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Host nation of the 1997 Ryder Cup, home to some Europe’s premier golf course, birthplace of one of the modern greats… and the list goes on. Spain’s golfing portfolio is without doubt one of the best in continental Europe containing a variety of stunning championship courses that cater to every golfer’s needs. When thinking of Golf in Spain it is hard to look past the world renowned Costa del Sol that stretches along the South Coast, where the mediterranean sea meets the perfectly manicured fairways of southern Spain’s prime golfing real estate.

With the best course showcased along the south coast, people often overlook the rest of country however, northern Spain still boasts some of Europe’s most desirable courses

Stadium Course at PGA Catalunya

The stadium course is one of the most exclusive in Spain and has played host on more than one occasion to the prestigious Spanish Open. The vast array of tee boxes make it a fantastic destination for golfers of all abilities with the course only playing it’s hardest from the tips. With tree lined fairways and undulating terrain, golfers are treated to some fantastic golf holes that are reminiscent of some of the UK’s greatest parkland courses.

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Quick facts about the Stadium Course at PGA Catalunya

Location: Girona, Costa Brava
Length: 7,311 yards
Par: 72
Designed by: Angel Gallardo and Neil Coles
Established: 1999

Real Club De Golf Sotogrande

Designed by the great Robert Trent Jones Snr., Sotogrande is one of the Costa del Sol’s oldest golf courses. Situated in the heart of Spain’s golfing paradise, its relatively short nature allows it to stand out against other modern day monsters in the region and offers players a unique challenge. The layout itself is the perfect blend of eloquent golf course design merged with the wonders of the natural landscape and as a result has created a must visit on any Spanish golf trip.

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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

Finca Cortesin

Deep in the heart of the stunning Costa del Sol is one of Spain’s most acclaimed courses. Finca Cortesin has been the host of the World Matchplay on 3 separate occasions and put some of the games greatest players to sword with its devilish length from the tips. For those looking to test their game at the highest level then be sure to make this a stop on your Spanish golf holiday.

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Quick facts about Finca Cortesin

Location: Malaga, Costa del Sol
Length: 7,500 yards
Par: 72
Designed by: Cabell Robinson
Established: 2005

Son Gual

Away from the hustle and bustle of Spain’s south coast is the glorious Golf Son Gual. Earmarked as one of the island’s most exclusive courses you will be hard pushed to find a setup in better condition, with fairways like carpet and greens like glass. The price of playing this beautiful golf course is more than worth it as golfers are treated to a plethora of fantastic holes and views that make for a once in a lifetime golfing experience.

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Quick facts about Son Gual

Location: Mallorca
Length: 7,240 yards
Par: 72
Designed by: Thomas Himmel
Established: 2007

Real Club De Golf El Prat

Real Club de Golf El Prat is a prime example that there is more to golf in Spain away from the Costa del Sol. Located just north of Barcelona the course is seen to be one of the most traditional in Spain and in the 90s was a frequent host of the prestigious Spanish Open. For those looking to enjoy a quintessential Spanish golfing experience full of rich history then this is a must on your tour of Spain.

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Quick facts about Real Club De Golf El Prat

Location: Terrassa, Barcelona
Length: 7,296 yards
Par: 72
Designed by: Alfonso Viador and Greg Norman
Established: 1912

Valderrama

Ranked as Europe's number 1 golf course, Valderrama arguably takes the title as Spain's most famous golf course. Host of the 1997 Ryder Cup and multiple European Masters events any golfing fanatic would be in ore of the great names that have graced the greens of this stunning golfing venue. For those looking to play one of the world’s most renowned courses then look no further than Valderrama in the heart of the Costa del Sol.

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Quick facts about Valderrama

Location: San Roque, Cadiz
Length: 6,990 yards
Par: 71
Designed by: Robert Trent Jones Snr.
Established: 1985

El Saler

Away from the golfing haven of the Costa del Sol is one of the country’s hidden gems. Located just south of Valencia is the coastal course of El Saler which boasts 18 stunning golf holes that provide golfers with incredible views of the beautiful Balearic sea. Once seen as the best course in continental Europe, El Saler’s impeccable reputation.

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Quick facts about El Saler

Location: Valencia, Costa Blanca
Length: 6,609 yards
Par: 72
Designed by: Javier Arana
Established: 1968

Real Club De Golf Las Brisas

Overshadowed in name but not by nature, another of Robert Trent Jones's Costa del Sol’s creation is not one to be ignored. 40 minutes north of the more renowned Real Club de Golf Sotogrande is Las Brisas where golfers can test every aspect of there game. The subtle changes in elevation and tactical placement of hazards mean both power and finesse are required in order to navigate the superb 18 hole set up. Host of the 1987 Spanish Open, the course’s reputation is not to be underestimated and is definitely one to tick off the list.

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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

La Reserva

Seen by many as one of Spain’s newest phenomenons, La Reserva combines parkland and resort layout to create an unforgettable golfing experience. As with most modern courses the wide variety of tee boxes provide a different challenge for all golfers making it a great place to play on your golfing tour of Spain. If its stunning mountain views you are looking for then La Reserva is the place for you.

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Quick facts about La Reserva

Location: San Roque, Cadiz
Length: 7,049 yards
Par: 72
Designed by: Cabell Robinson
Established: 2003

Golf Santander

Golf Santander is truly the perfect pair as it is situated just 10 minutes from the capital and designed by the legendary Seve Ballesteros. Spain’s most famous golfing son has turned an old landfill site into a parkland masterpiece. Having planted 5,000 new trees and littered the course with hazards, golfers are treated to a true test of their ability. For those looking to play golf in Madrid then look no further as Golf Santander has everything a player could want.

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Quick facts about Golf Santander

Location: Madrid
Length: 7,500 yards
Par: 72
Designed by: Rees Jones and Seve Ballesteros
Established: 2005