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Golf courses in Spain
Golf courses in the UK :
There's many golf courses in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales, here's a few:
Golf courses in England
Stockwood Park Golf Centre
Blue Mountain Golf Centre
Calcot Park Golf Club
Goring and Streatley Golf Club
Reading Golf Club
Sunningdale Golf Club
Barton-on Sea Golf Club
Brockenhurst Manor Golf Club
Knighton Heath Golf Club
Queens's Park Golf Course
Chiltern Forest Golf Club
Gerrards Cross Golf Club
Gog Magog Golf Club
New course 9
Harewood Downs Golf Club
Hazlemere Golf Club
Silverstone Golf Course
Thorney Park Golf Course
Wycombe Heights Golf Centre
Ramsey Golf Club
Birchwood Golf Club
Carden Park Golf Course
Dukinfield Golf Club
Peover Golf Club
Pryors Hayes Golf Club
Vale Royal Abbey
Eaglescliffe Golf Club
Seaton Carew Golf Club
Bishop Auckland Golf Course
Lanhydrock Golf Club
St. Enodoc Golf Club
St. Mellion Golf and Country Club
Trethorne Golf Club
Dunnerholme Golf Course
Silloth on Solway Golf Club
Marriott Breadsall Priory Country Club
Manor House Golf Course
Royal North Devon Golf Club
Saunton Golf Club
Broadstone Golf Club
Ferndown Golf Club
Isle of Purbeck Golf Club
Parkstone Golf Club
Golf at Dale Hill
Royal Ashdown Forest Golf Club
Rye Golf Club
Colne Valley Golf Club
Crondon Park Golf Club
Stock Brook Manor Golf and Country Club
Stinchcombe Hill Golf Club
Borden Golf Club
Bramshaw Golf Club
Old Thorns Golf Course
Harpenden Golf Club
Mid-Herts Golf Club
Burghill Valley Golf Club
Ashridge Golf Club
Berkhamstead Golf Club
Moor Park Golf Club
Porters Park Golf Club
Verulam Golf Club
Whipsnade Park Golf Club
Austin Lodge Golf Course
Birchwood Park Golf Centre
Chart Hills Golf Course
Prince's Golf Club
Royal Cinques Ports Golf Club
Ashton and Lea Golf Club
Hurlston Hall Golf Club
Lytham and St. Annes Golf Club
Alwoodley Golf Club
Moortown Golf Club
Luffenham Heath Golf Club, Stamford
Seacroft Golf Club
Brookmans Par Golf Club
Home Park Golf Course
Sale Golf Course
Formby Golf Club
Heswall Golf Club
Royal Liverpool Golf Club
Wallasey Golf Club
West Lancashire Golf Club
This West Lancashire golf course is situated on natural seaside terrain, overlooking Liverpool Bay, with immaculate greens making the historic West Lancashire links a must for all enthusiastic golfers visiting the North West. A pleasing feature of the course is that several elevated tees now provide a splendid view of the river.
Stockley Park Golf Course
Barnham Broom Golf Club
Richmond Park Golf Club
Royal West Norfolk Golf Club
Ganton Golf Club
Belfrey Golf Course
Harrogate Golf Club
Cocksford Golf Club
Kettering Golf Club
Northampton Golf Club
Overstone Park Golf Club
Bamburgh Castle Golf Course
Dunstanburgh Castle Golf Course
Longhirst Golf Course
Beeston Fields Golf Club
Brieley Forrest Golf Club
Bulwell Forest Golf Club
Chilwell Manor Golf Club
Cotgrave Place Golf Club
Coxmoor Golf Club
Mansfield Woodhouse Golf Club
Mapperley Golf Club
Newark Golf Club Co Ltd
Oakmere Park Golf Club
Radcliffe On Trent Golf Club
Ramsdale Park Golf Centre
Ruddington Grange Golf Club Ltd
Southwell Golf Clubhouse
Stanton-On-The-Wolds Golf Club
Stoke Rochford Golf Club
Sudbrook Moor Golf Club
Wollaton Park Golf Club
Badgemore Park Golf Club
Hinksey Golf Course
Southfield Golf Club
Tamarton Heath Golf Club
Church Stretton Golf Club
Hill Valley Golf and Country Club
Thorpeness Golf Club
Royal Worlinton and Newmarket Golf Club
Ufford Park Golf and Leisure
Farleigh Court Golf Club
Guildford Golf Club
Hindhead Golf Club
Reigate Heath Golf Club
Tyrrells Wood Golf Course
Walton Heath Golf Club
Wentworth Golf Club
Windlesham Golf Club
Hollywood Golf Club
Avisford Park Golf Club
Alwoodley Golf Club
Baildon Golf Club
Bracken Ghyll Golf Club
Ombersley Golf Club
GOLF COURSES IN IRELAND
Ballybofey and Stranorlar Golf Club
Arklow Golf Club
Baltinglass Golf Club
Blainroe Golf Club
Bray Golf Club
Charlesland Golf Club
Coollattin Golf Club
Delgany Golf Club
Djouce Mountain Golf Club
Druids Glen Golf Club at Druids Glen Golf Resort
Glen of the Downs Golf Club
Glenmalure Golf Club
Greystones Golf Club
Kilcoole Golf Club
Millbrook Golf Course
Old Conna Golf Club
Powerscourt Golf Club
Rathsallagh Golf Club
Roundwood Golf Club
The European Club
Tulfarris Golf Club
Wicklow Golf Club
Woodbrook Golf Club
Woodenbridge Golf Club
GOLF COURSES IN SCOTLAND
Carnoustie Golf Club
After almost quarter of a century, the Open Golf Championship returned to Carnoustie
in 1999 and lived up to its reputation as the toughest links course in the
world. Most of the world's top players struggled to tame the 7,361-yard monster.
Not since 1975 had the Open been held at Carnoustie. In that year, Tom Watson
came from nowhere to win. On its return it was perhaps fitting that a local
hero, Paul Lawrie from Aberdeen, should win after a four-hole play-off with
American Justin Leonard and France's Jean Van de Velde. Lawrie's winning score
of 290, six over par, is testament to the degree of difficulty. Carnoustie
has been called the killer links and Walter Hagen described it as the greatest
course in the British Isles. When the wind blows, it changes from a sleeping
giant into a terror. Even from the club's medal tees, 6,941 yards, it is still
formidable. Carnoustie will host the Open Championship again in 2007.
Cruden Bay Golf Club
Royal Dornoch Golf Club
This outstanding links, originally the work of Old Tom Morris, is a championship course of the highest order and encapsulates everything a golfer seeks in the most satisfying of rounds - a beautiful setting, a tough but fair test of skill and fast, tricky greens. Bordered by the Dornoch Firth with views of the mountains of Sutherland and the gorse ablaze with yellow in early summer, the purity of the air and the surroundings ensure you feel good, no matter your score. At 6,514 yards, it is not long by modern standards but you have to think your way around the bunkers, sandhills, hummocks, knolls and swales that can punish the unfortunate shot. Imagine a saucer and upend it and you have a typical Dornoch green. If you manage to keep your golf ball on the putting surface, then you are undoubtedly faced with a putt that will have to take account of a host of subtle contours.
When we last played on this golf course at Dornoch, on three successive days, it was a completely different course each time. The first day was still and the course benign. The next day the wind blew from behind on the first eight holes and into our faces on the homeward 10 that skirt the sandy beaches of Dornoch Bay, making club selection difficult. And just in case we'd worked out how to play it, the wind turned around for the final day making many a shot guesswork.
Much more recently, five times Open champion Tom Watson said, "It was the
most fun I've had playing golf in my whole life." Dornoch's remoteness has prevented it from hosting its
fair share of
major championships but that remoteness adds to its charisma, and
while golfers often kick themselves for sharing the secret of Dornoch with
acquaintances, they can console themselves that its distance of 600 miles from
London and 49 miles from Inverness, Britain's most northerly city, prevents many
from sharing its delights. Golf was first played here in 1616 and about that
time Sir Robert Gordon wrote, "About this town along the sea coast are the
fairest and largest links or green fields of any part of Scotland." Back in
1616, the subscription was two shillings and sixpence, it costs a bit more
nowadays but it's an experience worth every penny.
18 holes, 6,514 yards. Par 70 (SSS 73). Amateur record - C. Christie 66.
Championship record - 62.
It is the clubs view that golfers should be able to play to handicaps of no more than 24 for gentlemen and 35 for ladies to ensure enjoyment of the championship course. Green fees - May to September - championship course - £82 per round weekdays, £92 Sundays. Combination tickets (one round on each course £97 Monday to Friday; £107 on Saturdays and Sundays. Struie Course - £35 per round, £45 per day, £175 weekly ticket. All green fees discounted by £10 in April and October. Restaurant and bar - Full service daily. Functions catered for. Motorised buggies hire for those with medical requirements (£20), trolley hire (£3.50), club hire (£15-£20), caddies (£25-£35), changing rooms, putting green, pro shop, practice ground, coaching clinics on request.
49 Miles north of Inverness off the A9, north of Dornoch. Signposted from square in Dornoch. If you enjoy golf, then you must pay a visit to the Dornoch golf course, one of the best golf courses in the UK.
Loch Lomond Golf Club
Muirfield Golf Club
The Nairn Golf Club
Prestwick Golf Club
18 holes, 6,544 yards. Par 71 (SSS 73).
Signature hole - Third (482 yards, par 5 - With the Pow Burn running all down the right and the famous and huge Cardinal Bunker stretching the entire width of the fairway at the point of the dogleg, this is an outstanding hole. Once two good hits were needed to clear the bunker, but this is the age of the big hitters.
Not weekends or Thursday afternoons. Book well in advance.
St Andrews Links - The Old Course
18 holes, 7,125 yards (championship), 6,721 yards (medal), par 72 (SSS 73). Course record 64.
Signature hole - SEVENTEENTH (455 yards, par 4 - The Road Hole is the most famous hole in golf. A very long second to an extremely narrow green with the road hard against the back edge and the fearsome Road Bunker front left.
All year apart from Sundays and by reservation or by ballot. Advance booking
open on the first Wednesday in September for the following year. There is a
daily ballot for play the next day but it does not always guarantee a game.
Visitors must have handicap certificates (delete 'or letter of introduction').
Royal Troon Golf Club
OLD COURSE - 18 holes, 7,079 yards, par 71 (SSS 73). Course record - Greg Norman 64.
PORTLAND COURSE - Resembles moorland golf course but has the challenges of a links.
Signature hole - EIGHTH (126 yards, par-3), called the postage stamp because when you look down on it from the tee, the green, only 25 feet across at its widest point, looks no bigger than a postage stamp. It is the shortest hole in Open Championship golf but also one of the deadliest.
May not play Wednesdays, Fridays and weekends. Must write in advance, have
introductory letter and handicap certificate of under 20. Ladies and under-18s
may play only on the Portland.
Turnberry Golf Course
AILSA (score card below - 18 holes, 6,976 yards (6,440 yards medal tees), par 70 (69 medal). Professional record 63. Amateur record 70.
KINTYRE - 18 holes, 6,827 yards, par 72
Signature hole - Ailsa Course - NINTH (454 yards, par 4 - The championship tee is perched out on a promontory of cliff with a sheer drop of 50 feet. Not for someone suffering with vertigo. The medal tee is some 40 yards further on but still a spectacular tee shot. It takes a 200-yard drive from the championship tee just to reach the fairway and a white stone marker shows you where to aim for. If you are on this line, playing from the medal tees you will have a shot of about 180 yards to a large green untroubled by bunkers.
AILSA - £130 weekdays, £175 weekends. KINTYRE - £105
weekdays and weekends.
GOLF COURSES IN WALES
Aberdyfi/Aberdovey Golf Club
Aberystwyth Golf Club
Bala Golf Club
Borth and Ynyslas Golf Club
Brecon Golf Club
Builth Wells Golf Club
Cardigan Golf Club
Cilgwyn Golf Club
Cradoc Golf Club and Driving Range
Cwmrhydneuadd Golf Club
Dolgellau Golf Club
Ffestiniog Golf Club
Llanymynech Golf Club
Machynlleth Golf Club
Maesmawr Golf Club
Palleg Golf Club
Penrhos Golf and
Pontardawe Golf Club
Rhosgoch Golf and Leisure Club
Royal St Davids Golf Club
St Idloes Golf Club
Welsh Border Golf Club
Abergele Golf Club
Abersoch Golf Club
Anglesey Golf Club
Baron Hill Golf Club
Betws-y-Coed Golf Club
Bryn Morfydd Golf Club
Bull Bay Golf Club
Caernarfon Golf Club
Chirk Golf Centre
Clays Golf Centre
Conwy (Caernarvonshire Golf Club
Criccieth Golf Club
Denbigh Golf Club
Hawarden Golf Club
Henllys Hall Golf Club
Holyhead Golf Course
Kinsale Golf Club
Llandudno (North Wales Golf Club
Llandudno (Maesdu Golf Club
Llanfairfechan Golf Club
Llangefni Golf Club
Mold Golf Club
Moss Valley Golf Club
Nefyn and District Golf Club
'Nine of Clubs' Golf Course
Northop Country Park Golf Club
Old Colwyn Golf Club
Old Padeswood Golf Club
Padeswood and Buckley Golf Club
Penmaenmawr Golf Club
Pennant Park Golf Club
Penrhyn Golf Club
Plassey Golf Club
Porthmadog Golf Club
Prestatyn Golf Club
Pwllheli Golf Club
Rhos-on-Sea Golf Club
Rhuddlan Golf Club
Rhyl Golf Club
Ruthin-Pwllglas Golf Club
Silver Birch Golf Club
St Deiniol Golf Club
St Melyd Golf Club
Wrexham Golf Club
Aberdare Golf Club
Alice Springs Golf Club
Bargoed Golf Club
Blackwood Golf Club
Bridgend Golf Complex
Bryn Meadows Golf Club
Brynhill (Barry Golf Club
Caerleon Golf Club
Cardiff Golf Club
Castell Coch Golf Club
Castell Heights Golf Club
Celtic Manor Golf Resort
Coed-y-Mwstwr Golf Club
Cottrell Park Golf Resort
Creigiau Golf Course
Dewstow Golf Club
Dinas Powys Golf Club
Glamorganshire Golf Club
Greenmeadow Golf and Country Club
Grove Golf Club
Llantrisant and Pontyclun Golf Club
Llanwern Golf Club
Llanyrafon Golf Course
Marriott St Pierre Golf,
Hotel and Country Club
Maesteg Golf Club
Merthyr Tydfil (Cilsanws Golf Club
Monmouth Golf Club
Monmouthshire Golf Club
Morlais Castle Golf Club
Mountain Ash Golf Club
Mountain Lakes Golf Club
Newport Golf Club
Oakdale Golf Club
Parc Bryn Bach
Parc Golf Club
Peterstone Golf Club
Pontnewydd Golf Club
Pontypool Golf Clu
Pontypridd Golf Club
Pyle and Kenfig golf course
Radyr Golf Club
RAF St Athan Golf Club
Raglan Parc Golf Club
Rhondda Golf Club
Ridgeway Golf Club
Rolls of Monmouth Golf Club
Royal Porthcawl Golf Club
Shirenewton Golf Club
Southerndown Golf Club
St Mary's Hotel Golf and Country Club
Tredegar and Rhymney Golf Club
Vale Hotel, Golf and Spa Resort
Virginia Park Golf Club
Wernddu Golf Club
West Monmouthshire Golf Club
Whitchurch Golf Club
Whitehall Golf Club
Whitehills Golf Club
Woodlake Park Golf and Country Club
Allt-y-Graban Golf Club
Ashburnham Golf Club
British Steel (Port Talbot Golf Club
Carmarthen Golf Club
Clyne Golf Club
Dawn til Dusk (Rosemarket Golf Club
Derllys Golf Club
Earlswood Golf Club
Fairwood Park Golf Club
Garnant Park Golf Course
Glyn Abbey Golf Club
Glynhir Golf Club
Glynneath Golf Club
Gower Golf Course
Gowerton Golf Centre
Haverfordwest Golf Club
Lakeside Golf Club
Langland Bay Golf Club
Llandovery College Golf Club
Machynys Golf and Country Club
Mayfield Golf and Driving Range
Milford Haven Golf Club
Morriston Golf Club
Neath Golf Club
Newport Links Golf Club
Palleg Golf Club
Pennard Golf Club
Pontardawe Golf Club
Priskilly Forest Golf Club
Saron Golf Course
South Pembrokeshire Golf Club
St Davids City Golf Club
Swansea Bay Golf Club
Tenby Golf Club
Trefloyne Park Golf Club
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Golf courses in Spain :
Golf courses in Murcia
Hacienda Del Alamo Golf Course in Murcia
Designed by Dave Thomas
Hacienda del Alamo will entertain all levels of golfers, with its lakes waterfalls and wide fairways. It is also one of the longest and widest in Europe.
