The Acaya Golf Club was founded in 1996, the course was designed by Italian architect David Mezzacane dating back to 1998 and was completed in the spring of 2000 with the inauguration of the 18-hole par 72 course.
In 2003 the hotel and accommodation facilities were completed. In 2008 the Circolo Acaya Golf & Country S.S.D. and R. L. Sports Association took over the Acaya Golf Club, with the approval of the Federal Board on February 1, 2008.
The golf facilities began to show the first signs of distress after ten years: on the turf, on the design of the irrigation and the waterproofing of artificial lakes.
For this reason the new property owners, always composed of entrepreneurs from Lecce who had taken over the club Salentino, decided to reshape the path and make it an example of new the golfing culture.
Therefore, the undertook the lead of “Hurdzan-Fry”, one of the leading and most prestigious world studies of golf architecture and winner of numerous international awards, to make a complete restructuring, technically and agronomical, with integral remodeling of the course to reach a championship level for players.
The features of the course
American bermuda from seed, was chosen for the grass of the fairways, it is strong and compact even when it is cut low, which takes into account the climatic variables of Salento, which guarantees an excellent surface and allows the ball to float across the turf for a clean shot; the sides of the fairways were sown with a mixture of four types of fescue, and are left to grow to their natural height.
For the greens a mixture of stolon- palustris in two varieties of A4 and A1 was selected: a composition which has about twice the stems as conventional Penncross.
There are over 1,500 sprinklers, for widespread and diverse water distribution that guarantees a calibrated grass supply, strategically placed so as to reduce any possibility of overdose and waste.
For the management and conservation of water we built a complex system of lakes and streams, with recirculation and natural oxygenation of water through a system of waterfalls: the goal was not to lose the collection of rainwater and run-off and keep it properly filtered for reuse in periods of peak need.
This impressive work of hydraulic engineering provides the customer with a pleasant soundtrack and a series of lateral obstacles along nine of the eighteen holes.
The course is a strongly characterized by the wind path which we must live with as golfers, like the Scottish links, just as the art of the British masters endured, adapting the direction and height of the course in order to exploit the wind drifts, adding the need for intelligence to negotiate the wind – which a great architect of the past described as “the most important and fascinating of hazards” – The wind adds great charm to this course.
From the point of view of the game, one of the principles pursued was to create a course that constituted a challenge appropriate and right for all levels of play, professional or amateur, for men, women and juniors. We have preserved, therefore, the egalitarian approach to golf, which is one of the historic principles of the “democratic” system of the handicap, and to force the player to use all fourteen irons and woods found in his or her bag.
Within the context of rare natural beauty, surrounded by “valuable natural vegetation” Mediterranean greenery, the beautiful nature that surround the holes enhances the features of this beautiful 18-hole Par 71 course that is 6,192 meters in length.
The course was redesigned with the trend and flow of the reformulated holes pursuing the best possible harmony between natural features and the different modes of shots; It was designed for big hitters with generous room, unusual for Italy, which allows for the different skills and lengths required by different levels of play, diversified angles of attack and landing in different areas depending on the position of the flags. The design configuration created by Hurdzan-Fry Studio allows the golfer, on every hole, to clearly see the obstacles, and the path of the ball on the first shot and second shots to the green.
The 1st hole of the course is a beautiful par five dogleg to the left, the perfect hole to warm up with and start to enjoy the wonders of the course.
The tour continues with holes that have sporting and increasingly fascinating landscapes: such as hole 2, with a long green with a considerable cross depression that brings to mind the historical Biarritz Hole of the famous Yale University Golf Club.
The 3rd hole is the shortest par four hole on the course, but don’t be fooled by the close proximity to the green, because you can be ambushed by the subtleties of the complex green which is full of nuances and risks.The 4th hole is a par three and is well defended by three bunkers with a hilly green, the position of the flag can make a big difference.
The 5th hole features a dogleg to the left with plenty of space and a green that is not impossible, and it is captivating, offering a “cheap potato” easy hole, but not too much; Also holes 6 and 7 grant ample space for landing the ball in the fairway, but the shot to the green must be studied. With the 8th hole it becomes more difficult. It is one of the longest par threes on the course and requires attention, precision and correct choice of club, as it is protected by two bunkers on the right and water on the left. The 9th hole is a par five that offers the opportunity to birdie.
Then there are the par four 10th hole, the classic Cape Hole, and hole 11, slightly uphill which requires precision and power between shrubs and bunkers on the right and a series of small lakes on the left which serve to undermine the path to the green. The 12th hole is a par four that in its simplicity can make life difficult for the player.
The 13th hole a par three and it is advised to play with intelligence.
The par four 14th hole with trees on the left and water on the right puts a strain on the player to choose the correct club for the first shot. The 15th hole a beautiful hole that can elicit many emotions.
The 16th hole is a long par five, double-dogleg, over 500 meters long. It’s a prized hole for big hitters; hit a big drive and use a fairway wood bravely for the second shot to reach near the green and try for a birdie, with a short and difficult approach shot to the transvers green.
After the impressive length of the par five 16th we have the shortest par three in 17th hole of the course: 130 meters from the championship tees, 93 meters from the women’s tee, with a small green surrounded by bunkers. Finally we come to the beautiful 18th hole, in addition to the scenic beauty that can be seen from the tee you have to hold your breath and pull a fantastic drive to avoid water on the right and left and a beautiful second shot at the green which is guarded by its four bunkers, forcing you to pull to the left with the fear of ending up in the grounds of the farm, in short, a beautiful and difficult hole that seals a great experience on a great golf course.
You can see pools of water on holes 6, 7, 8, 9,10, 11,12, 14, 18, and a spectacular waterfall that bisects holes 11 and 12. There are 58 bunkers on the course.