 9 and 18  that are connected  by a waterfall.

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Severiano Ballesteros
Severiano Ballesteros en Buenavista Golf
Severiano Ballesteros en Buenavista Golf
Severiano Ballesteros en Buenavista Golf
Severiano Ballesteros en Buenavista Golf
Severiano Ballesteros en Buenavista Golf
Severiano Ballesteros en Buenavista Golf
Severiano Ballesteros en Buenavista Golf
Severiano Ballesteros en Buenavista Golf
Severiano Ballesteros en Buenavista Golf
Severiano Ballesteros en Buenavista Golf

Hole 1

Slight dogleg to the left with the wind usually against. The left side is protected by vegetation and the entrance to the green by a lake. To avoid both "perils" it is best to play on the right of the fairway, watching out for the bunker, thought,  which is in the landing area of the drive. If the wind is not very strong you can reach a very complex green in two, with different ledges and falls both toward the lake and to the left side. A brook across the ante-green, 20 metres before the entrance to the green, must be taken into account for the second shot.

Hole 2

Very short par 3, guarded on the right side by a steep slope. The green is relatively wide but because it is angled one has to be very accurate and pick the right club. Those who don´t manage to stop the ball at the green will have to face two bunkers.

Hole 3

This hole has a sharp dog-leg to the left, provoked by the out of bounds marked out by a few palm trees, which will punish players who hook the ball or try to shorten the distance to the green. It is more important to place the first shot in the fairway than to have excessive distance so this hole should be played wood 3 or even iron. Elevated green, not very deep and with a lot of movement.

Hole 4

Wide, downhill hole. The entrance is marked by a bunker on the right and the green has a right to left drop. Slightly favourable right to left cross-wind is usual most days.

Hole 5

Unless the wind is very strong, this hole is a splendid opportunity to lower the par. It has a slight dog-leg to the left so it is essential to place the drive in the fairway to make the green in the second stroke. Otherwise, the watercourse 35 metres before the green has to be taken into account as well as two small lakes situated on both sides. Elevated green protected by bunkers.

Hole 6

Although it looks like a long hole on paper, it is usually played in favourable wind. The landing area for the drive has no bunkers and is wide although but if the ball is hooked the second stroke will have to face the mild slope in the fairway, forcing a slight dog-leg. If the shot is sliced, the hole gets longer and the ball can even roll down the slope if done in excess. The green is not easy to reach because it is slightly elevated and is relatively narrow.

Hole 7

It is probably the hardest hole in the course. There is a sharp dog-leg to the right marked by a gentle slope covered by vegetation which makes it difficult for the player to shorten. Two bunkers mark the left limit of the landing area of the drive. The approach to the green is marked by a bunker on the entrance on the left side plus other difficulties provocked by different ascending platforms.

Hole 8

Because it is downhill, medium iron may be enough to reach the green. It is important to choose the right club for, although there are no bunkers, there is a frontal watercourse at the entrance to the green. The wind usually blows right to left, which helps to avoid the out of bounds on the right side.

Hole 9

A bunker marks a slight dog-leg to the left. If the wind helps it is not difficult to overshoot it, which increases the possibility of reaching the green on a second stroke. There are a bunker and a lake in the 50 metres before the entrance to the green, both on the left side of the fairway. Not very big, undulating, green with a drop toward the water.

Hole 10

Impressive downhill hole with bunkers narrowing the fairway to 245 metres. The entrance to the green is rather narrow and has a great S-shaped bunker on the left side and three small bunkers bordering the cliffs. The wind influence usually helps to achieve greater distance but it will make it difficult to establish the approach to the green.

Hole 11

The par is a good result because the wind and the slight uphill make it a long hole. Two bunkers on the left mark a slight dog-leg while another, on the right, also affects the landing of the first stroke, especially if a strong wind is blowing. There is a bunker on the left of the entrance to a rather complicated slightly uphill green, so much so that the position of the flag determines, to a great extent, the difficulty of the hole.

Hole 12

Uphill and with the wind against, this hole may turn out to be rather complex. The entrance to the green is protected by a bunker on the left. To avoid it, if playing on the right side, you should take into account the out of bounds because the wind puts it at stake.

Hole 13

This is an accessible hole and the green can be reached in two strokes. Besides, the wind is usually favourable. This is why distance is not as important as accuracy; a bunker placed before a deep watercourse will punish slightly hooked drives. Long and narrow green, marked on the right side by a bunker at the entrance and the cliffs. Bushes on the left.

Hole 14

Relatively short although slightly uphill and with frontal wind. The ball should not be sliced because the slope comes into the fairway and can make the second shot difficult. Because it is short, shooting at the flag may be necessary, looking for the birdie.

Hole 15

One of the best holes in the course with impressive design and landscape. It is long with favourable wind and specifying the ideal club to play it is no easy task. A mild watercourse at the entrance to the green, a bunker on the right and a severe downward slope toward the ocean right behind the green will determine the way to face it.

Hole 16

It is probably the narrowest hole in the course. It is much easier if there is no wind because a much wider area of the fairway can be reached with the driver. The cliff runs along the hole on the left. There is an almost frontal bunker on the right that conditions the approach to the green.

Hole 17

A long iron is usually necessary. The front wind affects the choice of club. A very complex green both if the flagstick is at the front or at the back. Usually three putts are needed. If you mistake your club you will have to face a 10 metres bunker before the green. If trying to avoid the cliff the ball opens to the right, the approach will be rather difficult because it is done from a raised area with the watercourse before the green.

Hole 18

The stroke is important, besides, with a favourable wind you can overshoot the bunkers. If you want a risky game you have to bear in mind that the green is angled and very protected, especially on the right by a lake which is fed by a brook that comes from a cascade. The brook goes across the ante-green and it therefore has an influence on the ball, which is conservatively looking for the green through the left side.