The first hole opens with a challenging tee shot, where two well placed bunkers patrol either side of the fairway. But like many of the holes at Hacienda del Alamo, the landing areas are generous and players are unlikely to get into real trouble off the tee.
There are several holes where water comes into play especially on the third, tenth and twelfth with intimidating lakes, which have to be navigated.
The Hacienda del Alamo Golf Club Academy has qualified professional instructors to help you learn to play, or simply perfect your swing. The instructors use high-tech support for swing analysis, using several digital video cameras to break down your swing and help you to make improvements.
This five star golf resort has luxury state-of-the-art facilities providing the ideal environment to relax after a challenging round of golf in the sunshine.
North Course La Manga. Founded 1971. Architect - Robert Dean Putman. Soft spikes only.
Completely renovated in 2000-2001, the North Course is now, for many players, the golfing highlight at La Manga Club.
The North golf course is an undulating championship course, sprawling between palm trees, lakes and 'barrancas'. These natural storm gullies feature on all three golf courses, and add an extra dimension to the game.
Slightly shorter than the South Course, with tighter fairways and larger greens, the North Course offers a different, yet no less challenging, round of golf. A feature of the newly constructed greens, all built to USGA specification, is the amount of movement incorporated in them, none more so than the short Par 3, 2nd, which has three distinct plateaus - a great test of putting. Relying on precision rather than length, an added challenge is provided by the wide variety of water hazards and 'barrancas' that snake their way through the golf course.
This gem is sure to provide a stern test of shot making from golfers of all standards. A deft touch is also required on the faster, newly designed greens.
We believe that you will be mesmerized by La Manga Club, it is the perfect location to spend your golfing holiday in Spain.
La Manga Golf Club Spain - The South Course - Murcia
Redesigned by Arnold Palmer in 1992
The main changes involve the introduction of more water being brought into play, and more tree planting which will affect the overall playing strategy on the course, as well as considerably more movement on the greens. All this, together with the re-positioning of a number of tees makes for a more modern course lay-out, which will above all, provide a more interesting examination for the discerning golfer.
The Championship course at La Manga Club, the South, is probably one of the fairest tests of golf one can find. At 6,499 metres from the White Tees, whilst being accepted as a top-calibre championship course, also provides a thorough test both for the scratch player and right across the handicap range.
Located in the centre of the valley, with wide palm fringed fairways and water hazards that come into play on 15 of the 18 holes, the South Course holds few hidden dangers.
The South Course has been the venue for many major professional tournaments; Spanish Opens (both ladies' and men's), PGA Championships and Qualifying golf schools for both the men's and ladies' European golf tours. In addition, it remains the firm favourite of many companies throughout the world as the perfect venue for their corporate events.
We believe that you will be mesmerized by La Manga Club, it is the perfect location to spend your golfing holiday in Spain.
La Manga Golf Club Spain - The West Course
The West Course was founded in 1971, and designed by Dave Thomas
Set amid serene pine woodlands, the West Course's design closely follows the natural contours of the undulating land. Its distinct character makes it a good alternative to the other, more classical championship courses.
It's a deceiving golf course, with frequent changes in elevation with which to contend. The tight front nine demands accurate driving to avoid the 'barrancas' (natural storm gullies while the back nine, up amongst the hills, is more open but nonetheless challenging.
The West is many golfers favourite, both because of its unique setting and its outstanding views and because of the challenge offered by its narrow fairways, frequent blind shots and the gullies which snake through the course.
The breathtaking views, undulating fairways and fast greens make this golf course particularly exciting to play. Unlike a lot of courses, having played here, golfers feel that every facet of their game has been tested to the full. Especially the Par 3 holes, which are a collection of probably the best short holes to be found anywhere on one golf course. Accuracy and good golf course management as opposed to length are very much a premium.
We believe that you will be mesmerized by La Manga Club, it is the perfect location to spend your golfing holiday in Spain.
Golf courses in Valencia
El Saler Golf Course in Valencia (Valencia/El Saler
El Saler Golf club in Spain has just been voted the 2nd Best golf course in Europe, by Golf World, and is host to a number of Spanish opens. This is a 'must' for the golf enthusiast.
Twelve holes of the El Saler golf course meander through pine groves, and then six holes are laid out links style through the dunes, along the coastline with punishing rough. A truly excellent course.
Located less than 20km from Valencia, bordering the sea flanked by the Mediterranean pine forests of Albufera lagoon, the El Saler golf course has become a major reference point for demanding golfers on the international circuit.
Although the fairways at El Saler are ample with very few off limits, the presence of bunkers throughout the course reduces room for error at every turn. The second hole is flanked by two bunkers left and right of the drive, and is a most evident example.
The star of this golf course is hole 6. A par 4 at 404m. It is undoubtedly the most difficult on the entire course, doglegging to the left, and requiring a precise but powerful swing to get to the green in two. The fairway ensures that even a good tee-off may run into trouble if great care is not taken.
To leave El Saler victoriously, you have to keep your wits about you at all
times. It has major difficulties, and the length of the course calls for
patience and skill. Any mistakes at the tougher holes may make it impossible to
get back on track.
Golf courses on the Costa Almeria
Almerimar Golf Course in Almeria on the Costa Almeria
Designed by Gary Player and the course opened in 1976
Almerimar Golf Club has a flat course, wide fairways and wide greens. Its lakes and palm trees create spots of singular beauty.
Almerimar Golf course is only forty minutes from the airport on the Almeria-Malaga highway, exit 409.
Facilities - golf buggies, trolleys, golf club rental, practice golf balls, driving range, putting green, pitching putt, dressing rooms pro shop, restaurant, showers, golf school, group lessons, individual lessons.
Desert Springs is Europe's first desert golf course, and those lucky enough to play will agree that it is a truly wonderful experience.
The Desert Springs Indiana golf course has been built to the full USGA specifications, and has the quality standards of the now famous desert courses of Arizona and California. There are superb views of the mountains around, and the desert terrain provides a totally different aspect to golf in this part of Spain.
It was opened in 2002, and is a perfect choice for your golfing holiday in Spain. There's already a new resort course planned within the next few years and along with the superb desert springs resort can become the number one golf resort in Spain.
The golf course is maintained in peak condition by an innovative water recycling system, along with the streams that run through the course, a residual water treatment plant and water from the nearby reservoir. There are over 1 million imported plants from as far as the USA. Overall there are 12 staff just taking care of the environment alone.
The different tees, the strategically situated bunkers and the carefully placed hazards make the Desert Springs course one of the most challenging golf courses in Spain. There are different grasses for the Fairways, Tees and Greens and all these can be grown on site. Even the practice area is lush with perfect grass.
The fairways are wide and each hole is different, making each round here an authentic pleasure. Dry riverbeds, streams, water channels, rocks and a wide variety of cactus plants add to the attraction on a course that is suitable for amateurs and professionals alike, especially when big competitions take place here. The contrast between the areas of play and the rough is especially spectacular.
There are excellent training facilities including an 'A Star' video training lounge, and top quality teaching staff.
Desert Springs Golf course can also boast some of the best customer service in Spain. The welcome and treatment you receive from all the staff make this course the most enjoyable experience.
The quality of The Desert Springs was proven when both the English Golf Union, and the Welsh Ladies Golf Union chose it as their "Spanish Home". The Royal Spanish Golf Federation selected Desert Springs to host the Spanish Amateur Open in March 2004.
La Envia Golf and Country Club is a real paradise for all golfers, and for those who love the best in cuisine.
It is located in a beautiful valley in the mountains of Vicar. La Envia Golf and Country Club is surrounded by mountains which protect the 18 hole golf course from East and West winds, creating superb golfing conditions. This country club is an oasis in the middle of a spectacular desert, and would make for an ideal location for your golfing holiday in Spain.
This 6,263 yards golf course is laid out in an irregular design, with many bunkers and lakes, which require accuracy, skill and expertise.
La Envia Golf and Country Club has palm trees, mimosa trees, agaves and many indigenous shrubs that line each of the 18 holes. Bunkers and lakes will also exercise your accuracy, expertise and skill as a golfer.
La Envia Golf Club has, among other facilities, a marvellous restaurant, which is a compulsory stop for golfers and non-golfers.
The following facilities are available for all golfers to take advantage of:-
This golf course in Mojacar was first built in 2000 and opened up the eastern Almeria region to Andalucia's ongoing golf/tourism boom.
Marina golf club is sited within the Marina de la Torre estate, overlooking the sea at the foot of the hills from which the whitewashed Moorish town of Mojacar dominates the surrounding area.
With over 5,000 hours of sun per year, and an annual average temperature of 24 degrees you can expect to hear a lot more about this exciting undiscovered golf region.
The Marina Golf Course has two distinct halves! The first 3 holes are on a plateau overlooking the sea with spectacular views. You are then treated to one of the most spectacular golf holes in Spain, the Par five 4th hole, as you climb the rocks you are left to play another 10 holes in a truly peaceful valley. Its then back to the beach view plateau for the remaining holes.
The club house is characterised by its high ceilings, open spaces and amazing views to the sea, the golf course and Sierra Nevada.
Surrounded by the practice area and the nearby tees of holes 1 and 10, the club house has all the facilities that you would expect. Changing rooms, a restaurant, the social lounges, a shop, the golf club room and clubs general services offices.
The golf course is kept in excellent condition all year round. It is characterised by wide fairways, 9 lakes and greens defended by bunkers and impeccable design.
Playa Serena golf course has been catalogued as the flattest is Spain. A round of golf here is pleasant, with the major difficulties being the long holes and the design of the greens.
The course is sufficiently difficult to hold competitions and has amongst other events hosted several national circuit trails.
The Valle del Este golf course has been carefully designed to combine holes that represent a real challenge to the player, with other less strenuous holes.
Valle del Este Golf course is only a few years old, but has already established itself as one of the finest course courses in the region.
Although predominantly a resort course, it is not spoiled by the urban development. In fact the architecture of the resort, typically Spanish, is very well designed and the colours in particular are eye pleasing.
This desert region of Spain is blessed with warm temperatures all year round, and this unique course is maintained in immaculate condition at all times. The Valle del Este's design and setting make it picturesque and spectacular.
Almost every hole has tee boxes that are generally elevated, the view of each hole is clear and spectacular. The fairways are wide and generous where the drive should land, and bunkers pretty vast and clearly located to defend large and differently contoured greens.
In the Valle del Este golf course from the first tee box to the incredible eighteenth green, you will play the most amazing variety of golf holes you could ever come across on one course. Water features on many of the holes especially the 3rd, 5th and 18th.
Valle del Este is a fantastic golf course to play during your golfing holiday in Spain.
Golf courses on the Costa Blanca
Alenda Golf Course in Alicante on the Costa Blanca
Location - The road Alicante-Madrid, 15 km Central Costa Blanca.
A new course that opened in 1999. This golf course in Alicante has great views across the mountains and the Mediterranean. The tee shots require good positioning, and the elevated greens offer a challenge to any standard of golfer.
The Course - This is an entertaining course for any level, requiring skill and precision in both long drives and putts if one wants to finish with a sensation of having achieved victory.
