Despite the country’s economic problems, Spain still ranks as one of the top destinations for golfers. The recession has hit the property market hard and there are plenty of golf developments built during the past five years where unsold apartments and villas stand as empty reminders to the financial crisis. However, there are more than 300 golf courses throughout Spain, with over 120 alone in Andalucía, where the sunny fairways and immaculate greens haven’t wavered in popularity for golfing tourists.
Some of the most prestigious courses in Spain are located along the Costa del Sol, otherwise known for good reason as the Costa del Golf. There are also a host of other value for money courses that offer visiting golfers the opportunity to play amongst beautiful surroundings where attractive group discounts can be found.
The exclusive urbanisation of Sotogrande, situated in the area of San Roque at the western end of the Costa del Sol, boasts several courses that would have any seasoned player salivating at the prospect of playing them.
Valderrama Golf Club www.valderrama.com 956 791 200
Home to the some of the world’s most prestigious tournaments over the years including the Volvo Masters (1988-96), the Ryder Cup (1997) and the World Golf Championships (1999-2000), Valderrama has earned its reputation as the ‘number 1’ course in continental Europe.
La Reserva www.sotogrande.com 956 695 209
Opening in 2003, this is the newest course to be completed within the Sotogrande area and it has quickly gained a reputation as one of the best in Europe.
Real Club De Golf Sotogrande www.sotogrande.com 956 695 209
Inaugurated in 1964 and designed by Robert Trent Jones, this relatively flat course has strategically tree lined fairways and is easily walkable.
San Roque Club www.sanroqueclub.com 956 613 030
Two contrasting courses, the Old and the New, offering different challenges. In previous years the Club hosted the European Tour Qualifying School.
Almenara www.sotogrande.com 956 582 027
Just one of the many designed by Dave Thomas along the Costa del Sol, this 27 hole golf course can be combined to offer three different par-72 propositions.
Alcaidesa www.alcaidesa.com 956 791 040
Alcaidesa comprises two courses; the original links course, with stunning views of Gibraltar and Africa, and the newer Heathland course opened in 2007.
La Cañada www.lacanadagolf.es 956 794 100
With a reputation as the Costa del Sol’s first municipal golf course, the club is now renowned for producing more young professional golfer’s than anywhere else in Spain.