Greg Norman channeled this eccentric bravado into his golf course designs, and Lumine Lakes is a direct result.
Designed on the repurposed Sequina wetlands, designated as a nature reserve and bird sanctuary, Norman has converted a flat, unobstructed landscape into an enjoyable, demanding test of golf that will challenge both amateur golfers and the worlds best. With the use of aggressive bunkering and a plethora of lakes. In actual fact, 14 of the 18 holes have water hazards, just in case, you’re wondering where the course got its name. Water is so prominent that aquaphobic golfers will need a hard drink before teeing off.
The Lakes Opened for play back in 2008, the golf course quickly acquired a prestigious status as a premium design, a fact acknowledged by the European Tour when it was selected to host not only the Challenge Tour events but also the second stage of the qualifying school.
Not only does the golfer need to minimise the above-mentioned abundance of lakes, but there are also over 100 bunkers to be cleared too, plus several sand waste areas littered with pampas grass for good measure. The greens are huge, one of them 6o yards in length, the borrowings being subtle rather than serious.
The course culminates with a climax on the closing hole where scorecards can be damaged with reckless play and despite the fact that so many holes are likely candidates for the “Signature Hole” title, many will believe that the 18th beats them at the post. The Risky Par 5, playing just under 550 yards out from the Championship Tees, epitomises the saying, “Save the best until the last.”
If you’ve played somewhere near your handicap, or if you have finished the round with the same ball you started, you’ll have done better than most!
Lumine is the Costa Dauradas Premier Golf Resort and will also rival most golf resorts in Spain.