Facilities - club hire, caddie / cart hire, golf lessons, practice ground, cafe and restaurant
Hole 1 is a Par 5 at 458 (Metres from the White Tees and S.I.12
Hole 2 is a Par 5 at 500 (Metres from the White Tees and S.I.4
Hole 3 is a Par 4 at 355 (Metres from the White Tees and S.I.14
Hole 4 is a Par 3 at 189 (Metres from the White Tees and S.I.10
Hole 5 is a Par 4 at 276(Metres from the White Tees and S.I.8
Hole 6 is a Par 3 at 151 (Metres from the White Tees and S.I.18
Hole 7 is a Par 4 at 423 (Metres from the White Tees and S.I.2
Hole 8 is a Par 4 at 320 (Metres from the White Tees and S.I.16
Hole 9 is a Par 4 at 405 (Metres from the White Tees and S.I.6
Hole 10 is a Par 4 at 458 (Metres from the White Tees and S.I.11
Hole 11 is a Par at 167 (Metres from the White Tees and S.I.17
Hole 12 is a Par 4 at 392 (Metres from the White Tees and S.I.1
Hole 13 is a Par 4 at 368 (Metres from the White Tees and S.I.7
Hole 14 is a Par 4 at 319 (Metres from the White Tees and S.I.15
Hole 15 is a Par 4 at 347 (Metres from the White Tees and S.I.13
Hole 16 is a Par 5 at 449 (Metres from the White Tees and S.I.3
Hole 17 is a Par 3 at 196 (Metres from the White Tees and S.I.9
Hole 18 is a Par 5 at 484 (Metres from the White Tees and S.I.5
Alicante Golf Club in Alicante on the Costa Blanca
Course designer - Severiano Ballesteros
Alicante Golf course opened in 1998
Location - In Playa de San Juan, a 10 minute drive from Alicante - Central Costa Blanca Course.
The Course - There are 6 par 5s, par 4s and par 3s, on this Ballesteros designed course, which is a city course located near to the beach. The ample, flat fairways are interspersed with water hazards and out of bounds, making this a good holiday golfing choice. Buggy recommended.
Alicante golf is a city course located next to the beach. It is spacious but there are a number of holes and with waters hazards and out-of-bounds and the course increases in difficulty as it goes on. Greens are ample and straightforward, defended by strategically located bunkers.
Facilities - Club hire, caddie / cart hire, Golf Lessons, Practice ground,
Cafe, Restaurant, Pro shop and Children's playground.
Altorreal Golf Club in Murcia on the Costa Blanca
Location - The road Murcia Madrid 10 km from Murcia - South Costa Blanca golf course
Altorreal Golf Club is situated in a natural environment with more than 20,000 trees including olive, pine and carob trees.
Altorreal has been designed by one of the greatest international specialists in this field, Dave Thomas. Designed on the site of two curved 9 hole course beginning and ending at the same point. There are six lake areas that come into play, adding more challenging aspects to the course.
The land where Altorreal stands was once a zone characterised by its monotonous landscape and limited vegetation, has now been converted into a very special natural space.
Altorreal leisure resort offers the opportunity of an alternative way to
spend their free time in touch with nature and in the company of friends and
family. With this in mind Altorreal Golf Club offers a series of complementary
services, such as:-
Other facilities include:-
The Bonalba golf course is located in the Bonalba mountains overlooking the Mediterranean in the municipal district of Muchamiel, Alicante. It is laid out with a variety of trees, lakes and a large number of bunkers and enormous greens distributed over the course, making it an interesting and attractive challenge for players of all kinds.
Nestling in the foothills of the Sierra de Bonalba overlooking the Mediterranean Bonalba golf course has some stunning scenery. You will encounter a variety of trees, lakes and bunkers strategically placed, and together with the large fast greens, this course is an attractive challenge for players of all handicaps.
Facilities - Club hire, caddie / cart hire, Golf Lessons, Practice ground,
Cafe, Restaurant, Pro shop, Children's playground, Games room, Dressing room and
Campoamor golf course - Real Club de Golf Campoamor Golf Course in Campoamor, close to Torrevieja on the Costa Blanca
Golf Real Club de Golf Campoamor is situated near Torrevieja, and this eighteen hole course is a good all round course for both the professional and the amateur player
It is in fairly open country and has attractive vegetation. The fairways at Campoamor are wide and long giving the impression of easy play. The inclination of the greens and fairways however make accurate play quite difficult and this offers the biggest challenge
There are a couple of short Par 4s, which will appeal to the big hitters who can try and reach the green in one. The is a good mix of Par 3, 4, and 5's and hole 12 makes fun play. A real holiday course, which will do your ego the world of good
This Royal course has elevated tees, wide, long and lush rolling fairways. Campoamor is the longest playing course of the three in this area. Once again good putting is required to score well here.
The Campoamor golf course is one of the best golf courses on the Costa
Don Cayo Golf Course in Altea on the Costa Blanca
Location - 60 km from the El Altet Airport in Alicante
The world class architects Gregorio Sanz, and Pedro Barber have created this fantastic little 9-hole golf course.
Don Cayo Golf Club offers plenty of services such as:-
El Bosque Golf club Spain - Costa de Valencia (Valencia), Northern Costa Blanca
This Robert Trent Jones golf course hosted the Mediterranean Open in 1991. The fairways are wide and undulating with hillocks and gullies, set amidst the pine trees. There are over 100 bunkers and together with the water and the elevated fast greens, this is an amazing golf course.
Host to other major championships such as the European open and ranked No.5 golf course in Spain. The course was built to USGA specifications ensuring all year round golf with excellent playing surfaces.
Cafeteria and restaurant:-
The pro shop at El Bosque:-
Lighted practice areas:-
El Plantio Golf Course in Alicante on the Costa Blanca
The El Plantio Golf Club is the only one in the region of Valencia that has two golf courses, the first is the excellent 18 holes, and the second is a very pretty little 9-hole course.
The Abundant vegetation is a major feature of this well-designed golf course where the outstanding quality of the greens and fairways are perfectly noticeable. The rounds are well adapted to player's possibilities and all levels are catered for, making El Plantio the ideal destination for the whole family.
The 18-hole section was designed by Manual Ferry and opened in the year 2000, benefiting greatly from the luxury landscape. El Plantio Golf Course is located on a plot of land with no buildings around it, perfectly integrated into its natural scenery, guaranteeing absolute peace and quiet for a good game of golf peppered with challenges and entertainment.
The fairways are broad and comfortable, however the slopes along the 2nd, 12th and 13th holes are the only complications on a course that generally has flat or only slightly undulating fairways. Only the abundant vegetation can make things difficult for drives leading up to the approach to the greens.
The size of the greens, just like the fairways and the tee-offs, is normally ample. Both the design and their upkeep are outstanding. The undulations of this golf course give any player an entertaining round.
It is surprising for such a long golf course to have such a little amount of bunkers, however they are so strategically placed that they are decisive in practicing each green, but not too deep so as to make a mistake recoverable. There are also two large lakes that complicate matters and increase the sensation of enjoying a fine game in the midst of nature.
The round starts off with a bang - a par 4 that is long and complicated. The presence of water hazards flanking the large sized green, which has varying slopes, requires lots of precision at the 1st hole.
The 7th, although short is one of the most difficult. Its sharp slope makes it seem longer, and the rough to the right and to the back of this tiny green calls for a good measure of precision.
One of the most technically demanding is the 10th, a par 4 extending some 379 metres, with an obliquely placed green and the additional threat of a water hazard. The second shot is particularly difficult because one has to negotiate the fairway lined with one of many palm trees.
The 12th is undoubtedly the most complete. Over 500 meters in length, where players have to overcome a dogleg to the left, along a fairway with swaying pine trees to approach an elevated green next to a water hazard, and marked by the steepest of slopes on the course, plus two bunkers to the right.
Last but not least is the 13th, a par 4 at 333 metres, standing out for its unique location, surrounded by the spurs of the mountain, with rough on both sides right up to the green, which is raised and flanked to the right by one of the largest bunkers on the course.
The length of El Plantio Golf Course requires players to use their complete
range of strokes and successfully combine both strength and precision. The
breadth of the fairways favours strength, but the difficulties closer to the
flag oblige players to use good strategic and control skills.
Escorpion Golf Course in Betera - Valencia, northern Costa Blanca
The course meanders through peach and orange groves, and course management is essential to decide whether to chance it with the doglegs or not!
No other golf course in the region of Valencia has grown as much as Escorpion. Founded over 30 years ago as a sports club, it opened its first hole in 1975 with designs by Ron Kirby.
Twenty-six years later under the supervision of Alfonso Vidaor it enlarged the golf course to include nine more holes, taking maximum advantage of the size of the land it occupied.
With the possibility of choosing up to three different routes, each with their own tee-offs, the Escorpion golf club has become consolidated as one of the most prestigious venues in Spain and one of the best golf courses in Spain.
It has just about everything one could imagine - spectacular holes, beautiful scenery and the traditional flavour of a time-honoured course.
The club house set in a 17th century Valencian farmhouse is one of its most emblematic attractions of the course.
The Escorpion golf club is the ideal scenario for enjoyable a fabulous game of golf. No other course offers so many possibilities.
Its 27 holes are well adapted to any handicap but they also require precision
shots all the way, and a good judge of the strategy to be employed at each hole.
Ifach Golf Club (Calpe in Moraira on the Costa Blanca
Situated in Moraira and forming part of a country estate, this golf course has spectacular views of the Rock of Ifach itself. Designed to be short and difficult, Javier Arana ensured there are plenty of obstacles that take advantage of the terrain along with narrow fairways and well placed bunkers. He also made sure that players would have to use the full range of their clubs and exercise control in the short game.
An ideal length in the summer heat, 2 rounds can also be accomplished easily. The 60 par, 9 hole course is made up of 6 par 3's and 3 par 4's. Players short on time but who relish a challenge will find this course to be deceptively tricky.
Open all year, the course has a putting green and private lessons are
available in English and Spanish.
Javea Golf Course in Javea on the Costa Blanca
Javea Golf Course is located 90 kilometres from Alicante, and is on the way to Valencia. This course is entirely sheltered from the wind by Cape San Antonio.
The course has a perfect microclimate all the year round, and is located in a wonderful natural setting surrounded by pinewoods.
A round of golf here is very attractive with gentle slopes, excellently maintained greens, and wide fairways flanked by pine and orange trees.
Although this 9-hole course is not very long it is certainly difficult, as it
is plagued by bunkers nearly all the way along. There are 34 in total.
La Finca Golf Course in Algorfa on the Costa Blanca
La Finca Golf Club is a magnificent golf course, located near the towns of Algorfa and Orihuela. This magnificent golf course is only a short journey to the excellent sandy beaches of Guardamar, (Guardamar has some of the best beaches in Spain and to the "sister" golf courses at Villamartin and Las Ramblas.
La Finca is a golfing oasis in the heart of the Spanish countryside, that has views to delight the nature lovers thanks to the trees, lakes and birds of different species that have made this wonderful refuge their natural habitat.
La Finca golf course offers many facilities for enjoying your time in a quiet
and relaxed atmosphere these include:-
La Marquesa Golf and Country Club in Rojales on the Costa Blanca
The golf and country club "La Marquesa" is situated in the urbanization Ciudad Quesada, which is part of the district of Rojales.
This golf course in Rojales / Quesada is very well integrated in the general plan of the urbanization using its different natural levels to make a game more complicated for the player.
Take advantage of the beautiful weather that is offered by the fantastic Costa Blanca, to practice your favourite sport during the whole year, and do it in the golf course that has all the services that a player needs.
Located in a flat valley in between the mountains, and sheltered by its own unique microclimate, is the La Marquesa golf and country club.
It has an 18-hole course that is quite comfortable without excess difficulties, with altering long and short holes.
The La Marquesa golf course is also just a few minutes drive to the magnificent sandy beaches at Guardamar, so for anyone looking for a golfing holiday on the Costa Blanca, the La Marquesa golf course and Guardamar would be an excellent combination.
Greens that are not too distant from the tee-offs make this course uncomplicated and easy to complete.
There are no tiered greens or complicated layouts on this broad, flat, spacious course quite simple for players of any age and just the thing for avoiding strenuous physical effort.
The La Marquesa golf course is quite easy for intermediate players with lots of manageable holes that are not excessively demanding. To complete a round without getting into trouble, the requirements of tougher holes have to be met while benefiting from the easier holes to keep the score up.
This golf course in Rojales / Quesada is also very close to the beach resorts of Guardamar and La Mata. One of the best golf courses on the Costa Blanca - always great to play golf in the sunshine!
Designed by Jose Maria Olazabal, the course challenges all types of players, from beginners to the more experienced. The trail of 18 holes which will be extended to 27 holes in 2008 has an international reputation for it's excellent conditions to play golf during the entire year.
The course plays up to 6,289 meters and a par of 72, it has been selected by the great professionals of the European Circuit.
The golf course received the International ISO 14001 certificate for the Management and protection of the environment. The watering systems use recycled water to keep the fairways and greens perfect for play. They also employ ecologists for the maintenance of the greens using natural, environmentally friendly products without compromising the quality of the course.
After enjoying a day of golf, whether you win or lose, you deserve an extra hole. Hoyo 19, the restaurant at the golf club is the ideal place to review your best strikes of the game.
Relax and enjoy a wide range of main dishes and starters accompanied by a choice of good wines to recover from your efforts.
La Serena Golf Residential Resort is a brand new luxury development. The golf course has been constructed in accordance with rules and regulations of the European and United States Golf Association (EGA and USGA).
La Serena is a challenging golf course with water playing an integral part on every hole and strategically well placed bunkers protecting the spacious greens.
La Serena starts and ends in an area offering all facilities including the club house, pro shop and driving range. In addition, a golf school provides the opportunity to learn with experienced instructors.
Las Ramblas Golf Course on the Orihuela Costa on the Costa Blanca
The Las Ramblas golf course is located between two ravines on the shore of the Mediterranean. It is also situated next to a luxury housing estate. The course is known for its narrow fairways and greens. Accurate hitting and precision are required when hitting the ball to maintain your handicap.
There are only four holes where water does not feature, and the course has some memorable holes. The rocky terrain is spectacular, with elevated tees, narrow fairways and lightning fast greens.
Facilities at Las Ramblas golf course include - Club hire, buggy hire, trolley hire. Practice balls, tuition, pro shop, cafe, restaurant, car park, driving range, and putting green.
There is an abundance of vegetation, olive and pine trees, and you play amidst the aroma of orange and lemon trees that line the rolling fairways.
The Oliva Nova 18 hole golf course has been designed and executed by Severiano Ballesteros plus his team of experts. The Oliva Nova site offers an 18 hole golf course plus the 5 hole par3 course, practice greens and driving range occupies 50 hectares of land joining the coast. The 72 hole par course measures 6270 meters in length, with water entering into play on 15 of the 18 holes.
The Oliva Nova Golf course offers all golf players a wide variety of play. A great challenge to all players' quoting the words of Severiano Ballesteros.
Oliva Nova has been the host to the Peugeot Oki Spanish National Championship in 4 occasions and is constantly celebrating different types of golf championships of great prestige.
