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Spain Vacation Golf Courses
VALDERRAMA GOLF CLUB
Rated #1 in Europe, and #73 in the world by Golf Magazine, this outstanding course was the prized design of Robert Trent Jones. This excellent layout is a skillful and challenging combination of fairways, nearly 100 bunkers and raised putting greens. The Volvo Master tournament has been held here annually since 1988, bringing together the world's leading professional golfers. The course was the site of the 1997 Ryder Cup, and is world renowned for the spectacular scenery as well as the difficult greens.
SAN ROQUE CLUB GOLF
Designed by Dave Thomas, on the initiative of British champion Tony Jacklin, this is a long course with broad fairways. The first half of the course is of the "woodland" type, while the second offers many water obstacles. Amid breathtaking Spain scenery, the course winds its way through a multitude of different landscapes, from valleys of cork oaks and bubbling streams to open meadowland.
SOTOGRANDE GOLF CLUB
Opened in 1964, Sotogrande Spain is still voted amongst the top ten courses in Europe. Known as Sotogrande "Old" to differentiate it from its younger neighbor, Valderrama, the Robert Trent Jones course is a private club but green fee paying visitors are welcome. Sotogrande boasts well-established vegetation with pine, cork oaks, eucalyptus and palm trees. Water hazards play an important role here. Sotogrande is one the best courses in the area, complemented with its magnificent yacht harbor together with its polo installations.
Opened in 1991, Alcaidesa Links is an experience that cannot be found anywhere else in Spain, as it is the only true links course in the country. A great links golf course surrounded by woodland and beaches with magnificent views to the sea and Gibraltar. Magnificent views of the Mediterranean offer one an excuse to take a breather at the cliff top to drink in the scene before tackling the next hole.
EL PARAISO GOLF CLUB
El Paraiso golf course was opened in 1974. Designed by Gary Player, this course is a very popular club in the area known for its friendly atmosphere. This particularly well tended course offers contrasting landscapes of lush fairways, serious rough and several lakes. El Paraiso has been constantly improved since its opening in 1974, making this one of the most beautiful and popular golf courses on the coast.
LA QUINTA GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB
La Quinta is one of the most attractive complexes in the Costa del Sol. Manuel Piñero and Antonio Garcia Garrido designed the course which is located in Marbella's golf valley The golf course call for accuracy and stamina, its fairways are wide but the deep bunkers wait for a wayward approach shot to the greens. The eighteenth, with a lake in the middle of the green is a challenge to even the most experienced players.
Guadalmina South, considered the most difficult of Guadalmina's 45 holes, was opened in 1959. The second oldest golf course on the coast, this test of golf has wide fairways free of rough and water, but as an alternative it offers difficult mature shade-giving trees. Many of the holes enjoy a beautiful view over the Mediterranean Sea.
More recently opened than Guadalmina South, (in 1975), this is a shorter golf course with more undulations, and contains water traps hidden in the rough. Considered less difficult than the south course, this was designed by Folco Nardi forming two loops of nine holes, the course starts and ends at the clubhouse.
The orange tree, significant tree of the area, has been profusely used on this golf course, located in the Marbella's golf valley and opened in 1977. It has hosted important international competitions, so it has required constant renovation that has created a more demanding golf course than originally contemplated. Its 18 holes are set in broad sweeping fairways with gentle slopes. Its course is difficult and one needs long accurate shots to comply with each holes par requirements.
MARBELLA GOLF CLUB
With the usual Robert Trent Jones characteristics, this Marbellan course is located near the Hospital Costa del Sol on a scraggly piece of landscape. This Spain golf course, with magnificent views, is difficult for amateurs. The course requires a long and straight drive to avoid deep ravines and many traps.
This Robert Trent Jones designed course opened in 1969 and is recognized as one of Europe's finest . It has hosted the World Cup in 1974 and 1989, and the Spanish Open three times. The Mediterranean Open Tournament is another championship that has had the honor of challenging this difficult test of golf. A very well designed layout, to play here is an achievement in any golfer's yearbook.
LA CALA NORTE GOLF
On a scraggly and mountainous area, the 18 holes of the La Cala North course is one of the most difficult challenges that Costa del Sol offers. The special arrangement of many of the greens, located on high platforms hinders the possibility of easy pars. The undulating fairways also pose a hazard to even the most experienced players. The diversified tees on each hole requires different shot angles for an accurate drive.
LA CALA SUR GOLF
The other course of the La Cala complex, La Cala Sur is extended throughout a spectacular area with extraordinary views. The course is considered a "target golf" layout, with narrow fairways and landing areas numerous.
Torrequebrada Golf was designed by José Gancedo Gomez and opened in 1976. This course has played host to the Spanish Open and many more first line tournaments. The course has plenty of trees and bushes, and six of its holes are affected by water and numerous strategically placed bunkers. The course is extremely hilly, and commands spectacular views of the surrounding countryside.
GUADALHORCE GOLF CLUB
This 18 holes course was designed by Kosti Kuronen. This golf Club has hosted numerous competitions and is consider the most hospitable in the whole Costa del Sol. This Spain golf course has a European feel on its first nine holes, and although the holes have adapted to the mainly flat terrain, the rough is difficult and one must watch out for rolling banks and tricky greens. Considerable earthworks on the back nine have produced a more American style layout, with lakes, tropical vegetation and raised greens that are generally very large.
Located among the mountains of Mijas, the sport complex Alhaurin Golf & Riding Club is the last design of the Spanish champion Seve Ballesteros. The full-length course is up and down and its fairways are long and narrows, so straight hitting is a must to avoid numerous water traps, bushes and bunkers. Beside the 18 holes of Seve's design, the club has another course of 9 holes and a special 18 holes for children.