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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
Stockwood Park, London Road, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU1 4LX, England.
Telephone - 01582 413 704
Holes - 18
Yardage - 6049
Par - 69
SSS - 69
Mature municipal layout with a few very good holes


Blue Mountain Golf Centre
Wood Lane, Binfield, Berkshire, RG42 4EX, England.
Telephone - 01344 300 200
Holes - 18
Yardage - 6097
Par - 70
SSS - 70
Large greens and many testing water hazards with well placed bunkers.

Calcot Park Golf Club
Bath Road, Calcot, Reading, Berkshire, RG31 7RN, England.
Telephone - 01189 427 124
Holes - 18
Yardage - 3114/3102
Par - 35/35
Situated on the outskirts of Reading in Royal Berkshire, Calcot Park is renowned for being a fair and exacting test of golf set in a tranquil environment. The quality of this Harry Colt-designed course and the accessibility of its location have resulted in the staging of many amateur and professional tournaments, with competitors always fulsome in their praise of the layout and off-course facilities. Private.

Goring and Streatley Golf Club
Rectory Road, Streatley-on-Thames, Berkshire, RG8 9QA, England.
Telephone - 01491 873 229
Holes - 18
Yardage - 6320/6154
Par - 71/70
Directions to the course - From Streatley centre (the one traffic light), take a left on A417 then a left again into a dead-end road about 400 yards from the junction, this is Rectory road. The course entrance is another 400 yards to the left. A respected course, founded in 1895, which has seen a number of professional tournaments over the years, including the Senior English Open recently.

Reading Golf Club
17 Kidmore End Road, Emmer Green, Reading, Berkshire, RG4 8SG, England.
Telephone - 01189 472 909
Holes - 18
Yardage - 3083/3129
Par - 35/35
This golf course is a great test for golfers of all levels, making splendid use of the undulating wooded terrain of the Chiltern Hills. The trees and bunkers on the course, combined with the undulating ground, place a premium on accurate driving. There are indoor nets in addition to an outdoor driving practice area and putting green. Private.

Sunningdale Golf Club
Ridgemount Rd, Sunningdale, SL5 9RR, England.
Telephone: 01344 621 681
Old Course
Yardage - 6586
Par - 72
SSS - 71
New Course
Yardage - 6676
Par - 70
SSS - 72
The Old Course is on heathland and is inland. Moderately demanding and enjoyable. The New Course is tougher.


Barton-on Sea Golf Club
Milford Rd, Barton on Sea, New Milton, BH25 5PP, England.
Phone: 01425 615 308
Holes - 18
Metres - 5245
Par - 69
SSS - 68
A mostly flat course situated on cliffs offering views of 'The Needles' on the Isle of Wight, and out into Christchurch Bay. It is open terrain so that wind can be a factor.

Brockenhurst Manor Golf Club
Sway Rd, Brockenhurst, SO42 7SG, England.
Telephone - 01590 623 332
Holes - 18
Metres - 5689
Par - 70
SSS - 70
The club, established in 1913, is laid out in three loops of six holes, which run through parkland of mature deciduous trees and is therefore most beautiful in the fall. Wildlife, such as deer, are often spotted.

Knighton Heath Golf Club
Telephone - 01202 577 870
Holes - 18
Metres - 5596
SSS - 69
A short distance outside of Bournemouth, you will find this undulating course on heathland.

Queens's Park Golf Course
Telephone - 01202 394 466
Holes - 18
Metres - 5949
SSS - 72
This course is situated in a wooded parkland area within 5 kilometres of Bournemouth.


Chiltern Forest Golf Club
Aston Hill, Halton, Buckinghamshire, England.
Telephone - 01296 631 267
Holes - 18
Yardage - 5900/5700/5400
Par - 70/69/69
Rating - 71/70/70

Gerrards Cross Golf Club
Gerrards Cross Golf Club, Chalfont Park, Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, SL9 0QA, England.
Telephone - 01753 883 263
Holes - 18
Metres - 5756
SSS - 70
Located in a wooded parkland and within 40 kilometres of London.

Gog Magog Golf Club
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB22 3AB, England.
Telephone  - 01223 247 626
Professional  - Ian Bamborough (01223 246 058)
Holes - 27

Old course
Holes - 18
Yardage - 5532
Par - 70

New course 9
Yardage - 5403
Par - 68
Telephone - 0223 246 058
Heath country above town. Challenging with great views. Golf year-round.

Harewood Downs Golf Club
Chalfont, Bucks, England.
Telephone - 01494 762 308
Holes - 18
Metres - 5448
SSS - 69
A parkland course within 40 kilometres of London.

Hazlemere Golf Club
Penn Road, Hazlemere, Buckinghamshire, HP15 7lR, England.
Telephone - 01494 718 298
Holes - 18
Yardage - 5873/5652/5277
Par - 70/70/71

Silverstone Golf Course
Silverstone Road, Stowe, Buckingham, Bucks, England.
Telephone - 01280 850 005
Holes - 18
Yardage - 7000/6800/6500
Par - 72/72/72

Thorney Park Golf Course
Thorney Mill Lane, Iver, Buckinghamshire, England.
Telephone - 01895 422 095
Holes - 9
Yardage - 2834
Par - 34

Wycombe Heights Golf Centre
Rayners Avenue, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP10 9SW, England.
Telephone - 01494 816 686
Holes - 18
Yardage - 6,253
Par - 70
Opened in 1991. A John Jacobs design. Also has an 18 hole par 3 course on property.
Set in a picturesque valley outside the town of Loudwater, Wycombe Heights Golf Centre provides the perfect blend of location, facilities and friendly welcoming service. With the choice of two 18-hole Golf courses, a 24 bay driving range, relaxed and comfortable clubhouse with extensive bar and catering facilities, and a private function room Wycombe Heights is ideal for;
* Pay and Play
* Golf Society Days
* Membership
* Golf Practice (Driving Range and Chipping area)
* Golf Tuition and Coaching
* Parties and Wedding Receptions
* Meetings and Seminars
* Corporate Golf Days
Wycombe Heights Golf Centre welcomes golfers of all ages and abilities 7 days a week, and the clubhouse is open to all for refreshments, snacks and meals.


Ramsey Golf Club
4 Abbey Terrace, Ramsey, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, England.
Telephone - 01480 812 600
Holes - 18
Yardage - 6163/5502
Par - 71/71
A mature parkland course set on the edge of rural Cambridgeshire.


Birchwood Golf Club
Kelvin Close, Birchwood, Warrington, Cheshire, WA3 7PB, England.
Telephone: 01925 818 819
Junction 11 off M62 follow A574 signs for Risley then Science Park North signs.
Flat parkland course with numerous natural ponds and streams.
18 holes 6727 yards
S.S.S - 73.
Practice ground putting green.

Carden Park Golf Course
Carden Park, Chester, Cheshire, England CH3 9DQ, England.
This Nicklaus Golf Course at Carden Park, was designed by Jack Nicklaus and his son Steve and has been described as a thinking man's golf course, due to the double option holes such as the 7th and 15th where golfers have to choose which fairway to attack the greens from because of the positioning of the hazards. Private.
Telephone - 44 (0 1829 731 000
Holes - 45
Yardage - 7045/6628/6302
Par - 72/72/72

Dukinfield Golf Club
Yew Tree Lane, Dukinfield, Cheshire, England.
Telephone - 01613 382 340
Holes - 18
Yardage - 5338/5000/4660
Par - 67/67/68

Mollington Grange
Townfield Lane, Chester, Cheshire, England.
Telephone - 01244 851 185
Holes - 18
18 Hole championship course on 176 acres, three of which run along the Shropshire Union Canal. This is a testing course with many lakes and ponds. Superb clubhouse facilities including a first rate restaurant.

Peover Golf Club
Plumley Moor Road, Lower Peover, Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 9SE, England.
Telephone - 01565 723 337
Holes - 18
Yardage - 6702/6339/5640
Par - 72/72/73
Private and public.

Pryors Hayes Golf Club
Willington Road, Oscrof, Tarvin, Chester, Cheshire, England.
Telephone - 01829 741 250
Holes - 18
Yardage - 6054
Par - 67/70
SSS - 69

Vale Royal Abbey
Whitegate, Northwich, Cheshire, England.
Telephone - 01606 301 291
Holes - 18
Yardage - 6357/6043/5477
Par - 71/71/73
Rating - 70/69/72

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Eaglescliffe Golf Club
Telephone - 01642 790 122
Yarm Road, Stockton-On-Tees, England.
Holes - 18
Occupying a delightful position on rolling terrain shelving down to the River Tees, Eaglescliffe Golf Club is situated just 10 minutes from the centre of Middlesborough, and offers the perfect challenge for the golfing novice as well as proving a test for the more accomplished golfer. Set in the picturesque Cleveland countryside, Eaglescliffe offers a warm welcome to visitors of all golfing standards. Other facilities on offer are practice area, pro shop and an excellent clubhouse. The club has a thriving and friendly membership of around 1000.

Seaton Carew Golf Club
Tees Road, Seaton Carew, Hartlepool, TS25 1DE, England.
Telephone - 01429 266 249
Holes - 22 combination
Old Course
Yardage - 6604
Par - 72
Brabazon Course
Yardage - 6849
Par - 73
Links golf course with excellent greens.


Bishop Auckland Golf Course
High Plains, Durham Road, Bishop Auckland, Durham, DL14 8DL, England.
Telephone - 01388 663 648
Holes - 18


Lanhydrock Golf Club
Telephone - 0120 873 600
Lostwithiel Road, Lanhydrock, Bodmin, Cornwall, England PL30 5AQ, England.
Holes - 18
Yardage - 6169
SSS - 71

St. Enodoc Golf Club
Wadebridge, Cornwall, PL27 6LD, England.
Telephone - 01208 863 216
Holes - 2-18s
Church Course
Yardage - 6207
Par - 69
Holywell Course
Yardage - 4165
Par - 62
Views of Camel Estuary and out to the sea. Feature is the "Himalayas" bunker on the 16th. An historic site established in 1891.

St. Mellion Golf and Country Club
St Mellion, Saltash, Cornwall, PL12 6SD, England.
Telephone - 01579 351 351
Holes - 2-18s
Nicklaus Course
Yardage - 6626
Par - 72
SSS - 72
Old Course
Yardage - 5760
Par - 69
SSS - 67
Nicklaus is a championship course designed in 1987. Very challenging. Past host to Benson and Hedges International Event.

Trethorne Golf Club
Kennards House, Launceston, Cornwall, England.
Telephone - 01566 86903
Holes - 18
Yardage - 6432
Par - 71


Dunnerholme Golf Course
Duddon Road, Askam-in-Furness, Cumbria, LA16 7AW, England.
Telephone - 01229 462 675
Holes - 10
Yardage - 6154/5924/5074
Par - 72/71/71
The Dunnerholme Golf Course is situated along the shores of the Duddon Estuary with magnificent views to the Lake District mountains. Private.

Silloth on Solway Golf Club
Telephone - 01697 31304
Holes - 18
Yardage - 6357
Par - 72
SSS - 71
A links golf course near the Scottish border. Views across the Firth are great!


Marriott Breadsall Priory Country Club
Moor Road, Morley, Derby, Derbyshire, DE7 6DL, England.
Telephone - 01322 832 235
Holes - 2-18s
Number 1
Yardage - 6201
SSS - 70
Opened in 1976.
Number 2
Yardage - 6028
SSS - 69
Opened in 1992.


Manor House Golf Course
Telephone - 0647 40 355
Holes - 18
Yardage - 6016
Par - 69
SSS - 69
Located on edge of Dartmoor. A good challenge. Pretty stream winds through and acts as a natural hazard.

Royal North Devon Golf Club
Telephone - 0237 423 456
Holes - 18
Yardage - 6,662
Par - 72
SSS - 72
Established in 1864 this seaside golf course still maintains the tradition of allowing sheep and ponies to graze. Pot bunkers and sea vegetation act as hazards.

Saunton Golf Club
Telephone - 0271 812 436
Holes - 2-18s
West Course
Yardage - 6356
Par - 71
SSS - 71
East Course
Yardage - 6703
Par - 71
SSS - 73
Classic links courses set in the dunes. Undulating!


Broadstone Golf Club
Telephone - 01202 692 595
Holes - 18
Metres - 5772
Par - 70
Situated on Heathland and is quite hilly. Established in 1898. Countryside setting with views of Poole Harbour, the English Channel and Purbeck Hills. Lots of heather and gorse along with pines - oak. Good challenge.

Ferndown Golf Club
Telephone - 01202 874 602
Holes - 2-18s
Old Course
Metres - 5910/5678
Par - 72/71
President's Course
Holes - 9
Metres - 2557
Par - 35
SSS - 68
Elegant manicured greens, with fairways separated by mature conifers and heather. enjoyable relaxing layout.

Isle of Purbeck Golf Club
A ferry ride to Studland from Poole Harbour brings you to this links style golf course which was established in 1892. It's located on the north slope of Purbeck Hills, thus offers panoramic views.
For anyone looking for any good golf courses in Dorset, The Isle of Purbeck Golf Club is one of the best.
Telephone - 01929 450 361
Holes - 18
Metres - 5823
SSS - 71
Holes - 9
Metres - 1848
SSS - 30
Isle of Purbeck Golf Club,
6 Studland, Dorset, BH19 3AB, England.

Parkstone Golf Club
Poole, Dorset, England.
Telephone - 01202 707 138
Holes - 18
Metres - 5712
Par - 72
SSS - 70
Visitors are restricted, only between 12:30 and 2 pm


Golf at Dale Hill
The Ian Woosnam Course and The Dale Hill Course
Ticehurst, Wadhurst, East Sussex, TN5 7DQ, England.
Telephone - 01580 200 112
Holes - 2-18s
The Dale Hill Course
Yardage - 6512/6032/5200
Par - 71/71/71
Ian Woosnam Course
Yardage - 6000
Par - 70

Royal Ashdown Forest Golf Club
Chapel Lane, Forest Row, East Sussex RH18 5BB, England.
West Course
Telephone - 01342 824 866
Holes - 18
Yardage - 5606
Par - 68
SSS - 67
This golf course is set in a magnificent location in the heart of the Sussex countryside, yet only a short distance from London, Gatwick airport and the South Coast. This golf course is 100 years old and held the British Ladies Open Championship in 1932. Its length belies its difficulty.

Rye Golf Club
Telephone - 01797 225 241
Holes - 27
Yardage - 6310
Par - 68
SSS - 71
Traditional golf course, links style with fescue greens. Golf year-round.


Colne Valley Golf Club
Station Road, Earles Colne, Colchester, Essex, CO6 2LT, England.
Telephone - 01787 224 343
Holes - 18
Yardage - 6303/5842/5293
Par - 70/70/71

Crondon Park Golf Club
Stock Road, Stock, Essex, CM4 9DP, England.
Telephone - 01277 841 115
Holes - 27
Yardage - 6974/6270/5929
Par - 72/72/74
Championship golf course, parkland setting, undulating ground. Includes copies of famous holes around the world and longest golf hole in the UK (785 yds from Tiger Tee). Challenging golf course with lots of water hazards. Greens designed to US PGA standards. Located off junction 28 on the M25. Private.

Stock Brook Manor Golf and Country Club
Queens Park Avenue, Stock, Essex,CM12 OSP, England.
Telephone - 01277 653 616
Holes - 27
Stock and Brook Courses
Yardage - 6728/6364/5614
Par - 72/72/72
SSS - 72
Manor Course
Yardage - 2997
Par - 35
Undulating parkland golf course. Very good hard course. Private.


Stinchcombe Hill Golf Club
Stinchcombe Hill, Dursley, Gloucestershire, England.
Holes - 18
Yardage - 6000/5850/5200
Par - 68/68/70


Borden Golf Club
Firgrove Road, Whitehill, GU35 9EH, England.
Telephone - 01420 472 775
Holes - 18
Yardage - 6300
Par - 69
SSS - 70
A well-maintained, mostly flat, moorland layout. Wide, tree-lined fairways.

Bramshaw Golf Club
New Forest, Hants
Telephone - 01703 813 433
Holes - 2-18
Manor Course
Metres - 5698
Par - 71
SSS - 70
Forest Course
Metres - 5279
Par - 69
SSS - 68
Located in the New Forest region, the Manor course dates back to 1880. Wide fairways set on a softly rolling terrain. Demands accuracy. The 20 year old Forest Course is an "inland links" type course set in heathland reserve where no markers are permitted. It follows the natural contours of the land and uses the streams and gullies as hazards.

Old Thorns Golf Course
Longmoor Road, Griggs Green, Liphook, Hampshire, GU30 7PE.
Telephone - 01428 724 555
Holes - 18
Yardage - 6,529
Par - 72
SSS - 71
Championship layout built amid mature oaks, beeches and Scotch pines. Built in 1982.


Harpenden Golf Club
Telephone - 01582 712 580
Holes - 18
Metres - 5818
SSS - 70
On flat heathland and within 40 kilometres of London.

Mid-Herts Golf Club
St Albans
Telephone - 01582 833 118
Holes - 18
Metres - 5572
SSS - 69
Less than 40 kilometres from London. Visitors welcome weekdays by appointment.


Burghill Valley Golf Club
Tillington Road, Burghill, Hereford, Herefordshire, England.
Telephone - 01432 760 456
Holes - 18
Yardage - 6239/6050/5594
Par - 71/71/72


Ashridge Golf Club
Little Gaddesden, Berkhamstead, HP4 1LY, England.
Telephone - 01442 842 244
Holes - 18
Metres - 5951
SSS - 71
Within 50 kilometres from London. Reservations needed.

Berkhamstead Golf Club
Telephone - (0442 865 832
Holes - 18
Yardage - 6605
Par - 71
SSS - 72
A heathland golf course surrounded by the Chiltern Hills. No bunkers but heather and gorse hazards abound. The Grims Dyke becomes a hazard on 7 holes. It is an ancient earthwall. Reservations needed.

Moor Park Golf Club
Ricksmanworth, Herts, England.
Telephone - (01923 773 146
Holes - 2-18s
Course N0.1
Metres - 6122
SSS - 72
Course NO.2
Metres - 5325
SSS - 68
Visitors on weekdays only and by appointment.

Porters Park Golf Club
Radlett, Herts, England.
Telephone - 01923 854 127
Holes - 18
Metres - 5773
SSS - 70
Less than 30 Kilometres from London. Visitors welcome weekdays by appointment.

Verulam Golf Club
London Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire, England.
Telephone - 01727 853 327
Holes - 18
Yardage - 6448/6209
Par - 71/70

Whipsnade Park Golf Club
Dagnall, Herts, England.
Telephone - 0442 842 330
Holes - 18
Metres - 6218
SSS - 72
A parkland golf course less than 50 kilometres from London.


Austin Lodge Golf Course
Eynsford, Kent, DA4 OHH, England.
Telephone - 01322 863 000
Holes - 18
Yardage - 7118/6575
Par - 73

Birchwood Park Golf Centre
Birchwood Road, Wilmington, Dartford, Kent, DA2 7HJ, England.
Telephone 01322 662 038
Holes main course - 18
Orchard course - Par 3
Yardage 6364 - 1349
SSS 70 - Par 29
Both courses are open to all on a pay and play basis. Start times can be booked online up to 8 days in advance, or by calling reception desk 01322 662038 up to 7 days in advance.
Dress code must be adhered to.

Chart Hills Golf Course
Weeks Lane, Biddenden, Kent, England.
Telephone - 01580 292 222
Holes - 18
Yardage - 7086/6424/5841
Par - 72/72/69

Prince's Golf Club
Sandwich, Kent, England.
Telephone - 01304 613 797
This golf course first opened in 1905. Has full clubhouse facilities.
Holes - 27
Yardage - 6690/6510/6506
Par - 72/72/72
SSS - 72/72/72

Royal Cinques Ports Golf Club
Deal, Kent, England.
Telephone - 01304 374 007
Holes - 18
Yardage - 6407
Par - 70
SSS - 71
This very challenging golf course in Deal was first opened in 1892. It has been a host in the past, to the British Open Golf Championships.


Ashton and Lea Golf Club
Tudor Avenue, off Blackpool Road, Lea, Preston, Lancashire, PR4 OXA, England.
Telephone - 01772 726 480
Holes - 18
Yardage - Forward; 6346
Par - 70
Rating - 70
3 miles from Preston centre, on Blackpool Road. Turn opposite the "Pig and Whistle."

Hurlston Hall Golf Club
56 Moorfield Lane, Scarisbrick, Lancashire, England.
Telephone - 01704 840 400
Holes - 18
Yardage - 6746
Par - 72
SSS - 72

Lytham and St. Annes Golf Club
Telephone - 01253 724 206
Holes - 18
Yardage - 6673
Par - 71
SSS - 73
First opened in 1886, the course has played host to many Opens. It is a links golf course set in a residential area. Site of 2001 British Open Golf.


Alwoodley Golf Club
Telephone - 01532 681 680
Holes - 18
Yardage - 6686
Par - 72
SSS - 72
A 1907 Harry S. Colt and Dr. Alister Mackenzie design. It is firm and dry. Not too demanding but the wind is a factor.

Moortown Golf Club
Telephone - 01532 683 636
Holes - 18
Yardage - 7020
Par - 71
SSS - 74
Original design by Dr. Alister Mackenzie. Moorland setting. Past host to the Ryder Cup.


Luffenham Heath Golf Club, Stamford
Telephone - 0780 720 205
Holes - 18
Yardage - 6250
Par - 70
SSS - 70
Built in 1911 this heathland golf course is a James Braid design. Rolling country. Interesting play.

Seacroft Golf Club
Drummond Road, Seacroft, Skegness, Lincolnshire, PE25 3AU.
Telephone - 01754 763 020
Holes - ?
Yardage - ?
Par - ?
SSS - ?
Seacroft is a true links course and because of its situation on the east coast and its fast draining soil it is played throughout the year on normal tees and greens. Only exceptional frost and snow have been known to close the course. The tight, undulating and hogsback fairways with blind or semi-blind shots, the seventy five bunkers and the excellent greens are a test for the experienced golfer but still accessible for a newcomer to the game to plot their way round. It is an ‘English Nature Site of Special Scientific Interest’ where golf and the environment join together in harmony. Seacroft consistently features in the UK’s top 100 lists - National Club Golfer rates the course 3rd in the UK for a green fee of £50 or less and 45th in the UK’s top 100 Links Courses. For several years it has been in the Rolex World’s Top 1000 golf courses.

