Valderrama Golf Club

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Since Jaime Ortiz-Patiño assumed control of Valderrama, then known as Las Aves, the club has been transformed into an international phenomenon.

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Valderrama Golf Club

The culmination of the project is testament to the vision and passion of both the owner and the course's designer, Robert Trent Jones Senior; the older Trent Jones is widely accepted as the finest golf course architect of his generation, and Valderrama will arguably be the brightest light of his impressive legacy.

Now regarded as the best course in continental Europe, the awe-inspiring layout is matched by its consistently impeccable condition, but this was not always the case; between 1987 and 1997, Valderrama's bunkers were totally restructured, and the drainage system throughout the courses was entirely revamped. The result was that Valderrama coped admirably with the deluge during the final day of the 1997 Ryder Cup that closed every other course within a 200 mile radius. Those Ryder Cup matches brought Valderrama prominently to the golfing world's attention, but thankfully, the course is carefully managed to avoid too much play ruining its condition. In fact, the club is extremely exclusive, but Ortiz-Patiño has been kind enough to make it available to the public as well, and it remains high on the list of ‘must play' courses.

While Valderrama is notoriously difficult, there are tees to suit most  players, but matching your handicap is an achievement to remember around the 6,951 yard layout. Valderrama's wares continue to be showcased by the European Tour's climactic Volvo Masters every autumn, which merely whets the appetite of serious golfers around the world. Rest assured, Valderrama is as good as it looks on television, so be sure to experience continental Europe's finest course for yourself.

Go for broke at the penultimate hole - take on the water, and if you succeed, the bragging rights will be yours for years to come!

Features

  • Pro Shop
  • Putting Greens
  • Practice Area
  • Golf Club Hire
  • Club House
  • Championship Standard Course

Frequently Asked Questions

Q – Do I need a handicap certificate to play at Valderrama?

A – Due to the testing nature of the course, golfers are required to play to 24 or less (gents) and 32 or less (ladies). Certificates may be requested.

Q – When can visitors play Valderrama golf course?

A – Non-members can play, subject to availability, between 12.00 - 14.00 pm (Monday - Friday) and between 12.00 - 13.00 pm (Saturday - Sunday). There are certain periods when the course is closed to visitors due to member competitions and other events.

Q – What hotels are near Valderrama?

A – The most popular hotels for golfers are Hotel Almenara, NH Sotogrande and San Roque Suites which are less than 10 minutes drive from the course. There are a host of other hotels available along the Costa del Sol, the likes of Rio Real near Marbella are approximately 45 minutes away by car.

Q – What is the par at Valderrama?

 A – The course is a par 71, the course record is a remarkable 62 scored by former Masters champion Bernhard Langer. While the championship markers are just shy of 7,000 yards, with a slope of 147 and SSS of 76, while the recommended yellow tees measure 6,072 yards with a SSS of 71. With many cork trees, undulating fairways and quick greens to experience anyone playing to their handicap here is sure to have played well.

Answers provided by Oliver from the Marketing Department