Javier Arana, who is regarded as one of Spain’s finest ever architects, laid down the Negro Course which is a well know European Tour host course. The Negro Course has repeatedly proved its quality since hosting the inaugural Madrid Masters in 2008 with subsequent Open de Madrid and Spanish Opens following in later years.
Needless to say, from the back tees the course is challenging, measuring in at a little less than 7,000 yards and while solid hitting is obviously required, tree-lined fairways place an emphasis on precision and strategy as well. From the higher points around the course golfers can enjoy dramatic, sweeping views of the city of Madrid and the Madrid Royal Palace as well as from the club house which sits atop a hill overlooking the courses.
Highlights of the course include the devilish par 3 9th. The tee shot here is played across tree tops set down in a deep ravine and requires a solid strike as well as a level head. The par 5 4th is also an excellent challenge with the hole gradually climbing and twisting towards a raised three-tiered green complex and, as with any top golf course, the 18th provides a thrilling finale.
The Amarillo Course is viewed as the second course at the club but with nine holes from Arana and nine from the legendary Seve Ballesteros, the layout was always destined to be imaginative and entertaining. Shorter and less challenging than its big sibling, the Amarillo is ideal for those looking for a slightly less demanding day on the fairways.