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Best Golf Courses in the Costa Del Sol

from the experts in Golf Travel

The Costa Del Sol occupies 159 km of Spain’s stunning southern coastline and is considered as one Europe’s premier golfing destinations. Home to a plethora of championship course, this golfing hotspot boasts a Ryder Cup course, multiple Spanish Open hosts and a World Matchplay Course. At the forefront of all of this is Valderrama - an 18 hole championship layout that is ranked as one of the world’s best courses and is one of the most renowned golf clubs in Europe.

The region is also renowned for its mouthwatering food and 300 days of year round sunshine making it a great place to play golf in both summer and when you want to escape the cold winter months.

Valderrama

The are very few courses in Europe with a golfing portfolio like that of Valderama. The course itself was designed by Robert Trent Jones Snr. who is arguably one of the best golf course architects there has ever been and as a result of his genius it has been a host of both the prestigious Spanish Masters and the 1997 Ryder Cup. Set in land from the coast, the course winds its way through trees and lakes to test both a golfer’s physical capabilities but also their tactical nouse. Despite being one of the more difficult courses in the Costa Del Sol, there are a variety of different tees which make the course accessible for golfers of all skill levels.

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Quick facts about Valderrama

Location: Malaga, Andalucia
Length: 6,951 yards
Par: 71
Designed by: Robert Trent Jones Snr.
Established: 1974
Where to stay: NH Sotoagrande Hotel | Hotel Almenara

Finca Cortesin

Finca Cortesin is well and truly a modern day monster measuring in at 7,500 yards from the championship tees. However, it is not just the enormous size of the course that poses a threat to the visiting golfer but also its cleverly undulating fairways which if missed lead to penalising rough or water. Set in the magnificent mountains of the Costa Del Sol, the course has been carved beautifully into the natural landscape which gives it the varying terrain. The course also has European pedigree and has been the host of the Volvo World Matchplay on 3 occasions. For those looking to test the game on one of Europe’s leading courses then be sure to get yourself to Finca Cortesin.

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Quick facts about Finca Cortesin

Location: Malaga, Andalucia
Length: 7,366 yards
Par: 72
Designed by: Cabell Robinson
Established: 2005
Where to stay: Finca Cortesin Hotel

La Reserva

La Reserva is one of the region’s youngest courses having only opened in 2003 but has already risen to the top of the Spanish golfing ranks and is viewed by many who have played it as one of the country’s leading courses. The generous fairways maybe easy to hit from the tee but it is the clever designed greens that flow over the naturally undulating terrain that make this course a real test. Providing golfers with stunning views of both the dramatic mountains and stunning Mediterranean Sea, La Reserva is a truly outstanding place to play golf.

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Quick facts about La Reserva

Location: Sotogrande, Cadiz
Length: 7,049 yards
Par: 72
Designed by: Cabell Robinson
Established: 2003
Where to stay: NH Sotoagrande Hotel | Hotel Almenara

Aloha Golf Club

Situated in the heart of the Costa Del Sol’s golfing paradise, Aloha Golf Club treats guests to incredible views of Marbella and Puerto Banus. Its proximities to these buzzing towns make it a great place to enjoy a round of golf in the day and party long into the night. The course itself has hosted 3 PGA Tour events which is a testament to the fantastic design of the club. Winding its way through the trees, mountains and lakes the glorious 18 holes are the perfect place to play on your next group golf holiday.

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Quick facts about Aloha Golf Club

Location: Marbella, Malaga
Length: 6,882 yards
Par: 72
Designed by: Javier Arana
Established: 1975
Where to stay: Melia Marbella Banus

El Chaparral

El Chaparral Golf Club skirts along the stunning coastline of Southern Spain providing golfers with stunning views to accompany their round of golf. The course itself is renowned for each hole being unique from the other, gifting players with a fascinating golfing experience. El Chaparral also stands out from other venues in the area as the layout is comprised of 6 par 3s, 6 par 4s and 6 par 5s making it a very enjoyable course to play for golfers of all abilities and those on group tours.

