Measuring 6,741 yards from the championship markers, Rio Real was designed by Javier Arana, and provides a great test of golf for even highly skilled players, without ever overwhelming the average golfer. The front nine holes are certainly the tougher, with the tight fairways bordered by banks of beautiful trees.
Patience and accuracy are crucial here, but on the closing stretch you can open your shoulders and be aggressive with the driver from the tee. The stunning landscape makes Rio Real a memorable place to play, especially the 4th and 5th holes, which run adjacent to the famous Costa del Sol, affording amazing views of the coastline.
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Designed by: Javier Arana
Opened for play: 1965
White: 6097 metres (6668 yards), SSS 72
Yellow: 6003 metres (6565 yards), SSS 71
Red: 5282 metres (5776 yards), SSS 73
Signature Hole: Hole 4, Par 4, 386 metres, (422 yards), SI 4
This hole turns into a real challenge when the Marbellan sea breeze picks up. A beautiful hole too, and the golfer is greeted with a spectacular sea view when reaching the green. However, there is much to do until then, with a slight dogleg left from the drive, followed by a lengthy approach shot to a well protected green, with bunkers to the sides and rear. A visually stunning hole, and a draw from the tee would suit this hole well, setting up a less lengthy approach shot.