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San Roque sits where the Sierra Bermeja mountains sweep down to the sea and offers two equally difficult but contrasting challenges. The Old Course was laid out by Dave Thomas and opened in 1990 but Seve Ballesteros has subsequently been called in to re-design the bunkers and what you will probably remember above all else is their enormous size. Fairways are narrow, tree-lined and often sloping, so accuracy from the tee is paramount. The front nine offers mountain views, while on the inward half you can look out over the sea, including views of Gibraltar.The New Course was designed by Perry Dye and Seve Ballesteros and although at first glance it seems more open and parkland in feel, it requires the same degree of precision as its older brother – Ballesteros is not an architect who gives too much away, every par or birdie has to be earned. The bunkers often come in clusters, nestled together around the enormous greens, which themselves can be card-wreckers. The stand out hole is the steeply downhill par three 4th, played across a chasm. You cannot be short or left but the pleasure in getting it right and finding the green is considerable.
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