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Quick facts about El Chaparral

Location: Mijas, Malaga
Length: 6,207 yards
Par: 72
Designed by: Pepe Gancede
Established: 2005
Where to stay: Hotel PYR Fuengirola | Hotel Las Palmeras

Real Club de Golf Sotogrande

Renowned for being one of the regions earliest golfing venues, Real Club de Golf Sotogrande is still regarded as one of the best in the Costa Del Sol. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Snr. the course itself is one of the most impressive in the region as it winds its way through the indigenous trees of the area. Trent has created a layout that requires imagination and guille in order to navigate the course whilst still remaining accessible for all abilities of golfer. Its constant rank inside Europe’s top 100 golf courses is testament to the quality of the course and the impeccable condition it is in throughout the year.

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Quick facts about Real Club de Golf Sotogrande

Location: Sotogrande, Cadiz
Length: 7,099 yards
Par: 72
Designed by: Robert Trent Jones Snr.
Established: 1964
Where to stay: NH Sotoagrande Hotel | Hotel Almenara

Real Club de Golf Las Brisas

Despite not being as well known as some of his other courses in the region, the Robert Trent Jones Snr. designed Las Brisas is one of the Costa Del Sol’s hidden gems. The course demands players to showcase their ability to hit the ball long and straight whilst also showing some touch around the greens. The course has also played host to the prestigious Spanish Open which was won that year by Sir Nick Faldo. Do not miss your chance to emulate the great Faldo’s win and make Las Brisas a stop on your Costa Del Sol golf trip.

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Quick facts about Real Club de Golf Las Brisas

Location: Marbella, Malaga
Length: 7,069 yards
Par: 72
Designed by: Robert Trent Jones Snr.
Established: 1968
Where to stay: Hotel Villa Padierna

San Roque (Old Course)

Designed by the legendary Dave Thomas, the Old Course at San Roque is one the best in the region. Spain’s most famous golfing son, Seve Ballesteros redesigned the bunkers in 2005 and following this it hosted the Spanish Open which saw the European Tour’s best players grace the perfectly manicured fairways. For those looking to experience 18 glorious championship golf holes in Spain’s year round sun then don’t forget to make the Old Course a stop on your next golf tour.

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Quick facts about San Roque (Old Course)

Location: San Roque, Cadiz
Length: 7,117 yards
Par: 72
Designed by: Dave Thomas
Established: 1990
Where to stay: NH Sotoagrande Hotel | Hotel Almenara

Rio Real

Rio Real Golf Course provides golfers with the best of both worlds as its stunning parkland resort course showcases some of best designed golf holes in Spain whilst still offering up spectacular views of the Mediterranean coastline. The tight tree lined fairways of the front nine are complemented beautifully by the closing stretch which allows you to really open up the shoulders and let rip with the driver. The course is a fantastic challenge for golfers of abilities making it one of the best places in the Costa Del Sol for large groups to play.

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Quick facts about Rio Real

Location: Marbella, Malaga
Length: 6,668 yards
Par: 72
Designed by: Javier Arana
Established: 1965
Where to stay: Rio Real Hotel

San Roque (New Course)

In 2003, the New Course became San Roque’s second set of fantastic championship golf holes. Measuring in at 7,226 yards from the tips, the course can provide a challenge for even the most skilled golfers. However, with its variety of different tee boxes the course is made accessible for all players. The New Course has also played host to the 2006 Spanish Open and with over 100 strategically placed sand traps, it tested the European Tour’s best players course management skills. With unparalleled views over the Guadalquiton River and the amazing azure of the Mediterranean, the New is an unforgettable experience.

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Quick facts about San Roque (New Course)

Location: San Roque, Cadiz
Length: 7,226 yards
Par: 72
Designed by: Perry Dye
Established: 2003
Where to stay: NH Sotoagrande Hotel | Hotel Almenara