Seve Ballesteros is best known for his creative genius & unrivalled imagination on the golf course. His ability to conjure magic from the most impossible spots & turn certain bogeys into birdies is unparalleled in the history of golf.
After a more than successful playing career which saw him win 5 major championships and set countless records along the way, this imagination and creative talent was turned to golf course design.
Seve Ballesteros Facts
|Name||Severiano Ballesteros Sota|
|Born||9 Apr, 1957|
|Died||7 May, 2011|
(2 Masters, 3 Open Championships)
Valais Swiss Alps
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Seve Ballesteros lit up the world of golf for over three decades. His swashbuckling style of golf was matched by a charm and personality that captured the hearts of golfers and the wider public.
Seve won 90 professional tournaments, 5 Majors and was World Number 1. Seve led the growth of European golf as a force on the world stage, including a total of 5 Ryder Cup victories as a player and captain at Valderrama in 1997.
Seve was able to achieve 50 European Tour victories between 1976 and 1995. This level of achievement was all the more impressive given the competition from many Europeans at the time when Bernhard Langer, Nick Faldo, Sandy Lyle and Ian Woosnam were in their pomp.
Sadly, Seve died in 2011, his golfing legacy lives on, not only through his achievements on the course but also through many golf course designs which we still enjoy today.
Whether it is a forced carry over a valley at Alhaurin, negotiating lakes at Royal Obidos or reading the large undulating greens at The Heritage, a day on the course as designed by Seve Ballesteros is sure to be a memorable one.
The Seve Ballesteros designed course at Alhaurin is widely regarded as one of the best in the area around Marbella. Located in the Sierra de Mijas, the course has spectacular mountain views and is a thorough test of golf from tee to green.
Measuring 6,801 yards from the tips, Alhaurin demands length from the tee but not at the expense of accuracy. Some of the fairways have severe undulations and are marshalled by mature pines and water hazards that wait menacingly to gobble up any stray drives. Shrewdly placed bunkers and clever run off areas demand precision from approach shots…unless you have a bit of Seve in you!
The course is regularly chosen to host local and regional tournaments, which is testament to the quality of the Ballesteros design.
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Westerwood is one of Scottish golf’s best kept secrets. Seve designed it with the help of Dave Thomas so it comes as no surprise that it is such a high quality golf course.
Having undergone a development programme designed to improve drainage and conditioning, the par-72 layout is stretched through silver birches and firs, and the heathland and heather that are so typical of Scotland.
There are many notable holes at Westerwood but one of Seve’s is the signature hole. ‘The Waterfall Hole’ is a par three with an elevated tee and a green surrounded by a 60-foot rocky face and a devilish little burn that sweeps across the front of the bunker.
Not only is the layout a cracker, Seve’s Scottish creation boasts offers stunning views of the nearby Kilsyth and Campsie hills.
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Glasgow & Ayrshire
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Built in 1991, the course at Pont Royal is situated on a vast plateau that overlooks the gorgeous Durance valley. This course sits in an enclosed 180 hectare estate and features generous fairways that set up nicely for you to open your shoulders and have a rip with the driver.
Unsurprisingly, Seve designed the undulating greens to test even the best putters in the game. Pont Royal is a beautifully maintained course that features subtle nuances that are designed to test the player’s tactical and technical proficiency.
The course is one of the best courses in Europe and is the only French golf course that bears the signature of the great Spaniard.
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Seve called on his considerable imagination and sense of creativity when designing Quinta do Vale. This fantastic course features an unusual but heady blend of 6 par 3’s, 6 par 4’s and 6 par 5’s.
Opened for play in the summer of 2008, this course is an impressive modern layout which benefits from extraordinary views of the Guadiana River. Seve set out to design a course that would test players of all abilities and his Algarve layout certainly doesn’t disappoint.
Featuring perfectly manicured fairways and greens that will set the pulse racing over those pesky little three footers, Quinta do Vale is a must on any Eastern Algarve golf break.
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Spain Golf Courses
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Seve designed over 30 courses but the number is closer to 50 when working alongside his golf design company who have courses in Japan, England, Ireland, Spain, France, Switzerland, Portugal, and Thailand, which all have the Seve Ballesteros´ unmistakable hallmark.
Seve has designed a few golf courses in the British Isles. In Ayrshire, Scotland is the Westerwood course while over in Ireland, set against the backdrop of the stunning Slieve Bloom Mountains lies The Heritage course and The Shire London is the first and only course designed by Seve in England.