LONDON / close to London - the golf courses below, are the nearest golf courses to London

Brookmans Par Golf Club
The nearest golf course to London, is The Brookmans Par Golf Club
Telephone - 01707 524 59
Holes - 18
Metres - 5901
SSS - 71
Within 30 Kilometres of London, near Potters Bar.

Home Park Golf Course
Hampton Wick KT1 4AD, England.
Telephone - 0181 977 2423
Holes - 18
Yardage - 6611
Par - 71
SSS - 71
Mostly flat, parkland layout. Easy walk.


Sale Golf Course
Sale Golf Club, Golf Road, Sale, M33 2XU, England.
Telephone - 01619 731 638
Holes - 18
Yardage - 2832/3274
Par - 34/37


Formby Golf Club
Telephone - 01704 872 164
Holes - 18
Yardage - 6695
Par - 72
SSS - 73
Links-style golf course, set out along the Lancashire coast. Lots of sand dunes and trees. Sea breezes!.

Heswall Golf Club
Cottage Lane, L60 8PB, England.
Telephone - 01513 421 237
Holes - 18
Yardage - 6492
Par - 72
SSS - 72
A Parkland layout on undulating terrain, overlooking the River Dee. With backdrops of the Welsh Hills and coastline.

Royal Liverpool Golf Club
Telephone - 0516 326 757
Holes - 18
Yardage - 7110
Par - 74
SSS - 74
This historical golf course was opened in 1869.

Wallasey Golf Club
Bayswater Road, Wallasey, Wirral, Merseyside, England.
Telephone - 01516 911 024
Holes - 18
Yardage - 6607/6344, Ladies 5823
Par - 72/72, Ladies 74
Private links style golf course.

West Lancashire Golf Club
Hall Road West, Blundesllsands, Liverpool, Merseyside L23 85Z, England.
Telephone - 01519 241 076
Holes - 18
Yardage - 6800
Par - 73

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
Stockley Park, Uxbridge, Middlesex, England UV11 2AQ, England.
Telephone - 02088 135 700
Holes - 18
Yardage - 6754/6539/6002
Par - 72/72/71
SSS - 72/71/69
A parkland, championship layout designed by Robert Trent Jones in 1993. Located near Heathrow Airport. Pay and Play.


Barnham Broom Golf Club
Barnham Broom, Honingham Road, Norfolk, NR9 4DD, England.
Telephone - 01603 759 393
Holes - 2-18s
Valley Course
Yardage - 6470
Par - 72
SSS - 71
Hill Course
Yardage - 6628
Par - 72
SSS - 72
A conference and leisure centre. Host to PGA European Satellite Tours in 1987. River valley courses.

Richmond Park Golf Club
Saham Road, Watton, Norfolk, England.
Telephone - 01953 881 803
Holes - 18
Yardage - 6289
Par - 71
Richmond Park offers fully-equipped luxury apartments within this golf complex. The parkland course includes water features and the River Wissey which runs throughout. Private.

Royal West Norfolk Golf Club
Brancaster, West Norfolk, PE31 8AX, England.
Telephone - 01485 210 223
Holes - 18
Yardage - 6428
Par - 71
SSS - 71
A great traditional course, opened in 1892. It has unique situation where you can be marooned by high tide!


Ganton Golf Club
Holes - 18
Yardage - 6693
Par - 72
A inland setting covered with heather. This golf course in Scarborough, was first established in 1891, and is a redesign by Dr. Alister Mackenzie and Harry Vardon. Accuracy is a must! The 17th requires that the golfer must make a carry over a road, a gigantic pit, and very heavy bunkering.


Belfrey Golf Course
Telephone - 01675 470 301
Holes - 2-18s
Barbazon Course
Yardage - 6975
Par - 73
SSS - 72
Derby Course
Yardage - 6127
Par - 70
SSS - 70
Barbazon is the most difficult. Past host to the Ryder Cup.


Harrogate Golf Club
Forest Lane Head, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG2 7TF, England.
Telephone - 01423 863 158
Holes - 18
Yardage - 6241
SSS - 70

Cocksford Golf Club
Stutton, Tadcaster, North Yorkshire, LS24 9NG, England.
Telephone - 01937 530 344
Holes - 18
Yardage - 5679/5501/5155
Par - 71/70/71
SSS - 69/68/71


Kettering Golf Club
Telephone - 01536 511 104
Holes - 18
Yardage - 6035
Par - 69
SSS - 69
Established in 1891. Fun to play.

Northampton Golf Club
Harlestone, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN7 4EF, England.
Telephone - 01604 845 155
Holes - 18
Yardage - 6615/6404/5662
Par - 72/72/73
Rating - 72/71/73

Overstone Park Golf Club
Billing Lane, Northampton, Northamptonshire, England.
Telephone - 01604 647 666
Holes - 18
Yardage - 6602
Par - 72
SSS - 72


Bamburgh Castle Golf Course
The Wynding, Bamburgh, Northumberland, NE69 7DE, England.
Telephone - 01668 214 378
Holes - 18
Yardage - 5621
Par - 68
SSS - 67

Dunstanburgh Castle Golf Course
Embleton, NE66 3XQ
Telephone - 01665 576 562
Holes - 18
Yardage - 6298
Par - 70
SSS - 69
A James Braud design with the castle and bird sanctuary on each side. Rolling links layout.

Longhirst Golf Course
Longhirst, Morpeth, Northumberland, England.
Telephone - 01670 791 505
Holes - 18
Yardage - 6572/6400/6200
Par - 72/72/72
Rating - 71/71
A new parkland course (opened 1997 with 26 acres of water. An additional 9 hole course constructed 1999-2000 to open 2001. This course has never yet been closed due to wet conditions. Private.


Beeston Fields Golf Club
01159 257 062
Beeston Fields Drive, Beeston, Nottingham, NG9 3DD, England.

Brieley Forrest Golf Club
01623 550 761
Hilltop Farm, Main Street, Huthwaite, Sutton In Ashfield, NG17 2LG, England.

Bulwell Forest Golf Club
01159 763 172
Hucknall Road, Bulwell, Nottingham, NG6 9LQ, England.

Chilwell Manor Golf Club
01159 258 993
Meadow Lane, Beeston, Nottingham, NG9 5AE, England.

Cotgrave Place Golf Club
01159 333 344
Cotgrave, Nottingham, NG12 3HB, England.

Coxmoor Golf Club
01623 559 906
Coxmoor Road, Sutton In Ashfield, NG17 5LF, England.

Mansfield Woodhouse Golf Club
01623 623 521
Leeming Lane North, Mansfield Woodhouse, Mansfield, NG19 9EU, England.

Mapperley Golf Club
01159 556 673
Plains Road, Nottingham, NG3 5RH, England.

Newark Golf Club Co Ltd
01636 626 492
Coddington, Newark, NG24 2QX, England.

Oakmere Park Golf Club
01159 653 545
Oaks Lane, Oxton, Southwell, NG25 0RH, England.

Radcliffe On Trent Golf Club
01159 333 000
Dewberry Lane, Radcliffe-On-Trent, Nottingham, NG12 2JH, England.

Ramsdale Park Golf Centre
01159 655 600
Oxton Road, Calverton, Nottingham, NG14 6NU, England.

Ruddington Grange Golf Club Ltd
01159 214 139
Wilford Road, Ruddington, Nottingham, NG11 6NB, England.

Southwell Golf Clubhouse
01636 813 706
Southwell, NG25 0TS, England.

Stanton-On-The-Wolds Golf Club
01159 374 885
Golf Course Road, Stanton-On-The-Wolds, Keyworth, Nottingham, NG12 5BH, England.

Stoke Rochford Golf Club
01476 530 275
Golf Club Bungalow, Stoke Rochford, Grantham, NG33 5EW, England.

Sudbrook Moor Golf Club
01400 250 796
Charity Street, Carlton Scroop, Grantham, NG32 3AT, England.

Wollaton Park Golf Club
01159 787 574
Lime Tree Avenue, Nottingham, NG8 1BT, England.


Badgemore Park Golf Club
Henley, Oxfordshire, England.
Telephone - 01491 574 175
Holes - 18
Yardage - 1765/2268/2079
Par - 22/24/23

Hinksey Golf Course
South Hinksey, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 5AB, England.
Telephone - 01865 327 775
Holes - 18
Yardage - 7023/6680/6080
Par - 74/74/76
Rating - 74/74/75
Oxford's newest golf course, overlooking the Thames Valley and the 'Dreaming Spires' of Oxford, has 'heathland and links' feel with variable breezes and some water adding to the challenge.
Probably one of the best golf courses in Oxford.

Southfield Golf Club
Hill Top Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX4 1PF, England.
Telephone - 01865 242 158
Holes - 18
Yardage - 6328/5973
Par - 70/69/70
Harry Colt designed course, undulating parkland. Private.

Tamarton Heath Golf Club
Telephone - 01608 737 278
Holes - 18
Yardage - 5917
Par - 69
SSS - 69
Heathland setting with gorse-lined fairways and nice views.


Church Stretton Golf Club
Telephone - 01694 722 833
Holes - 18
Yardage - 5008
Par - 66
SSS - 65
Located on a hillside of Longmynd. A lot of up and downhill play. Good views. A James Braid design.

Hill Valley Golf and Country Club
Whitchurch, Terrick Road, SY13 4JZ, England.
Holes - 2-18s
West Course
Yardage - 6240
Par - 73
SSS - 70
160 acres of trees, streams and lakes. Greens protected by sand traps and water. Designed by Peter Allis and Dave Thomas.
East Course
Yardage - 4862
Par - 66
SSS - 64
Small greens. Accuracy needed.


Thorpeness Golf Club
Leiston, Suffolk
Telephone - 01728 452 524
Holes - 18
Yardage - 6241
Par - 69
SSS - 71
Set on the coastal heathland with plenty of gorse and heather. Patches of silver birch. A James Braid design, opened in 1925 that is good players of all levels of skills.

Royal Worlinton and Newmarket Golf Club
Golf Links Road, Worlington, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP28 8SD, England.
Telephone - 0638 712 216
Holes - 9
Yardage - 3105
Par - 35
Opened in 1893, this course is thought to be the best 9-hole course in the world. It is situated on heathland (very sandy terrain).
Royal Worlington was recently listed among the top 100 courses in Britain and Ireland, by Golf Monthly, and has the reputation of being the greatest 9-hole course in England, if not the world; Bernard Darwin described it as 'The Sacred Nine', which is the title of its history written by John Gillum in 1993 for the Club's centenary.
It has been compared with St Andrews, having been laid out for the gutty ball and yet, with scarcely any modifications, it remains a great test with the modern clubs and ball. Like St Andrews, it may not quite measure up at first sight to all the tributes paid but the more familiar it becomes the more the special quality of the golf becomes evident.
Visitors are welcome at the Club, however, visits must be arranged in advance with the Secretary, please see the Green Fee page for further details.

Ufford Park Golf and Leisure
Yarmouth Road, Ufford, Woodbridge, Suffolk, England.
Telephone - 01394 383 555
Holes - 18


Farleigh Court Golf Club
Old Farleigh Road, Farleigh, Surrey, England.
Telephone - 01883 627 711
Holes - 27 Yardage - 3033/3079/3073 Par - 36/36/36
This beautiful 27 hole golf course is located on the edge of London and East Surrey. The course occupies 350 acres of land and is surrounded by a bird sanctuary and natural woodlands. The facility offers 27 holes, full practice facilities, restaurant, golf shop, bar and changing rooms. Private course that welcomes public play.

Guildford Golf Club
High Path Road, Merrow, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 2HL, England.
Telephone - 01483 563 941
Holes - 18 Yardage - 6090/5728 Par - 69/69 Rating - 70/69

Hindhead Golf Club
Churt Road, GU26 6HX
Telephone - 01 428 604 614
Holes - 18 Yardage - 6373 Par - 70 SSS - 70
Pretty layout, narrow front 9.
Lots of hills and valleys.

Reigate Heath Golf Club
Reigate, Surrey
Telephone - 01737 242 610
Holes - 9 Yardage - 5554 Par - 67 SSS - 67
Set on top of a hill, fun to play.
Lots of heath and gorse.
Traditional course first opened in 1895. Great panoramic views.

Tyrrells Wood Golf Course
Tyrrells Wood Golf Club, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 8QP, England.
Telephone - 01372 376 025
Holes - 18 Yardage - 6282/6063/5593 Par - 71/71/72 Rating - 70/69/72
Easy walking parkland golf course. Full facilities.

Walton Heath Golf Club
Telephone - 01737 812 380
Holes - 2-18s
Old Course Yardage - 6883 Par - 73 SSS - 73
New Course Yardage - 6659 Par - 72 SSS - 72
A 1904 golf club situated on North Downs. Very tough inland course, open. A Herbert Fowler design that has played host to many championship golf events.

Wentworth Golf Club
Virginia Water, Wentworth Drive, GU25 4LS, England.
Telephone - 01344 842 201
Holes - 54 West Course Yardage - 6957 Par - 73 SSS - 74
East Course Yardage - 6176 Par - 68 SSS - 70 Edinburgh Course Yardage - 6979 Par - 72 SSS - 73
Great golfers have played this layout; Gary Player, Arnold Palmer, Sam Snead, Ben Hogan and Seve Ballesteros to name a few. A heathland course with mature silver birch.

Windlesham Golf Club
Grove End, Bagshot, Surrey, GU19 5HY, England.
Telephone - 01276 456 333
Holes - 18 Yardage - 6654/6345/5978 Par - 71/71/73 SSS - 71/70/72
Private, parkland course.


Hollywood Golf Club
Hollywood Golf club, Hollywood Lane, Hollywood, West Midlands, B47 5PP, England.
0121 430 8544 then dial:
Option 1 Debbie and Shelley (Office)
Option 2 Professional
Option 3 Bar
Option 4 Kitchen
Option 5 Course Information Line (Updated daily)
Option 6 Course Manager
18 Hole parkland course Par 72 6406 yards
One of the friendliest golf courses in the West Midlands. Membership offers available, visitors and golf societies welcome.


Avisford Park Golf Club
Yapton Lane, Walberton, Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 0LS, England.
Telephone - 01243 554 611
Holes - 18
Yardage - 5703
Par - 70
SSS - 68
First hole a real monster! 414 yard drive with OBs, water and tree hazards the entire length.


Alwoodley Golf Club
Wigton Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS17 8SA, England.
Telephone - 01132 681 680
Holes - 18
Yardage - 6686
Par - 72
SSS - 72
A heathland layout with lots of mature trees The Alwoodley Golf Club, designed by Dr. Alister MacKenzie in 1907, is recognised as one of Britain's finest inland courses and is ranked as one of the Top 50 championship golf courses in the UK. With a five star Club House and facilities, this is an ideal golfing venue for society outings or corporate golf days. Brochures are available by mail. Private.

Baildon Golf Club
Moorgate, Baildon, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD17, England.
Telephone - 01274 584 266
Holes - 18
Yardage - 6231/5695
Par - 70/70
Moorland course with extensive views. Some Tom Morris holes remain. Semi-Private.

Bracken Ghyll Golf Club
Skipton Road, Addingham, Nr Ilkley, West Yorkshire, LS29 0SL, England.
Telephone - 01943 831 207
Holes - 18
Yardage - 5310/5264
Par - 66/65
Set in the picturesque Yorkshire Dales is a course both challenging to the keen golfer and a pleasure to the casual player. The course is built in lush parkland with magnificent views in all directions. Even during winter the views of the famous Beamsley Beacon are spectacular being on occasions capped with snow. Private.


Ombersley Golf Club
Bishopswood Road, Lineholt, Ombersley, Droitwich, Worcestershire, England.
Telephone - 01905 620 050
Holes - 18
Yardage - 6139
Par - 72
SSS - 68


County Donegal

Ballybofey and Stranorlar Golf Club
Stranorlar, County Donegal, Ireland.
Telephone - +353 07 431 377

County Wicklow

Arklow Golf Club
Abbeylands, Arklow, County Wicklow, Ireland.
Telephone - +353 40 232 492

Baltinglass Golf Club
Baltinglass, County Wicklow, Ireland.
Telephone - +353 59 648 1350

Blainroe Golf Club
Blainroe, County Wicklow, Ireland.
Telephone - +353 404 68168

Bray Golf Club
Greystones Road, Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland.
Telephone - +353 1 276 3200

Charlesland Golf Club
Greystones, County Wicklow, Ireland.
Telephone - +353 1 287 4350, +353 1 287 8200

Coollattin Golf Club
Shillelagh, County Wicklow, Ireland.
Telephone - +353 53 942 9125

Delgany Golf Club
Delgany, County Wicklow, Ireland.
Telephone - +353 1 2 874 536

Djouce Mountain Golf Club
Roundwood, County Wicklow, Ireland.
Telephone - +353 1 281 8585

Druids Glen Golf Club at Druids Glen Golf Resort
Newtownmountkennedy, County Wicklow, Ireland.
Telephone - +353 1 2 873 600

Glen of the Downs Golf Club
Delgany, County Wicklow, Ireland.
Telephone - +353 1 287 6240

Glenmalure Golf Club
Rathdrum, County Wicklow, Ireland.
Telephone - +353 404 46783

Greystones Golf Club
Manor Ave, Greystones, County Wicklow, Ireland.
Telephone - +353 1 287 4136

Kilcoole Golf Club
Kilcoole, County Wicklow, Ireland.
Telephone - +353 1 2872066

Millbrook Golf Course
Redcross, County Wicklow, Ireland.
Telephone - +353 404 41647

Old Conna Golf Club
Ferndale Road, Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland.
Telephone - +353 1 282 6055

Powerscourt Golf Club
Enniskerry, County Wicklow, Ireland.
Telephone - +353 1 204 6033

Rathsallagh Golf Club
Dunlavin, County Wicklow, Ireland.
Telephone - +353 45 403112

Roundwood Golf Club
Newtownmountkennedy, County Wicklow, Ireland.
Telephone - +353 1 2818488

The European Club
Brittas Bay, County Wicklow, Ireland.
Telephone - +353 404 47449

Tulfarris Golf Club
Blessington, County Wicklow, Ireland.
Telephone - +353 45 867 600

Wicklow Golf Club
Wicklow, County Wicklow, Ireland.
Telephone - +353 404 67 379

Woodbrook Golf Club
Dublin Road, Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland.
Telephone +353 1 282 4799

Woodenbridge Golf Club
Arklow, County Wicklow, Ireland.
Telephone +353 (0402 35202



Carnoustie Golf Club
Links Parade, Carnoustie, DD7 7JE, Scotland.
Telephone - 01241 853 789

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.
18 holes, 6,941 yards (medal tees), par 72 (SSS 75). Course record - A Tait, C Montgomerie 64.
Signature hole:
FOURTEENTH (483 yards, par 5 - The famous Spectacles, two large and deep bunkers in the face of a ridge guarding the green about 80 yards from the flag. The tee-shot is critical, for there is out of bounds on the left and a wood to the right and bunkers sited to catch and punish the smallest error. The tee-shot must be long and perfectly placed to have any chance of carrying the Spectacles with the second shot.
Weekdays and Saturdays after 2p.m. Sundays after 11.30a.m. Contact in advance for availability.
£95 per round. Juniors half price. Combination tickets - round on championship course + Burnside £110; round on championship course +Buddon Links £105.
Trolley hire, caddies, putting green.
South-west side of town off A930.


Cruden Bay Golf Club
Aulton Road, Cruden Bay, Peterhead, AB42 0NN, Scotland.
Telephone - 01779 812 285
When you gaze out from Cruden Bay's splendid clubhouse you are faced with a magnificent panorama of what is one of the finest examples of a traditional Scottish links golf course. There before you lies a never-to-be-forgotten test of golf with a rich variety of demanding holes wending their way between towering dunes and knee-high rough. If that is not enough to give you a nightmare then the brooding presence of the ruins of Slains Castle might. They dominate the first three holes and reportedly were the inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula novel. At 6,395 yards, short for a championship course nowadays, this par 70 makes every shot count, especially when the wind gets up. The first two holes are steady par 4s then the fun starts. Claypits, the third at 286 yards, encourages you to drive the green but you have to pick the right line over a distant mound. Get it right and everything runs down to the green in a hollow. If you don't get a birdie here, you feel cheated. Bluidy Burn, a 529-yard par 5, can take even the biggest hitters three full-blooded shots with the Burn waiting for those who don't get it quite right. The seventh, Whaupshank, is an intriguing dog-leg uphill, the eighth a short par 4 at only 258 yards to a treacherous green. Then the course seems to step out of character with a sapping climb to what is really a parkland hole. But the climb is worth it. From the 10th tee on the edge of a cliff the view is magnificent and on a clear day you feel that you can drive forever. But beware, the burn awaits that rush of adrenaline. Then comes a variety of holes to please the most demanding golfer, a short tricky par 3, a driveable par 4 with the wind behind, a 550-yard par 5, and then a narrow par 4 with the sea on the right and thick rough on the left and the green in a hole in the ground. The aptly-named 15th, the Blin' Dunt, is a par-3 with your tee shot needing to be drawn through a canyon between a hill and the dunes 239-yards to the green at the base of the dunes. There's a great sense of relief when you emerge from the canyon to find your ball. Cruden Bay also boasts some of the best practice facilities around with a putting green, large pitching green, practice ground, driving nets and a 10-bay driving range plus the nine-hole St Olaf course. The 1999 Open Champion, Paul Lawrie, has been known to practise here.
18 holes, 6,395 yards. Par 70 (SSS 72 Amateur record 67. Pro record 65.
St Olaf course - 9 holes, 5,106 yards (for 18 holes). Par 64 (SSS 65).
Signature hole - FOURTH (193 yards, par 3 - One of the most challenging as well as one of the most picturesque. Water and out of bounds on left. The mounds on the right can cause you to underestimate the strength of the wind and blow off course your long shot to a plateau green.
Welcome. Parties on weekdays only.
£50 per round weekdays; £70 per day. £60 per round weekends. St Olaf - £15 weekdays, £25 weekends.
Full bar and catering facilities in a modern well-appointed clubhouse with panoramic views over the course.
Trolley hire, pro shop, and splendid practice facilities with putting green, large pitching green practice ground, driving nets and 10-bay driving range.
Seven miles south of Peterhead, 23 miles north-east of Aberdeen, just off A92.

