Sotogrande is home to some of Andalucia’s finest golf courses and hotels, from the likes of the stunning 9 hole loops at Almenara to the beautiful La Reserva Golf Club, only opening in 2003. In this blog, we give you an insight into these fantastic courses and you may well find yourself choosing Sotogrande for your next golf in the sun holiday!
Get to know Almenara Golf Club
Almenara Golf Club is one of Andalucia’s finest golfing destinations, right in the heart of Sotogrande and is home to three unique 9 hole loops (Los Lagos, Los Pinos and Alcornoques. Each track is special in their own right, so be sure to know that all of your game will be tested as you take on three Almenara loops.
Tidy up your skills at the Almenara Golf Academy
Almenara golf is home to their very own golf academy, which offers three practice holes, a driving range with 40 mats, chipping and bunker areas, and a large putting green. If you fancy getting some tips on your golf holiday, lessons can be arranged with the PGA professionals at a cost of €60 for 1 hour.
Get to know La Reserva Golf Club
La Reserva Golf Club only opened in 2003, so it is a relatively new addition to the stunning array of golf courses in the Andalucia region. The course was designed by renowned golf course architect Cabell B. Robinson who has designed many other golf courses along the Costa Del Sol including Alcaidesa and La Cala.
From the championship tees, La Reserva measures at a monstrous 7049 yards, so it is even still a challenge for the golfing elite and with undulating greens, course management is key to ensure you have the best chance of making a par, or a birdie of course!
In 2014, the European Tour headed to La Reserva for the inaugural NH Collection Open. This was the first, such a big tournament had been held at La Reserva and the event attracted a star-studded field including the likes of the BEEEEEF and Ryder Cup players Thomas Pieters and Andy Sullivan.
Where to stay – Hotel Almenara
Hotel Almenara is one of Sotogrande’s top hotels with plenty of outstanding leisure facilities such as the racquet centre, polo fields, horse riding school and the golf academy. There are plenty of beach clubs nearby to go and enjoy a sunset cocktail and the Sotogrande marina is also not too far away from the hotel.
When it comes to the nearby golf courses, Hotel Almenara has got to be the best option with the likes of Valderrama and La Reserva, only 5 minutes and there is also a free shuttle which can transfer golfers from the hotel to the local courses.
5 Reasons why Sotogrande should be your next golf in the sun destination
- Plenty of championship golf courses to choose from
- Nearby the buzzing city of Marbella, so plenty to do away from the course
- Perfect for some winter sun with potential highs of 20 degrees in February
- Spectacular views overlooking Sotogrande from Hotel Almenara
- Hotel Almenara is only 5 minutes away from Valderrama, host of the 1997 Ryder Cup.
What YGT customers say[quote]Almenara is a stunning setting for a golf course and each of three 9 hole loops are unique in their own right. It is definitely recommended to get a buggy unless you can handle a long walk![/quote]
Bob, YGT customer who played at Almenara Golf Club
What YGT staff say[quote]When it comes to planning your golf in the sun holiday, there is not much than can beat the likes of La Reserva and Almenara, two stunning championship golfers.[/quote]
Neil, Senior Product Manager
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The stunning Andalucia region is also home to Valderrama Golf Club, host of the 1997 Ryder Cup where Team Europe beat the Americans in one of the closely thought matches. Today Valderrama is known all over the world and is currently ranked no. 3 in Spain and 8th best course in Europe.
Getting to Sotogrande
The heart of Sotogrande is only 30 minutes away from Gibraltar Airport, so you can be on the first tee in no time after a short flight coming from the UK’s major cities including London, Manchester and Glasgow with EasyJet and British Airways flying direct.
So if you still are yet to plan your 2017 golf holiday, be sure to get in touch with Your Golf Travel and get the ball rolling for your golf in the sun holiday to the beautiful Sotogrande area.