The Links Course has a distinct seaside accent, which is understandable given that it was designed by the British duo of Peter Alliss and Clive Clark, and even features gorse bushes and heather. Imagine the joy of playing a Scottish-style links course, but instead of driving rain and wind you can be bathed in the Andalucian sunshine! Recent development work has improved the overall quality of the Alcaidesa Links, making it even more of a highlight of any golfing tour to the San Roque area.
Designed by: Peter Ellis and Clive Clark
Opened for play: 1992
Awards: Included amongst the 20 best links courses on the European continent by Golf World magazine (2011)
Previously Hosted: PGA Tours of Andalusia (1993, 1994), PGA Tour of Spain (1995), The Ryder Cup Junior Match (1997)
White: 5866 metres (6415 yards), SSS 71
Yellow: 5582 metres (6,105 yards), SSS 69
Blue: 5232 metres (5,722 yards), SSS 73
Red: 5006 metres (5,475 yards), SSS 71
Signature Hole: Hole 5, Par 5, 467 metres (511 yards), SI 11
The 5th hole on the links is a memorable one, providing the golfer with breathtaking views over the Mediterranean to Gibraltar, and stretching even as far as Morocco.
Alcaidesa proudly unveiled its second layout, the Heathland Course, in late 2007. Winding its way across the great slopes of the estate, the Heathland is the perfect foil for the Links; it is longer and more challenging for the low handicappers, demanding a good grasp of all the games facets, from accurate driving to a tight short game. In an area that already boasts a number of outstanding courses, the Heathland has squeezed in thanks to the high quality of its design, and makes your trip to Alcaidesa even more memorable.
Alcaidesa is famed for its views down the coastline towards the Rock of Gibraltar - remember your camera!
Designed by: Dave Thomas
Opened for play: 2007
White: 6373 metres (6970 yards), SSS 74
Yellow: 5951 metres (6,508 yards), SSS 72
Blue: 5580 metres (6,102 yards), SSS 75
Red: 5193 metres (5,679 yards), SSS 72
Signature Hole: Hole 14, Par 3, 185 metres (202 yards), SI 6
The par 3, 14th hole played from an elevated tee, deserves its status as signature hole for its variety of natural landscapes. These include fantastic views over the sea, as well as mountains and valley areas twisting throughout the fairway. This hole is a fantastic showcase of the wonderful surroundings which Dave Thomas was able to use to great effect when intertwining them throughout the course.
This course is all about the views of the coast and Gibraltar. Buggy is an absolute must. Not easy with blind holes, inconsistent grass mix in some areas and drainage issues from irrigation - probably a result of being full during the past few months. Overall glad we played it but not sure I would return.
My personal favourite as I loved the spectacular views along the coast to Gibraltar Easy difficulty with a few hard holes. They supplied safe deposit boxes in buggies as common with a lot of the courses in Costa Del Sol area there was potential for items to be pinched from the buggy where they are parked out of your eye line on tee's and greens. Thankfully we didn't have anything taken - but had to be on your guard and meant you couldn't fully relax.
Enjoyable round of golf with great views.
The wind was up when we played it which made it play longer.You need to play this course more than once as you need to hit your ball into the right position and the depth perception on some holes can fool you into thinking it is shorter than you think. Very scenic course with the sea and Gibraltar as a backdrop
Great views of The Rock if no cloud or mist around. Many elevation changes so need a buggy. Tees in poor condition. I would not return to play this course.
We played the Links course.We found it difficult to get onto the par fours in two.largely due to the distance and also the wind which was quite a factor throughout the round.The views from most parts of the course are spectacular over the sea with Gibraltar in the near distance.Overall a very enjoyable experience.
Course pace was slow course was in excellent condition and beautiful scenery.
Very hard links course when played for the first time. I would definitely play there again, even though I am not wild about links courses. Excellent shower facilities, which were appreciated as we were going on from the course direct to the airport.
Lovely course with fantastic facilities and views of course to Gibraltar. Super value for money in an expensive area but no "poor cousin" to its superstar neighbours. Thoroughly recommend.
My wife and I have played the Links course before, and it does not disappoint. It is well manicured and has some excellent views and with a incoming sea breeze some of the holes can be quite challenging. We enjoyed the round however there was a big down side. We teed off at 1030 and by the time we reached the 12th tee it was 1435. Basically the two groups of four in front of us could not play golf. One gentleman was playing his shots off the tees like a putting stroke and out of the four players only one seemed capable of getting the ball higher than six feet in the air. To cut a long story short we decided to call it a day after the 13th and came off the course. Alcaidesa either has to check for handicap certificates (which they did not ask for) or employ a course Ranger to monitor the situation and to look at the standard of golf being played.
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