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Royal Dornoch Golf Club
Golf Road, Dornoch, Sutherland, IV25 3LW, Scotland.
01862 810 219
The Royal Dornoch is definitely one of the best golf courses in the UK and one where the staff of always like to visit. Ask any knowledgeable golfer to name their top 10 golf courses in the world and it's almost certain that Golf courses in the UKthe Royal Dornoch golf course will feature high among them. 

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 Golf courses in the UKwill 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 Golf courses in the UKmajor 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.
STRUIE COURSE - 18 holes, 5,438 yards. Par 69 (SSS 66).
Signature hole - FOURTEENTH (445 yards, par 4 - 'Foxy', on the championship golf course, was reckoned by Harry Vardon to be the most natural hole in golf. There are no man-made obstacles; instead, Golf courses in the UKon your right, there is a succession of hillocks running up to a raised narrow green of subtle contours. 

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
Rossdhu House, Luss, Dunbartonshire, G83 8NT, Scotland.
Telephone 01436 655 555
History tells us that many a man has died for his art but a golf architect for his course? Tom Weiskopf almost did in creating one of the world's greatest courses along the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, which he considers his 'lasting memorial to golf'. One night the former Open champion stepped out to savour his handiwork and sank up to his chin in quick-sand. Happily, he survived to complete, with partner Jay Morrish, 7,060 yards of an outstanding championship course that is ranked 44th in the top 100 courses of the world. When he first saw this tract of land, which was the ancestral home of the Clan Colquhoun, he admitted that it just 'blew me away' and if you had to pick a course that summed up the beauty of Scottish golf this could well be it. Framed by towering hills and bounded by the loch, the course winds through an abundance of trees and wild life without seemingly disturbing a blade of grass. 'This is the finest golf course in Europe,' was Nick Faldo's verdict. 'It simply cannot be faulted. This is the standard all other European courses have to strive to attain.' Lush fairways, large beautifully manicured greens, the restored Rossdhu House as a clubhouse, it reeks of exclusivity. Exclusive, it is. The closest many can come to appreciating its style is watching on TV the European Tour compete here before the Open Championship. Only a member can invite you to play and even the members are not encouraged to over golf, being reminded that it is 'intended as an international club for the occasional use of members and their guests and not meant as their primary club.' It starts gently enough to put you at your ease and soon you are marvelling at the difference of each hole. To pick out a favourite is difficult but there's the sixth, the longest hole in Scottish golf - 625-yards, but as it runs alongside the loch it's not a step too long. Then the 10th (see below). The 14th sorts out the men from the boys. Go for the green, more than 250 yards carry over the bog that almost claimed Weiskopf or bale out to the fairway on the left. The 205-yard 17th , which is a classic par-3, or the 18th finishing in front of the old castle. From the championship tees, it is a severe test for the very best of players but from forward tees, and Weiskopf has offered a varied selection, the course is eminently playable for the less skilled. If you're lucky enough to play here, you won't be trying to recount the memorable holes you'll be struggling to forget any one of the 18.
18 holes, 7,060 yards. Par 71 (medal par 72, SSS 74). Course record - Retief Goosen, Sergio Garcia 62.
Signature hole - TENTH (455 yards, par 4 - Weiskopf says - 'Hitting the fairway is a must. The pond on the left does not really threaten the second shot as it is much further from the big receptive green, which will accept long shots, than it looks.'
May only play as guests of members.
Full service. Bar.
Putting green, pro shop, practice ground.
Only 25 minutes from Glasgow city centre. Take Luss turn-off on A82.


Muirfield Golf Club
Gullane, East Lothian, EH31 2BB, Scotland.
Telephone 01620 842 123
Muirfield, venue for the 2002 Open golf championship, is simply one of the best courses in the world. The home of the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, it was designed in 1891 by Old Tom Morris and, including 2002, has hosted 15 Open Championships since 1892, the Amateur Championship on numerous occasions, the Ryder, Walker and Curtis Cups. From the championship tees, the course stretches to a formidable 6,970 yards and still adds up to a par-70 6,601 yards off the medal tees. Although the thick rough and cavernous bunkers, of which there are 151, can make it a very severe test, it is a course which invokes respect from all who have tangled with it. Henry Cotton called it 'cruelly fair'. Tom Watson said there was 'not a weak hole on the course'. Jack Nicklaus, who won in 1966, was so taken with this links in the lee of Gullane Hill, almost 20 miles from Edinburgh, he named his golf complex in Ohio, Muirfield Village, after it.
18 holes, 6,601 yards (Championship 6,970), par 70 (SSS 73). Championship course record - R. Davis, I. Aoki 63.
Signature hole -  FIRST (444 yards, par 4 - One of many large bunkers dominates the left of the fairway, which is narrow. Stray off it and you are in severe rough. The green slopes from front to back.
Tuesdays and Thursdays only. Visiting groups of no more than 12 on these days. Evening clubs of no more than 40. Contact in advance. Must have handicap certificate (limits of 18 for men, 24 for women).
£110 per round, £140 per day (2005 - £120 per round, £150 per day).
Full service (ladies may not lunch in the clubhouse). Bar.
Trolley/ buggy hire, putting green, practice area.
Duncur Road, Gullane. Off A198 on north-east side of village.


The Nairn Golf Club
Seabank Road, Nairn, IV12 4HB, Scotland.
Telephone 01667 453 208
An outstanding championship course with fast greens on the shores of the Moray Firth. After Great Britain and Ireland defeated the United States to win the 37th Walker Cup here in 1999, the vanquished captain Danny Yates paid tribute to this traditional Scottish links, saying - 'The golf course was spectacular. The conditioning, the set-up couldn't have been better. This has been a special place and the people have been so wonderful.' Founded in 1887 and extended by Old Tom Morris, James Braid and Archie Simpson, it has played host to many golfing greats.
CHAMPIONSHIP COURSE - 18 holes , 6,705 yards (championship tees), par 72 (SSS 74). Medal 6,430 yards, par 71. Amateur record - Marc Warren 66. Pro record - David Small 65.
NEWTON COURSE - 9 holes, 3,542 yards (for 18 holes), par 58 (SSS 57).
Signature hole -  FOURTEENTH ('Kopjes' 219 yards, par-3 - Out of bounds on the left. From the championship tee, 191 yards to the front of the undulating two-tiered green, which is guarded by bunkers right and left. Picturesque hole.
£70 per round weekdays and weekends.
Restaurant and bar open all year round in a magnificent new clubhouse built in 1990. Functions catered for.
Trolley hire (£2),club hire £12), caddies may be requested but cannot be guaranteed, changing rooms, putting green, pro shop, practice ground, driving range, coaching clinics.
15 miles east of Inverness. From Inverness, turn left at church with tower along Seabank Road. From Aberdeen, on A96, turn right at church with tower.


Prestwick Golf Club
2 Links Road, Prestwick, Strathclyde KA9 1QG, Scotland.
Telephone 01292 477 404
If you're as interested in the history of golf as the playing of the game, then Prestwick, the birthplace of the Open Championship on the west coast of Scotland, demands a visit. Here you will be walking in the footsteps of legends. Although when the Open was first played in 1860 it was over a 12-hole course of 3,799 yards, with a par in the mid-50s, the distinctive flavour of the Prestwick Old Course remains and seven of the original greens are in the same place. Whether playing or just lunching at the vast table which stretches the length of the room with history all around you, take time to visit the stone cairn, close to the putting green, which is on the site of the original first tee. Imagine all those years ago Young Tom Morris, perhaps the first superstar of golf, facing the monster of the then first which stretched to 578 yards and ponder how, using hickory shaft and a gutty ball, he managed to hole out in three on what is now the 16th green. Be prepared for a devilish test of golf, and if the wind and rain get up, the best of luck.

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.
£85 per round, £125 per day. Sundays (12-1pm and 3.30-4pm £125.
Restaurant and bar.
Trolley hire (£3), club hire (£25), changing rooms, caddies (£25 + gratuity), putting green, pro shop, practice ground.
In town centre off A79.


St Andrews Links - The Old Course
Pilmour House, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9SF, Scotland.
Telephone 01334 466 666
This is where it all started - the undoubted Home of Golf. This traditional links course is the oldest in the world and will see the Open Championship return in 2010. Its layout is unique and challenging and the sense of history is overwhelming. To tread the turf of St Andrews, where in the 13th century shepherds played a form of golf, is a marvellous experience. Over 600 years, one simple track hacked through the bushes and heather has developed into seven golf courses - the world-famous Old Course and its sister courses, the New, the Jubilee, the Eden, the Strathtyrum, the Balgove and The Castle Course, all run by the St Andrews Links Trust. The Old Course and its sisters are public courses with (delete 'in effect' several local golf clubs which play over them - the most famous of which is the Royal and Ancient, which was founded in 1754 and now governs the rules of golf everywhere except the United States. St Andrews Links is now the largest golf complex in Europe (delete 'covering 700 acres', including two turf nurseries, three greenkeeping centres, an extensive driving range and practice area, three clubhouses and four shops.

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').
£130 per round.
Restaurant and bar. Functions catered for.
Trolley hire (only after 12 noon in summer months only), club hire, shoe hire, caddies, changing rooms, putting green, pro shop, practice ground (special area for pitching, putting and bunker practice), floodlit driving range (over 60 bays).
A91 from Cupar. Once in town take third turning on left into Golf Place and follow for 500 yards.


Royal Troon Golf Club
Craigend Road, Troon, South Ayrshire KA10 6EP, Scotland.
Telephone 01292 311 555
Dramatic would perhaps be the best way to describe Royal Troon, which hosted the 1997 Open Championship. When the wind blows on the Old Course strange things can happen on this classic undulating links, which is full of bumps and hollows and rated amongst the world's best. Founded in 1878 by 24 local enthusiasts, the course consisted of only five holes but it rapidly grew in stature and hosted the Open Championship five times between 1923 and 1989 - and every time there was high drama. No less so than in 1997 when the world expected the new golfing phenomenon Tiger Woods to follow up his runaway triumph in the US Masters with something special in Scotland. But it was another American, Justin Leonard, who took the honours pulling back Swede Jesper Parnevik's five-shot lead to win by three.

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.
18 holes, 6,274 yards, par 71 (SSS 71).

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.
£150 per day (includes a round on both courses, morning coffee and lunch).
Full service. Bar.
Trolley hire, putting green, pro shop, practice ground.
Three miles from A77 (Glasgow to Ayr road). Follow signs for Prestwick Airport.


Turnberry Golf Course
Turnberry, Ayrshire, KA26 9LT, Scotland.
Telephone 01655 331 000
The youngest of Scotland's Open Championship venues but by no means overshadowed by its rivals. The first 13 holes were laid out by Willie Fernie in 1903. It staged its first Open in 1977. Locals have a saying that if you can't see Ailsa Craig, the 1,208-foot high granite rock off the Ayrshire coast, it's raining; if you can, it's about to rain. They do a disservice to an area of Scotland that is home to a glorious course, which is amongst the best. Often when the rest of Britain is shivering in a freezing winter, the sun is shining on Turnberry and the temperature mild. Play Turnberry's Ailsa Course on one of those days with a light breeze coming in from the sea then there is nowhere you would rather be; play it in the rain and high winds and your step quickens towards the beckoning lights of the 221-bedroom Westin Turnberry Resort, which is as magnificent as its two links courses. Colin Montgomerie, who has his Links Golf Academy here, says - 'It's the finest links course in the world.' The course provides spectacular views of a breathtaking coastline and out to the Isle of Arran and the Mull of Kintyre and, on a clear day, all the way to Ireland. The old Arran course has been completely redesigned as the Kintyre by Donald Steel as a championship standard course. The new course incorporates Bains Hill, a stunning stretch of land extending to the coastline. In common with the Ailsa, the Kintrye offers undulating greens, tight tee shots, pot bunkers and thick Scottish rough. There are some excellent holes, especially the 8th with a drive from an elevated tee towards the sea and a blind second to the green set in a gully by the rocks.

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.
Magnificent, well-appointed clubhouse with restaurant and bar. Functions catered for.
Trolley hire (not permitted on Ailsa course), club hire, caddies, changing rooms, putting green, pro shop, practice ground, driving range, coaching clinics, memberships available.
15 miles south-west of Ayr on A77.



Aberdyfi/Aberdovey Golf Club
Aberdovey Golf Club, Tywyn Road, Aberdovey, Gwynedd, LL35 0RT, Wales.
Telephone 01654 767 493
It says much for Aberdovey that among the legions captivated by this classic links course are two golfing greats from different times and backgrounds. Bernard Darwin, of Cambridge and The Times, was a top amateur - he played in the first Walker Cup match in 1922 - and the first literary giant of the game. Ian Woosnam, from a Welsh border farm, fought his way up through the professional ranks to become Wales first major championship winner.
They both fell in love with Aberdovey. Darwin was there when the club was founded in 1892 but remembers golf being played on that precious strip of turf between the sea shore and hills in the early 1880s when they cut nine flowerpots into the soil as holes. Woosnam has also found it to be a spiritual home and has sought respite there from the demands of the world golf circuit.
This golf course is just outside the pretty resort at the mouth of the Dovey and wends a traditional route out and back, with sand dunes as sentinels and the wind as friend and foe. It is a place worth a long pilgrimage for any golfer.

Aberystwyth Golf Club
Brynmor Road, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 2HY, Wales.
Telephone 01970 615 104
Aberystwyth Golf Club invites you to play golf and enjoy warm hospitality at one of Wales' hidden golfing gems. Set amidst the panoramic views of Cardigan Bay and the mountains of North Wales, the 6119 yd Par 70 course, designed by the famous Harry Vardon, offers exciting and challenging golf for all players of varying abilities. Now including a par 3 Pay and Play course and a Driving Range come and enjoy all this in a relaxed and friendly environment.

Bala Golf Club
Penlan, Bala, Gwynedd, LL23 7YD, Wales.
Telephone 01678 520 359
10 Hole course. Upland.
Secretary - G. Rhys Jones.

Borth and Ynyslas Golf Club
Aer y Mor, Borth, Ceredigion, SY24 5JS, Wales.
Telephone 01970 871 202
Golf as it should be played. Arguably one of the oldest golf courses in Wales, this traditional championship links course offers a great test of golf for all standards of player. Add to this superb clubhouse with bar and restaurant, a well stocked Pro's shop and practice facilities, Borth and Ynyslas provides a great venue for serious competitors and holiday golfers alike.
Running alongside Cardigan Bay and bordered by nature reserves, the Dovey Estuary and Snowdonia beyond, the superb setting may distract your mind from the odd errant shot, but the easy walking will enable the least agile of us to enjoy a round or two, and the opportunity to master this grand old lady of Welsh golf. One thing is for certain, a warm welcome will await all those who visit, and a desire to return to recover that dropped shot.

Brecon Golf Club
Newton Park Llanfaes, Brecon, Powys, LD3 8PA, Wales.
Telephone 01874 622 004
Situated on the edge of Brecon, on the banks of the Usk. This golf club in Wales was founded in 1902, the tenth Club to join the Welsh Golfing Union. This is an attractive nine hole course, with excellent drainage, the flat terrain makes for an easy walk with views of the Brecon Beacons. Two laps of the nine holes measures 6068 yards, with the last four holes providing a challenging test.

Builth Wells Golf Club
Golf Club Road, Builth Wells, Powys, LD2 3NF, Wales.
Telephone 01982 553 296
Its central location makes Builth one of the most accessible golf courses in Wales as well as one of the most popular. Its picturesque setting makes it particularly tempting to golfers from the Midlands and it is difficult to decide who is more proud of the place, the members or the visitors.
Builth's Secretary/Manager John Jones is a constant recipient of compliments from those who delight in a course that makes up in fascination what it lacks in length. One of the many letters he has received recently commented - 'Our heartiest congratulations upon the excellence of your course, fairways, tees, greens, semi-rough, all was so splendid and well manicured. The overall effect was quite outstanding, of the highest quality not only as a great challenge, with so many interesting holes, but also for the joy of the surrounding scenery. Everything was truly superb'.
Needless to say, Builth loves visitors as much as visitors love Builth. The course traces a 5,376 yard trail through woodland and around water. Many holes demand accuracy rather than distance while small and well-guarded greens add to the trickery of it all.
Even the clubhouse is a collector's piece. It is a listed building, being a converted 15th century Welsh Long House featuring some of the original oak beams. It boasts two large wood fires which add to the clubs convivial.

Cardigan Golf Club
Gwbert-on- Sea, Cardigan, Ceredigion, SA43 1PR, Wales.
Telephone 01239 621 775
One of the most startling of the unsung courses of Wales is to be found high on a hill overlooking the Teifi Estuary at Gwbert, two miles from the historic town of Cardigan.
Furman Bisher of the Atlanta Journal, doyen of American golf writers, came to Wales in 1993 to give Royal Porthcawl the once over. He had never been to Wales before and was so impressed he changed his plans so that he and his wife could do a ten-day tour. The game he played at Cardigan was extolled to his readers as one of the highlights - "With the possible exception of Pebble Beach, the view from the top of the Cardigan course is the finest I've seen anywhere in golf". Such unsolicited testimonials enabled the club to enter its centenary year of 1995 in good heart.
The three finishing holes through bracken and linksland are particularly enjoyable and the sight from the tee of the short 16th is worth framing. In August they stage a match between members and any visitor who cares to turn up. The visitors don't often win but the sing-song in the evening is worth the beating.

Cilgwyn Golf Club
Llangybi, Lampeter, Ceredigion, SA48 8NN, Wales.
Telephone 01570 493 286
This nine-hole golf course was founded in 1905 and is situated in Llangybi, a village five miles north-east of Lampeteroff the A485.
The course sits in a secluded valley and is very picturesque. It's a flat parkland layout but the trees, ponds and streams give you plenty to think about as you try and plot your way around the course.
All in all, it provides an extremely enjoyable test of golf. And there's no excuse for being unprepared when you step on to the first tee. There's a large practice area at Cilgwyn and a putting green, too.

Cradoc Golf Club and Driving Range
Penoyre Park, Cradoc, Brecon, Powys, LD3 9LP, Wales.
Telephone 01874 623 658
A warm welcome awaits you at Cradoc Golf Club and driving range. An 18 hole parkland golf course with panoramic views of the adjoining Brecon Beacons National Park. In 1999 a modern driving range with 10 undercover, floodlit bays and a double teaching bay was added to the facilities available to members and visitors. Resident PGA golf professional Richard Davies stocks an extensive range of golf equipment and clothes, in his shop adjoining the Clubhouse. Visitors are welcome throughout the year.

Cwmrhydneuadd Golf Club
Pentregat Plwmp, Llandysul, Ceredigion, SA44 6HD, Wales.
Telephone 01239 654 933
Secretary - John Curry.
A 2035 yard-long, 9 hole parkland course with par 31 and SSS of 31.

Dolgellau Golf Club
Dolgellau, Dolgellau, Gwynedd, LL40 2ES, Wales.
Telephone 01341 422 603
Secretary - J May.
9 Hole parkland course.

Ffestiniog Golf Club
Y Cefn, Ffestiniog, Gwynedd, LL41 4PS, Wales.
Telephone 01766 762 637
Secretary - Andrew Roberts.
9 Hole mountain course.

Llanymynech Golf Club
Pant, Llanymynech, Powys, SY10 8LB, Wales.
Telephone 01691 830 983
Outstanding location on Wales / England border giving panoramic views. Excellent greens on well established course with unique features of 15 holes in Wales and 3 in England. It offers a good test for all levels of golfers and it's the course where the Ryder Cup Captain Ian Woosnam started his career. A warm Welcome awaits you at this friendly club with its reasonably priced green fees and excellent catering.

Machynlleth Golf Club
Newtown Road, Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 8UH, Wales.
Telephone - 01654 702 000
9 Hole heathland course. Secretary - John Williams.

Maesmawr Golf Club
Mid Wales Golf Centre, Caersws, Powys, SY17 5SB, Wales.
Telephone - 01686 688 303
9 Hole parkland course. Secretary - Jackie Evans

Palleg Golf Club
Palleg Road, Lower Cwmtwrch, Lower Cwmtwrch, Swansea, SA9 2QQ, Wales.
Telephone - 01639 842 193
Set in 120 acres with spectacular views across the Swansea Valley and the Black Mountains situated at the foot of the Brecon Beacons National Park. A day at Palleg and Swansea Valley Golf Course is a must for all keen golfers visiting the area.

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Penrhos Golf and Country Club
Penrhos Golf and Country Club, Llanrhystud, Ceredigion, SY23 5AY, Wales.
Telephone - 01974 202 999
Located nine miles south of Aberystwyth Penrhos is a parkland and meadowland course with lakes and panoramic views of the Welsh countryside and Cardigan Bay. It has an 18 hole championship length course, 9 hole course and floodlit driving range. Accommodation is available in our American style hotel suites.

Pontardawe Golf Club
Cefn Lane, Pontardawe, Neath and Port Talbot, SA8 4SH, Wales.
Telephone - 01792 863 118
Just 45 minutes from The Celtic Manor, Wentwood Hills Course, the Ryder Cup venue for 2010 you will find Pontardawe Golf Club.
Situated in the upper Swansea Valley overlooking Pontardawe, Pontardawe Golf Club offers a unique location for playing golf. The club was founded in 1924 and began as a 9 hole course and was extended to 18 holes in 1964

Rhosgoch Golf and Leisure Club
Rhosgoch Paincastle, Painscastle, Powys, LD2 3JY, Wales.
Telephone - 01497 851 251
9 Hole course. Parkland.

