Great actors don't necessarily make great directors so why should great golfers make great course designers?
Course design was back in the news last week with Ernie Els receiving praise for the way he had altered the eighth, 15th and 18th holes at Wentworth for the European Tour's flagship PGA Championship.
Els is just the latest in a long line of Major winners who have moved across to course design with Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player putting their name on more than 600 courses around the world.
If you go down the pantheon of post-war Major winners, the first European name you will see is Nick Faldo and there is no doubt that his golf courses are better than his jokes.
Faldo has overseen more than 50 projects around the world with the six-time Major winner's latest venture dubbed his Mediterranean Masterpiece.
Eléa Golf Club is just the seventh course in Cyprus - and along with Aphrodite Hills, Minthis Hills and Secret Valley - is located close to Paphos in the southwest of the island.
Faldo has said that "this golf course has the potential to play a pivotal role in establishing this part of the world as a leading European golf destination" and certainly combined with Aphrodite Hills, visitors have two lay-outs that could challenge the best of whatever traditional destinations like Spain or Portugal can offer.
It should come as no surprise to a man that won one of his Majors with 18 pars on the final day and put an emphasis on finding the middle of the fairway that this is a track laden with strategic riddles.
And for those who have played the Faldo designed Chart Hills in Kent, it is not a shock to see huge swathes of sand on the course.
The land slopes quite severely down from the sleek clubhouse and a lot of holes traverse the slope with the course weaving its way through outcrops of weathered limestone and around carob and olive trees.
And you need to play very well around here to play to handicap. The 6313 yard par-71 layout as mentioned has swathes of sand, there is barely an approach shot where you will not need to fly the green while those putting surfaces are not only quick but have confusing grain for the amateur.
It is not all toil though, the par-five 9th is an attractive hole where an enticing second over water to the green tempts the brave, the par-four 10th - one of three bunker-less holes - can be driven while the par-three 11th is like a short hole on a links course with a huge green and pot bunkers to avoid from the elevated tee.
A good round can easily come unstuck down the tough homeward stretch and while Faldo says he has never been one for designing signature holes, the 17th is certainly the hole that comes under most discussion in the clubhouse.
A long par-four which is generally played into a prevailing wind, the only piece of fairway you can hit safely leaves a second shot of well over 200 yards over wasteland while many a tee shot will bounce down the vicious slope from right to left and into the rocks.
The course is supported by an Academy that sits alongside the clubhouse. It features a full-length driving range complete with target greens and bunkers, a short game practice area and a putting green which commands an imposing location overlooking the whole course.
The aforementioned clubhouse sits behind the tiled plaza which greets you on entry and features multiple terraces overlooking the course and extensive dining facilities.
Elea only opened last October but was positioned at number nine in Golf Magazine's 'Top 10 new international golf courses of 2010' and Cyprus' bid to become the latest hot destination will be helped no end by Cyprus Airways allowing golf bags to be carried for free on flights from Heathrow and Manchester to Paphos and Larnaca.
Faldo's face is not emblazoned on every tee box but make no mistake he has shown as much attention to detail in this course as a designer as he did with his own game as a player.