Miguel Angel Jimenez currently holds the golf course record, when he completed the 18 holes in January 1999 while he was playing the Peugeot Oki Spanish National Championship with 63 strokes (9 under par).
This course, whose features are typical of Nicklaus designs, is an American style course with broad fairways, and exquisitely moulded greens; it is more than 6,612 meters long. Players on the golf course can enjoy marvellous views of the Mediterranean, and the Finestrat mountain range.
Because the golf course is not part of any real estate development or urban
area, it allows players to enjoy their game in completely natural surroundings
with uninterrupted views of the sea and mountains in the spectacular setting
provided by Spain's Levante region the south eastern Mediterranean shore with
its coastal range.
Real de Faula Poniente Golf Course in Benidorm on the Costa Blanca
While this round takes less time to play than the North Course, it is by no mean less exciting. It requires greater mastery of short irons and places heavy demands on the low handicap player, although all its holes offer alternatives to players with medium and high handicaps.
Hole 1 - Short par 4 with a dogleg to the right and two bunkers protecting the green - one in front and the other on the left.
Hole 2 - A spectacular par 3.288 meters form black markers with try make the green directly form the tee. The most prudent approach, however, is to use a wood to loft the ball into the center of the fairway at the point where it bends to the right, so as to be well located for a pitch shot into the green.
Hole 3 - 260-meter par 4 where the boldest players will try to make the green directly form the tee. The most prudent approach, however, is to use a wood to loft the ball into the center of the fairway at the point where is bends to right, so as to be well located for a pitch shot into the green.
Hole 4 - Another spectacular par 3 where you will need to shoot across a second ravine, but which offers a lot of relief around the green.
Hole 5 - 254-meter par 4 with a slight dogleg to the left and a green guarded by bunkers.
Hole 6 - Par 4 with a spectacular dogleg to the right and a enormous bunker that defends the green on the right against all shots intended to make the green directly from the tee.
Hole 7 - Beautiful par 3 with a high teeing ground and awesome sea views.
Hole 8 - 182-meter par 3 in a pleasing river bed full of native vegetation.
Hole 9 - Another long par 3 offering relief players who aren't inclined to take risks.
Hole 10 - 280-meter par 4 where it is better to place the ball prudently on the fairway then take risk. Small dogleg to the left and green bounded by bunkers in front and on the left.
Hole 11 - Par 3 with a spectacular high teeing ground from which the Mediterranean can be admired.
Hole 12 - 139-meter par 3 with a high teeing ground and a protected green that demands precise shooting.
Hole 13 - A short par 4 with a teeing platform for driving the ball onto the fairway and, from there, getting a straight shot at the green.
Hole 14 - Long par 3 (182 meters with a green defended by a water hazard in front. One of the most difficult holes on this course.
Hole 15 - Par 3 located at the lowest point of the course, with elevated teeing ground and a high green whose approach is protected by a bunker.
Hole 16 - 150- meter par 3 with splendid views of the Sierra de Finestrat mountains and a green protected in front.
Hole 17 - Par 4 with a dogleg to the right and the green heavily protected on the right. Here you need to drive the ball to the left to set up a good angle from which to shoot into the green.
Hole 18 - Par 4 with a dogleg to the left and the green protected on the right. Although it's risky, the best tactic is to get over the dogleg on the left and set up the best possible shot into the green.
Golfers will find Roda Golf Course the perfect spot to put their skills into practice. With all the convenience of being able to enjoy this magnificent sport any time you wish, just a few steps from your home.
Villamartin Golf Club is located about 40 minutes drive south from Alicante airport and about 30 minutes drive north from Murcia airport. This excellent golf course is within a region of Valencia that is packed full of excellent golf courses.
The Villamartin course is not excessively long but has been adapted by the natural surroundings with the presence of water obstacles at some holes.
There are a few slopes and hills on the Villamartin and it's located in a river bed. The main difficulty in the Villamartin golf course is avoiding the many obstacles they have to offer the player, such as a natural cliff and many greens are large which makes each hole very different.
The course designer Paul Putman has created a real golfing masterpiece here , where each hole complements the other, and the hazards are carefully placed. One of the best golf courses on the Costa Blanca.
Club services are extremely varied and offer excellent service, the following
services are available at Villamartin
Golf courses on the Costa Brava
Costa Brava Golf Course in Catalonia, Costa Brava, North Spain
The architect Hamilton Stutt has produced this pleasant golf course without too many difficulties. It is a course that players of all levels and ages can spend an enjoyable day.
On the Costa Brava Golf Course the ground relief is moderate, with a few gentle slopes. There alternating wide and tight fairways edged by pine and oak trees that are often very much in play. You will often have to work the ball to get around them by either placing the ball over the top, or keep it low below the branches.
The greens are well defended and correctly designed, but most of them can be approached with chip shots. Only one green is blind which reflects the thinking behind the whole golf course, namely golf is for everyone, and while there are demanding courses, there should also be courses for average players.
This is one such course however, that even the best players will still have bags of fun. Overall this course is well worth a visit, if you are ever in the superb surroundings of Catalonia.
Costa Brava Golf Club are building new holes. They hope that they will be complete by September 2007. Please contact us for further details.
Club Golf d'Aro - Mas Nou - is one of the oldest golf courses on the Costa Brava, (Platja d'Aro and is situated in "Les Gavarres" mountains, at 300 m above sea level with spectacular panoramic views of the famous Costa Brava.
The course is a woodland course, and it is surrounded by pines, cork oaks and more than a thousand olives Trees. Two artificial lakes (2600 m3 complete the unique course charm.
The fantastic architect Ramon Espinosa obviously had the good golfer in mind more than the high-handicapper, who might not be too impressed by some fearsomely deep ravines filled with dense bushes lining about a dozen holes.
d'Aro Mas Nou Golf Course demands focus, with accuracy taking priority over distance. When the wind really blows, you might be best advised to stay in the clubhouse. None of this golf course is easy, but everything is interesting in this truly spectacular setting.
This golf course is situated in the heart of the Costa Brava, in the border of Platja d'Aro and Santa Cristina d'Aro. Make note that this part of the Costa Brava was chosen in the year 2000 as "Best Golf Destination" by the IAGTO ( International Association of Golf Tour Operators ).
At 90 km from Barcelona, 35 km from Girona and 100 Km from the French border. Nearest Airport Girona 30 minutes, Barcelona Airport 1 hour and 15 minutes and Perpignan Airport also 1 hour and 15 minutes.
From Barcelona, take the motorway AP-7 to Girona and leave it at exit 9 (Costa Brava). Follow the national road (N-II to Platja d´Aro Nord exit, then you will see a little church up on your right side. Take this road following the signs "Golf d´Aro" to the up of the mountain.
From Girona, take the national road (N-II (Vilobi d'Onyar, Cassà de la Selva, Llagostera, Santa Cristina d'Aro and Platja d'Aro), to Platja d´Aro Nord exit, then you will see a little church up on your right side. Take this road following the signs "Golf d´Aro" to the up of the mountain.
The Golf-Course "Golf d'Aro - Mas Nou" was built in 1990. The Architecture of this Golf course has been designed by D. Ramon Espinosa.
1992 This course was honoured with the "European Society of Golf Course Architects". As the best European Golf Course.
1992 "Open Catalonia" Famous Professionals Player as - Jose M. Olazabal, Jose M. Canizares, Sam Torrance, Darren Clarke, Jesper Parnevick, J. Van de Velde, M. Sunesson and as a winner JOSe RIVERO.
This new and very beautiful golf course has a superb clubhouse, and a mature 18-hole layout. Admirers of von Hagge will not be surprised by this layout, with mounds separating fairways, particularly on the holes without trees. Off the fairway there are two levels of rough before the high grass on the mounds.
The same refined preparation is to be found on the excellent greens, which are well designed and often very long, another factor to complicate club selection according to pin positions. When looking at the very many trees, the length of this course can vary enormously. This is a spectacular and very well crafted and exciting course to play whatever your level, this is already one of the great courses in Catalonia.
The British architect Hawtree designed this excellent golf course. It is located between scenic valleys, large hills, and plenty of olive trees.
Girona Golf Course has been perfectly adapted to its environment, and is a course for all types of players.
The additional facilities offered are:-
Peralada Golf Course in Catalonia, Costa Brava, North of Spain
Peralada Golf Course is a very tactical course as first of all you have to avoid the sand by either carrying the bunkers or laying up short. There are also the many trees seem to drift into the fairways when and where they want. Then on five holes you have to decide whether to carry a wildish river located about thirty meters in front of the greens.
These difficulties take absolutely nothing away from the golf courses openness, where a few gentle doglegs and out of bounds help keep players focused. With a little concentration you might even play to your handicap at Peralada.
Peralada is a pleasant course for all the family where everyone can choose
the tees that suit them best. Like the fairways and the greens, the thick rough
is dotted with olive trees.
Platja de Pals Golf Course in Catalonia, Costa Brava, North of Spain
The reputation of Pals Golf Club is rightfully deserved. This is a truly very appealing golf course for golfers of all levels.
It is surrounded by hundreds of pine trees and is mainly smooth unbroken terrain. This course is undoubtedly the most scenic course in the Catalonia region. The sandy terrain also soaks up any rain very quickly, and provides a very comfortable carpet for players to play on.
The classic design by F.W Hawtree basically brings bunkers into play to defend the greens, and he uses the plentiful trees very wisely.
The forest is not only pretty thick requiring good drives to keep out, but the span of these parasol pines tends to make the fairways narrower, and the branches sometimes even keep the balls.
The architect has successfully developed this ideal terrain for building a
golf course while preserving its natural character. The greens are comparatively
easy to read and not very large.
The course, designed by Ramon Espinosa, has three different areas with smooth hills, pine woods and lanes among lakes. This makes it extremely interesting to all players and has something to offer all abilities.
Surrounded by the marvellous landscapes from the Baix Emporda, Serres de Pals has the best conditions to play golf and to enjoy the mild Mediterranean weather. Having been built on common land, you can expect to see many varieties of wildlife.
Torremirona Golf Course lies at the centre of a plain giving some splendid views over the foothills of the Pyrenees, as illustrated by four famous local artists.
It's not a wide course, but big hitters will enjoy two demanding par 4s in particular. It also has a few surprises in store when shots call for extra concentration, like at the 10th hole, a par 3 with water to the left, or the 15th, another par 3 with an elevated green.
This is a versatile course in that skilled players have the chance to attack the pin if they play straight, while the higher handicapper golfer has a number of options open to him or her to get around the course without any excessive risk taking.
The location of this layout provides magnificent light and colours from the natural setting all around. This is a virtually flat course and is quite easy to play on.
Golf school and practice area - Here there are 2 English teachers, Steven Scott and George Harvey. They are managing the golf school with a large variety of lessons - beginners, advanced, collective, packages, green card and technical equipment. video and swing analyzer are also available.
This golf school allowed by the Catalonian Golf Federation, allows you to obtain handicap certificate.
Practice facilities. Bunker, putting, approaching area. Driving range (completely flat and wide 350 m. 2 positions( 20 pax on each). 3 holes practice ( 2 par 4 , 1 par 3 make this golf school one of the best in the country.
Golf courses on the Costa de la Luz
Arcos Gardens Golf Course in Arcos on the Costa de la Luz
Construction - 2006 designed by Landmark Spain
Arcos Gardens Golf Club marks "Landmark Golf's" first venture into Spain. Landmark are known for their world class golf courses, five of which are in the World's Top 100 courses of all time, and they now bring their experience and expertise to the very heart of Andalucia.
This site is quite simply stunning, with 360 degree views over the rolling countryside and the dramatic backdrop of historic Arcos de la Frontera. The golf course at Arcos Gardens is versatile enough to challenge of both the top level amateur and professional.
It does not have to rely on long rough to meet the challenge of tournament play, but by strategically locating the tees and hazards. The golf course has wide, forgiving fairways yet still manages to place a premium on accuracy. Greens are of medium size with moderate, but not severe contour. The course contains a mix of bunkers creating a variety of challenges for players of differing driving distances.
Facilities - Arcos Gardens Golf practice area
The practice area at Arcos Gardens Golf Club has really gone back to the grass roots basics, but on a grand scale. Developed in association with Simon Holmes and the Swedish Golf Federation for golfers of all levels.
For the golfer who likes to practice you will be in heaven. With not a mat or net in sight this huge flat area offers a driving range with a large grass tee hitting areas at both ends of the range. Ten target greens and a target fairway give you plenty of aiming options designed in such a way to help you to work on both distance and control. Also on the range you will find a short iron target area, with five target greens designed to test all your wedge shots. There is even a fairway bunker.
Other Facilities at Arcos Gardens include:-
Arcos Gardens is also used by the Swedish Golf Federation who regularly use the highly rated practice and training facilities and of course the championship Golf Course.
The European Tour School also hold qualifying rounds at Arcos gardens golf club, as it provides a accurate test of skill and nerve.
Barcelo Montecastillo Golf Course in Cadiz on the Costa de la Luz
The Barcelo Montecastillo Golf Resort was the home to the Volvo Masters from 1997 to 2001 and this wonderful course was designed by Jack Nicklaus.
The course is fairly flat but still offers fine views. In typical Nicklaus design, the course has large lakes and bunkers which protect top quality greens.
With undulating, well-manicured fairways, the course has always something interesting to offer and is no easy challenge.
The view from the 18th hole Tee position out across the course and away to Jerez in the distance is spectacular.
Buggies Recommended. Soft spikes only.
Bellavista Golf Course in Huelva on the Costa de la Luz
The gently undulating terrain and soft sea breezes make Bellavista a nice walk in the park, and the trees provide ample shade.
The welcoming clubhouse makes the trip, just eight kilometres east Huelva, well worthwhile.
Benalup Golf Course has been designed by the Belgian and Former Golf Champion and architect Paul Rolin, in collaboration with the Englishman Gordon English, who was responsible for the Greens execution.
These two specialists have been working for a lot of years with the well known architect Robert Trend Jones. The French landscape architect Patrick Bernard, who teaches at the University of Geneva in Switzerland, chose all the plantations.
Benalup Golf Course is a challenge for every golf player. The course is natural but at the same time extremely technical. It contains seven lakes which have been built to make the course more strategically difficult. It does not impose the buggy employment and a total of 500,000 cubic metres have been moved for this effect.