Royal St Davids Golf Club
Harlech, Harlech, Gwynedd, LL46 2UB, Wales.
Telephone - 01766 780 361
A former president of Royal St David's put it perfectly, Harlech is a magical place. So it is. Deep in Merlin country, the course is in the shadow of the towering castle built by Edward I in the 13th century to keep the Welsh in check.
It is a matter of historic irony that those majestic ramparts now form the backcloth of a golf course that subjugates Englishmen or, indeed, any visitor. Royal St David's like Royal Porthcawl, would be counted in any list of the worlds best courses. When the castle was built, the sea lapped the rocks beneath it but over the centuries retreated to leave the expanse of natural linksland that was never meant to be anything but a great golf course.
Only twice do successive holes proceed in the same direction so the wind invariably spreads trouble among the dunes and although it is not long, it has been described by professionals as the worlds toughest par 69. Host to a throng of championships in its time and favored by all manner of men - in 1934, King George V was Patron and the Prince of Wales was Captain - Royal St Davids has rewarded many a long journey with a unique experience

St Idloes Golf Club
Waun-y-Mer, Kenfig, Kenfig, Bridgend, CF33 4PU, Wales.
Telephone - 01686 412 559
9 Hole course. Undulating parkland. Secretary - E. Hughes.

Welsh Border Golf Club
Bulthy Farm, Middleton, Welshpool, Powys, SY21 8ER, Wales.
Telephone - 01656 771 613
9/9 Hole parkland course.
Secretary - D Roberts


Abergele Golf Club
Tan-y-Gopa Road, Abergele, Conwy, LL22 8DS, Wales.
Telephone - 01745 824 034
Regarded as one of the most picturesque golf courses in Wales with the magnificent backdrop of Gwrych Castle, Abergele Golf Club remains a firm favourite with both members and those who choose to visit from all over the golfing world.
The delightful 18 hole Parkland Course boast many enviable features. The course was established in its present position in 1968 to the historic grounds of Gwyrch Castle with magnificent coastal views. Abergele Golf Club has maintained its reputation by ensuring that innovative enhancements are made at every opportunity. This is clearly highlighted by the completion of a huge project which say construction of new greens to thew latest USGA standards by course architect David Williams of Golf Design and reconstruction work supervised by G. Shiels and Associates.
The new USPGA greens, means that our members and visitors are able to play on smooth, dry greens for 12 months of the year. The greens design is such that they provide an interesting challenge to all categories of golfer with pin placement ranging from easy to difficult depending on the occasion. Club policy has also given special consideration to ensure more favourable playing conditions for lady golfers.

Abersoch Golf Club
Golf Road, Abersoch, Gwynedd, LL53 7EY, Wales.
Telephone - 01758 712 622
Abersoch is a hidden golfing gem nestling behind ancient sand dunes. This 18 hole course has a mixture of both links and parkland with many testing holes and wonderful views overlooking Cardigan Bay and the Snowdonia mountain range.
Take for example the signature 246 yard par 3, 3rd hole with elevated tee and panoramic views requiring an accurate drive over both gorse and a water hazard to a sloping green with a bunkers waiting. Follow that with links holes hugging the coastline and contoured over a century ago through huge, natural sandunes, accuracy is key here as wayward drives are punished.
The unique microclimate offers golf 365 days a year. Located in the 'welsh riviera' Abersoch, North Wales with plenty of summer sun, sea, sand and lively nightlife. Why not make a short break of it? A full day of Golf, a meal and a couple of drinks at the clubhouse then hit the village bars and clubs!

Anglesey Golf Club
Station road, Rhosneigr, Anglesey, LL64 5QX, Wales.
Telephone - 01407 811 127
18 Hole course. Links.

Baron Hill Golf Club
Beaumaris, Beaumaris, Anglesey, LL58 8YW, Wales.
Telephone - 01248 810 231
A 5596 yard-long, 9 hole Moorland course with par 68 and SSS of 69. Secretary - Mr A Pleming.

Betws-y-Coed Golf Club
Old Church Road, Betws-y-Coed, Conwy, LL24 0AL, Wales.
Telephone - 01690 710 556
A 4998 yds-long, 9 hole Parkland course with par 64 and SSS of 64.
Secretary - Pat Rowley.

Bryn Morfydd Golf Club
Llanrhaeadr, Denbigh, Denbighshire, LL16 4NP, Wales.
Telephone - 01745 890 280
A 5517/2296 yard-long, 18 hole Parkland course with par 70/54 and SSS of 67.
Secretary - Mr R Hughes. Handicap certificate required.

Bull Bay Golf Club
Bull Bay Road, Amlwch, Anglesey, LL68 9RY, Wales.
Telephone 01407 830 960
The most northerly golf course in Wales. Occupying clifftop heights near Amlwch on the Isle of Angleseys rocky northern coast, Bull Bay commands lofty views towards the Isle of Man and to the mountains of Snowdonia and offers plenty of natural hazards as it dips and weaves its way around the rolling, rugged heathland.
Some notion of the nature of Bull Bay can be gained from the fact that 11 greens are above you as you play your approach shots - and from eight tees you drive to fairways that are below your feet. The most spectacular is the 18th, a long par four running downhill from a high tee that provides the finest of the vistas, not least because Bull Bays grand new clubhouse stands behind the green.
This course was a favourite of British Prime Minister David Lloyd George. It was probably at his behest that Herbert Fowler of Walton Heath designed it - although the Marquis of Anglesey paid for it, and provided the first clubhouse. J.H.Taylor and James Braid played an exhibition round on its opening day in 1913 and the great Braid took an eight at the third - a fact that has soothed thousands of Bull Bay strugglers ever since.

Caernarfon Golf Club
Llanfaglan, Caernarfon, Gwynedd LL54 5RP, Wales.
Telephone - 01286 673 783
Originally constructed in 1909 and extended to 18 holes in 1981, The Royal Town of Caernarfon Golf Club offers a good test to golfers of all abilities.
With panoramic views of Wales highest mountain, Caernarfon Castle and the Isle of Anglesey this is a must play course for any golfing visitor to Wales.

Chirk Golf Centre
Chirk, Wrexham, LL14 5AD, Wales.
Telephone - 01691 774 407
Chirk Golf Centre comprises an 18 Hole Parkland Golf Course, a 9 Hole Par 3 golf Course, a 15 Bay Floodlit Driving Range and a Clubhouse with Bar, Carvery and Conference Facilities.
Located in 200 acres of stunning Welsh countryside, overlooked by Chirk Castle and the Welsh Borders above, Chirk Golf Course makes the most appealing society venue. The Par 72 Championship course has won acclaim for fairness and flexibility which can play as short as 5757 yards or, for the really ambitious 7281 yards. Let us know where you want the tees for your day. The Par 5 9th hole measures some 664 yards from the white tees and is one of the longest in Europe. If you get on in 2 you are guaranteed a free drink in the bar afterwards. Previously forming part of the castle grounds the 18 hole course is also bounded by the Llangollen Canal. With mature Parkland, numerous water features and undulating greens you are sure to have a very pleasant and eventful round.

Clays Golf Centre
Bryn Estyn Road, Llan-y-Pwll, Wrexham, LL13 9UB, Wales.
Telephone - 01978 661 406
Traditionally, golf has been associated with being an elitist and sometimes sexist sport which is only available for the minority of our society. Here at Clays Golf Centre we have developed a Golf Centre that is accessible for all.
On our 109-acre site we have an 18-hole championship course, a 9 hole academy par 3 course, an undulating putting and chipping green, 14 bay floodlit driving range, and an extensive golf shop with the very latest in golf equipment, fashion, and accessories. Upon completion of your round or range practice you can enjoy and relax in the friendly atmosphere of our excellent bar and restaurant.

Conwy (Caernarvonshire Golf Club
Beacons Way, Morfa, Conwy, LL32 8ER, Wales.
Telephone - 01492 592 423
Conwy has given its name to a river, a mountain, a magnificent castle with a complete ring of medieval town walls and championship links golf course that played a distinctive role in two World Wars. Golf was being played on this flat spur of land at the mouth of the River Conwy in 1869 and a 12-hole course was built on this stretch of sand hills, ditches, gorse and fine old turf by 1875 but it was another 15 years before the club was officially formed.
It became one of the foremost championship venues in Wales but, requisitioned as an army training camp, it was virtually destroyed between 1914-18. Members restored it to its former glory but in 1943 mysterious things started happening at the back of the second green - under great secrecy 900 workmen began building sections of the Mulberry Harbour which was launched into the river and shipped south to play its crucial role in D-Day landings of World War II.
Once more members brought it back to life and it has played a major role in championship golf ever since, the quality of its challenge matched by a spectacular setting between mountain, river and sea.
The only Welsh course to stage the final qualifying stages of the open championship, Conwy has subsequently hosted the Ryder Cup Wales Seniors Open. A fabulous links course set in stunning surroundings with views of Snowdonia, Anglesey and Llandudno's Great Orme. Conwy is an ideal location for the golfing tourist with easy access to Liverpool and Manchester airports and a wide range of hotel accommodation nearby. A warm welcome awaits you at Conwy.

Criccieth Golf Club
Ednyfed Hill, Criccieth, Gwynedd, LL52 0RB, Wales.
Telephone - 01766 522 154
A 5787 yard-long, 18 hole undulating hilltop golf course with par 69 and SSS of 68. Secretary - D.H. Williams.
Founded in 1905, this undulating 18 hole hilltop golf course on natural terrain is really golf as it was, and should be. Set overlooking Criccieth Castle, the course is a very good test of golf being some 5500 yards off the back tees. The mountains of Snowdonia, the stunning coastline and historic landscape form a backdrop to one of the most spectacular views and unique golf courses in North Wales. Criccieth Golf Club has the distinction of having three 20th century Prime Ministers play the course on the same day ie - Andrew Bonar Law, David Lloyd George, and Winston Churchill

Denbigh Golf Club
Henllan Road, Denbigh, Denbighshire, LL16 5AA, Wales.
Telephone - 01745 816 669
Located in the Magnificent Vale of Clwyd close to the historic town of Denbigh, Denbigh Golf Club offers a genuine warm welcome to new members, visitors and societies. Set in natural parkland this cleverly designed out course will test your game placing a premium on driving accuracy. Avenues of Oak and Elm trees are one aspect of the inspiring course. Enjoy challenging golf, panoramic views and hospitality, from the first hole you will be immersed in the experience.

Hawarden Golf Club
Groomsdale Lane, Hawarden, Flintshire, CH5 3EH, Wales.
Telephone - 01244 531 447

Henllys Hall Golf Club
Beaumaris, Beaumaris, Anglesey, LL58 8HU, Wales.
Telephone - 01248 811 717

Holyhead Golf Course
Lon Garreg Fawr, Trearddur Bay, Holyhead, Anglesey, LL65 2YL, Wales.
Telephone - 01407 763 279
Increasingly popular with Irish golfers - Dublin is only 90 minutes away on the nearby "Superferry" service - Holyhead is a seaside heathland course on Holy Island which is linked by causeway to the Isle of Anglesey. Close to the holiday resort of Trearddur Bay, Holyhead Golf Club has its own accommodation and has arrangements with local guest houses so that touring golfers can be assured of a berth close by.
Holyhead has no trees but gets its character from rocky outcrops, undulating fairways hemmed in by gorse - and sea views, none finer than at the elevated 10th tee from where a 360 degree panorama takes in Snowdonia, the Llyn Peninsula and a vast expanse of the Irish Sea. Designed by the ubiquitous James Braid in 1912, Holyhead has re-routed two holes which has lead to the ninth becoming a par five and the course lengthening to 6,508 yards.
The main improvement is the quality of the greens and the club believes they are recovering their reputation of being the best in North Wales. The course is at it most spectacular in spring but, dominated by the moods of the wind, is testing at any time.

Kinsale Golf Club
Beaumaris, Beaumaris, Anglesey, LL58 8HU, Wales.
Telephone - 01248 811 717

Llandudno (North Wales Golf Club
72 Bryniau Road, Llandudno, Conwy, LL30 2DZ, Wales.
Telephone - 01492 875 325
North Wales Golf Course is situated on the west coast of North Wales in the sunny seaside town of Llandudno with excellent views over the Conwy estuary to Anglesey and the Snowdonia Mountain range
One of the oldest golf courses on Wales's northern coastline - only Rhyl and Conwy pre-date it - North Wales was once described by the great Henry Cotton as "a gem". Situated on Llandudno's West Shore, this natural links course has long contributed to the attractions of this popular resort and helps to make the area a magnet for the golfing tourist.
North Wales offers its biggest challenge to those golfers blessed with a hook for its front nine runs out alongside the railway line and the back nine returns along the coast. It saves two of its toughest tests for the end - the 16th and 17th holes. They are back-to-back par threes, and short ones at that, but they are extremely difficult. Nicknamed "O Hell" and "Hello", they face in opposite directions and therefore serve up the wind in your face and at your back. The 16th points directly into the prevailing wind and can require any tee shot from a three-wood to a nine-iron. The 17th thereupon reverses the problem and, between them, they can cause havoc with your score.
Chosen as the venue for the 1995 Welsh Team Championship, North Wales helps to make Llandudno an excellent golfing centre.

Llandudno (Maesdu Golf Club
Hospital Road, Llandudno, Conwy, LL30 1HU, Wales.
Telephone - 01492 876 450
You can be sure of a warmer welcome at Llandudno's Maesdu course than that received by a group of Norwegians in the year 1098 AD. They came by sea and had on their minds that which couldn't be compared with golf. The bloody Battle of Deganwy ensued and the ground upon which they fought was named Maesdu (black field).
More than 800 years later the same terrain was eyed with less belligerent intent by Llandudno Council who allocated the land for a golf course. Although Llandudno already possessed the excellent North Wales links course and another, now defunct, at the Great Orme, they were keen to encourage tourism to the premier North Wales coast resort. They achieved more than that because Maesdu became one of Britain's top professional venues in the 1950's and 1960's, regularly hosting the famous Penfold tournament.
Among the Penfold winners at Maesdu were Henry Cotton, Harry Wheetman, Peter Alliss, Peter Butler and Harry Bradshaw. It was a great favourite among pros from all over the world who admired the blend of parkland and links golf and the broad expanse of scenery.

Llanfairfechan Golf Club
Llanerch Road, Llanfairfechan, Conwy, LL33 0EB, Wales.
Telephone - 01248 680 524.
Secretary - Mr M J Charlesworth.
9 Hole parkland course.

Llangefni Golf Club
Llangefni, Llangefni, Anglesey, LL77 8YQ, Wales.
Telephone - 01248 722 193
9 Hole parkland course.

Mold Golf Club
Cilcain Road, Pantymwyn, Flintshire, CH7 5EH, Wales.
Telephone - 01352 741 513
Based in the village of Pantymwyn, near Mold in Flintshire, North Wales Mold Golf Club boasts an 18-hole uplands course, offering extensive views of the Clwyd Hills, Cheshire and the Peak District.
Facilities include a practice ground, putting green and full catering services. Golf societies and visitors are always welcome.
From the higher part of the course, some 850 feet above sea level, a colourful panorama opens out. To the North are the Halkyn Plateau and Dee Estuary with Wirral and Merseyside beyond. Eastward the Cheshire Plain extends into the blue distance. The Clwydian Hills culminating in the familiar landmark of Moel Fammau form a picturesque rampart to the west.

Moss Valley Golf Club
Moss Road, Wrexham, LL11 4UR, Wales.
Telephone - 01978 720 518
The Golf Course was opened in 1988 and was designed by six local golf architects. It takes in the beautiful views through the meandering Moss Valley with the result a both testing, and a fair challenge throughout.
There is a great variety of golf holes, calling for you, the golfer, to use every club in your bag. Each hole has two sets of tees which calls for different shot making on every hole. The signature hole the par 3, 7th/16th could be positioned on any golf course in the world.

Nefyn and District Golf Club
Golf Road, Morfa Nefyn, Gwynedd, LL53 6DA, Wales.
Telephone - 01758 720 966
A unique 26 hole golf course; a view of the sea from every tee; eight holes played on the now world-famous, well-photographed 'Point', sometimes described as North Wales' 'Pebble Beach' - a narrow peninsula with the holes surrounded on one side by secluded coves, rocky outcrops and the sea and on the other by a glorious stretch of sandy beach and a pub; a backdrop of the Snowdonia mountain range to the east and, on a clear sunny evening, 57 miles away, the Wicklow mountains of southern Ireland to the west. Welcome to golf at Nefyn, ranked among the top 100 golf courses in the UK.

'Nine of Clubs' Golf Course
Caerwys, Caerwys, Flintshire, CH7 5AQ, Wales.
Telephone - 07703 558 840.
Secretary - Mr T Evans.
9 Hole parkland course.

Northop Country Park Golf Club
Northop, Denbigh, Denbighshire, CH7 6WA, Wales.
Telephone - 01352 840 440
For a fairly young course, Northop has achieved maturity and reputation very rapidly. In its first season it hosted the 1994 Welsh PGA National Championship and it is to the great credit of Northop that it provided such a high standard contest.
Designed by John Jacobs, the highly respected golf teacher who finished runner-up to Henry Cotton in the Penfold tournament at nearby Llandudno 40 years earlier, the course makes the most of 272 acres of rich parkland and not only was it booked to stage the Welsh professional event again in 1995 and 1996, it was named as the venue for the Welsh Ladies Championship. Backed by excellent clubhouse facilities, golf at Northop is under the personal direction of one of Wales's best known professionals - David Llewellyn who partnered Ian Woosnam to victory for Wales in the 1987 World Cup.
David plays the course regularly and his favourite holes are the eighth, a downhill par five and the 16th, a 380 yard dog-legged par four with water to the right, trees to the left and a stream in front of the green, which will challenge all-comers.

Old Colwyn Golf Club
Woodland Avenue, Colwyn Bay, Conwy, LL29 9NL, Wales.
Telephone - 01492 515 581.
Secretary - Mr D A Jones.
9 Hole meadowland course.

Old Padeswood Golf Club
Station Lane, Denbigh, Denbighshire, CH7 4JL, Wales.
Telephone - 01244 550 414
Secretary - B Jones/ B Slater.
18 Hole parkland course.

Padeswood and Buckley Golf Club
Station Lane, Padeswood, Flintshire, CH7 4JD, Wales.
Telephone - 01244 550 537
Padeswood and Buckley Golf Club is located in North East Wales. Set between the Clwydian Hills and the Cheshire Plain, this picturesque 18 hole course with its tree lined fairways and water hazards provides a real challenge to golfers of all abilities.
The course is ideally situated just 5 minutes from the A55 expressway, 9 miles from Chester and 45 minutes from Liverpool and Manchester

Penmaenmawr Golf Club
The Secretary, Mrs Anne Greenwood, Conwy Old Road, Penmaenmawr, Conwy, LL34 6RD, Wales.
Telephone - 01492 623 330
With three mountains surrounding as a back drop and the coastline in front, Penmaenmawr Golf Course is as challenging in golf as it is stimulating in scenic beauty. When the view is as magnificent as seen on a balmy summers day, it is worth enduring some of the slopes on this golf course.
Penmaenmawr golf course is truly, one of the sights of the golfing world - with the Great Orme Head rising out of the sea by Llandudno and the distant outline of Anglesey and Puffin Island across the Menai Straits.
Constructed in 1910, Penmaenmawr golf course itself is equally magnificent.
Dry stone walls bisect the fairways with devastating effect if you have an errant drive, especially on the 2nd, 7th and 16th View down the 6th tee, showing the 5th and 6th fairways holes. Although there is not a par 5 on the golf course, when you walk off the 5th, you'll be convinced that there are four feet in the Welsh yard! The greens are well maintained and several of them are elevated, so it takes an experienced eye to read them and when in doubt, remember all the greens tend to slope towards the sea.
Penmaenmawr Golf Club is renowned throughout the North Wales golfing community for it's friendly atmosphere. "We had been playing in the Penfold competition at Llandudno and visited the club during the time we were in North Wales. I recall the game with great fondness and also the warm and friendly welcome received. I was also impressed by the club spirit and picturesque surroundings." Peter Alliss. A short drive from Conwy off the A55, Penmaenmawr Golf Course is a must for any golfing enthusiast, you will be rewarded with a memorable round of golf and you will be warmly received at the 19th hole.

Pennant Park Golf Club
Pennant Park, Whitford, Denbigh, Denbighshire, CH8 9EP, Wales.
Telephone - 01745 563 000
18 Hole parkland course.

Penrhyn Golf Club
Llanddaniel-Fab, Llanddaniel Fab, Anglesey, LL60 6NN, Wales.
Telephone - 01248 421 150
Secretary - Mr W Carter.
9 Hole parkland course.

Plassey Golf Club
Eyton, Llangollen, Denbighshire, LL13 0SP, Wales.
Telephone - 01978 780 020
Length - 5000
Par - 33
SSS - 33
Type of course - Parkland
Visitors require handicap certificate? No
Pay and play, no handicap required? Yes
Societies/visitor information:
Societies welcome? Yes
Book in advance? Yes
Special days? Yes
Green fees
Weekend rates per person
Min £10 Max £15
Weekday rates per person
Min £10 Max £15
Meals available
Buggy hire
Trolley hire
Golf club hire
Practice area
Putting green
Golf lessons
Pro shop
Credit card facilities

Porthmadog Golf Club
Morfa Bychan, Porthmadog, Gwynedd, LL49 9UU, Wales.
Telephone - 01766 514 124
Situated in the North Wales seaside village of Morfa Bychan, renowned for its Black Rock Sands, the course offers an intriguing mixture of heathland and linksland for the discerning golfer. Created by James Braid, the course has two distinct halves. The front nine are away from the coast and the back nine are heading for the sea, and some beautiful scenery.
The Club celebrates its centenary this year!

Prestatyn Golf Club
Marine Road East, Prestatyn, Denbighshire LL19 7HS, Wales.
Telephone - 01745 854 320
Another of the unspoilt links courses which line the Welsh coastline, Prestatyn enhances the shores of Denbighshire with a course measuring over 6,800 yards.
Built in 1905, it has long been a favourite with top golfers because it has several particularly challenging holes but it can be enjoyed by the holiday golfer who will be impressed by the extensive facilities available in the updated clubhouse.
Prestatyn has been altered considerably since it was first laid out. Two holes were on the side of the road to the sea and the clubhouse was the Grand Hotel. Two holes were eventually added among the sand dunes and the hotel was handed back to the holidaymakers. Exposed to both the westerly and northwesterly winds, the links also present players with the problem of the Prestatyn Gutter, a deep and wide draining ditch that comes into play on six of the holes.
The club has produced some fine players including Welsh champions Sam Roberts and Ted Davies whose memories were invoked when Prestatyn had the honour of hosting the Welsh Amateur championship several times in recent years.

