2002 saw work begin on the construction of The New Course - a second championship golf course at The San Roque golf Club. The new world class course, 6626 metres from the championship tees aims to complement The Old Course, while presenting a very different challenge.
The designs by the renowned American course designer Perry Dye, incorporate the contours of the San Roque hills, giving golfers wonderful views to the Guadalquiton River and the Mediterranean Sea beyond.
The idea was to create a new course that is a challenge for scratch and low handicap golfers, but that is also possible for higher handicap players to enjoy. To that end each hole has five different tee positions and fairways that are wider than those on The Old Course. Nevertheless these fairways are designed to reward canny tactics and skilful drive placement. Water hazards guard four of the greens, also defended by more than a hundred strategic bunkers, which lie in wait for wayward or ambitious drivers.
The plentiful growth of mature cork oaks, San Roque's excellent weather, soil drainage and irrigation plus the expertise of the experienced team of green keepers means that the club's new course is expected to bed in quickly. It will then provide a thrilling alternative to the rigours of The Old Course.