Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Golf News and Offers March 2012

Saturday 31st March - The Spring Open

9.00am shotgun start. Entry forms available online here or by calling the Golf Shop on:
+357 26 82 82 00.

This year, the Spring Open format will be individual stableford - Men playing from the white tees and Ladies from the blue tees. Maximum playing handicaps - 28 for men and 36 for ladies.


THE 7th AEGEAN PRO-AM 30th May - 2nd June 2012

It’s all go for the 7th Aegean Pro-Am to be held at the Resort in a couple of months. The dedicated event website has now been launched and all details can be viewed at: www.aegeanproam.com.

Aegean Airlines, creator and major sponsor, proudly invites you for the seventh year in a row, to participate in the 7th Aegean Airlines Pro-Am. The Golf Tournament is endorsed by the PGAs of Europe and is fully supported by the PGA of Greece, the Cyprus Golf Federation and the Hellenic Golf Federation.

Aegean Airlines dynamically contributes to the reinforcement of quality forms of tourism, through the said initiative, whilst at the same time to the evolution of a highly prestigious international athletic institution under the auspices of the most acknowledged Golf Professionals’ association in Europe.

A total of 45 teams (1 Professional and 3 Amateurs) will compete over 36 holes stableford with the best two scores from the team of four to count on each hole. Each team will play 18 holes on Thursday 31st May and 18 holes on Friday 1st June 2012. Six team prizes (1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th and 6th) will be awarded after the cumulating score of the day’s rounds and the 1st and 2nd team will be awarded over division (Gold, Silver and Bronze).

The Professionals will also play a 54-hole strokeplay event, 36 holes with their Amateur teams (31st May and 1st June), and a further 18 holes on Saturday 2nd June.

On the final day (2nd June) the Amateurs will play their own 18-hole individual stableford competition - the Aegean Airlines Cup 2012. Competitors will play in 2 categories according to their handicap and will be drawn in handicap order.

The handicap limit is 28 for Men and Ladies with a 3/4 allowance in the Pro-Am and in the individual competition.

The deadline for registrations is 16th April 2012. Participations will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Remember to have a look at the website: www.aegeanproam.com.

All entries are made directly with the organising company and details are available on the website. Should you need any other specific information, please call in and see Nuno or Andrew in the Golf Office or contact them via the web here.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Aphrodite Hills Tennis Academy Team

The beginning of spring has arrived and the memories of a horrible winter should now be behind us, so we can now look forward to months of sunshine and dry weather. Tennis is definitely on the agenda at Aphrodite Hills. With the recent introduction of the Annabel Croft Tennis Academy and its fantastic members of staff, we are really in for a treat this year. So let the games begin…

This month we begin by introducing the Academy’s Coaching Staff, followed by a very exciting programme for the Easter period. Read on to find out more!

See you all soon at the Annabel Croft Tennis Academy, where you will meet the newest member of our Coaching Staff, our new assistant Larry!

The Annabel Croft Tennis Academy is justifiably proud of its Coaching Team at Aphrodite Hills. All of our Coaches have undergone many hours of training and time on court with players from all over the world. The Coaching Team delivers lessons in English, but lessons can also be arranged for players in either Russian or German. Please read a little information about each one of our superb team below:

Aphrodite Hills Tennis Academy Instructors

Left to right: Jay Querns, Annabel Croft, Wyn Lewis

Head Coach - Wyn Rhys Lewis

Wyn Lewis heads the Coaching Team at the Annabel Croft Tennis Academy, Aphrodite Hills. Hailing from Swansea in Wales, Wyn had an illustrious junior playing career in the UK, representing South Wales and winning numerous junior titles, including the Welsh National Double Championships in 2002.

Wyn moved into coaching in 2005 and made an immediate impact with his enthusiastic style and passion for helping people to learn the game of tennis. He has been at Aphrodite Hills longer than any other Coach and holds a USPTR and LTA license. Wyn is on hand at the Academy to help players plan their perfect tennis programme during their stay at Aphrodite Hills and states that “style and flair are just as important as technique when playing tennis”. Expect to be inspired during your time in Wyn’s company!

Assistant Coach - Jay Querns

Jay Querns hails from the West of Scotland and brings a host of experience to the courts at the Annabel Croft Tennis Academy, as both a player and a Coach. Following a playing career at the highest level for his county, Jay moved to Tenerife to start his coaching career. Now in his 12th year as a Tennis Coach, Jay holds both USPTR and PTR coaching qualifications and has accumulated experience at clubs and hotels across Europe. In 2009 he moved to Aphrodite Hills, where he has become a firm favourite with players of all levels and ages.

Jay states that “tennis is the complete sport” and states that Pete Sampras was a major influence on him, as a player with shots that looked effortless but were lethal to opponents. Players working with Jay will no doubt be emulating “Pistol Pete” themselves by the end of their stay!

Assistant Coach - Sinisia Bogdanovic

Sinisia hails from Serbia and has been coaching tennis for over 8 years. Starting his coaching career at the Tennis Club “Sol” in Serbia, Sinisia moved to Cyprus in 2008 to work at the Top Spin Tennis Academy in Paphos and then arrived at Aphrodite Hills in 2011. He holds the highest qualification available in his native Serbia and importantly he speaks fluent Russian and some German, allowing him to deliver his fantastic lessons to the international visitors to our Academy.