Please Note! Benalup operates an all inclusive system where lunch and drinks are included with your green fee. This is compulsory.
This course contains 18 championship holes, all of which are relatively flat and ideal for all types of golfer.
Wherever the British went, they took their sporting activities with them. So it was when the Rio Tinto mining operation opened in Huelva in the 19th century, that the mine managers decided to build an on site golf course. Corta Atalaya as it became known has moved since then but it is still part of the old mining operation.
In the early 1990's Corta Atalaya Golf Course was rebuilt on a new location, and includes seeded tees and greens. The fairways are still bare, and golfers are given squares of artificial grass to play from.
This golf course measures 2,300 metres with one par-5, four 4's and four and four-3's.
Costa Ballena Golf Course in Rota on the Costa de la Luz
At first glance Costa Ballena's Club House seems a very small and modest building without pretensions. While taking a step inside, this sensation disappears as an expanse of space opens up. With the warm coloured walls, changing rooms, pro shop, lounge, restaurant, conference room, terrace and garden with views to the driving range and then the sea. The Club House provides maximum comfort and hospitality making a relaxed and pleasant stay for the visitor.
With the ocean changing every day according to the sun and seasons of the
year, the wide terrace accommodates the view while reflecting on playing a
magnificent golf course especially for the average golfer.
Costa Esuri East Golf Course on the Costa de la Luz
Course length - White - 6188m, Yellow:5886m, Blue:5584m, Red:5213m
According to Club Professional Chris Truter, "the East golf course has a highly technical layout, enjoyable and with capabilities to host a Professional Tour Event."
The difficulty of the course is not found in the length, but in the fairway doglegs, blind shots, water hazards and the different levels on the greens.
Another feature is the exceptional work of the designer who managed to integrate the marshland into the layout, adding to the difficulty and the beauty of the course.
Costa Esuri West Golf Course on the Costa de la Luz
The Costa Esuri (West Golf Club opened in the autumn of 2006 being the first of 2 courses within the Costa Esuri "city" (a large new development on the edge of Ayamonte town). The East course is due to open in October 2007.
The West course is well worth playing and although relatively new the greens are in excellent condition and the course overall is quite interesting.
The front nine runs back and forth along side the Guadiana River (the border between the Eastern Algarve and Spain and offers some great views.
It has a very "links like" feel to it. The back nine is more inland and a little more traditional with more water features to challenge every level of golfer. Stroke index 1 is currently the par 3 12th, a longish (169 metres from the yellow carry across water. An enjoyable course.
At Montenmedio the wide fairways are well maintained and lined with mature trees, precision is still important as there are several dog legs and well placed bunkers to catch the wayward tee shot. The greens are very fast and interesting.
Montenmedio Golf Club is located in the heart of the countryside next to a 100 year old forest, and has one of the best layouts of any golf course in Andalucia. The course has a tranquil setting and fantastic views of Cadiz sierra and the straits of Gibraltar.
Soft spikes only.
Dunas de Donana features wide multi-tees, Bermuda fairways and large Pennycress greens. Water hazards are also a major part of this new challenge. They come in the shape of vast lakes which affect play on several holes.
The driving range extends almost 300 metres, and the practice facilities are ideal for teaching. Also available are the putting green, pitching green, bunker area and various targets.
The clubhouse at Dunas de Donana Golf Course has a welcoming restaurant, bar, pro-shop, dressing rooms and a magnificent terrace overlooking the course.
Other sports available include tennis, bowling, and paddle-tennis. Next door between the golf course and the nearby beach, a luxury apartment development completes the Dunas de Donana complex.
Moreover, the natural water resources and depressions have been taken into account for the creation of lakes and streams. The El Puerto Golf Course will feature a modern irrigation system with maximum control of the watering. Specifically the course will have four lakes that shall be drained by a system of streams and slopes that will guide the water to the lowest part of the course.
El Puerto Golf Course is a charming course with a huge amount of personality. It has its own original difficulties, but enjoyable and fit for all kinds of players. Very few blind spots and with greens protected by lakes, rivers and tree groupings, this is definitely a very pleasant golf course.
Within the resort you will find 7kms of beaches, sailing channels, a yacht marina, and a wonderful Microclimate which makes Isla Canela an ideal destinations for Golfers.
The Golf course is conveniently reached from Europe by the Airports of Faro (50kms and Seville (150kms and through the peninsula by the IP-1 motorway.
Isla Canela Golf Course is an 18 hole par 72 links golf course, and was completed in 1994. It is well established and popular with residents on the island, visitors and holiday makers alike.
Set in a beautiful landscape dotted with olive, orange and eucalyptus trees, it offers challenging and entertaining play on its gentle sloped dunes.
The attractive club house caters to golfers every need, and there is a permanent golf school as well as a golf shop, a bar and a restaurant. There is also a swimming pool and two bowling greens next to a beautiful terrace on which to sit and relax.
There are also plans for a second golf course to be built on the island, close to the first one. It will be crafted in the same style and offer all the challenging and rewarding golfing that visitors to Isla Canela golf course have come to know and to expect.
Islantilla Golf Course in Cadiz, west of Huelva on the Costa de la Luz
Islantilla has been voted as one of the best golf layouts in Andalusia, there are three different golf courses surrounded by luxuriant vegetation with incredible sea views.
The first golf course "Course 1" is best suitable for medium or low handicappers as it requires precision, stroke ability and skill.
"Course 2" this is best for high handicappers, although it has a somehow difficult beginning, you may appreciate the fairness after a short while.
"Course 3" is the official 18 holes which combines the need of a good golf stroke and is ideal for medium handicappers.
The training centre at the Islantilla Top Golf Academy offers you - -
Lomas de Sancti Petri Golf Course in Chiclana on the Costa de la Luz
Lomas de Sancti Petri is located on the highest part of the beach area known as La Playa Barrosa. The golf course was designed by champion golfer Manuel Pinero, and was developed by Target Engineering (Target Ingenieros).
The golf course can be described as a smooth, flowing course of 18 holes with winding fairways, challenging sand and water hazards, and ample, well manicured greens, surrounded by tropical gardens all set within a forest of pines. Lomas de Sancti Petri golf course is watered with water recycled from the EDAR La Barrosa. The course meets all environmental and general specifications for this type of facility. It is served by a large, gracious club house with many amenities including a bar, restaurant, golf and clothing shop, and caddy area.
Lomas de Sancti Petri is a modern, well designed course that offers the player challenging play at each beautifully maintained hole.
There is also a golf academy here. It was conceived to open the sport of golf to the public. Please contact us for further details on this.
Courses and Classes available:-
Montenmedio Golf Course on the Costa de la Luz
At Montenmedio the wide fairways are well maintained and lined with mature trees, precision is still important as there are several dog legs and well placed bunkers to catch the wayward tee shot. The greens are very fast and interesting.
Montenmedio Golf Club is located in the heart of the countryside next to a 100 year old forest, and has one of the best layouts of any golf course in Andalucia. The course has a tranquil setting and fantastic views of Cadiz sierra and the straights of Gibraltar.
Soft spikes only.
Novo Sancti Petri Golf Course in Cadiz on the Costa de la Luz
The Novo Sancti Petri situated in the bay of Cadiz at the Costa de la Luz is 9 km away from Chiclana de la Frontera, 50 km from Jerez airport and 30 km from Cadiz.
The mild climate converts Novo Sancti Petri into an ideal destination for any type of sport, especially golf, all year around.
The golf course, the first one in Spain designed by Severiano Ballesteros, offers 36 holes which are divided into two rounds of 18 holes. 27 holes were inaugurated in 1990 and the additional 9 holes in spring 2001.
Round A (Mar-Pinos - Round A is composed of four holes Par 3, ten holes Par 4 and four holes Par 5. Holes 1 to 9 offer wide fairways and three water hazards. The Green of hole 6 is the most spectacular as it is situated upon the beach. Holes 10 to 18 are bordered by pine trees, without water hazards.
Round B (Centro - whereas round B offers six holes Par 3, six holes Par 4 and six holes Par 5. Any 18-hole-combination has Par 72.
The first 9 holes are flat, with a lake between hole 5, 8 and 9. From hole 10 to 13 the terrain is undulating and offers magnificent looks over the Atlantic ocean, as well as a water hazard between hole 10 and 13. There is a lake between hole 14, 15 and 16. Hole 18 has an s-shaped bunker (Severiano).
Various water hazards, the abundant vegetation (the flora is typical for the region - pine trees, cork trees, junipers, carob trees, olive trees, etc.), bunkers, as well as the ocean breeze make playing more difficult. The course is interesting for players of all levels.
The course has a total surface of 123 hectares, and includes a spacious practise area. The driving range offers space for 110 players simultaneously ( 25 spaces covered 3 chipping greens, 2 putting greens and 3 holes Pitch and Putt. Furthermore, the PGA Golf Academy of the club has its own exclusive practice area.
Nuevo Portil Golf Course in Huelva on the Costa de la Luz
The design of Nuevo Portil Golf Course is characterised by wide fairways and gently sloping greens.
The club has a driving range, pitch and putt area, gym, sauna and swimming pool.
Sanlucar Golf course in Cadiz on the Costa de la Luz
The course is generally flat, and extends over 6,527 metres (for professionals).
The greens are wide and complex, thus putting ads to the character of the course.
Seville Real Club de golf Seville Golf Club on the Costa de la Luz
Another Olazabal design, the course has wide fairways, large greens, gentle slopes an many bunkers that make precision play a must.
Real Club de golf Seville is a course with wide fairways winding through water hazards and numerous bunkers. The golf course which is simple but at the same time challenging depending on how the player chooses to approach the game.
There are four artificial lakes, that mark the boundaries of some of the holes, providing a pleasant temperature and more inducement to complete the course.
The quality and mix of the grasses is superb. There is a practice course 260
metres long and a putting green with slopes similar to those of the greens on
the course itself.
Sherry Golf Course in Jerez, on the Costa de la Luz
Designed by the Global Company (Stirling and Martin), this newly created golf course is accessible for amateurs and challenging for professionals. It is designed according to the new American concepts. The wide fairways and expansive greens make it a luxury course as far as the playing area is concerned.
The Sherry golf course, opened in 2004, and is close to the city of Jerez. It has wonderful views over both the city and the sherry producing vineyards.
Sherry Golf Jerez is easily accessible from the city (it is considered an "urban" golf course, as it is just 1.5 kilometres from Jerez and airport (five minutes and only 10 minutes from the coast.
The European tour golf school also rates this course highly enough to hold it's qualifying rounds here.
Characteristics of Golf Course
Facilities at Villa Nueva Golf Club include:-
In the relatively small area of Cadiz, at the southern tip of Andalucia, there are a wide range of attractions. Cadiz has been a Cultural Crossroads where people such as the Romans, Moors, Christians Ad Phoenicians have placed a mark. The province is picturesque with beautiful white sand beaches and magnificent whitewashed villages in its Sierra. Nature parks and al there splendour can also be endured.
There are four means of transport which can be used to explore the beautiful areas surrounding the Villa Nueva Golf resort. By road, it is possible to travel from Puerto Real as it is linked to Seville by an excellent toll motorway, alongside Malaga, Granada and Almeria, Madrid and even Portugal's Algarve, by dual carriage way.
If travelling by rail, Spain's extensive rail system offers you a comfortable travel and an excellent high speed train that links to Madrid.
It is possible to fly to any destination from a nearby airport - Jerez, Faro, Malaga, Gibraltar and Seville.
There are also ferry services available to Morocco and the Canary Islands.
Vista Hermosa is located in the Bay of Cadiz about 1 kilometre from Puerto de Santa Maria. It offers mainly narrow fairways and greens, and is well protected by the surrounding bunkers.
Well established, the Vista Hermosa golf course offers a serious challenge. Variety is the keynote with some holes requiring great accuracy thanks to strategically placed water hazards.
Other holes are more open but there are plenty of trees ready to penalise anyone straying off the straight and narrow.
One of the additional challenging factors of this golf course is the prevailing "Levante" wind.
An extension of a further nine holes is imminent.
Golf courses on the Costa del Sol
Alcaidesa Links Golf Course in Cadiz on the Costa del Sol
Designed by Peter Alliss and Clive Clark. The most authentic and exciting way of playing golf. Alcaidesa Links Golf Course is the first competition standard golf course in Spain which falls into the Links category.
Its spectacular layout borders the beach amidst hills and natural vegetation. Whilst playing it, there is no way to escape the silent presence of the majestic rock of Gibraltar and the Atlas mountains of Africa which mark the distant horizon.
The work carried out in 1999 has apparently worked wonders for the maintenance of this fast developing golf club. It is great fun playing here when there is a little sea breeze in the air. The course is very much in keeping with the spectacular vista over the Mediterranean sea and the massive rock of Gibraltar which dominates a large part of the course.
Alcaidesa has been called a links because it is situated along the coastline and because you need to know how to handle the wind. However the type of soil, layout and breadth of the landing areas are well suited to players of all ages and abilities who are looking for a good day's golfing without having to bend the ball one way or the other. The greens are not oversized or too complicated, but to card a good score or win your bet, you will need to hit it straight and have a good short game.
Located in the Mijas Mountains, close to the village of Mijas and yet only 30 minutes from Malaga international airport, Alhaurin Golf Course is surrounded by open areas in a unique natural environment.
Designed by Seve Ballesteros, the course's hilly mountain terrain would provide a stiff test for even the great man himself! The wild growing rough is the main danger here, while the strategically placed bunkers and water hazards are reminiscent of American-style courses. With majestic views of mountains to the north and of Africa and the Mediterranean to the south, this is a fine course in a lovely natural setting.
The fairways are long and narrow which means you will need to hit an accurate drive if you don't want to end up in the water hazards or the numerous bunkers and bushes. Having said that, the level of difficulty of the course can be adapted to all levels because of the versatile nature of the tees which offer up to 6 tee-off positions. The fourth, a par 4, has 2 bunkers on the right and 3 trees in the middle of the fairway - Seve has a sense of humour.
While it has a magnificent setting with spectacular views, this golf course demands accuracy - or a big bag of golf balls!
Facilities at Alhaurin Golf Club include - driving range, practice bunkers
and greens, tuition, pro shop, restaurant and bar, clubhouse.