Pwllheli Golf Club
Golf Road, Pwllheli, Gwynedd LL53 5PS, Wales.
Telephone - 01758 701 644
David Lloyd George was one of our more colourful Prime Ministers and is remembered in the song 'Lloyd George Knew my Father. Whether he did or not, he certainly knew Pwllheli golf course because he performed the official opening ceremony in 1909. The club had been formed in 1900 but only as a nine-hole course designed by Tom Morris of Hoylake amid the dunes. The ubiquitous course designer James Braid added a further nine and Lloyd George, a keen golfer who was born in nearby Criccieth, was happy to add it to the many golf courses he played in the area. The nine holes added by Braid take you over gentle parkland which contrasts sharply with the original nine on traditional linksland and together they make a delightful test that in 1998 was one of seven Welsh courses rated among the top 200 in Britain by an independent panel of experts. Pwllheli claim that the clubhouse is closer to the sea than any in the UK and the views over Cardigan Bay and up to Snowdonia provide a superb backdrop.

Rhos-on-Sea Golf Club
Glan-y-Mor Road, Penrhyn Bay, Penrhyn Bay, Conwy, LL30 3PU, Wales.
Telephone - 01492 540 164
Secretary - Mr I.H. Taylor
18 Hole course. Parkland.

Rhuddlan Golf Club
Meliden Road, Rhuddlan, Denbighshire, LL18 6LB, Wales.
Telephone - 01745 590 217
Rhuddlan is the site of the first of Edward I's concentric fortress. Built in the 13th century, it was the king's main stronghold for his conquest of North Wales and was the forerunner of the great castles of Conwy and Harlech - where, co-incidentally, memorable courses have also sprung up.
Rhuddlan Golf Club was a long way behind those in its development, but is none the worse for the delay. The attractive and scenic parkland course was first established as a nine-holer in 1930, extending to 18 eight years later.
After World War II, however, it went through several changes until the designers Hawtree created a new layout in the 1960s which was further improved after the gift of an extra 30 acres from the club president, Lord Langford.
The improvements continue, Rhuddlan has recently won an award from the Forestry Commission for the club's work in planting 5,000 trees and considerably enriching the environment of this golf course. The areas of new growth have not only brought new definition to the fairways and greens but provided wildlife corridors joining ponds and greens around the popular championship course. Among the new "visitors" are kestrels, pheasants and a family of badgers.

Rhyl Golf Club
Coast Road, Rhyl, Denbighshire LL18 3RE, Wales.
Telephone - 01745 353 171
9 Hole golf course.

Ruthin-Pwllglas Golf Club
Pwllglas, Pwllglas Ruthin, Denbighshire, LL15 2PE, Wales.
Telephone - 01824 702 296
The delightful and well-maintained golf course and the warm and friendly welcome afforded to all at this Club seldom disappoint the first-time visitor.
Situated above the village of Pwllglas, the Clubhouse and course offer panoramic views of the Vale of Clwyd and the Clwydian Range beyond. There are 10 characterful holes laid out on rolling upland terrain and the course is an excellent test for club golfers of all abilities.
The course photo gallery and scorecard enable further acquaintance with the course and its unique charm.

Silver Birch Golf Club
Minafon Farm, Betws yn Rhos, Betws-yn-rhos Abergele, Conwy, LL22 8BZ, Wales.
Telephone - 01492 680 203
Pay and Play Golf Course Facility with 2 x 9 Holes, which can be played individually or as an 18 hole course. Old Course 1600yds for total beginners and Plas Course 1600 yds for the more experienced. Both provide a challenge for any grade of golfer. No booking required but can be busy during weekends in the summer.

St Deiniol Golf Club
Pen y Bryn, Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 1PX, Wales.
Telephone - 01248 370 792
Perched on the side of Bangor Mountain, St Deiniol Golf Club offers compensations in return for the demands it makes. It's a tough test, both on your physical stamina and your golfing ability, but you get your rewards in the heavenly views.
Situated just outside Bangor, under which name it was founded in 1905, St Deiniol is three miles from the Menai Bridge and in a commanding position in sight of some of Wales' finest features. The gorse that has always been a major feature of the course has been thinned out over the years but still plays a major part in shaping the narrow fairways and putting a premium on accuracy.
The 13th hole probably defines the essence of St Deiniol - a short, dog-legged par four with out-of-bounds over a high wall on the right, gorse on the left and a quarry helping to guard the green. But being on the mountainside means excellent drainage and a course in superb condition that offers all-year golf.
The views range from a stunning display of Snowdonia on the left to a panorama of the Menai Strait, including the whole of Beaumaris Castle, when you get to the 12th. From the 18th you can see up the North Wales coastline as far as Llandudno and the nearby Penrhyn Castle.

St Melyd Golf Club
The Paddock, Meliden Road, Prestatyn, Denbighshire, LL19 8NB, Wales.
Telephone - 01745 854 405
About St. Melyd - St. Melyd Golf Club was established in 1922. The original clubhouse was situated on the opposite side of the road from the course and the first nine holes occupied a single field.
The course was later expanded to two fields, giving room for a good variety of long and short holes
The present membership is indebted to the original members who had the foresight to secure all the land and assets for the club.
This security has allowed for the continual development of St.Melyd including a new clubhouse on the "right side" of the road, and the establishment of a mature and challenging course.
The clubhouse presently boasts a well-appointed lounge, dining room, snooker room, and excellent locker and changing facilities.
The course consists of nine holes each offering a good test to golfers of all abilities.

Wrexham Golf Club
Holt Road, Wrexham, LL13 9SB, Wales.
Telephone 01978 364 268
Secretary - J Johnson.
Members and visitors enjoy the facilities of a well appointed and recently renovated clubhouse and bar as well as a tight and testing golf course.
Come to Wrexham and enjoy a friendly round of golf and soak up the history of this great club.
Located on the A534 Holt Road on the outskirts of the town, easily accessible from the M6, M54 and M56 motorways.
18 Hole parkland course.


Aberdare Golf Club
Abernant, Aberdare, Rhondda Cynon Taff, CF44 0RY, Wales.
Telephone - 01685 872 797
Aberdare Golf Club was founded in 1921 as a parkland course at Abernant, which is about a mile from the town centre of Aberdare. This picturesque 18-hole golf course is famous for its mature oak trees and was also a home club to one of Britain's most famous golfers Mr Dai Rees , who was former Ryder Cup Captain. Dai Rees's father was the club professional from 1938 to 1953 and his mother was the stewardess of the club. Aberdare Golf Club was the place were Dai Rees received his first golf lesson, the thirteenth was one of his favourite holes.
Aberdare Golf Course can be testing for some golfers and it is certainly a very interesting and challenging course to play so if you have the chance to play this course you will find it's a surprisingly beautiful course.
Today this golf club at Abernant acts as host to a variety of golfing societies and visitors who come to play the course. Aberdare golf club is always trying to attract more people to play on the course and there are a variety of different scenic views available for the golfers to admire. Aberdare Golf Club is a progressive club and is improving their course and facilities and has constructed new changing rooms, new patio area and car park recently.

Alice Springs Golf Club
Kemeys Commander, Usk, Monmouthshire, NP5 1JY, Wales.
Telephone - 01873 880 708
Alice Springs is a 36 hole golf complex set in the beautiful Vale of Usk with wonderful views over the surrounding countryside. We can claim to be an all weather facility only two days lost in 2008. Dedicated buggy paths for our forty buggies all fitted with the latest gps system. A warm friendly clubhouse serving food eight till late offers a perfect end to a great golf day. We cater for societies of all sizes with dedicated function room and Spikes bar.

Bargoed Golf Club
Heolddu Moorland Road, Bargoed, Caerphilly, CF81 9GF, Wales.
Telephone - 01443 830 143
Situated on top of a mountain with spectacular views this 18 hole easy walking parkland golf course is well worth a visit. The golf course has been in existence for almost 100 years and is as good a challenge as you will find in this part of Wales. The clubhouse and members are friendly and welcoming, society golf days catered for just call the club professional Craig Easton 01443 836 179

Blackwood Golf Club
Lon Pennant Cwmgelli, Blackwood, Caerphilly, NP2 1BR, Wales.
Telephone - 01495 222 121.
Secretary - Mr A.D. Watkins.
A 5332 yard-long, 9 hole Parkland course with par 66 and SSS of 66.

Bridgend Golf Complex
Golden Mile Drive, Bridgend, CF35 5AS, Wales.
Telephone - 01656 647 926
Secretary - Sandra Bale.
A 1770 yard-long, 9 hole Parkland course with par 29 and SSS of 57.

Bryn Meadows Golf Club
Maesycwmmer, Caerphilly, CF82 7SN, Wales.
Telephone - 02920 560 200
This challenging golf course will forever be the epitaph of Brian Mayo, the remarkable Welshman who created it. After he had started to build this impressive hotel and leisure complex in the heart of the Rhymney Valley, Brian suffered an appalling freakish calamity when he contracted meningitis through licking a golf ball contaminated by weed killer. Both his legs had to be amputated as a result and his life as an entrepreneur, as well as a golfer playing off a single-figure handicap, looked to be over. But Brian swore he would play golf again and, despite his artificial legs, battled his way back down to a handicap of eight.
His pledge to continue to develop Bryn Meadows was fulfilled with similar determination and the result is a complex that has earned a reputation for quality and friendliness and is run with the personal touch by the Mayo family.
The course, home of the British Amputees Championships, contains numerous distinctive ideas Brian collected on his many visits overseas and he was proud that it was chosen as one of the venues for the 1999 Rugby World Cup Amateur Golf Tournament. Sadly, Brian died suddenly while on holiday in Florida in January 1999.

Brynhill (Barry Golf Club
Port Road, Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, CF62 8PN, Wales.
Telephone - 01446 720 277
Secretary - Philip Gershenson.
A 6352 yard-long, 18 hole parkland course with par 72 and SSS of 71.

Caerleon Golf Club
The Broadway, Caerleon, Newport, NP1 1AY, Wales.
Telephone - 01633 420 342.
Secretary - Mr P Inker.
A 5800 yard-long, 9 hole Parkland (flat course with par 68 and SSS of 69.

Cardiff Golf Club
Sherbourne Avenue, Cyncoed, Cardiff, CF23 6SJ, Wales.
Telephone - 02920 753 320
Secretary - Kenvyn Newling.
A 6013 yard-long, 18 hole Parkland course with par 70 and SSS of 70.
Handicap certificate required.

Castell Coch Golf Club
Tongwynlais, Tongwynlais, Cardiff, CF23 6SJ, Wales.
Telephone - 02920 813 370
Secretary - J Llewellyn.
1,200 yard-long, 9 hole parkland course with par 3.

Castell Heights Golf Club
Heol Penybryn, Caerphilly, CF83 1NG, Wales.
Telephone - 02920 861 128
Castell Heights is a member of the Welsh Golfing Union and can supply officially recognised handicap certificates that will enable you to play golf at your local club or around the world.
Once you are a member, simply play our golf course and hand in to our Club Secretary three signed and correctly completed scorecards and we will despatch to you by post an officially recognised handicap certificate.

Celtic Manor Golf Resort
Coldra Woods, Newport, Wales, NP18 1HQ, Wales.
Telephone - 01633 413 000.
The speed with which Celtic Manor has impressed itself on the world golfing scene is little short of miraculous. Less than seven years after it was founded in 1995, it was selected as the host course for The 2010 Ryder Cup. Already one of the leading golf complexes in Europe, Celtic Manor opened the new Twenty Ten Course in 2007 - the first course in history to be purpose-built for staging The Ryder Cup. The Resort boasts three championship courses in all and a floodlit golf academy plus a 400 bed Five Star hotel and health spa. Costing £20 million, including the construction of a second large and luxurious golf clubhouse at the Resort, the spectacular Twenty Ten features water hazards on half of its holes and many more risk and reward dilemmas designed to create thrilling team matchplay during The Ryder Cup. Home of the £1.8m Celtic Manor Wales Open, the Twenty Ten has also been built with spectators in mind and the 50,000 people a day who will attend golf's greatest team tournament in 2010 will benefit from vast viewing slopes on a natural hillside which abuts the closing holes. The original Roman Road course was designed by the legendary architect, Robert Trent Jones, following a chance meeting with Celtic Manor owner Sir Terry Matthews which would become a lasting friendship. The other 18-hole course at Celtic Manor, The Montgomerie, bears the name of its designer, the Ryder Cup star who remained true to his roots in Scottish links golf when planning deep pot bunkers and tricky greenside swales.

Coed-y-Mwstwr Golf Club
The Club House, Coychurch, Vale of Glamorgan, CF35 6AF, Wales.
Telephone - 01656 864 934.
We pride ourselves on our friendly approach, both to members and visitors, and welcome anyone to the club. The clubhouse is open most days for drinks and snacks, and visitors with a club handicap can play the course at any time, except weekends, when they must be accompanied by a member.
We are just embarking on a major redevelopment of the club, with additional holes and a larger clubhouse planned. This should be fully open by summer 2005. Prospective members are welcome to contact the Secretary/Manager to either join now, or join the waiting list for when we have our full 18 holes.

Cottrell Park Golf Resort
Cottrell Park Golf Resort, St Nicholas, Cardiff, Vale of Glamorgan, CF5 6SJ, Wales.
Telephone - 01446 781 781.
The historic parkland of Cottrell Park is set in the heart of the Vale of Glamorgan and it is an idyllic setting for a golfing venue. Cottrell is very conveniently located, being only a few miles from Cardiff and it's International Airport. The beautiful parkland covers over 400 acres and offers breathtaking views sweeping northwards as far as the Brecon Beacons and southwards over the Bristol Channel to the Mendips.
During the past centuries, several families who have played important roles in the history of Great Britain and North America resided at Cottrell, including the Merricks, the Buttons, the Gwinnetts, and the Tylers, and the Mackintosh of Mackintosh. A notable member of the Gwinnett family was Button Gwinnett, who was one of the fifty-six men that assembled at Philadelphia in 1776 to sign the Declaration of Independence and examples of his signature have been sold for $150,000, making it one of the most valuable in the world.
The golfing facilities include two magnificent Championship Golf Courses, the Mackintosh, 6,529 yards off the blue tees, and the Button Gwinnett, (6156 yards off the white tees), as well as an all weather a floodlit driving range, putting greens and golf practice areas.
The Clubhouse, with its exposed beams and flagstones, has a rustic but cosy feel to it. The friendly and comfortable atmosphere helps you to relax after a hard day's work or play and there is an extensive bar menu available throughout the day. The Clubhouse also boasts several rooms that can be set-up in a wide variety of styles, for conferences and meetings.

Creigiau Golf Course
Llantwit Road, Creigiau, Cardiff, CF4 9NN, Wales.
Telephone - 02920 890 263.
Secretary - Mr A.J. Greedy.
A 6063 yard-long, 18 hole Parkland course with par 71 and SSS of 70.
Handicap certificate required.

Dewstow Golf Club
Caerwent, Monmouthshire, Caerwent, Newport, NP26 5AH, Wales.
Telephone - 01291 430 444
Dewstow Golf Club was founded in 1988 and has since grown into one of the leading corporate and society venues in South Wales. We also cater for Weddings, Conferences, Training Days and many other social events. Non golfing visitors are always welcome.

Dinas Powys Golf Club
Highwalls Road, Dinas Powys, Vale of Glamorgan, CF64 4AJ, Wales.
Telephone - 2920 512 727
Secretary - Ginny Golding.
18 Hole parkland course.
Course Details
Length - 5595
Par - 68
SSS - 67
Type of Course - Parkland
Visitors Require handicap certificate? Yes
Pay and play, no handicap required? No
Societies/Visitor information:
Societies welcome? Yes
Book in advance? Yes
Special Days? Yes
Green Fees
Weekend Rates Per Person
Min £20 Max £30
Weekday Rates Per Person
Min £10 Max £25
Meals Available
Buggy Hire
Trolley Hire
Putting green
Golf lessons
Pro shop
Contact Details

Glamorganshire Golf Club
Lavernock Road, Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan, CF64 5UP, Wales.
Telephone - 2920 701 185
You can find us in the seaside town of Penarth, near to Cardiff, in the beautiful Vale of Glamorgan in Wales (Cymru).
The Glamorganshire - founded in 1890, the fourth oldest club in Wales - is steeped in history.
It was here in September 1898 that the Stableford scoring system was first tried by its creator, Dr. Frank Stableford then a member of The Glamorganshire.
In recent years the clubhouse has been completely re-developed and offers excellent dining and changing room facilities. There have also been numerous improvements to the golf course.
The par 70, 6,184 yard golf course, enjoying stunning views over the sea, is not actually a links, but an 18-hole parkland course on undulating ground at the eastern edge of Cosmeston Lakes Country Park. With narrow wood-lined fairways, well-guarded greens, water hazards and over eighty strategic bunkers, it offers a stern but fair test to golfers at all levels.

Greenmeadow Golf and Country Club
Treherbert Road, Croesyceiliog, Cwmbran, Torfaen, NP44 2BZ, Wales.
Telephone - 01633 869 321
A warm welcome always awaits you at Greenmeadow Golf and Country Club. Whatever your requirements we endeavour to provide you with the appropriate setting for your occasion.
We are open to the public so you do not have to be a member to enjoy all our facilities.
Greenmeadow Golf Club is a family owned business, where fine detail and complete satisfaction is the basis of our highly established reputation.

Grove Golf Club
South Cornelly, Porthcawl, Bridgend, CF33 4RP, Wales.
Telephone - 01656 788 771
Porthcawl's parkland course boasts spectacular views across the Bristol channel. A challenging course for golfers of all abilities, with the lake coming into play across three fairways.
The superb clubhouse comprises an excellent restaurant bar, function and conference room with terrace.
Ideal for societies and corporate days with driving range and accommodation available.
Turn off M4 at junction 34.

Llantrisant and Pontyclun Golf Club
Ely Valley Road, Talbot Green, Llantrisant, Rhondda Cynon Taff, CF72 8AL, Wales.
Telephone - 01443 224 601
Llantrisant and Pontyclun Golf Club was established in 1927 and has continued to develop over the years. It is a gently undulating 18 hole parkland course featuring ponds, a river and many natural hazards.
The greens are small and provide a good challenge for your shot making skills.
A warm welcome awaits in the Clubhouse which provides a full bar and dining service 7 days a week.

Llanwern Golf Club
Llanwern Village, Newport, South Wales, NP18 2DY, Wales.
Telephone - 01633 412 029
Llanwern Golf Club - a par 70, 6200 yard parkland course set in a picturesque village conveniently situated 1 mile from M4 junction 24 in South Wales and 1 mile from the Celtic Manor Resort, the Ryder cup 2010 venue.
The club boasts a fully-stocked pro shop, dedicated practice areas, licensed bars and catering facilities.
Also, expert tuition is available from the resident professionals.

Llanyrafon Golf Course
Llanfrechfa Way, Cwmbran, Torfaen, NP44 8HT, Wales.
Telephone - 01633 874 636
9 Hole parkland course.

Marriott St Pierre Golf, Hotel and Country Club
St Pierre Park, Chepstow, Monmouthshire, NP16 6YA, Wales.
Telephone - 01291 625 261
St Pierre of Caen was one of William the Conqueror's most faithful lieutenants and his reward was a domain overlooking the Severn Estuary which became the site of a 14th century manor house. It was here that King Henry V, who came from nearby Monmouth, stored the Crown Jewels while he defeated the French at Agincourt. The house and an adjacent church form the heart of the Mariott St Pierre hotel and around it two courses were created.
The first was designed by Ken Cotton in 1961 from a deer park thronged with highly prized trees that dominate the scene and subdue most of those trying to thread their way through. The most brazen is the giant chestnut that rules the second fairway but even its victims tend to be calmed by the fact that it has been there since 1600.
St Pierre has hosted the Dunlop Masters and the Curtis Cup and in 1996 staged the Solheim Cup between the USA and Europe. The course has seen many improvements recently. Professionals and amateurs alike find the par three 18th across a lake and uphill towards the ancient chimneystacks both daunting and memorable.

Maesteg Golf Club
Mount Pleasant Neath Road, Maesteg, Bridgend, CF34 9PR, Wales.
Telephone - 01656 734 106.
Secretary - R K Lewis.
18 Hole mountain course.

Merthyr Tydfil (Cilsanws Golf Club
Cloth Hall Lane, Cefn Coed, Merthyr Tydfil, CF48 2NU, Wales.
Telephone - 01685 723 308.
Secretary - Mr V Price.
18 Hole mountain course.
Course details
Length - 5625
SSS - 68
Societies/visitor information:
Societies welcome? Yes
Book in advance? Yes
Special days? Yes
Accommodation on site
Meals available
Buggy hire
Trolley hire
Caddie arranged
Golf club hire
Driving range
Practice area
Putting green
Golf lessons
Pro shop
Credit card facilities

Monmouth Golf Club
Leasbrook Lane, Monmouth, Monmouthshire, NP25 3SN, Wales.
Telephone - 01600 712 212
Secretary - Mr Peter Tully.
18 Hole parkland course.
Monmouth Golf Club is conveniently situated along the A40, half a mile north of Monmouth Town, in the direction of Ross on Wye. Turn left into Leasbrook Lane and continue for approximately half a mile - you cant miss it. Nor would you want to, the MGC celebrated its centenary in 1996 and has been at its present location since 1921.
Originally a nine hole course, Monmouth was extended to 18 holes in 1992, the year in which the new" clubhouse was opened, offering a most comfortable location for a drink or a meal with magnificent views of the course and the surrounding countryside.
Monmouth certainly has every justification for its claim to be one of the prettiest courses in Wales and is undoubtedly one that is renowned for the warm welcome offered to its guests.
The course stands on high ground above the Town with superb views of the Welsh Hills, Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley. The undulating parkland course, superbly maintained throughout the year by head greenkeeper Mike Williams and his team is 5698 yards off the white tees ,5507 off yellow (Par 69, SSS 67 and 5118 yards off the Ladiesred tees (Par 72 SSS72 Each aptly named hole offers a different challenge and names such as Cannes Folly", Kymin View", The Oasis", The Struggle", Long Haul", Devils Bunker" and Last Gasp" give clues to the test in store. The eighth hole, Cresta Run" was recently included in Britains 100 most extraordinary golf holes" which also nominated Monmouth as having the best value green fees in the country.
As you leave the clubhouse you become aware of the tranquillity of the verdant surroundings, mature trees, wild flowers and an abundance of wildlife, deer, pheasant and rabbit in particular. Visit the Monmouth Golf Club- you will not be disappointed. One of the best golf courses in Wales.

