José María Olazabal opens Maldives golf academy

Velaa Golf Academy by Olazabal features a nine-hole par-three course and high-tech swing studio
Velaa Golf Academy by Olazabal features a nine-hole par-three course and high-tech swing studio

Spanish golfing legend José María Olazabal has opened a new golf academy in the Maldives.

Located on the Velaa Private Island, the new Velaa Golf Academy by Olazabal features a nine-hole par-three course and high-tech swing studio. Hole lengths range of 65 to 180 yards and greens are guarded by a series of bunkers and water hazards. The course is designed to test golfers’ short and mid-iron game.

The academy also features state-of-the-art electronic equipment, including Flightscope simulator and high-speed cameras.

“Golfers can hit all the shots imaginable, from mid-irons to wedges and short-game. In short, practice in paradise,” said Olazabal, a two-time Masters winner and reigning Ryder Cup-winning captain.

“I also want the experience to be appealing for both young and old, beginners and experts. I hope visitors to the island will be inspired by what we have created and the experience enhances their enjoyment of the game I’m so passionate about.”

The new facility adds to the recreational offering at the new private island, while also features 45 private pool villas.

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