Almenara Golf Course in Sotogrande on the Costa del Sol
Almenara Golf Course in Spain was designed by Dave Thomas in 1999
Set around lakes and Cork Oak trees. Greens already accepted as being of tournament quality. A future classic course
Almenara Golf Club extends its activities to golf tourism. The Almenara course, opened in the Spring of 1999, has been built over very hilly terrain and the Dave Thomas layout adds even more difficulties with narrow fairways and typical high lipped fairway bunkers, which catch anything hit off target. This is riot a wide course and what with the danger lurking alongside or across the fairways you are often better off leaving the driver in the bag. A well built course where maintenance is good.
This is now a 27 hole golf course set in the upper part of Sotogrande 500 metres from Club de Golf Valderrama and five minutes from the beach, surrounded by cork oak trees and wild pines and several streams as well as a natural lake, all of which serve to make this a very beautiful course
Located close to Valderrama this golf course has spectacular views and is maintained to a high standard. Set around two lakes the undulating terrain offers a true test of golf. Large greens are protected by fine sanded bunkers.
Soft spikes only. Buggy recommended.
Designed by Javier Arana, one of Spain's best known golf architects, the Aloha golf course was inaugurated in October 1975, and is considered as the start of the Spanish golf course promotion and development boom.
Situated in Nueva Andalucia, the Mecca of European Golf, Aloha is a natural golf course, with varied vegetation, where no two holes are the same. Neither long nor short, the course is immaculately maintained.
Large and guarded greens at the Aloha Golf Course offer a good challenge, and the varied vegetation make each hole different.
It is important here to place your shots carefully, especially off the tee. Aloha is not a very long course, but it is sometimes tight and hilly. The trees are often dangerous and a number of greens are blind, multi-tiered and very fast. Generally, the greens are tricky, especially at the par 5 10th, with its adjacent lake.
Although an original layout, Aloha leaves an impression of harmony, and intelligent use of terrain from a golfing point of view, especially on holes 1, 12 and 18, all three are excellent.
A number of natural banks can cause problems, as can several water hazards, particularly on the back nine. Pleasant to play, and well laid out. Aloha is an excellent test of golf. If you hit straight and manage to stay on the ample fairways you'll be safe.
The amplification of the Antequera Golf Club has had the backing of business people, institutions and sporting bodies. It now has 55 hectares of land on which to hold important competitions.
The Antequera Golf Club has made an investment in quality tourism, and its 18-hole golf course, a par 72, is the first to have been built in the northern part of Malaga province.
The enlarged course became a reality, thanks to the hard work of the Golf Antequera S. L. delegate, Ramon Jimenez. "He has achieved things we thought impossible in Antequera.
In the Gandia area, Golf Antequera S. L. has managed to stimulate growth in a region that was deteriorating, said the mayor, Ricardo Millan. The first stroke was made on the new course by Paulino Plata on the 18th green, a par three. The amplification of the course with the additional nine holes has meant that the new playing area is now 55 hectares in surface area, and can be used for amateur and professional competitions of all kinds.
The inauguration of the new course was followed by a gala called 'A Night of Art in Antequera', which Canal Sur television screened on June 9th.
The course was designed by Jose Maria Canizares, under the supervision of Rodrigo Villegas, manager of the course. Francisco Carvajal Almansa is the green keeper. The course is 6,000 metres in length and has a total of ten lakes. The water in them is collected in winter to be used in the summer months.
Antequera Golf Course is situated 650 metres above sea level, and is surrounded by the El Torcal nature park. Plata believes it necessary that golf courses function with quality tourism, and refers to them as "our factories." They are necessary, he went on, "so that employment and wealth is generated, and that tourism works as a quality product." With the building of Antequera Golf course, the number of courses in Andalusia has risen to 78, and many more are in the pipeline.
Atalaya Golf course between Marbella and Estepona on the Costa del Sol
Atalaya golf and country club is the official headquarters of the PGA of Europe which covers 29 countries and 7.500 golf professionals, and has been one of the most popular clubs on the Costa del Sol since its opening in 1968. Situated between Marbella and Estepona, it is suitable for all levels of play from total beginners to professionals, due to the diversity of its tees.
This parkland course features eucalyptus, olive and pine trees, which line the fairways, giving pleasant shade in the summer but melting out their own punishment for inaccurate shots.
The 1st is a forgiving opening hole-downhill slight dog leg left. 3 wood or long iron down the right side leaving short iron. Trees will block out second shot if hit too much to the left.
The 5th is a genuine par 5. A good shot and a long iron or wood will leave you in good shape of the ditch which crosses the fairway at about 70 metres. A short iron third to a long narrow green. A deep bunker guards the right side of the green and is definitely not the place to be!
It is close to the Old Course but faces inwards towards the mountains. Its strategic position gives it spectacular panoramic views. It is a course which is suitable for players of all levels and this has made it one of the most popular courses of the Costa del Sol.
This is an undulating, often narrow and occasionally tree-lined holiday golf course with some good sea views. More difficult than its 6 short p4s, 5 p3s and 5 p5s suggest; thoughtful irons off the tee are rewarded. Higher parts exposed to wind. Some water carries. Putt carefully!
Practice facilities are excellent and Atalaya, which offers one of the largest driving ranges in Spain. The club also offers tuition in several languages. Both courses are kept in good condition and provide a good challenge.
An even golf course characterised by its wide greens with many movements, and the great variety of obstacles which offer a big range of strokes.
An ideal design for all types of handicap.
The variety of holes, and the unsurpassable views both to the Mediterranean Sea and the mountains contribute to ensure that you enjoy, and share an unforgettable day at Baviera Golf Club.
Directions - take the E-15 road, direction Malaga-Motril, and take exit 277, towards Caleta de Velez.
Opened in 2001 and designed by Juan Ligues Crevs, Cabopino Golf Club is situated almost halfway between Marbella and Fuengirola, and offers stunningly spectacular views of the coast.
The best way to describe this course would be short but sweet, because this course offers three Par-3's, two Par-5's and thirteen Par-4's.
The course also offers a stiff challenge for high handicap players who will be rewarded, as you will be able to use all your clubs in the bag. The low handicappers will have to take risks if they want good results. The greens are large with some with platforms and are always in excellent condition.
The signature hole must be the 3rd (288m par 4). It is quite breath taking, with the tee box cut into the cliff face, the fairway is almost 200m below with an elevated green protected by a large front bunker. This hole is defiantly driveable from this elevation and you should make birdie with ease.
Hole 5 (378m par 4 is the most difficult hole on the course, and justifies its stroke index 1. The fairway is very narrow with lateral water from tee to green on the right, and out of bounds on the left. Play this hole safe, keep the driver in the bag, play two mid-irons and a wedge and you will save par.
Two more standout holes are the 14th and 15th - par 5 and 3 respectively, where water comes into play and a par score is more than acceptable. Each hole is completely different and offers its own individual challenges.
Cabopino Golf is becoming one of the most sought after and most popular courses in the area around Marbella.
Its friendly family atmosphere is probably the main feature of this golf course. Located at 7 km from Malaga International Airport and inaugurated in 1990, it offers many additional features such as pools, tennis courts, paddle tennis, saunas and recreation area.
The design by Kosti Kuronen, clearly splits the course in two. The first nine has an English "parkland" type design, whereas the second has more elevated greens and hillier fairways, making play a little more difficult.
Guadalhorce golf course has a distinctly European feel about it, with its slightly rolling terrain and tricky greens, especially the long green at the 4th. On the back nine the layout is more American in style with lakes, tropical vegetation and raised greens.
Throughout the course many of the greens are extremely large, and in some cases they are shared between two holes, the 6th and the 8th, for example, also the 12th and 16th.
Guadalmina North golf course in San Pedro on the Costa del Sol
South course 18 holes Par 72
Costa del Sol Golf Course
Two of the oldest golf courses on the Costa del Sol, the North course is quite tight with gently undulating fairways and fast greens. The south golf course is more difficult and meanders toward the sea, tree lined fairways adding to its character.
Dona Julia Golf Club is located on the coast near to Estepona in the Malaga municipality of Casares. It was designed by renowned Malaga architect, Antonio Garcia Garrido, who has designed some of Spains top golf courses.
It comprises two very distinctive layouts. The first nine holes are fairly flat, with lakes and abundant trees offering the main challenge. The second nine are more difficult. The existing vegetation has been preserved, the holes are longer, surrounded by lakes and streams.
With 11 of the holes elevated, and featuring the sea as a backdrop looking out over the straights of Gibraltar, and on a clear day Ceuta. The course is both picturesque and at least to the senses expansive.
The most notable features of the Dona Julia Golf Course is the size of the greens. The course offers a challenge for professional as well as low handicappers.
As soon as the Spanish architect Pepe Gancedo was commissioned, the local golfing fraternity waited with baited breath to see if he could surpass his other design triumphs at Torrequebrada and Golf del Sur. They were not disappointed.
The golf course and its clubhouse are unique on the Costa del Sol. Practically every hole overlooks the sea, and the nature of the terrain, the indigenous vegetation and pine forests ensure that no two holes are alike. This is a beautiful and challenging course to play.
The El Chaparral Golf course has six par 3´s, six par 4´s and six par 5´s. Only Alicante Golf course on the Costa Blanca can boast such uniqueness.
Here your attention is distracted only by the panorama and the warm see breezes. You will truly feel that your golfing holiday in Spain has begun. The scent of the Mediterranean brush and pine will give you a true feel of Spain.
El Chaparral Golf Club is a golfers paradise and a truly great choice for your golfing holiday in Spain.
Hole 1 is a Par 4 at 337 (Metres from the White Tees and S.I.7
Hole 2 is a Par 3 at 174 (Metres from the White Tees and S.I.9
Hole 3 is a Par 5 at 477 (Metres from the White Tees and S.I.1
Hole 4 is a Par 3 at 198 (Metres from the White Tees and S.I.3
Hole 5 is a Par 4 at 322(Metres from the White Tees and S.I.15
Hole 6 is a Par 5 at 493 (Metres from the White Tees and S.I.13
Hole 7 is a Par 5 at 459 (Metres from the White Tees and S.I.11
Hole 8 is a Par 4 at 320 (Metres from the White Tees and S.I.5
Hole 9 is a Par 4 at 321 (Metres from the White Tees and S.I.17
Hole 10 is a Par 3 at 162 (Metres from the White Tees and S.I.14
Hole 11 is a Par 5 at 443 (Metres from the White Tees and S.I.6
Hole 12 is a Par 4 at 302 (Metres from the White Tees and S.I.8
Hole 13 is a Par 5 at 450 (Metres from the White Tees and S.I.12
Hole 14 is a Par 3 at 163 (Metres from the White Tees and S.I.4
Hole 15 is a Par 4 at 287 (Metres from the White Tees and S.I.16
Hole 16 is a Par 3 at 105 (Metres from the White Tees and S.I.18
Hole 17 is a Par 5 at 460 (Metres from the White Tees and S.I.2
Hole 18 is a Par 3 at 176 (Metres from the White Tees and S.I.10
Situated 14 Km from Marbella in a valley surrounded by hills with magnificent views of the coast, El Paraiso was designed with great attention to detail by Gary Player and Kirby.
The designers laid out the course to take advantage of the slope of a hill which runs down to the sea. El Paraiso Golf course was carefully designed to achieve a peaceful atmosphere through the varied abundance of trees and vegetation, strategically placed lakes and bunkers.
The course has fairways which are quite wide, but you need to attack them quite carefully. The water hazards play an important role, both for the beauty they add to the course and because of the dangerous streams lying waiting to catch wayward shots.
The central holes of the course (the 13th and the 14th are incredibly beautiful, with their large trees and lakes. The 6th hole is generally regarded as the best on the course, a par 5 dogleg left where your drive must steer clear of two well positioned bunkers, left and right, and your second shot should be aimed to the left in order to avoid landing in the lake. Finally, your approach has again to be accurate, to a two tiered green, to give you any chance of that elusive "birdie".
The clubhouse, situated in the middle of the course, is rustic but very popular.
Facilities include - driving range, practice bunkers and greens, tuition, pro shop, restaurant and bar, clubhouse.
Soft spikes only.
Situated on the Costa del Sol, this course was inaugurated in 1989 and makes the most of the beautiful natural surroundings, at the foot of the Sierra Bermeja mountains, to offer a round of wide fairways and very long greens.
It is a very beautiful course with an abundance of vegetation and water, with large lakes skirting the greens. The design of the course follows the natural layout of the terrain, including the hazards, and the wide fairways are the pride of Estepona.
It's a fast round and the greens have been described on numerous occasions as the best on the Costa del Sol.
Estepona Golf once boasted the longest hole in Spain. Known as the 'Ski-run', the par-5 3rd measuring exactly 568 metres, which has now been shortened to a par 4. If you get a good bounce with the drive the green is reachable in two. Beware thick rough on the left and shepherds pastures on the right.
Many water hazards, dangerous rough, long par 3's and lots of sloping fairways make for a challenging day. This relatively short course offers a good test, mainly narrow fairways with many ups and downs.
Estepona's splendid clubhouse has terraces which offer spectacular views of the sea and the mountains.
Finca Cortesin Golf Course in Casares (near Estepona on the Costa del Sol
Finca Cortesin was created to be a point of reference for excellence in the world of golf. Its 70 rolling acres were expressly designed and landscaped by Cabell B. Robinson so that the residential areas remain virtually hidden to players.
All you'll see, will be the beauty of the course and the intensity of your game. At the Finca Cortesin golf course none of the landscaping has been forced. Thanks to the superior quality of the terrain, they have been able to render each and every hole at Club de Golf Finca Cortesin a unique golfing and aesthetic experience.
This golf course is rated at par 72, and its 6.800 meters provide ample space for tournaments of an international calibre. Likewise, the numerous tees at every hole, together with the spacious ranges, offer unparalleled flexibility, providing a rewarding golf experience to players of all levels.
This is an exclusive golf course with use limited to 750 fortunate players, where every hole is a unique experience.
One of the star products at Club de Golf Finca Cortesin is the Jack Nicklaus Academy, with its revolutionary teaching techniques based on an individual adaptation of the swing to the student's strengths and capabilities, equipped with beautiful and spacious facilities including driving range, greens and practice bunkers, as well as a Coaching Studio for individual swing analysis using the latest tools in video and computer golfing technology.
