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Tierra del Sol

Beoordeling met 3 sterren guests rating 6.9 - 3 reviews
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Course info Tierra del Sol

Course

18 Holes / 71 Par

Course Type

Desert style with ocean view

Green fee (rates 2010)

monday - friday

saturday and sunday

US$ 159 (€ 150)

US$ 159 (€ 150)

Length

cr

sr

Men

6228 meter

6811 yard

74.2/73.9/70

132/121/119

Ladies

4574 meter

5002 yard

70.6

121

Driving range

yes

Golf cart

yes

Remarks

Greenfees differs from season and time. Prices varies from US$ 92 up to US$ 159

Tierra del Sol

Malmokweg z/n

North Aruba

Tel: +297 86 0978

Tel reservation: yes

Fax: +297 86 0671

golfpro@tierradelsol.com

Website

Gone with the wind


The 18-hole course Tierra del Sol is located at the island’s most northern tip, near the California Lighthouse. This course was designed by Robert Trent Jones and is beautifully integrated with the rugged landscape. The Caribbean Sea surrounds the course, a feature to take into account while playing. The trade winds make playing this course very difficult, especially the first time. Gone with the wind would have been a suitable name for the course as well. Your play is heavily influenced by the trade winds, that goes without saying. Therefore, no hole is alike. The trade winds also have a major influence on the course itself. The tough grass on the greens even has a nap that follows the direction of the wind. Something to take notice of when putting.
Wind or no wind, it is a beautiful course. Maintenance could be improved here and there, but the location is superb. It all begins on hole one where you have to aim your drive at the lighthouse. You find cacti everywhere and do not be surprised when you see an iguana crossing the green, if not a herd of goats. The beautiful links with a view of the blue green ocean can be very distracting the first time. There is no way you can turn a blind eye to your beautiful surroundings. All well and good, but you have to keep a level head when playing Tierra del Sol. Just a minor distraction can cause major problems. The key word is accuracy. For instance on hole 15, a par 3. A great deal of accuracy is required when aiming for the hole across the water. In any case, too short is no good, because your ball will end up in the water. Too long is no good either, because your ball will be stuck in the mud behind the green. This course is a hard nut to crack for everybody who just took up golfing.
The 18-hole golf course of the Tierra del Sol Resort was recently overhauled to rival the world's most sophisticated courses, complete with the latest satellite and computer technologies. The golf cart is equipped with Par View technology. This enables visitors to monitor the entire golf course via a 10.4” colour screen, read the distance from the cart to the green, and keeps track of the score electronically. They can also communicate with the clubhouse and order drinks and snacks from the course. The trade winds on the island always add a touch of adventure to this course.
It is not cheap to play Tierra del Sol: $145 is a bit steep. Off hours are less expensive, but that means you play in the heat of the day. The golf cart is included in the price though.

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Reviews from visitors

Beoordeling met 4 sterren

A Robert Trent Jones design, and a lovely layout. Always playing into a lot wind. As the wind is always prevailing from the eat, the design has anticipated with the long holes with the wind and the shorter holes into the wind.

A shame that the winds are mostly so strong you are playing the conditions instead of the course.

One tip I would give, don’t visit the driving range. Aside from the worn out range balls and hitting bays. You are hitting straight into the strong wind, providing not a very good warmup. The first few holes are dwonwind so provide a good enough warmup into the round.

splinterboel | 19-05-2021 | review: Tierra del Sol

Beoordeling met 3 sterren

My wife and I played on a Sunday morning, with our own clubs, for $170 p.p.
A buggy with coolbox and GPS screen for distances was included.

The 18 hole course is on the most Northern part of the island, very close to the sea and surrounded by dessert area. Large areas on the course, between holes and next to the rough is also dessert. Water on Aruba is extremely expensive and it hardly rains here. Every day is very hot with a steady wind force 5, every day, same direction. So it’s a challenge to maintain a golf course with these conditions.

The driving range was a poor experience. Not a single green grass to be seen, only a dead brown field. The range balls are old and worn and the matts have seen their best times long ago. On the range there are only a few distance markers. Some of the bays have a welcoming shade. The only good thing is that you can test the wind effect.

There are 4 t-boxes to choose from: Gold for professionals, Blue for hcp 0-9, White for hcp 10-36, and Red for Ladies. As I'm used to play in Europe from Yellow and the faded "Gold" markers looked to me very yellow, I only noticed after 11 holes that I was playing the Professional t-box... Anyway, the t-boxes are okay, especially the "gold" t-box, and the red t-box, I expect both are not much used as most of the players are male and from US. However, maintenance can be improved as there where very many broken tees laying around, from many days playing.

The fairways are okay, although there are quite some waste areas and patches, stance is mostly horizontal, and not too much ondulation.
The rough is a thick grass layer that keeps your ball on top, next to the rough is desert, sand and rocks.
Most bunkers are well maintained, although some bunkers are missing a rake.
The greens are firm, not too fast, not many pitch marks and have not much ondulation.
The course routing is not very obvious and no signal markers are used.

Most holes are wide, fairly straight with a slight dog-leg left or right. The strong wind is steady and an important factor. When from the side, you can anticipate your ball flight (a bit). Wind against, take at least 2 clubs more and keep it low, wind in the back is 1 club less. The course plays like a links course, so land your approach shot well before the green. Or you will run over it. Hole 15 is a 205 yards Par3, over desert (the water was gone) side wind, and only the green to work with. In my view the signature hole but also most difficult.

In summary : I can understand that maintaining a course in this location is a challenge and expensive, but general maintenance like range balls, mats, clean-up rubbish, rakes, course routing, etc. they simply must and should have in order. A complementary water for in the buggy, not included. Apparently they don't care. The $170 pp is too expensive for what you get. They drain the holiday guest who is likely to play only once... Locals pay around $45 and that is a much more realistic price tag.

MicheldeMooy | 23-02-2020 | review: Tierra del Sol

Beoordeling met 4 sterren

Service could be better. More pro-active. Despite the harsh terrain, the course is well kept.

tirso.tromp | 13-07-2019 | review: Tierra del Sol

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