Monmouthshire Golf Club
Llanfoist, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, NP7 9HE, Wales.
Telephone - 01873 852 606
The Monmouthshire Golf Club was founded in 1892 and has outstanding views of the surrounding hills - The Blorenge, Sugar Loaf and Skirrid. It's a superb example of mature parkland course which is as tough as it is beautiful.
The club has been honoured over the years as a regular venue for Welsh and County Championships and your visit to South Wales will not be complete without a round of golf at the Monmouthshire at a sensible price.
Sited in full view of the Sugar Loaf Mountain and the other scenic delights such of the Abergavenny area, Monmouthshire Golf Club occupies a stretch of prime country alongside the River Usk that has a rich history.
The golf course once housed a Bronze Age settlement and the clubhouse is on the site of a semi-fortified medieval manor house that was one of the principal houses in Monmouthshire.
The oldest club in the country - it was originally called Abergavenny before it took the country name - Monmouthshire golf course was founded as a nine-holer in 1892 on what by then, had become a leading racecourse. As the racing faded out so the golfers expanded their course and the ubiquitous James Braid was drafted in to design the layout.
Home golf course of Iestyn Tucker, one of the finest amateur golfers Wales has ever produced, Monmouthshire can be as tough as it is beautiful and is characterised by three consecutive par-fives at the sixth, seventh and eighth. The sixth has the hardest tee-shot as a good position will be gained only by driving across a bend in the river which hugs the left of the hole and draws in any stray shot.

Morlais Castle Golf Club
Pant Dowlais, Merthyr Tydfil, CF48 2UY, Wales.
Telephone - 01685 722 822.
Secretary - Meurig Price.
18 Hole mountain/moorland course.

Mountain Ash Golf Club
The Clubhouse, Mountain Ash, Rhondda Cynon Taff, CF45 4DT, Wales.
Telephone - 01443 479 459.
Secretary - Geoff Matthews.
18 Hole mountain/moorland course.

Mountain Lakes Golf Club
Heol Penybryn, Caerphilly, CF83 1NG, Wales.
Telephone - 02920 886 666
Secretary - Dan Rooney.
18 Hole parkland/moorland course.

Newport Golf Club
Great Oak, Rogerstone, Newport, Gwent, NP10 9FX, Wales.
Telephone - 01633 892 643
Newport Golf Club is undoubtedly one of the premier golf courses in South Wales having recently hosted a number of prestigious Welsh and National Amateur events.
The Club is a well established member's club, situated on the outskirts of Newport, some 6 miles to the west of the Celtic Manor Resort which is currently gearing itself up to host the Ryder Cup in 2010. The Club recently celebrated its centenary in 2003 and is well represented and highly regarded within Welsh golf.
The course itself stands 300 feet above sea level and extends to over 6,500 yards. The course is situated in the magnificent setting of the Llwyni Wood, an ancient Oak woodland, surrounded by rolling parkland which contributes to the overall beauty and challenge of the course. The highly dedicated Greenkeepers always maintain the course to the highest standards with large teeing areas, well manicured fairways and excellent putting surfaces providing a testing challenge to golfers of all standards.

Oakdale Golf Club
Llwynon Lane, Oakdale, Blackwood, Caerphilly, NP12 0NF, Wales.
Telephone - 01495 220 044.
Secretary - Mr Mike Lewis.
9 Hole parkland golf course.

Parc Bryn Bach
Parc Bryn Bach, Merthyr Road, Tredegar, NP22 3AY, Wales.
Telephone - 01685 388 700
Parc Bryn Bach provides the setting for a fantastic 9 hole course, 6 bay driving range and a Pitch-and-Putt area. You will witness outstanding views of the Sirhowy Valley to the east and Rhymney Valley to the west which provides a picturesque backdrop for a course that is custom-designed for players at all levels. With all holes at par three the course, its bunkers and water features will appear to anyone with a desire to develop their game.

Parc Golf Club
Church Lane, Coed Kernew, Newport, NP10 8TU, Wales.
Telephone - 01633 680 933.
Secretary - M V Cleary.
18 Hole parkland course.

Peterstone Golf Club
Peterstone, Wentloog, Cardiff, CF3 2TN, Wales.
Telephone - 01633 680 009
Although only 7 years old, this testing parkland golf course skirting the River Severn on the edge of Cardiff has earned a reputation as one of the most enjoyable courses in the area.
Cleverly positioned through natural waterways, Peterstone is a favourite venue for societies and visitors with its splendid clubhouse offering delicious clubhouse snacks to full banquets in the Crystal Suite. Packages arranged.

Pontnewydd Golf Club
Maesgwyn Farm, Upper Cwmbran, Upper Cwmbran, Torfaen, NP44 1AB, Wales.
Telephone - 01633 482 170.
Secretary - Mr C Phillips.
9 Hole meadowland course.

Pontypool Golf Clu
Lasgarn Lane, Trevethin, Pontypool, Torfaen, NP4 8TR, Wales.
Telephone - 01495 763 655
Secretary - Mr L Dodd.
18 Hole heathland/parkland course.

Pontypridd Golf Club
Ty Gwyn Road, Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taff, CF37 4DJ, Wales.
Telephone - 01443 409 904.
Secretary - Vikki Hooley.
18 Hole mountain course.

Pyle and Kenfig golf course
Waun-y-Mer, Kenfig, Kenfig, Bridgend, CF33 4PU, Wales.
Telephone - 01656 771 613
If it didn't have a royal neighbour, Pyle and Kenfig would enjoy a far wider reputation. It has many fine qualities that distinguish it from Porthcawl, as competitors in the 2002 Amateur Championship will discover when both courses host the qualifying rounds of the tournament. Although nearby, Pyle and Kenfig possesses much higher dunes and deeper, disconcerting valleys in a layout that offers plenty of diversity. Originally mapped out in 1922 by H.S.Colt, large chunks of the course were requisitioned by the army in World War II after which it was decided to move seawards into dunesland that designer P. Mackenzie Ross described as a 'golfers paradise'. There are two loops of nine holes returning to the cosy clubhouse and the second half is regarded as the tougher of the two with the final three holes regarded as the hardest of the lot. Each over 400 yards and with a daunting tee shot towards deeply-bunkered problems, they promise a demanding finish that helps make a visit to the more fabled links down the road an incomplete experience if you don't include Pyle and Kenfig in your itinerary.
This golf course is rated as one of the top golf courses in the UK.

Radyr Golf Club
Drysgol Road, Radyr, Cardiff, CF15 8BS, Wales.
Telephone - 02920 842 408
Celebrated our centenary in 2002. The first ever Welsh Golf Professional tournament was held at the Club in 1904 and has regularly held Ladies and Men's National Championships ever since. In July 2005 The Princes' Trust are holding the 1st National Championships. Later in the season the Welsh Men's Team Championships will be hosted and in the first week of October the Club is proud to have been chosen to stage the British Ladies' Senior Home International matches.
Nestling in rural heathland the 18 holes provide individual challenges to golfers of all standards. It's a delight to the eye at every turn.

RAF St Athan Golf Club
Clive Road, St Athan, Vale of Glamorgan, CF62 4JD, Wales.
Telephone - 01446 751 043
18 Hole golf course.

Raglan Parc Golf Club
Parc Lodge, Station Road, Raglan, Monmouthshire, NP15 2ER, Wales.
Telephone - 01291 690 077
Raglan Parc golf course is set in the heart of rural Monmouthshire. It features 18 holes of rolling parkland, combining lakes and mature trees with arguably some of the best holes in the region.
The course overlooks historic Raglan Castle with scenic views of the Brecon Beacons National Park beyond.

Rhondda Golf Club
Penrhys, Ferndale, Rhondda Cynon Taff, CF43 3PW, Wales.
Telephone - 01443 441 384
18 Hole course. Mountain. Handicap certificate required.

Ridgeway Golf Club
Caerphilly Mountain, Caerphilly, CF83 1LY, Wales.
Telephone - 02920 882 255
9 Hole course. Mountain/Parkland. Handicap certificate required.

Rolls of Monmouth Golf Club
The Hendre, The Hendre, Monmouthshire, NP5 4HG, Wales.
Telephone - 01600 715 353
To call this the Rolls Royce of golf courses is not too fanciful because this is where the first Rolls Royce engine was built. That other sleek driving machine, Greg Norman, also paused here on his way to the top of world golf. He was the touring professional of The Rolls in the 1980's and thought that the four short holes on this lush parkland course were "fantastic". Tony Jacklin investigated this claim and came away wondering why the Rolls was being kept a secret.
To a large extent, it still is. Under the distant gaze of the Black Mountains, this long and undulating coarse boasts magnificent specimen trees. With a large wooded hill at its centre and surrounded by 600 acres of woodland, it allows you to take your punishing test in peace and tranquility with only the odd deer to disturb you.
The clubhouse is the former workshop and garage of the 18th century mansion which was the home of Charles Stuart Rolls the early aviator and motoring pioneer. He formed a partnership with Henry Royce and the first engine bearing their famous names emerged from those garage doors which now form one wall of the lounge area. 

Royal Porthcawl Golf Club
Rest Bay, Porthcawl, Bridgend, CF36 3UW, Wales.
Telephone - 01656 782 251
Royal Porthcawls entitlement to an honoured place among the worlds best golf courses is usually confirmed by playing the first three holes that run alongside, and in places seem part of, the scalloped edge of Rest Bay. The beach can appear all rock and pebbles until the surfers sea recedes to reveal 300 yards of firm sand across which the prevailing westerly whips.
It is by no means a golf course of fearsome length, it doesn't have a fancy lighthouse, high dunes or deep ditches. It doesn't even have a tree. But it is never out of sight of the sea or blocked from the majestic view of Swansea Bay or out of reach of a wind that is particularly troublesome on the first three and last four holes.
The 18th is played directly towards the sea, the prevailing wind and the setting sun. When all those are in their glory, there are few finer finishes. This is the quality that made it a worthy arena for the 1995 Walker Cup. It has
been the venue for the Amateur Championships on six occasions since 1951, the
sixth being in 2002, the year it was also chosen to stage the WPGA Championship of Europe, the third most lucrative golf tournament on the ladies' tour, for the second consecutive year.
This Championship Links course has a magnificent setting on the seashore between Cardiff and Swansea with memorable views south to Somerset and northwest to the Gower Peninsula. With holes facing into every point of the compass. The player is tested by the wind and an undulating course and will probably need every club in the bag. The Club has hosted many amateur and professional events including 6 amateur championships and the Walker Cup. The Ryder Cup Wales Semors Open will be held here in 2010. The onsite dormy offers comfortable accommodation for twelve.

Shirenewton Golf Club
Shirenewton, Chepstow, Monmouthshire, NP16 6RL, Wales.
Telephone - 01291 641 471

Southerndown Golf Club
Ewenny Road, Ogmore-by-Sea, Bridgend, Vale of Glamorgan, CF32 0QP, Wales.
Telephone - 01656 880 476
Championship downland links course. A challenging course for the enthusiastic golfer. Very popular with visitors. Home of the Duncan Putter.

St Mary's Hotel Golf and Country Club
St Mary Hill, Pencoed, Bridgend, CF35 5EA, Wales.
Telephone - 01656 868 900
St Mary's is a charmingly restored 17th century stone coach house conveniently situated in the Vale of Glamorgan within easy reach of the M4 motorway.
The 24 luxury en-suite bedrooms have a welcome tray, satellite TV and direct dial telephone. Both nine and 18 hole courses are set within the 150 acre complex, suitable for both the novice and the experienced golfer.
Driving range, tennis court, restaurant and three bars. Conference and private function facilities.

Tredegar and Rhymney Golf Club
Cwmtysswg, Tredegar, Blaenau Gwent, NP22 5BQ, Wales.
Telephone - 07944 843 400.
Secretary - Mr P Kenealy.
18 Hole mountain course.

Vale Hotel, Golf and Spa Resort
Hensol Park, Hensol, Nr Cardiff, Vale of Glamorgan, CF72 8JY, Wales.
Telephone - 01443 667 807
The Vale of Glamorgan is probably the richest of Welsh farming heartlands and when peter Johnson saw 200 of its precious acres contained in the grounds of Hensol Castle just a mile or so off the M4 he knew he had found the golf site of his dreams.
A tree-lined stream meandered through the undulating meadows feeding a 20 acre lake and crossed with some old stone bridges and dam work that reeked with character. Official coach to the Welsh Golfing Union and a former Cardiff club professional, Peter had set his heart on designing a golf complex that combined an authentic championship course with the best training facilities. Backed by enthusiastic business partners, Peter has spent years bringing that dream to life supervising every step of the development that now embraces a hotel and health and racquets and indoor training facilities that are used as the training headquarters of the Welsh Rugby Union.
The new Wales National is 7433 yards and with water coming into play on a number of holes plus greens constructed to USGA standard, is destined to be ranked almost the very best in the UK. Both courses are serviced by a fleet of buggies and trolley hire is also available. With a 16-bay all weather driving range, the complex became the home of the Welsh PGA and has regularly staged their national championships.

Virginia Park Golf Club
Virginia Park, Caerphilly, CF8 3SW, Wales.
Telephone - 02920 863 919
Secretary - Carol Lewis.
9 Hole parkland course.
Course Details
Length - 2358 9 hole
Par - 66
SSS - 65
Type of Course - Parkland
Pay and play, no handicap required? Yes
Societies/Visitor information:
Societies welcome? Yes
Book in advance? Yes
Special Days? Yes
Accommodation on Site
Meals Available
Buggy Hire
Trolley Hire
Caddie arranged
Golf club hire
Driving range
Practice area
Putting green
Golf lessons
Pro shop
Credit card facilities

Wernddu Golf Club
Old Ross Road, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, NP7 8NG, Wales.
Telephone - 01873 856 223
18 Hole Golf Course (5,413 yards and Pitch and Putt
An undulating parkland golf course with magnificent views over Abergavenny and the Black Mountains. A long front nine and shorter back nine provide a challenging round of golf for golfers of all standards.

West Monmouthshire Golf Club
Golf Road, Nantyglo, Monmouthshire, NP23 4QT, Wales.
Telephone - 01495 310 233
Secretary - Mr S E Williams
18 Hole heathland/mountain course.

Whitchurch Golf Club
Pantmawr Road, Whitchurch, Cardiff, CF14 7TD, Wales.
Telephone - 02920 614 660
Secretary - C Innes.
18 Hole parkland course.

Whitehall Golf Club
The Pavillion, Treharris, Caerphilly, CF46 6ST, Wales.
Telephone - 01443 740 245
Secretary - Mr P M Wilde.
9 Hole mountain course.

Whitehills Golf Club
Brynna, Llanharan, Rhondda Cynon Taff, CF72 9QF, Wales.
Telephone - 01978 364 268
Secretary - Mr J King.
9 Hole parkland course.

Woodlake Park Golf and Country Club
Glascoed, Nr Usk, Monmouthshire NP4 0TE, Wales.
Telephone - 01291 673 933
When Doug Wood and his sons, Mike and Howard, set out to design and build a golf course on their dairy farmland overlooking Gwent's vast Llandegfedd Reservoir in 1992 they could scarcely have hoped for such a satisfactory result so soon.
They opened 18 holes in August 1993 and within five years Woodlake had a reputation as one of the best inland courses in Wales. A major part of their success is the quality of the greens which were constructed in accordance with standards laid down by the United States Golf Association and the putting surfaces alone attract golfers from far and near.
This attention to detail was observed throughout the course which is very well drained and Woodlake's setting, with views of the Brecon Beacons and the Black Mountains, is matched by the quality of the golfing challenge the Wood family have created.
The demands of the 6,400 yard golf course have attracted many good golfers to become members. Out of a membership of over 500, no fewer than 80 have single figure handicaps. In 2001 Woodlake Park was the venue for the Wales V England Schools Championship which Wales won for the first time in its history.
Woodlake Park was designed using the natural landscape to produce a course that fits unobtrusively into the surrounding countryside. All the holes are memorable and have their own unique features. The greens were all constructed to U.S.G.A specifications and the course is famed for their fast and receptive nature for tournament speeds up to the 12 on the stimpmeter have been obtained in all directions with the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains providing spectacular backdrops.

South West Wales

Allt-y-Graban Golf Club
Waun-y-Mer, Kenfig, Kenfig, Bridgend, CF33 4PU, Wales.
Telephone - 01792 885 757
Secretary - Stuart Houston.
9 Hole course. Parkland.

Ashburnham Golf Club
Cliff Terrace, Burry Port, Carmarthenshire, SA16 0HN, Wales.
Telephone - 01554 832 269
One of the classic Welsh links courses, Ashburnham celebrated its centenary in 1994 by staging the British Home International Team Championships.
This was the latest in a long line of important tournaments held here since the early 1900's when Harry Vardon said 'This is the course I like best in Wales'. His sentiments have been endorsed by more modern professionals. Bernard Gallagher, past captain of Europe's Ryder Cup team, won his first tournament, the 1969 Schweppes, at Ashburnham and it was here that Sam Torrance, another European Ryder Cup captain, also gained his first title, the 1976 Martini.
Overlooking Carmarthen Bay, the course has its first two and final two holes inland near the clubhouse. Holes three to eight strike out, parallel to the sea, straight into the prevailing wind and holes 9 to 15 run back with the wind directly behind. With out of bounds and assorted trouble on the right in both directions there is no peace for the slicer. Neither are the fairways of a generous width and the fact that the current course record is no lower than 70 bears witness to the credentials of the challenge.

British Steel (Port Talbot Golf Club
The Course Groes, Port Talbot, Neath and Port Talbot, SA12 8UW, Wales.
Telephone - 01639 871 111
Secretary - Mr D Wilkinson.
A 2363 yard-long, 9 hole Parkland course with par 32 and SSS of 32.
Handicap certificate required.

Carmarthen Golf Club
Blaenycoed Road, Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire, SA33 6EH, Wales.
Telephone - 01267 281 588
Carmarthen Golf Club lies three miles above the Gwili Valley near the historic market town of Carmarthen.
The 6242 yard, par71, hilltop course offers a challenge encounter for the purist golfer but retains a memorable experience for the novice learner.
The two storey clubhouse provides spectacular views of the surrounding countryside with its balcony overlooking five fairways.
Our experienced catering staff offer a friendly welcome for both individual visitor and larger societies, conferences, or private functions.

Clyne Golf Club
118-120 Owls Lodge Lane, Swansea, SA3 5DP, Wales.
Telephone - 01792 401 989
At the gateway to the spectacular Gower Peninsula lies Clyne Golf Club, its course commands wonderful views in all directions. It overlooks Swansea and Mumbles to the East, the Bristol Channel to the South, the Black Mountains and the Brecon Beacons to the North, and the commanding heights of Gower's Cefn Bryn to the West.
The Club was founded, and Clyn Golf Club Limited Company registered in January 1920.
The planning, designing and layout of the course were entrusted to Messrs HS Colt and Harries, the leading golf architects of the day.

Dawn til Dusk (Rosemarket Golf Club
Furze Hill Farm, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, SA73 1JY, Wales.
Telephone - 01437 890 281
Secretary - Bill Young.
9 Hole parkland course.

Derllys Golf Club
Llysonnen Road, Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire, SA33 5DT, Wales.
Telephone - 01267 211 575
Gently undulating parkland course presenting breathtaking views of rolling hills and valleys.
18 Holes, par 70, 5847 yards.
Changing and shower facilities.
Bar and catering facilities.
Societies welcome Visitors welcome

Earlswood Golf Club
Jersey Marine, Jersey Marine, Neath and Port Talbot, SA10 6JP, Wales.
Telephone - 01792 812 198
Secretary - Mrs D Goatcher.
18 Hole natural downland course.

Fairwood Park Golf Club
Blackhills Lane, Upper Killay, Swansea, SA2 7JN, Wales.
Telephone - 01792 297 849
Secretary - Mr Don Giltrap.
Fairwood Park is the only Championship-status course within the City and County of Swansea. Believe it or not, during the Second World War there used to be a secret RAF hospital on the site of Fairwood Park's clubhouse acting as a refuge for the sick and wounded. Today's golfer however, will find no such respite on this jewel of a course situated deep within the Gower peninsula.
For although it may be a flat course, Fairwood Park is one of the most challenging on Gower, and at 6,700 yards it is certainly the longest. Ultimately it's the bewildering array of trees lining each fairway that make Fairwood a first class parkland course and it's also these very same trees that continually lie in wait, ready to punish the wayward golfer. Add a plethora of lakes and strategically placed bunkers into the equation and you'll begin to understand why so many visitors keep coming back to enjoy the delights of Fairwood Park.
The Welsh PGA was one such group that decided to return, as Fairwood Park was twice chosen to host the Welsh Professional Golf Championships during the 1990s, and today the golf course remains the only one in Swansea to have ever hosted a PGA event. Such an accolade was little more than the club deserved given the remarkable amount of investment that has taken place on the golf course since it was founded in 1969, including the planting of 12,000 new trees, the creation of 5 man-made lakes, and the total redesign of 6 new greens.
Most visitors who come to Fairwood Park are eager to share their golfing experiences with their friends and we're certain that you will too. Just don't tell too many people about us, like the old RAF base, Fairwood Park still remains one of South Wales' best kept secrets.

Garnant Park Golf Course
Dinefwr Road, Ammanford, Carmarthenshire, SA18 1NP, Wales.
Telephone - 01269 823 365
Secretary - Kerry Jones.
18 Hole parkland/hilly course.

Glyn Abbey Golf Club
Trimsaran, Trimsaran, Carmarthenshire, SA17 4LB, Wales.
Telephone - 01554 810 278
Amazing views over the Gwendraeth Valley, beautiful wooded surroundings and one of the best layouts in South Wales, courtesy of Hawtree. Couple that with a friendly, relaxed atmosphere and the warmest welcome anywhere and Glyn Abbey needs to be top of your list for enjoyable golf.
"Come for the golf, stay for the welcome"
Our 9 hole par 3 beginners' course, The Mission Course, also opened on the 1st May 2008 - something for all the family!

