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Best Golf Courses in Spain

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What are the best golf courses to play in Spain?

Host nation of the 1997 Ryder Cup, home to some of Europe’s premier golf courses, 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.

There are a total of 398 golf courses in Spain with 70 golf courses within 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.

The list below has been compiled by our golf experts to be some of the best golf courses you can play while on a golf holiday in Spain.

Read on to discover the courses our experts have played and consider the best in Spain or check out some of the best golf holiday deals in Spain >>

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


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: 1974

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

Frequently asked questions about Golf in Spain

What is the best golf course in Spain?

Valderrama Golf Club in the Costa del Sol has been ranked as the best golf course in Spain. It also features within the Top 5 golf courses in Europe and within the Top 100 Golf Courses in the World. As a regular feature on The European Tour and host of The 1997 Ryder Cup, Valderrama is considered to be one of the toughest examinations in golf. The cork tree-lined fairways and fast running greens make it a golf course that makes ball striking and accuracy off the tee paramount in trying to play to your handicap around here. Valderrama is also one of Europe's most expensive places to play, a round of golf costs a minimum of 400 euros with an additional fee for a forecaddie. Other courses which feature within the top-ranked in Spain include modern masterpieces such as PGA Golf de Catalunya in Girona, Finca Cortesin near Marbella and La Reserva in Sotograde.

What is the best golf course in Spain for beginners?

Some of the courses in Spain are built in the mountains which make forced carries and are very tricky for any wayward tee-shots. Whilst this is very enjoyable for those with a handicap of 20 or less, they might be a bit less fun for a beginner. Therefore, playing a course that is a bit friendlier such as those found at Mijas on the Costa del Sol, Alcaidesa Heathland near Gibraltar or The Poniente Golf Course at Melia Villaitana overlooking Benidorm.

There are many golf courses in Spain which have golf tuition and academies on offer to provide help improving your game while on holiday. These include La Manga in Murcia, La Cala in the Costa del Sol and PGA Golf de Catalunya near Girona.

What is the most popular golf course in Spain?

According to Your Golf Travel customers, both of the golf courses at PGA Catalunya (Tour and Stadium) receive the best ratings, receiving an average ranking of 9.64 and 9.57 out of 10 each. Other courses which score well with customers include La Finca Golf Course just south of Alicante where golfers have given it a rating of 9.29 out of 10. La Cala Resort is one of the most visited in all of Europe by golf holidaymakers and it's America Course is top-ranked amongst its 3 courses receiving 9.1 out of 10.

What are the best private golf courses in Spain?

Most golf courses, even the best ones in Spain do allow limited visitors, however, the likes of La Zagaleta, Aloha Golf Club, Royal Puerta de Hierro and Las Brisas have very limited tee-times which are normally restricted simply for members and their guests.