Flamingos Golf Club and Resort between Marbella and Estepona on the Costa
Flamingo Blanco golf course 18 hole
Flamingos Golf Club is described as "The must of Golf", and the course was opened on 11th July 2001
The Architect Antonio Garcia Garrido carefully designed each one of the 18 holes at Flamingos Golf Club that provide breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea, Africa and Gibraltar. The "Arroyo Del Taraje" stream passes through the Flamingos Golf Course and ends in a lake, which is a natural border for the course at the end of tees, 1 and 10.
Regarding the vegetation of the Flamingos golf course the smallest detail has been taken into consideration and each hole is defined by its own tree. The most discerning golfer will find cypresses, oranges, nisper trees, jacaranda trees, pines, olives, chestnuts, pomegranate trees and many more.
While enjoying a fresh drink or light snack at the bar-cafe "La Cantina" you can admire the beautiful views of the lake, the sea and the Flamingos golf course In the evening "La Cantina", with its terrace becomes a unique place for celebrating a "special evening"
Each of the holes on the Flamingos golf course has a unique quality. 5883 meters (par 72 in length, it is a technically demanding course, particularly over the front nine.
The par four 10th is the most challenging hole on the Flamingos golf course. Water plays an important role at this hole, requiring a tee shot to a particular area of the fairway to setup a chance of playing over the water to reach the huge, undulating green. There are also two artificial lakes, on the 15th and the right-hand side of the 16th and 17th. All bunkers on the course are filled with ground marble
On the Flamingo golf club, some of the tees are elevated the 4th, 9th and 17th, to give unobstructed views of the greens as well as stunning, panoramic views over the Mediterranean
On some of the fairways and borders of the course, you will find Roman columns, classic style statues and marble bridges
A Driving Range with 100 tees is available at the Flamingo golf course. Also available - club rental, buggy rental, trolley rental, pro-shop, parking, and changing rooms
Nearest Cities - Marbella - 10 km, Estepona - 10 km, Malaga - 72 km.
La Cala golf club - The Campo Europa golf course on the Costa del Sol
La Cala's Third golf course, the Campo Europa, was opened in March 2005. The fairways are generous from the tees and the greens are slightly larger than on the existing courses. They are not severely contoured but are well bunkered and are easier for the average golfer.
Course designer Cabell Robinson stresses the difference between the three courses - "The three golf courses in La Cala Resort are all very different in character. The new course is the most different of the three because of the river Ojen - the others are in the hills. They are three good challenges and none is over long. Yet they are all very different in character. It gives a great option to golfers to have three 18-hole courses to choose from."
Cabell went on to stress the advantages of the new course for the average golfer. The new course is not only dramatic but is also easier for the less confident golfer. The fairways are generous from the tees and the greens are slightly larger than the North and South Courses. The Ojen river plays a part in eight holes, cutting across three fairways. There is one main bridge that measures 45 metres and four smaller bridges over the river.
The 14th is at the maximum limit of what is allowed for a par 3 with a length of 233 metres. The 11th par 5 is the longest hole, measuring 524 metres.
Hole 1, par 4, 301 m.
Hole 2, par 4, 344 m.
Hole 3, par 3 158 m.
Hole 4, par 4, 404m.
Hole 5, par 4, 329 m.
Hole 6, par 4, 357 m.
Hole 7, par 4, 365 m.
Hole 8, par 5, 498 m.
Hole 9, par 3, 160 m
Hole 10, par 3, 121 m
Hole 11, par 5, 524 m
Hole 12, par 4, 339m
Hole 13, par 4, 369m
Hole 14, par 3, 233 m
Hole 15, par 5, 492 m
Hole 16, par 3, 171 m
Hole 17, par 5, 483m
Hole 18, par 4, 366 m
La Cala Golf Club North Course - Campo America - Costa del
Sol (Mijas Costa
Accommodating three courses into such a mountainous region is something of an exploit, and you need to be pretty fit to refuse a buggy.
The well maintained wide fairways and rough areas make this a slightly easier driving course than the South. The North Course offers some fine opportunities to take the driver out of the bag, but as a general rule, positioning the ball is so important and the rough so dangerous that the 3-wood will suffice.
The hilly topography is similar to the South Course, and did not lend itself to the creation of any water holes. Carry shots across steep covered side slopes more than make up for the lack of water. There are also fewer fairway bunkers.
This course requires accurate and well-judged shot-making on the approach as nearly three quarters of the greens are perched or slightly elevated. Two, perhaps three, of the par 5s are reachable in two (holes 1, 9 and 15), and the par 3s are equally spectacular to those on the South Course.
After one or two reconnaissance rounds you might think about scoring, but this is a course made for match-play, an exciting format on these contoured greens which are generally well-defended by large, deep bunkers.
A minor compensation in the event of wayward shot-making is the thought that water only comes into play on two holes, and the views over this wild region are magnificent.
The general relief of this course, and the optical illusions call for careful consideration when choosing the club before every shot, which is why we would recommend it for experienced players.
La Cala South Course - Campo Asia - Costa del Sol (Mijas
La Cala South Course opened 15 years ago and was one of the first courses built some distance from the coast. This was one of Cabell Robinson's first courses after leaving the Robert Trent Jones organisation.
The hilly site resulted in a relatively short (5925 metre course. Both the fairways and smallish greens are well bunkered, and the majority of the tee shots, many of which are quite dramatic to comfortably wide landing areas, are either downhill or level.
Water is present on only two holes, the reachable par 5 fifth and the short par 4 twelfth.
Approximately half of the approach shots are to elevated well-defended greens. The four short holes offer tremendous variety, and although some require a carry over native terrain, all are easily reachable.
The drive often lands on plateaus which players should not stray to far from, as a large part of the rough here is dense vegetation. A number of steep slopes around the greens call for a sharp short game and loads of intuition.
As with the north golf course, the score is of little consequence when playing the course for the first time. To really enjoy yourself, take things how they come and never lose your sense of humour.
Beginners should refrain from playing the south golf course, and stick to the excellent practice facilities, the more proficient players can hop on a buggy and soak up an excellent day's golf. This is an exciting course which puts a premium on the approach shot.
La Canada Golf Course in Guadiaro on the Costa del Sol
La Canada was the first public golf course on the Costa del Sol. It is located in a raised part of Guadiaro, a place with proportionally the highest number of amateur golfers in Spain.
The extension to the course, which currently forms the first nine holes, was designed by the architect Dave Thomas. The designer of the second nine holes (previously the first nine was Robert Trent Jones, who also designed the neighbouring courses of Valderrama, and Real Club de Golf Sotogrande.
It is a pleasant and varied round, with excellent views. The terrain is not flat but the slopes are gentle. The main features are the excellently maintained greens, a large number of trees, mainly made up of indigenous species, and the gully (Canada on the 18th which gives the course its name.
The golf course can be played without difficulty and buggies are not necessary. The greens have subtle borrows and are very well looked after. An ideal round for strategic play, and you will have to use all of your clubs. Any good amateur is guaranteed a fun game.
La Duquesa Golf and Country Club in Estepona on the Costa del Sol
Duquesa's excellent course was designed by Sir Robert Trent Jones, and is settled in a spectacular landscape. With 18 very entertaining holes that will give you the opportunity to enjoy a round of golf under the sun with breezes from the Mediterranean, and views out to North Africa and Gibraltar.
The course offers large, wide fairways and is a reasonable challenge to golfers of all standards.
The second nine is a little more complex but the Mediterranean, Puerto de la Duquesa, Gibraltar and the mountains are always in sight, and from the par 3 15th the view stretches as far as Marbella.
Duquesa is fast becoming a favourite with golfers due to the proximity of some of Europe's finest golf courses, combine this with the beautiful and peaceful setting of Duquesa itself, and it is no surprise so many golfers are coming back.
The additional services at the La Duquesa Golf and Country Club are:-
The beautiful port of Duquesa is situated between two clean blue flag beaches complete with beach bars and seems a million miles away from the hustle and bustle you would normally expect from the Costa del Sol.
The port boasts a wide choice of amenities including a supermarket, banks, butcher and a wide choice of affordable, top class restaurants which include Chinese, Thai, Italian, English and not forgetting Spanish cuisine.
La Quinta Golf Club is located in the heart of the Marbella's Golf valley with the best panoramic views of the mountain and the Marbella coastline, is one of the most charismatic golf clubs in Spain
Designed to test the ability of all golfers, La Quinta has narrow fairways that roll towards the fast greens. A hilly course that requires accuracy and good stamina! It is one of the most attractive golf courses on the coast.
Designed by Antonio Garcia Garrido and former Ryder Cup player and two time World cup champion Manuel Pinero, La Quinta offers panoramic vistas over Marbellas golf valley. A successful round on this golf course requires not only accuracy in order to avoid its trees, water hazards and the large albeit shallow sand traps along the fairways, but also stamina, for it is an unforgiving up and down.
Deeper bunkers lie in wait for stray approach shots to the greens. The most difficult hole is considered to be the long 15th with its dogleg to the left. Since it first opened La Quinta has added an extra nine holes and replaced several holes on the original course.
The third loop of nine, which can be played either separately or together with the course leads you back to the club house past the Pinero-managed golf school near the 6th hole. The club house is one of the best equipped on the coast. La Quinta is developing a reputation as host of the prestigious charity pro-am Protagonistas tournament.
Facilities. Three golf courses, golf academy, Pro shop, Padel Tennis and squash. Swimming pool. Fitness centre, Sauna etc. Restaurant, Bar. Congress room, Meeting Room, Business Centre.
Buggies Recommended. Soft spikes only.
The never-ending activity of Robert Trent-Jones found its highlight with the opening, of Las Brisas Golf Club. The north American designed a course in which long drives alone will not be sufficient but intelligence in play is a must as well
At Las Brisas there are no less than ten artificial lakes and ample bunker
protection around mainly elevated greens.
Designed by Folco Nardi and Mariano Benitez, Lauro Golf course is located 1000 feet above sea level and set in the most beautiful countryside. Lauro has recently added an additional 9 holes to the course.
All the current holes here are named after famous bullfighters, and many fairways are defined by lines of olive trees. With views of mountains to the north, and the Mediterranean Sea to the south, the course adjoins the protected forest area of the Sierra de Mijas.
Lauro golf course is a relatively flat parkland-style course. The beautiful landscape inspires peace and quiet, and the layout is a friendly one, even for inexperienced players. The olive trees line most of the fairways, and certain water hazards are very much to the fore (on the 9th, 14th, 17th and 18th holes but never fearsome.
Never too demanding with virtually no hidden traps (all hazards are clearly visible), Lauro golf course is a very honest layout. It's the ideal spot to assess your current game, and potential to measure up with players of a similar ability. The better players can card flattering scores, and do their ego a world of good!!
Since opening in 1992, Los Caracolillos has hosted both the Andalucian Junior Finals and the senior's Finals.
The clubhouse is very interesting as it is a 200 year old Spanish Cortijo that has been restored to house a restaurant, bar, pro shop, and offices, all surrounding a lovely Spanish patio - the perfect spot for after the game!
There are several water hazards, including one at the 18th waiting to catch golfers as they come home. Large greens are well protected and are very fast.
Facilities at Lauro Golf Club include:-
From the road and arid landscape leading to Ronda, the first impression is one of an extremely hilly golf course. This is not quite the case, but the steep slopes call for the use of a buggy to play a little more easily on a golf course whose construction demanded very considerable grading work. It is not very long but sometimes tight and over cautious approach shots will bring the hazards into play.
Los Arqueros Golf Course was designed by Seve Ballesteros. The course should appeal to attacking golfers, and it will reward bold strokes. This is particularly true for players who fade the ball or who are specialists of high shots aimed at the smallish greens, which have little in the way of traps.
Imaginative and sometimes quite spectacular, Los Arqueros Golf Course is to be recommended before getting back on the road and heading for the beautiful town of Ronda.
Designed by Trent Jones, Los Naranjos is close to its sister golf courses Aloha and Las Brisas in Marbella's golf valley. Los Naranjos opened in 1977, and has just undergone a programme of improvements including new greens and a computer controlled irrigation system.
Like many Robert Trent Jones designs, it features long terraced tees and large undulating greens. The broad sweeping fairways of the front nine holes are significantly different from the back nine, with their extensive orange groves from which the course gets its name.
The renowned golf architect considered Los Naranjos one of his best designs. The stroke index 5 18th hole (525 metres, par 5 is one of the toughest holes on the course. You have to avoid the left side of the fairway, with big palm trees and a small pond. A par on this hole would be great, although a six would be perfectly acceptable as well.
Slightly longer than its sister course from the white tees, Los Naranjos has many strategically placed fairways bunkers and water to catch the unwary. The greens are large, but very well protected. The SSS rating from the white tees is 75, making it one of the toughest courses on the Costa del Sol.
Considerably improved upkeep and the building of a new club house have helped restore Los Naranjos to its former glory.
This is a soft spikes only golf course.
Gently undulating fairways meander between olive groves to produce a testing golf course. Large bunkers protect the greens and several water hazards come into play, the rough can also be difficult. The Marbella golf course starts off fairly hilly, then starts to level out into more open flat terrain.
Adjacent to its new neighbour Santa Clara, golf club Marbella is a typical Robert Trent Jones design, with its sweeping fairways, abundant bunkers and large undulating greens, the first few holes require accurate and brave tee shots to get across the ravines and gulleys.
Although the next holes are somewhat easier on the nerves, players should beware the fearsome 11th, a sharp dogleg right with hills, valleys and seagulls who occasionally steal your balls.
In addition to a championship golf course, Marbella Golf offers first class club facilities such as an impressive restaurant with terrace dining overlooking the finishing golf holes and the sea beyond. The Club also offers private members facilities, an extensive pro shop and tennis courts.
From the raised tees at the 12th you can get a magnificent view of the sea.
Mijas Golf Course in Mijas on the Costa del Sol
The courses at Mijas Golf Club are Los Lagos and Los Olivos. These are situated in the valley of Mijas, north of Fuengirola, only twenty minutes from the Malaga international airport and Marbella, and 3.5 kms. from the sea.
Both courses pay homage to the architect's, Robert Trent Jones Sr, philosophy "difficult Par, easy Bogey" -, with very little rough, plenty of water and relatively flat terrain.
The Club House is an old Andalusian cortijo (farmhouse), and beside it, you can feel the continual buzz on the terraces of the restaurant as many golfers relax after a fantastic days golf.
Mijas Golf Club has managed to mix, with success, the residents on the area with visitors from all over the world and is a fantastic choice to play during your golfing holiday in Spain.