Glynhir Golf Club
Glynhir Road, Llandybie, Carmarthenshire, SA18 2TF, Wales.
Telephone - 01269 851 365
Acquaint yourself with this beautiful golf course in South Wales. We are set in the heart of outstanding scenery, easy to reach by road just about 8.5 miles from the M4

Glynneath Golf Club
Penygraig, Glyn Neath, Neath and Port Talbot, SA11 5UH, Wales.
Telephone - 01639 720 452
Secretary - David Fellowes.
18 Hole woodland/parkland course.

Gower Golf Course
Cefn Goleu, Three Crosses, Swansea, SA4 3HS, Wales.
Telephone - 01792 872 480
An hour from the Severn bridge located on the stunning Gower Peninsula, we are an ideal base for short breaks in the Gower area. The Donald Steel Golf course has stunning views over South Wales landscape and is laid out on rolling countryside making a really enjoyable test of golf.
We have four star guest accommodation and a great reputation for hospitality in the Beacons restaurant.
All inclusive 'Play and Stay' packages are available with golf here and at other courses.

Gowerton Golf Centre
Victoria Road, Gowerton, Swansea, SA4 3AB, Wales.
Telephone - 01792 875 188
Secretary - Wayne Battye.
9 Hole woodland course.

Haverfordwest Golf Club
Arnold's Down, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA61 2XQ, Wales.
Telephone - 01437 764 523

Lakeside Golf Club
Water Street, Margam, Neath and Port Talbot, SA13 2PA, Wales.
Telephone - 01639 899 959
Secretary - Mr B Channell.
18 Hole parkland course.

Langland Bay Golf Club
Langland Bay Road, Mumbles, Swansea, SA3 4QR, Wales.
Telephone - 01792 361 721
Langland Bay is just one of several attractive courses in and around the Gower Peninsula that have a distinctive appeal to visitors. In Langland's case, the distinction stems from its magnificent views, the fact that this golf course is so well kept and that it looks willing to be kind to the holiday golfer.
But just as short people tend to have a feisty nature, short golf courses can also be very belligerent and Langland has a tradition of making you fight for every yard. Small greens, plenty of bunkers and unwelcoming rough combine to ensure that you will have more to keep an eye on than the scenery.
The finishing holes are particularly difficult, starting with the short 16th which is called "Death or Glory" because the alternative to hitting the tiny green is to be buried in bracken or playing the second from the beach. Even more fearsome, however, is the par four sixth which is uphill into the wind and is credited with being the toughest in the area. Then again, you have the pleasure of the eighth which runs along the side of Caswell Bay. After Langland you'll feel well tested but enjoyably so.

Llandovery College Golf Club
Queensway, Llandovery, Carmarthenshire, SA20 0EE, Wales.
Telephone - 01550 723 000
Secretary - Mr N Jones.
9 Hole parkland course.

Machynys Golf and Country Club
Nicklaus Avenue, Machynys, Llanelli, Carmarthernshire, SA15 2DG, Wales.
Telephone - 01554 744 888
Golf World has recently named Machynys the finest new course of 2005. Wales' first Nicklaus-designed golf course, a challenging 7,100 yard par-72, shows maturity way beyond its fledgling season. Golf World were not the only ones to be impressed by its splendour. The course, set in the Millennium Coastal Park in Llanelli and overlooking Carmarthen Bay, has already hosted the Ladies European Tour for the Wales Ladies Championship of Europe. Design consultant Gary Nicklaus says the experience is spectacular, "When the tide is out and the sky is clear, it is truly breathtaking."

Mayfield Golf and Driving Range
Clareston Hill, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA62 4NN, Wales.
Telephone - 01437 764 300
Secretary - Richard James.
9 Hole woodland course.

Milford Haven Golf Club
Clay Lane, Hubberston, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, SA73 3RX, Wales.
Telephone - 01646 697 762
Milford Haven is 18 holes of rolling parkland, par 71 and 6,035 yards long.
As well as a delightful course there are panoramic views of the glorious Haven waterway from most holes.
The course has an excellent reputation, both for its condition and its layout. There is something to interest and test golfers at all levels, with each hole offering its own unique challenge.
Play across the copse on the par 3 Valley hole or decide whether you're brave enough to take a shortcut across the out of bounds on the Orchard.

Morriston Golf Club
160 Clasemount Road, Morriston, Swansea, SA6 6AJ, Wales.
Telephone - 01792 796 528
18 Hole parkland course.
Secretary - David Fellowes
Delightful and challenging 18 hole parkland course just 2 minutes from the M4 motorway. Tight driving and accurate iron play are required on a course that will test all golfers.
The welcoming and friendly clubhouse is the perfect place to relax after your game. 

Neath Golf Club
Cadoxton, Cadoxton, Neath and Port Talbot, SA10 8AH, Wales.
Telephone - 01639 632 759

Newport Links Golf Club
Newport, Newport, Pembrokeshire, SA42 0NR, Wales.
Telephone - 01348 811 155
For 80 years, Newport Links Golf Club has provided on of the best 9 hole link golf courses in the Country. In 2005 we decided to take the momentous decision to undertake an ambitious project to extend the course to 18 holes and to add first-class serviced accommodation for visitors.
2008 heralded the opening of our newly laid out top 9 holes, high above the original nine, which has taken Newport into the realm of Britain's best venues for golfing breaks and weekends. To stay with us does not mean you have to play golf. We pride ourselves on our friendly staff who will endeavour to help arrange the perfect break for you.
Whether you want to play on our outstanding links course, fish on the best salmon rivers in Wales look are rare birds on our much visited estuary, or walk on arguably the finest cliff tops in Britain our location makes this all so easy to get to.

Palleg Golf Club
Palleg Road, Lower Cwmtwrch, Lower Cwmtwrch, Swansea, SA9 2QQ, Wales.
Telephone - 01639 842 193
Set in 120 acres with spectacular views across the Swansea Valley and the Black Mountains situated at the foot of the Brecon Beacons National Park. A day at Palleg and Swansea Valley Golf Course is a must for all keen golfers visiting the area.

Pennard Golf Club
2 Southgate Road, Southgate, Southgate, Swansea, SA3 2BT, Wales.
Telephone - 01792 233 131
New golf clubhouse opened August 2001.
They call Pennard the "links in the sky" because although it has all the trappings of a seaside links course it is perched high on a cliff-top west of Swansea. This brings a double benefit to the lovers of links golf - the sand-based fairways offer the usual pleasures and its lofty position provides outstanding views. There is also considerable advantage that it's usually playable when other courses succumb to the elements.
Apart from all that, it is an excellent golf course and often plays host to big championships of the amateur game in Wales.
Founded in 1896, Pennard was designed by the great James Braid whose skill is behind many of Wales' best layouts and has been developed to meet modern needs with extended tees and improved fairways and greens. It proves very popular with American golfers and is included in a package from the USA which also takes in Royal Porthcawl, Tenby, Royal St David's, the Belfry and Royal Birkdale.
A course has to be good to be in that company and to produce exceptional golfers such as Vicky Thomas, one of the best British lady players who represented her country in a record six Curtis Cups.

Pontardawe Golf Club
Cefn Lane, Pontardawe, Neath and Port Talbot, SA8 4SH, Wales.
Telephone - 01792 863 118
Just 45 minutes from The Celtic Manor, Wentwood Hills Course, the Ryder Cup venue for 2010 you will find Pontardawe Golf Club.
Situated in the upper Swansea Valley overlooking Pontardawe, Pontardawe Golf Club offers a unique location for playing golf. Briefly, the club was founded in 1924. It began as a 9 hole golf course and was extended to 18 holes in 1964

Priskilly Forest Golf Club
Priskilly Forest, Castlemorris, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA62 5EH, Wales.
Telephone - 01348 840 276
Founded in 1992, Priskilly is renowned for its warm welcome and challenging 9 Hole Golf Course set in picturesque Parkland and centrally situated to explore Pembrokeshire or play at other local courses.
On your way to Ireland? We're just 10 mins away from the Port of Fishguard.
Visitors and beginners are always welcome
The Golf Club is approached through a scenic drive, and is set in mature parkland surrounded by rhododendrons, oaks and sycamore - a natural habitat where wild flowers and birds prevail.
Greens and Fairways are immaculately kept, and boast panoramic views stretching from Strumble Head coastline across to the Preseli Hills, proving a challenge to the experienced golfer and beginner alike with the 9th hole being one of the best closing Par 5 holes in the county.
Your non-golfing partner can enjoy a Woodland Walk, take tea and relax in the gardens or enjoy a refreshing drink, freshly ground coffee or home cooked fare in "Y Cabin" Bar/Bistro or browse in the golf shop for that special gift!
Or take the opportunity to learn to play golf

Saron Golf Course
Penwern, Saron, Llandysul, Ceredigion, SA44 5EL, Wales.
Telephone - 01559 370 705
9 Hole course. Parkland.

South Pembrokeshire Golf Club
Military Road, Pembroke Dock, Pembrokeshire, SA72 6SE, Wales.
Telephone - 01646 621 453
South Pembrokeshire Golf Club has a wonderful 18 hole golf course which presents a tough, but fair challenge to golfers of all abilities all year around.
Its setting on the Barrack Hill in Pembroke Dock, offers some superb panoramic views of the Cleddau Waterway, Preseli Hills, and surrounding area.
The club is well sign-posted, and is only a 5 minute drive from the Irish ferries ferry port.
You can be assured of a friendly welcome, so why not pay us a visit ?

St Davids City Golf Club
Whitesand Bay, St Davids, Pembrokeshire, SA62 6BS, Wales.
Telephone - 01437 720 312
Secretary - James Wilcox.
9 Hole course. Links.

Swansea Bay Golf Club
Jersey Marine, Neath, Neath and Port Talbot, SA10 6JP, Wales.
Telephone - 01792 812 198
Secretary - Mrs D Goatcher.
18 Hole links course.
Course Details
Length - 6459
Par - 72
SSS - 72
Type of Course - Links
Visitors Require handicap certificate? Yes
Pay and play, no handicap required? No
Societies/Visitor information:
Societies welcome? Yes
Book in advance? Yes
Special Days? No
Green Fees
Weekend Rates Per Person
Min £26 Max £26
Weekday Rates Per Person
Min £18 Max £18
Meals Available
Trolley Hire
Golf club hire
Practice area
Putting green
Golf lessons
Pro shop

Tenby Golf Club
Tenby, Pembrokeshire, SA70 7NP, Wales.
Telephone  - 01834 842 787

Trefloyne Park Golf Club
Trefloyne Park, Tenby, Pembrokeshire, SA70 7RG, Wales.
Telephone - 01834 842 165
The new course at Trefloyne Park is separated from Tenby's famous links by one mile and 108 years. Tenby (1888 is the oldest club in Wales while Trefloyne, opened in 1996, is one of the newest.
Their proximity offers visitors the opportunity to play both in one day and thereby experience a journey not only through time but across the spectrum of golf - from the classic seaside links to the most modern parkland course.
Although Trefloyne wasn't opened until 1996, it was constructed in 1992 and had ample time to settle before being played upon. The result is a rapidly maturing medium-to-difficult test of golf amid beautiful mixed woodlands. At over 6,600 yards long, the par 71 course incorporates natural features and hazards and has views of the Pembrokeshire coastline close to Tenbys renowned beaches.
The feature hole is the 13th which is a 420-yards par four requiring an accurate tee-shot to a small plateau green. With out-of-bounds on the right, this is typical of the challenge of Trefloyne which is in remarkable condition for so young a golf course.

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Golf courses in Spain :
It would be hard to pick the best golf courses in Spain, but Spain and golf were almost made for each other, with it's excellent climate, Spain lends itself beautifully to a good game of golf. With some of the best golf courses in the world situated in Spain, for golf-lovers, you just can't go wrong, combining a holiday in Spain with some enjoyable golf. Here's a list below of all the golf courses in Spain and for anyone looking for the best golf courses in Spain, they're all below!

Golf courses in Murcia

Hacienda Del Alamo Golf Course in Murcia
Par 72

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.

La Manga Golf Club - North Course  -  La Manga, Murcia
6,321 yds - Par 71

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
Length 6,499 metres - par 72

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
6,530 yds - par 73

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
6,653 Meters - Par 72

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
18 holes - par 72 - 5,981metres

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 Golf Course in Almeria, Costa Almeria
6,173 yards - par 72

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 in Almeria, Costa Almeria
6,263 yards - Par 70

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:-
* Driving range
* Pitching area
* Putting green
* Practice bunker
* Equipment hire - buggies, trolleys and clubs.

Marina Golf Course in Mojacar, Almeria, Costa Almeria
5,272 meters - Designer, Ramon Espinosa

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.

Playa Serena Golf Course in Roquetas de Mar - Almeria, Costa Almeria
Established in 1979, Playa Serena golf club has excellent renovated facilities, and a well cared for 18 hole golf course

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.

Valle del Este Golf Course in Vera, Almeria, Costa Almeria
5,717 meters - Designer, Jose Canales

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
18 holes - Par 72

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
Uphill all the way, out of bounds on the road on the left, the small green is elevated and slightly left of fairway.

Hole 2 is a Par 5 at 500 (Metres from the White Tees and S.I.4
Elevated tee, drive over countless tress, and there are two bunkers surrounded the green.

Hole 3 is a Par 4 at 355 (Metres from the White Tees and S.I.14
L-Shaped hole, aim for bunkers on the right and there is out of bounds on the left. With a smallish green which is well guarded, par is a good score on this little par 4.

Hole 4 is a Par 3 at 189 (Metres from the White Tees and S.I.10
Elevated green, large bunkers left and trees to the right.

Hole 5 is a Par 4 at 276(Metres from the White Tees and S.I.8
Elevated green, long hitters can carry the big lake. Short hitters will have to lay up.

Hole 6 is a Par 3 at 151 (Metres from the White Tees and S.I.18
Elevated green with two big bunkers in front protecting the green.

Hole 7 is a Par 4 at 423 (Metres from the White Tees and S.I.2
Elevated tee, drive over shrubs on a slight dogleg right.

Hole 8 is a Par 4 at 320 (Metres from the White Tees and S.I.16
Dogleg left on this short par 4. Up hill 7 iron to an elevated green.

Hole 9 is a Par 4 at 405 (Metres from the White Tees and S.I.6
Slightly down hill with a very sloped green.

Hole 10 is a Par 4 at 458 (Metres from the White Tees and S.I.11
This is a picturesque hole with a difficult green.

Hole 11 is a Par at 167 (Metres from the White Tees and S.I.17
This hole contains a long green, and be aware of the pin position, otherwise a really pretty little hole.

Hole 12 is a Par 4 at 392 (Metres from the White Tees and S.I.1
Driving over trees onto a small narrow fairway with small bumps that make this a undulating hole. The green is triple tiered.

Hole 13 is a Par 4 at 368 (Metres from the White Tees and S.I.7
Large lake to avoid by playing right, there is also an elevated green that is easily reachable in two.

Hole 14 is a Par 4 at 319 (Metres from the White Tees and S.I.15
Out of Bounds to the right, leading to a long shaped green.

Hole 15 is a Par 4 at 347 (Metres from the White Tees and S.I.13
Elevated tee, make sure you drive over the baron land. Out of bounds on the rights of the green.

Hole 16 is a Par 5 at 449 (Metres from the White Tees and S.I.3
Stands on the highest point of this course and you will pass three bunkers on you way to the flag.

Hole 17 is a Par 3 at 196 (Metres from the White Tees and S.I.9
Long par 3, with a dangerous bunker on the left and out of bounds on the right.

Hole 18 is a Par 5 at 484 (Metres from the White Tees and S.I.5
Downhill into a valley, and ends with lots of bunkers surrounding the green.

Alicante Golf Club in Alicante on the Costa Blanca
18 holes - Par 72

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
6,239 metres - 18 holes - Par 72

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:-
* Cafe-bar and restaurant with games room.
* Changing rooms (sauna).
* Pro shop
* Games, TV and reading rooms.

Other facilities include:-
* Driving range
* Putting green
* Practice range
* Golf School
* Approach range.
One of the best golf courses on the Costa Blanca.

Bonalba Golf Club in Bonalba on the Costa Blanca
18 holes - 6,773yds - Par 72 (designer - Ramon Espinosa opened 1995

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 Paddle tennis.

Campoamor golf course - Real Club de Golf Campoamor Golf Course in Campoamor, close to Torrevieja on the Costa Blanca
Par 72 - 18 holes - 6,203 metres

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 Blanca.

Don Cayo Golf Course in Altea on the Costa Blanca
9 holes, x2 = 6,156 metres

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:-
* Buggy hire
* Repair service
* Shop
* Golf School
* Practice course
* Putting green
* Chipping green
* Practice bunkers
* Restaurant
* Changing rooms
* Bar Cafe.

El Bosque Golf club Spain  -  Costa de Valencia (Valencia), Northern Costa Blanca
18 holes - Par 72 - 6,276 metres

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.

Club house:-
The club house measures 4000 m2 and has three floors all connected by elevator and it also boasts of 2500 m2 of terraces. It also has the following services:-
* Cafeteria
* Restaurant
* Convention room
* TV room
* Games Room
* Changing room with sauna and Turkish bath

Cafeteria and restaurant:-
The cafeteria is situated on the first floor where you can have a quick snack or a drink while enjoying the magnificent view of the course. The opening hours are from 8 in the morning to 21.30.

The pro shop at El Bosque:-
Here you can find a wide variety of clubs, clothes and extras from prestigious trademarks all related to golf.
It is situated on the ground floor and also offers you the possibility to rent clubs, buggies and trolleys.

Lighted practice areas:-
With the objective of improving services, El Bosque has a practice area with a chipping green, 2 putting greens, approach area, bunker area and a driving range with 40 game posts.

El Plantio Golf Course in Alicante on the Costa Blanca
Par 72 - 6,302 metres

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
This is Valencia's most prestigious golf course. The main feature of this course is the five lakes which are the regular nesting sites for various water birds, and golf balls, and the water comes into play for 9 of the 18 holes.

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
Telephone - 966 497 114

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
9 Holes

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
The course, designed by Jose Gancedo, is 6394m in length, Par 72 and opened in 2001.

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:-
* Restaurant and bar
* Driving range
* Golf lesions
* Buggy and trolley hire
* Pro shop
* Club hire

La Marquesa Golf and Country Club in Rojales on the Costa Blanca
Par 72 - 5,840 metres

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!

La Sella Golf Course in Denia on the Costa Blanca
18 holes - 6,289 Metres - Par 72

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 Course in Murcia on the Costa Blanca
6100 meters - Par 72

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.

* Pro-shop
* Restaurant-cafeteria
* Changing rooms
* Hire of buggies
* Hire of electric trolleys
* Hire of golf clubs
* Golf academy.

Las Ramblas Golf Course on the Orihuela Costa on the Costa Blanca
Par 72 - 18 holes - 5,914m.

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.

Mediterraneo Golf Course  -  Costa Azahar Castellon de la Plana, northern Costa Blanca
Set in a valley below the mountains and only 6 km from the sea, the Mediterraneo Golf Course has shot to fame as the home of Sergio Garcia.

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.

Oliva Nova Golf Course on the northern Costa Blanca
6,270 Metres - 18 holes - Par 72

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).

Real de Faula Golf Club Levante Course in Benidorm on the Costa Blanca
6,626 Metres

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.
Hole 1 - The first hole is a fine par 4 with a high green from which golfers can delight in dramatic views of the Mediterranean.
Hole 2 - 368-meter par 4 with a dogleg to the right and a high-level green strongly protected by three bunkers.
Hole 3 - First par 3 on the course, 192 meters long, high teeing ground and an ample green protected by an impressive bunker, the longest to be found on the round.
Hole 4 - 486-meter-Iong par 5. A drive path heavily protected by bunkers and the placement of the green well above the fairway level make this hole a terrible foe when the wind blows from the west.
Hole 5 - Another par 4 that normally enjoys favourable winds. Here the trick is to keep the driven ball out of the bunkers.
Hole 6 - 396-meter par 4 with a stunning view of the Sierra Helada mountains and the Peiion de Ifach, a huge granite outcropping rising out of the sea.
Hole 7 - Spectacular par 3 measuring 220 meters from black teeing markers with water hazards on the left and in front of the green. Although this hole is difficult for professionals, it offers relief for amateur players.
Hole 8 - A very long 534-meter par 5 where it is essential to place the second shot well if you want to get into the green in three strokes.
Hole 9 - Par 4, where the tee-off must cross the second lake on the course. Here you will need to place the ball on the right side of the fairway to be able to cover distance when shooting to the green.
Hole 10 - One of the most difficult holes on the course. Dogleg to the left and a high finish with the green protected by water to the left.
Hole 11 - Par 5, 506 rising meters long, straight but formidable whether you're shooting with the wind or against it. Uneven green protected on the right by a good sized bunker.
Hole 12 - One of the prettiest holes on the course. 203-meter par 3 with an elevated teeing ground and sweeping vistas of the Sierra Helada mountains and the Mediterranean Sea.
Hole 13 - Par 4 with slight dogleg to the right, shorter than it looks from the tee. You will want to aim for the bunker to the left of the fairway to get your drive across the water as it falls.
Hole 14 - An entertaining 145 meters long with a well protected green offering a great shaping.. Magnificent views of the Mediterranean once you get past the green.
Hole 15 - Par 4, not very long, but your drive must be very well aimed if you want to reach the green in two shots, because it's protected by bunkers located in front.
Hole 16 - Another long par 5 (525 meters where your third stroke had better be accurate, since the green is well.
Hole 17 - Par 4 with a dogleg to the right where it is essential to get your ball over the bunker to give yourself a chance to reach the green in two strokes.
Hole 18 - Par 4 with tee-off over lake number three where you have to drive up the right side of the fairway in order to avoid the bunker lying to the left of the green.

Real de Faula Poniente Golf Course in Benidorm on the Costa Blanca
The club's second round, and 18- hole par 62 course 3,674 meters in length, is integrated into the down slope of a lovely valley populated by Mediterranean pines with views of the sea and the mountains. The design of this course enables all sorts of players to enjoy a great golfing experience regardless of their handicap.

