One of my favourite courses. Amazing holes. Difficult start, then it settles.
Designed by Pepe Gancede, El Chaparral's quality is underlined by the fact that it is regularly chosen to host prestigious regional and national events, both amateur and professional.
The course is a delightful blend, with every single hole being distinct in character and style. The perfectly manicured fairways and greens are closely guarded by an array of beautiful woodland, while the strategically positioned bunkers should be avoided at all cost. El Chaparral is also unique, in the fact that it is the only course in Costa Del Sol to contain 6 par 3s, 6 par 4s and 6 par 5s.
Visitors staying in nearby Marbella and Fuengirola will certainly enjoy playing El Chaparral, especially on a clear day when the views over the Mediterranean are truly unforgettable.
Designed by: Pepe Gancedo
Opened for play: 2005
White: 5676 metres (6207 yards), SSS 73
Yellow: 4940 metres (5,402 yards), SSS 72
Red: 4200 metres (4,594 yards), SSS 72
Signature Hole: Hole 8, Par 4, 320 metres (350 yards), SI 4
The 8th is a very tactical hole and requires a confident game management straight from the elevated tee, where the hole doglegs fiercely to the right. Although it is possible to cut this dogleg, the benefits are minimal, and this tactic may even cause a hindrance to the approach shot, with a large tree in the middle of the landing area waiting to block your view. While it is possible for the big hitter to clear this tree and land short of the green, they should be aware of the trees lining the right hand side of the fairway, and the dry water bed outside them. Arguably, the more sensible option would be to play an iron off the tee and leave for a fairly short approach shot to the green to make par.
One of my favourite courses. Amazing holes. Difficult start, then it settles.
Great gold course that will be challenging for any golfer but also fair if you play well.
nice course enjoyable
Greens needs attention
Course was good but greens were shocking
dont go course is in a terrible condition clubhouse and staff excellent
A good course but u would not walk it very hilly but nice
Testing but great for the 14 and below golfers
By far the best course of the tour. Everyone loved every hole. Many if the holes were quite quirky and needed quite a bit of thought. Cannot wait to revisit.
Course was fine, greens weren’t upto a high standard
staff poor ,
terrible course, buggie track to far away, climbing hills with different clubs to take your shot, never again
Wasn't impressed with the tee boxes on this course and greens were a bit pitted and much slower than the other 3 courses we played. Quite a few hard holes but plenty of average / easy ones. They supplied safe deposit boxes in buggies as common with a lot of the courses in Marbella 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.
hard but fair course
Far to hard for our group. No second shot everything is on a severe slope.greens not great.buggies only allowed on bits of course
Course had work done before we arrived fairways were really poor and greens
All as above lovely courses.
Excellent facility throughout. a good welcome back every year.
A very challenging course, not overly long but very tight in places, it was a real challenge and quite penal in places. The greens were good and course was quiet. Really good facilities, restaurant and food was very good. Staff very friendly.
Excellent course with small tricky greens . As a group of 30 we all thoroughly enjoyed the on and off course experience . This course ( along with Cabopino and Calanova ) represents much better value than a lot of its better known compatriots along the costa del sol.
Still a nice course good clubhouse a lot of walking due to carts not allowed on fairways for a lot of holes.
Narrow tree lined course. Very difficult. But good
very good coarse it was a very hard course greens were good but a very slow round 5 and half hours we missed the facilities with no drinks after our round
Very unforgiving course , but beautiful and would definitely play here again
Lovely course but wasn’t told by your golf travel that hollow tining was done this time of the year
Played in previous years but not in such good condition overall this year
Again very very slow round - over 5 hours with buggies Would not play this course again
Great course again even the part where the geese flew over and dropped there loads over us putting out lol did loff. Deffo play it again.
Mostly good holes but felt a little disjointed with a number of strangely designed holes e.g. 17th.
Great golf course, tough, but a great experience, quirky, because of the fact that it's 6 par 3's, 6 par 4's and 6 par 5's, but they are all different and give you an all round challenge to your game
Played this course many times only problem is you can’t take your golf cart onto many holes and they are steep banks to go up and down to the course but clubhouse is great and you overlook the 18th green which is a par 3
Buggies were not allowed on the course which made it very difficult for two of our players. A lot of steep banks to traverse from path to fairway Won’t be playing this again
Will not go again here to demanding physically for the older golfer even with a buggy because you cannot go on the fairways with buggies so your always walking to your ball with 2/3 clubs ,time to complete round 5hours 40 minutes
Found it tuff but enjoyable
I was warned this was a tough test and expected it to be much harder. Greens were in poor condition sadly but I'm sure they are not normally as bad.
Tight drives, with trees to punish. Greens spot on.
quite a few of the greens had been patched and while this had been well done the texture did change which made judging the pace tricky. A fair test and good facilities.
Lovely clubhouse & a great challenging course. Greens were in good condition & you are allowed to take buggies onto the course on certain holes but on the ones you can't, some steps down the banks would have been welcome. The staff here provided us with a lovely welcome, we were all given a free bottle of water & offered our group 20% discount in the shop. Great venue.
It's a very hard walk even with buggy
Excellent course and location, very busy indeed as one would expect this time of year (Oct), however course in great condition, lovely picturesque and intelligently designed holes, not too difficult scoring was quite good for first time playing here, position is very important, great clubhouse in elevated position, great choice for holiday golf.
Ball very often above or below feet and greens ropey to say the least.
we loved the setting of the course & clubhouse but could not believe how bad the greens were. we are mostly social golfers but I am sure a group of serious golfers would potentially of walked of the course after the first green, it was like a football pitch.
A nice club house, well run and lovely views from the club house. The greens were a bit ropey and some of the tees needed steps put in. On One of them we had to jump down from a small wall.
Has to be the worse course in all off Spain shocking greens and fairways never mind the thieves that hide around the course waiting for you to stray from your bag no warning from the club about thieves this has got really out off hand and we were not the only groups that lost money and clubs on arrival there English speaking valet told us to put our club's in a safe secure place which we all did and came down them to collect club's only to find out money and clubs missing NEVER EVER play this course and ygt are looking into this at time off feedback
This isthe worst course I’ve played abroad , tee off where dreadful, fairways where like playing off semi rough , and the greens , where full of pitch marks , not impressed whatsoever , wouldn’t recommend to anyone , the full golfing party had the same reviews
hard tough course
Very disappointing,the greens were a patchwork quilt and impossible to putt on with any confidence also much of the course needed tidying.The starters also seemed a total law unto themselves, it is the first time in 25 yrs golfing with groups in Spain or Portugal that the group were not allowed to the 1st Tee to watch. We would not play this course again
Poor greens and tees we found the course very picturesque but not in good condition the tees were rather scruffy and the greens were in poor condition. Nice clubhouse and friendly staff but would not recommend.
cracking coarse in great condition
Another great course which we played a few years ago and really enjoyed it here again
Hard course , greens not great buggy essential
Not buggy friendly
Great course and staff
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