Designed by: Cabell Robinson
Open for play: 2005
Previously hosted: 2009, 2011 and 2012 Volvo World Matchplay
Championship: 7,500 yards
Black: 7,366 yards
White: 6,945 yards
Yellow: 6,434 yards
Blue: 5,703 yards
Signature hole: par 4, 4th hole
The par 4, 4th measures in at a tantalising 330 yards meaning that for the longer hitters the green is reachable in 1 and potentially setting up a chance of eagle. However, this classic risk and reward hole is not without danger as the green is very well protected by a large water hazard meaning if your tee shot is not perfect then you will almost certainly be in the drink. The sensible play for this hole would be to hit a long iron off the tee down the right hand side of the fairway leaving you with a short iron into the green taking the water on the left hand side completely out of play.
Overlooking the spectacular Costa Del Sol shoreline, Finca Cortesin is a special place to play golf. It is here that the remarkable contrast of colours and tones set the scene, and where the designer, along with renowned landscape architect Herald Huggan, has created a true masterpiece. From the championship tees, Finca Cortesin can be extended beyond 7,500 yards, making it a formidable proposition, even for the world’s finest players who visit it each year to contest the Volvo World Matchplay Championship. Impeccably manicured fairways are punctuated with bunkers filled with gleaming white sand, creating a stunning visual contrast. While the golf course is monumentally challenging from the back tees, Robinson was at pains to manufacture a layout that could be enjoyed not only by the best golf has to offer but by golf holiday makers of every ability. As such there are tees to suit players of all shapes and sizes. In association with the local area’s golfing delights such as Valderrama, Sotogrande and La Reserva, Finca Cortesin can be included in a golf tour of the very highest order that will rival anything in Europe or indeed the rest of the world.