Facilities at Mijas Golf Club include - All-weather driving range, practice bunkers and greens, tuition supported by video from a team of qualified teaching professionals, pro shop, restaurant and bar, clubhouse.
Soft spikes only.
Miraflores Golf Course in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol
Miraflores is one of the Costa del Sol's top leisure and resort developments. Located in the hills above Mijas Costa it offers breathtaking views of the countryside down to the sea.
Open to the public in 1990, Miraflores has lush fairways and well manicured greens. Three lakes make for many water hazards, and well positioned trees make this course a firm favourite.
Some recent major repairs have improved the course. The new design has two lakes which make it easier to reach the 11th hole, and two raised tees have been built for the 14th hole. Holes 18th, 12th and 15th are really memorable, the last with the water forming a moat around the green. Hole 8th offers a breathtaking view of the countryside.
The centrally located clubhouse is perfectly positioned to take advantage of the magnificent panoramic scenery. Designed by Folco Nardi the course has a number of elevated greens which require some tough walking so a buggy is often a good idea.
Soft spikes only.
Monte Mayor Golf Course in Benavis on the Costa del Sol
Since its opening in 1989 Monte Mayor has built up a unique reputation world wide. Designed by Jose Cancedo and hidden in the hills behind Cancelada, this is a monster course. Nowhere else you will find such a quiet surrounding and an extremely challenging golf course than Monte Mayor.
Monte Mayor is an experience where each hole is an infinite challenge on its own. Blind tee shots, steep ravines (you need to hit the green on the par 3 third!), terraced fairways, each hole on this course has its own characteristics which makes playing Monte Mayor unique.
The tee's at the long 4th hole are on a raised platform and your drive must land on an isolated plateau. Your second shot is aimed at yet another plateau, and beside the green is a beautiful cascading waterfall.
The 16th is a long par 5, reachable with a second shot after a long first drive, and is a joy to the eye. The green is some 100 metres below the elevated tee - a vantage point where you enjoy spectacular 360 views over the mountains and sea.
The course calls for a cool head. The local rules are pretty lenient, as any lost ball is considered to be in a side water hazard. Here you feel alone in the hilly terrain, with only your golf as your friend, or foe depending on how your game is!!
With spectacular views, this is one the most extravagant golf course's in the region, and is repeatedly rated as one of the best in the whole of Spain. Among experts, this course is often rated among the top golf courses in the world.
It's no accident to see that Monte Mayor Golf Course emblem is a bull. You have to fight it, stave off its charges and side step its attacks. You leave the 18th green exhausted but delighted with the magnificent landscapes. A baroque course of great intelligence, and one that is impossible to overlook. Bring extra golf balls!
Facilities include - pro-shop, restaurant, club rental, putting green, locker room and showers.
Inaugurated in 1925 by the Spanish Royal family, Parador is the Costa del Sol's oldest course. Located close to Malaga, it's very popular with UK golfers due to its interesting mixture of parkland and links style holes (some of which feature seawater lagoons and its fast greens.
Created by Tom Simpson, who also designed Muirfield and Turnberry, Parador has hosted several international events, including the prestigious Turespana Masters in 1999 (won by Miguel Angel Jimenez).
It's easy to walk and is suitable for all levels of golfer, though some holes present a real challenge - especially when the wind blows. 9 more holes have recently been added, bringing the total to 27.
The par 72 course is fairly long, with long par threes and fours and reasonable par fives. Parador Malaga Golf is an easy walk, being rather flat, and has wide fairways lined with mature pines, olive trees and palm trees.
Facilities at Parador Malaga Old Course include - driving Range, putting green, tuition available.
Designed by Javier Arana, Rio Real Golf Course is considered to be one of the most spectacular in the area. Spreading over a beautiful valley, the course is set in splendid surroundings on gently undulating terrain, softly sloping toward the Mediterranean.
The course is not an easy one, although the layout is mainly flat. To successfully negotiate the eleventh hole, for example, golfers tee shots must cross a ravine onto the fairway, and before reaching the green, there is also a stream to cross.
In general the greens are quite flat, very well maintained and protected by the surrounding bunkers. The 4th is especially worth mentioning due to its outstanding beauty, and its fairway which runs down towards the beach.
The 10th, a dogleg right, leads out onto the spectacular tee of the 11th, where you have a great view down onto the green that is situated on the other side of the river.
In the past year the club has benefited from several major improvements, namely replanted fairways, new greens, enlargement of cart paths and refurbishment of the clubhouse and its facilities.
Rio Real is one of the top 3 courses on the Costa del Sol, and in 2002 it was considered the most improved course of the year.
Rio Real also offers a driving range, putting green, private golf lessons, bar and restaurant and a well stocked pro shop.
New Course 6,497 Metres - Par 72
The Old course
The course's tight, sloping fairways are lined by mature cork oak trees, and demand straight, accurate driving. Strategic bunker placement and deceptive water hazards threaten all but the most precise approach shots.
The front nine holes wind through the cork oak forests that the resort is famous for, and give superb mountain views. The back nine is laid out across rolling hills, and includes plunging, vertiginous carries that test a player's judgement of distance to the limit.
The 8th hole is often the cause of many lost shots, while the 18th requires a precise finish with a drive to the right to avoid water on the left, then a long iron shot over a stream to the green, avoiding a lake on the right.
The greens are fast, contoured and true, rewarding well-judged putts and punishing anything else.
Acknowledged for its challenge throughout Europe, The Old Course provides a test for the very highest standard of golfer.
The closing holes incorporate the resort's shimmering lakes, presenting a finish as beautiful as it is challenging. Playing The Old Course is something every golfer will remember.
The New Course
Generally large greens (treacherous when slick are often protected by spectacular mounds, and some sharply focused nests of bunkers.
San Roque's two courses are almost identical in length, but don't be lulled by the more open, parkland feel greeting you on The New Course 1st tee. This course is a serious challenge, even before your short game is tested (which it will be).
After a demanding start, you may wish to eschew Seve's own tee for a spectacular downhill par 3 4th hole, across a chasm. Severe penalty awaits anything short or left.
Routed over and around a promontory, with several deep grassy expanses, the
course is exposed to the wind, but its position also yields good views of the
upper Sotogrande estate, and occasionally through to the sea.
Santa Clara Golf Course in Marbella on the Costa del Sol
Santa Clara is situated in one of the most exclusive areas of Marbella on Spain's fashionable Costa del Sol. The par 71 Santa Clara golf course is 5878 meters long. Each round will be an unforgettable experience and a challenge that every player will want to repeat again and again.
With little rough, this golf course has been very well designed by Enrique Canales, so that wide fairways alternate with long par 3's and challenging drives over water hazards.
It has large greens, and tees are long with many starting positions (5 in some fairways), and an exceptional rough on a fairly even lay-out.
The front nine has two par 3's, six par 4's and one par 5. The longer back nine has two par 3's, five par 4's and two par 5's.
Water comes into play on many holes, and there are bunkers protecting most of the greens. Santa Clara Golf Club provides a challenge for all levels of golfer.
The course is mainly flat, though the eighth rises steeply to the highest point. The ninth is a superb par 5 looking down to the Mediterranean.
This course offers a spectacular and unforgettable round of golf, offering a moderately difficult challenge, that players will want to repeat again and again. The dramatic greens and fairways of this golf course offer a spectacular panoramic view of the sea and mountains.
Close to the many amenities of Marbella and ideal for the golfing enthusiast, Santa Clara is set to become one of the finest courses in the Costa del Sol. The course blends dramatically into the rugged local terrain.
It is a fine addiction to Marbella's golfing family.
Facilities - driving range, club rental, tuition classes, and buggy hire.
Santa Maria Golf Course in Marbella on the Costa del Sol
Santa Maria's first nine holes were designed by Antonio Garcia Garrido, with the second nine, designed by the club's technical staff. The course opened in 1996, and has now matured into one of the finest along the coast.
Santa Maria golf course is located in a setting of incomparable natural beauty, set back in the mountains of Andalusia. It runs through two valleys, with great views of the Mediterranean, in one of the most densely wooded areas of the municipality.
Becoming more popular each year, the golf course offers an interesting layout with many elevated tees, lush fairways, undulating terrain and well placed bunkers.
The 7th hole is one of the most beautiful on the course. A long par-3, downhill, with lateral water to the right. The fairway is large, and the green is very well protected by three bunkers. The two tiered green makes this one even more difficult.
The 14th also begins with a very high tee, flanks a lake and ends up at a green with a waterfall to the right. The course is surrounded by numerous apartment buildings, but this does not detract from its beauty. It also has two practice golf courses, three putting greens and five short holes.
Santa Maria offers players a challenging game with a view of both the mountains and the Mediterranean. Amenities include the 19th-century clubhouse, restaurant with terrace, bars, lounges and snooker room. There are also tennis courts, swimming pool and a lawn bowls club on the club's grounds.
Santana Golf and Country Club in Malaga on the Costa del Sol
Santana Golf course is spectacular to say the least, both for its design (by Cabell Robinson and its location. It is situated in an old avocado farm, set in 138 acres of picturesque parkland, which has retained all its former flavour.
Located in Mijas's "Golf Valley", the layout is flat, very well formed with wide fairways, expansive greens and strategically located paths between the avocado trees.
Between two rivers, with a creek passing through the course that provides the sensation of being in an absolutely natural environment, away from the hustle and bustle of the coast, yet being just a few hundred metres from the sea.
Each hole has two championship tees and two tees for general play for both men and ladies- wide and well manicured putting greens surrounded by strategically placed bunkers, filled with sand produced from crushed marble. The cork oaks along the 5th hole deserve special mention, as they have been present here for more than 500 years.
Santana Golf is technically speaking a demanding course as the unique design of each hole is intended to give a continuous challenge, even for the more experienced player. The layout of the greens, well protected by greenside bunkers, as well as the many water hazards spread throughout the course, will challenge every golfer and require good course management as well as the use of every golf shot in the bag.
It is difficult to speak of a signature hole at Santana Golf Club as they all have something special to offer. The long Par-4 18th is one of the most demanding finishing holes along the coast according to the designer, with the lake along the right hand side and a narrow approach to the green. The 4th hole can only be defined with one word - spectacular. The views from the tee are magnificent and the 'Campillos' stream provides a challenging approach to the green; or what about the 8th hole, with a length of 595 metre (650 yards considered to be the longest hole of the Costa del Sol and favouring the longer hitter; not to forget the 12th Par 3, playing downhill, with a very large undulating green, many a golfer would be happy to walk away with a three here..
One of the most outstanding features of Santana Golf is without a doubt the variety in design, as each and every hole is differentiated by its own characteristics. The final result is a magnificent course with wide and well defined fairways on level terrain, hence easily walkable, where water features play an important albeit not excessive part in the overall design.
Sotogrande Golf Course was inaugurated in 1964, and like the course at Valderrama, it too was designed by Robert Trent Jones.
Situated in Sotogrande, Its most outstanding feature is its natural beauty with views out over the sea.
The variety of vegetation gives this course a very special feeling, as it is covered by cork trees, pines and eucalyptus which apart from adding beauty to the course can make for quite a tricky round of golf.
The main hazards on the course, apart from the trees, are the big lakes, where the water will significantly complicate the game, and makes this an extremely entertaining round.
Because of the virtual absence of rough, the course enables long-hitters to open their shoulders with no worries other than avoiding the pre mentioned water hazards, concentrated over the last few holes.
The greens are huge, very undulating and often murderous for the scorecard.
One of the best in Europe this course is always a pleasure to play. Imported Bermuda grass ensures lush fairways, and the lack of rough add to the enjoyment of this wonderful golf course.
This Pepe Gancedo masterpiece opened in 1976 and is widely recognised as one of the most beautiful courses on the Costa del Sol.
The 18 holes of Golf Torrequebrada are situated between the Mediterranean sea and the mountains, rich in tropical vegetation and birds. With the large number of lakes and strategically placed bunkers, every hole is a different experience for the player.
The course nestles in mature landscape, and each hole is secluded from the next by tree lined fairways.
The 11th 164 metre par 3 is one of the most testing holes on the course. The tee shot needs to take into account water at the front of the green, bunkers surrounding it, and then the green itself on two levels.
A previous host of the Spanish Open and the home base of Spanish Ryder Cup star Miguel Angel Jimenez, its steep terrain, water and sand hazards make it a great technical challenge - perhaps too difficult for high handicappers.
There are no less than eight doglegs, and accuracy off the tee is of paramount importance. This course may be short, but it certainly isn't easy!
Torrequebrada is on the 'must play' list, and is a real test from beginning to end.
Facilities include - Clubhouse, restaurant, pro shop, putting green, chipping green, driving range, tuition.
Soft spikes only.
Valderrama Golf Course in San Roque on the Costa del Sol
Valderrama is ranked among the top 100 courses in the world, one of the top 10 in Europe and 1st in Spain.
Lush tree lined fairways and immaculate elevated greens give this course the recognition it so deserves. The best players in the world have played it, and it has also been host to the 1997 Ryder cup.
Valderrama has gained international fame through the strength of the proprietor Jaime Ortiz - Patino, who not only insisted on making changes to the original layout (notably the 17th hole), but also insisted on exceptional standards of course maintenance.
The 17th hole on Valderrama is named 'Las Gabiones'. It is also the most talked about hole on the course. Remodelled by Seve Ballesteros and measuring 455 metres from the Championship tees, it has been the scene of many dramatic moments during the Ryder Cup, and in the World Championship events.
All shots need accuracy and good distance judgment, especially the second one, as the third shot over the water to the green is probably the most exciting shot of the day for any visiting golfer.
The strategic difficulty, omnipresent trees, the size of the bunkers and a few water hazards keep the player constantly on his wits for every stroke. The pressure is made worse when it comes to reading the greens. Don't bother about playing to your handicap, as even the top champions find making par a tough enough challenge at Valderrama.
You need to book very early in advance to get a game at Valderrama Golf Club. Soft spikes only.
Golf courses on the Costa Tropical
Anoreta Golf Course between Malaga and Almeria on the Costa Tropical
Located 12 kms East of Malaga, Anoreta was designed by Jose Maria Canizares and is a course enjoyed by all standards of players. Lots of water, spectacular views of the sea and the surrounding mountains make this course a delight
A course which suits all players, demanding from the first tee but with easy-to-play fairways, fast and rolling greens, some well protected by bunkers; water obstacles on the course. All in all, a varied and pleasant round of golf.
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