Golf Course Architecture - Issue 71, January 2023

A nine-hole short course, named Avalon Links, by Greg Norman Golf Course Design, is now in play at Aurora Anguilla Resort & Golf Club. The par-28 1,315-yard layout is located on 19 acres of land between the fifth, sixth and seventh holes of the resort’s eighteen-hole Championship course, which underwent a ‘remastering’ by Norman’s firm in 2022. The resort, formerly named CuisinArt Resort, is now owned by American businessman Richard Schulze and managed by Salamander Hotels & Resorts. The idea for a short course was conceived during a tour of the property by Schulze and Norman, with the resulting Avalon Links layout comprising eight par threes and one par four. “The first hole begins with panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea and unfolds with a rich variety of tee shot angles, distances and carefully integrated design elements, including white sand belts and large areas of grass to make it playable and fun for beginners,” reads a statement from the resort. “Water features and a double green provide elements of excitement, and a short drivable par four was conceived to complete a great golf experience. Undulating greens and collection areas provide different ways to attack every f lag around the green, including f lop shots and bump and runs.” Photos: Zuri Wilkes New short course in play at Aurora Anguilla TEE BOX 36