Olazabal Golf Academy unveiled on Velaa Private Island

Jose Maria Olazabal has unveiled one of the world’s most exclusive and luxurious golfing facilities on the Velaa Private Island in the Maldives.

The new Velaa Golf Academy by Olazabal – created in collaboration with the two-time Masters champion – features a stunning golf course and academy.

The facility is housed on an exclusive private island in the Indian Ocean, which is home to 48 private pool villas and a collection of five-star amenities.

“I have never seen such a luxurious location,” said Olazabal.

“I have had the pleasure of working on some remarkable projects, but what Jiri and Radka [founders] have created here is simply awe-inspiring.”

The nine-hole par-3 golf course on Velaa Private Island is designed to test iron play, with holes ranging from 65 to 180 yards.

Six immaculately-conditioned green complex are surrounded by sand and water features, with nine different tee options giving guests different choices.

The course is also complemented by exemplary practice facilities and a high-tech swing studio, complete with the latest golf gadgets.

“We were given the opportunity to design something completely unique here at Velaa and our clear aim was to integrate the island’s charm and character into the Golf Acadamy,” added Olazabal.

“Golf enthusiasts will have the chance to refine all aspects of their game in the idyllic surroundings. In short, it’s practice in paradise.”

The Velaa Private Island, managed by industry leaders Troon Golf, provides one of the world’s most lavish and exclusive experiences.

“Velaa is without doubt one of the fines developments we have ever seen and represents the definition of luxury perfectly,” said Bruce Glasco, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Troon International Operations.

“We have all been impressed by Jose Maria and his team’s unwavering attention to detail throughout the design phase and have no doubt that it has the potential to attract guests from far and wide.”