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.

Roda Golf Course in Murcia on the Costa Blanca
Roda Golf Course is an excellent 18 hole, par 72 golf course exclusively designed by Dave Thomas, one of the most prestigious European golf designers. The layout was created by combining different environments, and working for a total adaptation to the Mediterranean landscape and vegetation. An entire golf course at your service, right in your back garden.

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 Course in Villamartin on the Costa Blanca (close to Torrevieja)
18 holes - 6,132 metres

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
* Buggy hire
* Club hire
* Shop
* Golf school
* Practice greens, bunkers and chipping greens
* Changing rooms
* Tennis courts
* Swimming pool
* Restaurant
* Bar

Golf courses on the Costa Brava

Costa Brava Golf Course in Catalonia, Costa Brava, North Spain
5,625 metres - Par 70

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.

d'Aro Mas Nou Golf Course in Catalunya, East of Girona, on the Costa Brava, Northern Spain
6,218 Metres - Par 72

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.

Championships played
1990 "Open Martini PGA" Famous Professionals Player as - Joan Anglada, Fernando Roca, Miguel A. Jimenez, Jose M. Carriles as a winner SANTIAGO LUNA.

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.

Emporda Golf Course in Catalonia, Costa Brava, North of Spain
6,160 Metres - Par 71

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.

Girona Golf Course in Girona, Costa Brava, North of Spain
6,100 Metres - Par 72

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:-
* Changing room
* Clubhouse
* Buggy hire
* Bar
* Restaurant
* Pro shop
* Putting green
* Practice itinerary

Peralada Golf Course in Catalonia, Costa Brava, North of Spain
5,990 Metres - Par 72

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
6,222 Metres - Par 73

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.

Serres de Pals Golf course on the Costa Brava
18 holes - Par 72 - 6,263 metres

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 in Catalunya, Girona, Costa Brava, North Spain
6,192 Metres - Par 72

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
Gold Tees - 7,382 Yards or 6,750 Metres

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:-
* Buggy and trolley hire
* Club hire
* Pro shop
* Golf school. Individual and group classes are available.

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
18 holes - Par 72 - 7,028 yds.

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
Bellavista golf club is Huelva's second oldest golf club. It was established in 1976. The club had just nine holes until the early 1990's, but has now become a full-length 18 hole course.

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 on the Costa de la Luz
The result of the magnificent team work of the grounds keepers and the course staff, has produced Benalup Golf Course which has become a collaboration of professionals, resulting in a truly magnificent golf course.

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.

Corta Atalaya Golf Club in Huelva on the Costa de la Luz
Par 72 - length 6.036 meters for men and 5.155 meters for ladies.

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
Some of the holes run alongside the Atlantic Ocean (links and the rest are parkland, with a few lakes and with strategic bunkers. In 2002, 9 more holes were added to cover the original design.

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
The East Course is now open for play. Over the course of the past weekend, the Spanish Golf Federation finalized the measuring and the valuation of the course. This is indispensable to the opening of the course.

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
Par 72 - 6,472 metres

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.

Dehesa Montenmedio Golf Course in Cadiz on the Costa de la Luz
18 holes - 6,485 yds - Par 72

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 Golf Course in Huelva on the Costa de la Luz
The Dunas de Donana golf course is located on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, and adjacent to Europe's largest and most significant nature reserve, "Coto de Donana". The golf course has a combination of links and American styles. It offers such a variety that this exciting Andalusia venture into the work of the golf course is set to be come highly popular with players of all levels and ability.

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.

El Puerto Golf Course in Cadiz on the Costa de la Luz
Designed by the famous golf pro Manuel Pinero´s company, Target Ingenieros, S.A., this 18-hole golf course has been conceived to feature soft, undulated forms for a more enjoyable golfing experience. Numerous indigenous trees have been planted on and around the golf course.

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.

Isla Canela Golf Course in Huelva, Cadiz on the Costa de la Luz
Isla Canela Golf Course is located in an area of outstanding natural scenery. It is between the Andalusia Atlantic and the Portuguese Algarve.

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
Since its inauguration in 1992 this golf course has been the stage of important events like the "Campeonato de Espana de Profesionales", and the PGA European Challenger Tour.

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 - -
* Individual lessons
* Weekend courses
* Digital video camera with specific golf analysis software
* On course lessons
* Group lessons
* Clinics for professional guests
* Special junior programmes
* Golf club repair
* Pro shop.

Lomas de Sancti Petri Golf Course in Chiclana on the Costa de la Luz
18 holes

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:-
* Individual / Groups
* Beginners / Advanced
* Swing and Game Analysis

* Double driving range
* Approach shot practise area
* Putting green
* Bunker
* Par 3 course (practice)
* Childrens park
* Bar / cafe
* Rental clubs
* Golf shop.

Montenmedio Golf Course on the Costa de la Luz
18 holes - 6,485 yds - Par 72

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
36 holes

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
Situated 18 kilometres west of Huelva and 91 kilometres from Seville, Nuevo Portil is a rolling type golf course, offering a pleasant walk for those not wishing to use buggies. The fairways offer splendid sea views over the immense dune beaches which are close by. The course traces a path between pines and other local trees.

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
Situated opposite the Donana nature park, and very close to where the Guadalquivir River enters the Atlantic, the Sanlucar Golf Course has 18 holes of which nine are links style. These holes extend along the sea and are affected by the Atlantic winds. The other nine (open from October 2004 are of an American style, with seven holes affected by water hazards.

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
6,529 metres - par 72

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
6,572 metres - 18 Holes - Par 72

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.

Villa Nueva Golf Resort Puerto Real in Cadiz on the Costa de La Luz
The Villa Nueva Golf course is situated in a small town, Puerto Real, which is 10 minutes away from the city of Cadiz, and only a 2 kilometres distance from the sea.
Villanueva offers an 18-hole, par 72 golf course that for even the more demanding golfers, allows a delightful play.
The difficulties contained within this course can be variable depending on the hole and tee positions.
Set in peerless surroundings, Villanueva's beautifully designed course is destined to become a benchmark among all golfers.

Characteristics of Golf Course
* Handicap - Ladies, max.36, Gentlemen, max.36
* No. of holes - 18
* Par - 72
* Course length - 6,220m
* Number of Lakes - 5 (27, 128 m²)
* Number of bunkers - 90 (17,000m²)
* Total greens area - 10, 770m² (600m² average). Large greens, modern design with different pin position, that make the difficulty of the course very changeable.
* State-of-the-Art watering system with a meteorological station. Twin sprinklers on the green, etc.
* Grass varieties - Bermuda grass throughout the course and agrostis stolonifera L93 on the greens.
* Spikes- only soft spikes.

Facilities at Villa Nueva Golf Club include:-
* Driving range 250 metres long and 110 metres wide. Separated from the rest of the course by a dense line of trees typical of this area.
* Buggy rental
* Clubs rental
* Lockers room with the shower, etc
* Restaurant. Bar-Cafeteria
* Credit cards accepted

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 Golf Club in Cadiz, on the Costa de La Luz
Located close to Puerto Santa Maria the nine hole vista Hermosa golf club is private, admitting green fee paying quests on request.

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
18 holes - par 68 - 4,924 metres.

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.

Alhaurin Golf Club in Malaga on the Costa del Sol
18 holes - 6,221 Metres - Par 72

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
18 holes - par 72 - 6,168 metres

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.

Aloha Golf Course in Marbella on the Costa del Sol
18 Holes - 6261 Metres - Par 72

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.

Antequera Golf Course on the Costa del Sol
18 Holes - 6,000 metres - Par 72

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
Two courses here

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.

Old course
6142 Metres- Par 72
Atalaya Old Course was designed by Bernhard Von Limburger in 1967.The course is flat with wide fairways surrounded by tall pines and luxurious vegetation. The course has large, and mostly elevated greens.

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!

New Course
5325 Metres - Par 72
Atalaya New Course was opened in 1991, and is more gently sloping than its sister course.

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.

Baviera Golf Course in Caleta de Velez, Malaga, on the Costa del Sol
White tees - 5,609 metres - 18 Holes - Par 71

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.

Cabopino Golf Club in Marbella on the Costa del Sol
18 Holes - 5,170 Metres - Par 71

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.

Guadalhorce Golf Club in Malaga on the Costa del Sol
18 holes - Par 72 - 6,194 Metres

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
18 holes - Par 71

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 Course in Malaga on the Costa del Sol
18 Holes - 5,976 Metres - Par 71

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.

El Chaparral Golf Course on the Costa del Sol
El Chaparral Golf Club is an 18 hole championship golf course which sweeps along the undulating coastline of Mijas Costa, and is approximately 20 minutes drive from Malaga.

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
A great opening par 4 and a taste of things to come, the drive is over a barranca to an uphill fairway. Best to keep the drive slightly to the right hand side of the fairway as a tree on the left blocks out a clear shot to the green. The green is two tiered and if you get above the hole expect a lightening fast putt to a bottom hole location. A great opener!

Hole 2 is a Par 3 at 174 (Metres from the White Tees and S.I.9
The tee shot is crucial on this hole, a large barranca stretches from the tee to green so don't be short! Or it will be the last you see of your shiny new Pro V1. The green is large and sits across diagonally making it very narrow. Make sure you take enough club - better to be slightly long here.

Hole 3 is a Par 5 at 477 (Metres from the White Tees and S.I.1
A tricky par 5. The tee shot needs to be to the right hand side of the fairway to see straight down the hole. A ditch crosses the fairway approximately 100 metres from the green so a poorly struck tee shot will need a lay up to leave a third shot to a narrow long green. The longer hitters can get near in 2 shots but don't go left of the green as your ball will find a watery grave.

Hole 4 is a Par 3 at 198 (Metres from the White Tees and S.I.3
A long par 3, which for most will need a fairway wood to reach, there is a large barranca to the left of the teeing area but should not come into play.

Hole 5 is a Par 4 at 322(Metres from the White Tees and S.I.15
A tactical par 4, which requires accuracy off the tee to a green guarded by trees - a tricky pin to access if on the right hand side of the green. Also the green is quick from back to front so avoid going too long.

Hole 6 is a Par 5 at 493 (Metres from the White Tees and S.I.13
A reachable par 5 as it plays down hill, better to stay right hand side of the fairway on the tee shot to give you a better view of the green. The green is surrounded by trees and a water hazard to the left. Club selection is vital, if going for the green in two, then err on the side of caution, better to be short than long.

Hole 7 is a Par 5 at 459 (Metres from the White Tees and S.I.11
Another par 5, off the back tee a drive again is required over a barranca. A better angle and view of the green is to drive left hand side of the fairway. It is possible for the longer hitters to reach however there is a bunker guarding the front of the green. If you are laying up stay left as it gives you a third shot with a clear view of the green.

Hole 8 is a Par 4 at 320 (Metres from the White Tees and S.I.5
A tricky par 4 which again requires a tactical approach. You tee off from an elevated position with a dry bed water hazard running down the right hand side of the hole, an iron off the tee is the play here leaving a fairly short iron into the green. If you try to cut of the corner of the dog leg beware there is a tree in the middle of the fairway waiting to block your view, just around the dog leg.

Hole 9 is a Par 4 at 321 (Metres from the White Tees and S.I.17
You are not able to see the green from the tee on this hole. Keep your drive to the left as there is a fairway bunker to the right hand side, if you go long on your second shot out of bounds awaits you, so choose your club carefully - short is better than long.

Hole 10 is a Par 3 at 162 (Metres from the White Tees and S.I.14
A picturesque par 3, you tee off from an elevated position with views of the med to a green approximately 30 feet below you. The green slopes from back to front so avoid going too long, plays a bit shorter than it's yardage due to the drop in elevation.

Hole 11 is a Par 5 at 443 (Metres from the White Tees and S.I.6
A great par 5 with a snake effect fairway, the drive is tight and you need to find the centre. The second shot is played over trees to an elevated green. Walk up to the green and check where the pin is because if you get above the hole with a pin on the bottom the putt is like lightening, a fantastic hole!

Hole 12 is a Par 4 at 302 (Metres from the White Tees and S.I.8
The tee shot is from an elevated position with lots of trouble on the right so stay left. A driver is not really needed here, a fairway wood or rescue leaves a short iron into a small green with a ditch at the front so don't be short.

Hole 13 is a Par 5 at 450 (Metres from the White Tees and S.I.12
A long uphill par five the drive is straight-forward with a second shot to a blind green. The green is only 20 to 30 metres over the hill - don't go too long here as the putt from the back of the green to a front pin is probably the fastest on the course.

Hole 14 is a Par 3 at 163 (Metres from the White Tees and S.I.4
A nice par 3, which can play long depending on the wind, the green is well guarded by bunkers catching an errant tee shot.

Hole 15 is a Par 4 at 287 (Metres from the White Tees and S.I.16
How brave are you? The longer hitters can cut the corner here and get near to the green but bunkers guard the front. The play here is to play to the right hand side of the fairway and it will leave you a fairly short iron to the green, which slopes back to front.

Hole 16 is a Par 3 at 105 (Metres from the White Tees and S.I.18
A short par 3 guarded by two trees in the front of the green. The green is narrow and sits diagonally, if you go long here there is a chance of the ball bouncing down back on to the green.

Hole 17 is a Par 5 at 460 (Metres from the White Tees and S.I.2
A tricky par 5, the tee shot is from an elevated tee with a water hazard on the right hand side so stay left with your drive. The second shot needs to carry the water hazard in the middle of the fairway, then a short iron to the green with a wall of earth at the back of the green so if you go long there is a chance your ball will bounce back on to the green. if you are lucky!

Hole 18 is a Par 3 at 176 (Metres from the White Tees and S.I.10
The home hole and the bar awaits! This is a good finishing hole a long par 3 with a carry over a barranca, if you are going to miss this green miss left and usually the ball kicks down on to the green.

El Paraiso Golf Course in Estepona on the Costa del Sol
18 holes - 6131 Metres - Par 71

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.

Estepona Golf Course in Estepona on the Costa del Sol
18 holes - Par 72 - 6,001 metres

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.

Buggies Recommended!

Finca Cortesin Golf Course in Casares (near Estepona on the Costa del Sol
18 Holes - 6,800 Meters - Par 72

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 del Sol
Rosa Course 18 hole - 5,883 meters - Par 72

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
6,014 Metres - Par 71

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.
This is a driveable par 4. The smart move though for most players will be to gear down to a fairway wood or long iron, taking \ advantage of the generously wide fairway. From there a simple wedge or 9 iron should get you home. Do NOT however over-dub the approach shot.

Hole 2, par 4, 344 m.
A medium length 2-shotter. The best option is to hit out straight, left of the fairway bunker, into a level part of the fairway. From this elevated position the approach is downhill to a raised banana-shaped green well bunkered right front and left rear.

Hole 3, par 3 158 m.
Club selection and directional control off the tee are the chief requirements on this the more challenging of the front nine's short holes. Apart from the menace of the arroyo, the salient feature of this hole is the 40+ metre long narrow green with gentle but complex contouring.

Hole 4, par 4, 404m.
Two river crossings are required from the back tees, but a modern bridge carries players across to the forward tees. The fairway is pinched down to a miserly 25 m width, putting a premium on accuracy rather than length. One of the largest greens on the course with two large bunkers on the right and a third, on the left, to challenge lay-up approach shots. Possibly the most difficult par 4 on the course, and sure to provoke discussion at the 19th.

Hole 5, par 4, 329 m.
A medium but challenging uphill par 4. The tee shot appears daunting due to the three cork oaks in the hillside. The green is fairly long with a back-to-front slope and bunkers right.

Hole 6, par 4, 357 m.
From the elevated tees the drive appears comfortably wide, so the temptation will be to go for it. A good mid-iron should get you up to the green.

Hole 7, par 4, 365 m.
A medium length uphill par 4. OB along the right is clearly a threat on the tee shot so best to keep the drive to the left, out near the bunkers on that side. Laying up off the tee is not the best option. The large deep valley right of the putting surface will test the chipping skills of even the best players.

Hole 8, par 5, 498 m.
Standing on the highest point of the course with the sea and the town of Fuengirola off in the distance. The best target off the tees is the left fairway bunkers. The smart move then is to lay up with the second just beyond the olive trees on the left. This will leave a more controllable approach shot and an easy par.

Hole 9, par 3, 160 m
The downhill tee shot leaves everything in view, but avoid being fooled by bunkers on the left. The shallow - terraced flag location there appears - and is - tight, but the slopes to the right of the green will kick shots that side into the bunker from which there is no recovery.

Hole 10, par 3, 121 m
Golfers should not be fooled by the shortness of this hole. The green is well guarded along the right side by the lake and to the left and by a nest of bunkers. The putting surface contours are among the most undulating on the course. Only a precise aerial approach will result in an easy birdie.

Hole 11, par 5, 524 m
The drive from the championship tee on this the longest par 5 on the course is a difficult shot with the Rio Ojen waiting to snatch a pulled shot. Although well bunkered left and right, the green is rather large for a par 5 thus inviting an attacking fairway metal for those in search of a birdie.

Hole 12, par 4, 339m
The best way to attack this short but tricky par 4 is to fade the tee shot off the hillside on the right. The elevated green is wider at the back, so allow an extra club on the approach to avoid the bunkers and grassy hollows.

Hole 13, par 4, 369m
A very photogenic hole from the elevated tees, and one of the most difficult on the back nine. The sharp dogleg invites a cutting the comer to an ever-narrowing fairway. Bunkers and trees will punish the less than perfect drive of those who try it. A knockdown, run-on shot from short of the green may be the smart shot here. Avoid the temptation of playing down the adjacent and lower 15th fairway.

Hole 14, par 3, 233 m
Probably the longest par 3 on the Costa del Sol, and one of the prettiest. The River Ojen cuts across the hole in front of the four rear tees and guards the right side and rear of the green. The green is large and receptive. A par here will be a highly respected score.

Hole 15, par 5, 492 m
The nice view down along the river does not alter the fact that all but the most forward tee shots must carry this feature to a fairway which narrows beyond 250 meters. The safe second shot is to the wide landing area, close to the bunkers on the left. From there the entrance to the green is open.

Hole 16, par 3, 171 m
A downhill par 3. A mid-iron shot from the elevated tees. Bunkering is mostly to the sides and the rear, but short approaches will remain short. There will be very few flat putts. The last chance for a relatively easy birdie on the back side.

Hole 17, par 5, 483m
Uphill from the landing area to the green, this hole will play longer than it measures. The drive is defended by bunkers left and right, but it is very wide as the men must carry some distance across the arroyo in front of the tees. Approach shots to the elevated green will test club selection as the bottom of the flag is not visible. Par here will be a good score.

Hole 18, par 4, 366 m
A small pot bunker in the fairway at 265 meters will test the big hitters, and one on the right will collect long drives drifting in that direction. The green is very shallow but sloped to receive the lofted approach shots expected. Short is better than long as anything beyond the bunkers behind the putting surface will disappear. Discretion on both the tee and approach shots is advised as this seemingly easy hole can easily bite.

La Cala Golf Club North Course - Campo America  -  Costa del Sol (Mijas Costa
18 Holes - 6,187 Meters - Par 73

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 Costa
18 Holes - 5,925 Meters -Par 71.

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
5,841 Metres - Par 70

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
6,142m - Par 72

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:-
* Driving range
* Putting green
* Restaurant
* Gym
* Turkish bath
* Sauna
* Jacuzzi
* Events lounge
* Conference room
* Indoor pool
* Four tennis courts
* Billiards
* Pro shop

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 Course in Marbella on the Costa del Sol
Par 72 - 27 holes - 5913 metres. Designed by Manuel Pinero and Antonio Garrido.

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.

Las Brisas golf course in Marbella on the Costa del Sol - (Real Club de Golf Las Brisas
6,163 metres - Par 72

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.

Lauro Golf Course in Malaga on the Costa del Sol
18 holes - Par 72 - 6,082 Metres

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:-
* Buggy, golf cars and trolley hire
* Apartments
* Restaurant
* Dressing room, lockers and showers
* Group lessons and golf school
* Driving range and practice balls
* Pro shop
* Car park
* Club storage and rentals
* Pitching green
* Putting green.

Los Arqueros Golf Course in Marbella on the Costa del Sol
5,843 Metres - Par 72

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.

Los Naranjos Golf Course in Marbella on the Costa del Sol
18 holes - 6,457 Metres - Par 72

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.

Marbella Golf Course on the Costa del Sol
18 holes - Par 71 - 6,450 yds.

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
Mijas Golf has become one of the most popular golf complexes on the Costa del Sol and is renown for the outstanding condition of its two golf courses and the friendly atmosphere enjoyed alongside the excellent service provided to the clients.

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
18 holes - 5,113 Metres - Par 71

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
18 holes - 5,652 Metres - Par 70

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.

Parador Malaga Old Course in Malaga on the Costa del Sol
18 holes - 6,204 Metres - Par 72

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.

Rio Real Golf Club in Marbella on the Costa del Sol
18 holes - 6,057 metres - Par 72.

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.

San Roque Golf Course in San Roque on the Costa del Sol
Old Course 6,494 metres - Par 72

New Course 6,497 Metres - Par 72

The Old course
Situated at the foothills of the Sierra Bermeja, where the mountains meet the sea, San Rouque Old Course was designed by Dave Thomas in 1990 with the bunkers redesigned by Seve Ballesteros. This course is considered to be rated amongst the finest in Europe.

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
This was designed by Perry Dye and Seve Ballesteros. It is undulating, precise, and often dramatic with a grand-scale parkland layout.

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
18 Holes - 5,878 Metres - Par 71

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
18 holes - 5,586 Metres - Par 70.

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.

Buggies recommended.

Santana Golf and Country Club in Malaga on the Costa del Sol
18 Holes - 6,203 Metres - Par 72

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 in Sotogrande on the Costa del Sol
18 holes - 6,298 metres - Par 72.

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.

Torrequebrada Golf Course in Benalmadena on the Costa del Sol
18 holes - Par 72 - 5,852 metres.

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
18 holes - Par 72 - 6,402 metres is the competition length

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
18 holes - 5,673 metres - Par 72

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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