Famagusta could have its first golf course within three years, as the €100 mln Ayia Napa Forest Golf project is expected to get the green light from environmental authorities after being rejected four times over eco concerns.
The golf course is to be built on land owned by the Forestry Department.
The construction alone will create 500 local jobs. They came in contact with one of the world’s largest golf course design companies to create a course of international standards, which will attract not only tourists but professional golfing events all year round. While the Famagusta region hosts approximately 40% of foreign tourists and approximately 50% of local visitors, it has the shortest occupancy season, as compared to the all-year destinations such as Limassol and to a lesser extent Paphos.
The golf course is expected to be completed at the end of 2023, coinciding with the conclusion of works on the two marina projects.
The area covered by the project, which is outside the “special protection zone”, is expected to be about 771,000 square metres, including the course, residential, commercial, and tourist development.“
The €100 mln project is to include an 18-hole golf course, a clubhouse, tourism, and commercial development and a 150-room five-star hotel and other residential developments including villas. The area around the golf course development will also benefit as many are now seizing the moment to invest in prime property around the location via the Cyprus Investment Program.