Of course Sinisia is a very proud Tennis Coach right now - with Serbia in its ‘golden’ era of tennis players. Novak Djokovic, Jarko Tipsarovic and Jelena Jankovic make quite a showcase for amazing development of the sport in Serbia and no doubt Sinisia is able to offer players unique insights into the mindset and development of these players.

Introducing the newest member of the team…

Larry the Lobster has just been introduced to the Tennis Academy. His role will be to assist the Coaches in their on-court delivery and to provide assistance for anyone who wants to hire him out for the hour on court.

For prices and information on how to hire Larry the Lobster, please contact us at +357 26 828122 or via the web here.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

InterContinental Aphrodite Hills Resort Hotel appoints new Executive Assistant Manager - Director of Sales & Marketing

Kratinos Socratous has been appointed the Executive Assistant Manager - Director of Sales & Marketing at the five-star InterContinental Aphrodite Hills Resort Hotel, Cyprus.

The recently appointed Socratous is not a stranger to the local hotel industry. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Louisiana State University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Hotel & Restaurant Management from the University of Houston. In 1993, the young Socratous started his hotel career quite dynamically as an Assistant Hotel Manager at the Nausika Beach Hotel in Protaras, Cyprus, where in 1994 he was appointed to the position of Sales & Marketing Manager at the Apollonia Beach Hotel in Limassol. Between 1995 and 1998 he moved to Le Meridien in Limassol as Sales & Marketing Manager and he went to Mediterranean Hotel in Limassol and continued in the same position until 2002. During 2002 - 2003 he moved to take the position of Sales & Marketing Manager for Stademos Hotels Ltd and then he took the position of the Director of Sales & Marketing for the pre-opening phase of the InterContinental Aphrodite Hills Resort Hotel. In 2004 he moved back to the Le Meridien in Limassol, but this time as the Director of Business Development, where he stayed until 2006. Later that year, Socratous accepted the post of Director of Sales & Marketing at the Stademos Hotels Plc, Cyprus, from where he now returns to the InterContinental Aphrodite Hills Resort Hotel in Pafos.

As Executive Assistant Manager - Director of Sales & Marketing, Socratous will be responsible for planning, directing and organizing all aspects of Sales & Marketing operations for Aphrodite Hills. His major focus will be to maintain a high level of exposure for the whole Resort in key marketing areas and to strengthen and enhance relationships with local DMCs, corporate customers, tour operators and travel agents. His ‘number one’ priority is to make Aphrodite Hills Resort the place to be - and the most exclusive destination on the island.

Monday, February 6, 2012

InterContinental Aphrodite Hills Valentines Giveaway!

Aphrodite Hills is feeling the love this Valentines and is giving away a Valentines package to one of our Facebook fans and their partner! To enter, you must be a Facebook fan and answer in the comments area “Who is the Goddess of Love?

One lucky winner and their partner will win the following:

  • An overnight stay at the InterContinental Aphrodite Hills Hotel on February 11th 2012 sharing a Double Deluxe Room with Pool or Garden View Room.
  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Chocolates in the Room
  • St. Valentine’s 4-Course Dinner at the Mesogios Restaurant with live music and a rose presented to the ladies
  • Late check-out until 14:00hrs
  • Service and all taxes included
  • Our Retreat Spa is offering a special 20% discount voucher for this romantic break.

The winner will be announced on February 8th at 4:00 pm.

Terms and conditions:

  • The stay for the accommodation must be taken on February 11, 2012.
  • Prize is as described and cannot be exchanged or substituted for cash.
  • Upon contacting the winner, if no reply is received within 24 hours, Aphrodite Hills retains the right to choose another winner.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

AH Junior Golf Academy wins 2 Awards!

On Tuesday 31st January The Cyprus Sports Association held the Annual Junior Sports Awards for 2011 at the Olympic House in Nicosia.

For the first time in the history of the Cyprus Sports Association 2 awards were presented for junior golf. Andrew Darker, Golf Operations Manager at Aphrodite Hills and the Junior Golf Director for the Cyprus Golf Federation submitted entries on behalf of the Federation and 2 juniors were accepted. The criteria for selection of the awards are based on the junior’s outstanding achievements in their Sport and we are pleased to announce that the 2 winners for golf both represent the Aphrodite Hills Junior Academy.

Pavlos Efstathiou and Glafkie Christodoulides received their awards in front of a packed Olympic House with over 250 officials from various Federations and K.O.A in attendance. Both Pavlos and Glafkie had an outstanding year in 2011, winning several events and they both finished the year at the top of the junior rankings.

Aphrodite Hills congratulates them both with their remarkable achievements and wish them a more successful season in 2012. “The Cyprus Golf Federation will also be sending a boy and girl representative to the R&A Junior Open to be held in July in England. If both Pavlos and Glafkie continue their good form and improvement over the coming months they stand a good chance of selection to represent Cyprus in one of the biggest International Junior tournaments. I wish them both good luck for the start of 2012” added Andrew Darker.

Pictured below with their awards, Glafkie Christodoulides, Dr. Demetris Papapetriou (President of the Cyprus Golf Federation) and Pavlos Efstathiou.