Spain Golf Holiday Destinations
Spanish golf holidays, no matter the time of year, are generally blessed with sunshine; in fact, the Murcia region on the Costa Blanca claims the most hours of sunshine per year of any on the continent. While Spain's south is its most popular, the Costa Brava is the country's emerging star - the Girona area is home to some of Europe's top courses. While the upstarts are attracting some attention, the Costa Del Sol in the Andalucia region is still the king of Spanish golf.
Just north of Gibraltar, the San Roque and Sotogrande area is littered with famous names including Valderrama, and is the perfect complement to the action to the east; not far from Malaga's international airport there are resorts of outstanding quality, as well as the endless list of fantastic courses that surround Marbella and the famous Puerto Banus. Whether you like to unwind on a golf holiday or see a bit of evening action, Spain has a golf holiday that is perfect for you.
Recommended Resorts for a Golf Holiday in Spain
Set within the magnificent rolling hills of Mijas and just 30 minutes from Malaga International Airport, La Cala is one of the finest golf resorts in Andalucía. La Manga has for many years set the benchmark for golf holiday destinations in mainland Europe and following a recent refurbishment programme, the 5* Hotel is more luxurious than ever. Less than 2 miles away from the buzzing town of Benidorm the Melia Villaitana Resort has become one of the most popular in Spain, reminiscent of a small village with everything you could possibly need within walking distance making it the perfect place for both families and groups of golfers.
Away from the mainland the 5* Ritz-Carlton Abama is a phenomenal destination, set on a dramatic cliff top overlooking the Atlantic Ocean it is the perfect venue for a luxury golf or leisure holiday.
Best Golf Courses in Spain
|PGA Catalunya (Stadium course)||Valderrama|
|Real Club de Golf Sotogrande||El Saler|
|Finca Cortesin||Real Club De Golf Las Brisas|
|Son Gual||La Reserva|
|Real Club de Golf El Prat||Golf Santander|
Situated between the coastal towns of San Roque and Marbella are two must play courses, Valderrama which is consistently ranked amongst the very top in the game and the spectacular Finca Cortesin, a masterpiece of contrasting colours and tones. At the other end of Spain, just north of Barcelona, is PGA Catalunya which has established itself firmly in the exclusive list of Spain's best despite being only opened for play in the late 1990s. Situated among rolling desert terrain in the sun kissed region of Murcia, Alhama spearheads the Nicklaus Golf Trail as the only “Signature Course” in the region and is one of the best desert courses in Spain.
- Spain is home to some 500 golf courses, 70 of which are in Andalucia
- Average Monthly temperature ranges from 12°C (54°F) to 26°C (79°F)
- Flights range from 1h 50 min (Barcelona) to 2h 45 min (Malaga) from the UK
Reasons to visit
- The original and best golf holiday destination
- Favourable year-round climate for golf
- Costa Del Sol is home to the highest concentration of golf courses in Europe
- Fantastic food, culture and nightlife
- Play the iconic Valderrama, home of the 1997 Ryder Cup
- 1 hour 50 minutes direct to Barcelona
- 2 hours 15 minutes direct to Alicante
- 2 hours 40 minutes direct to Almeria
- 2 hours 45 minutes direct to Malaga
Weather in Spain
A fabulous year-round climate makes Spain a desirable destination for a golf holiday. For much of the year you’ll get away with wearing just shorts - try that in the UK!
Average Temperature - What you might be wearing on the golf course
Polo Shirt and Trousers, probably a jumper in the evening
Polo Shirt and Tailored Shorts - Might be some scattered showers
Polo Shirt and Tailored Shorts - No Waterproofs Required!
When to go
The golf season in Spain usually begins around mid February and runs into early July. This is a popular time for UK golfers seeking an escape from the typically wet and cold conditions of winter. The searing temperatures of July and August are generally too hot for golf, but things pick up again from September until late November when many of us are squeezing in our final rounds for the year.
- Time difference: GMT +1
- Local currency: Euro (€)
- Language: Spanish
- Cost of a pint: 1.9 Euros (£1.70)
With its array of outstanding courses and favourable climate, Spain has always made a natural home for professional golf. Unfortunately the recent recession reduced the amount of events hosted by the golf-loving nation from seven in 2011 to just one in 2013. The Open de Espana (Spanish Open) has been part of the European Tour’s schedule since the Tour’s inception in 1972. The event rotates around Spain’s top courses and was most recently contested over the Stadium Course at PGA Catalunya, which is also a regular host for the European Tour’s Q-School. Miguel Angel Jimenez wound back the clock to win the 2014 title; previous champions have included Arnold Palmer, Seve Ballesteros, Bernhard Langer, and Nick Faldo.
The inaugural NH Collection Open was held at La Reserva in 2014. Finca Cortesin held the Volvo World Matchplay on three occasions between 2009 - 2012, with champions including Ross Fisher (2009), Ian Poulter (2011) and Nicolas Colsaerts (2012). Most golfers are already familiar with the international phenomenon Valderrama following the 1997 Ryder Cup.
You’re almost assured of finding a great value holiday at Montecastillo Resort. With an outstanding Jack Nicklaus course (multiple tee positions give everyone a fair challenge), a variety of accommodation options, on-site spa and dining facilities, plus top-class hospitality, the resort ticks plenty of boxes. You can even choose an all-inclusive package option, will all your food and drinks included in the price. For a bit more variety, La Manga has three Tour-quality courses and has been repeatedly voted European Resort of the Year. The Mar Menor Resort is another great option for societies. The resort is surrounded by a terrific 18-hole layout which is one of the eight courses that make up the Nicklaus Golf Trail in Murcia. You can easily access the other courses via a shuttle service from the hotel, making this a particularly convenient choice for a 3-7 night golf break.
Great beaches, fascinating culture and sensational food … Spain is definitely a destination made for a romantic getaway. Set within the magnificent rolling hills of Mijas, La Cala has plenty to offer couples besides its three superb golf courses: including the Caracala Spa complex - one of Spain’s most comprehensive and luxurious leisure facilities. There is also a fantastic restaurant, where you can enjoy the resort’s peaceful surrounds while dining on mouth-watering local cuisine. If coastal views are high on your list of desires, Elba Costa Ballena Golf and Thalasso Spa affords breathtaking views over the Atlantic coastline. Throw in the Thalasso Spa - boasting everything from pebble walks, sensation showers, Turkish baths and a Niagara hydro-massage - and you’ve got the recipe for an extremely relaxing weekend.
Spain is renowned for its explosive party atmosphere and with a myriad of entertainment opportunities, there is something for every taste. The capital is a great place to start. Madrid is home to some terrific courses, including Golf Santander, Elcin and the amazing Casa de Campo, plus its nightlife is legendary and you’ve got the option to kick the evening off with a visit to the world famous Bernabau, home of Real Madrid. Likewise for the party scene in Barcelona, where PGA Catalunya and Real Club De Golf El Prat are well within reach.
During the warmer months, the Mediterranean coasts of Spain attract partygoers from all over Europe with a delightful mix of lively pubs, clubs and fashionable beach party venues. Head to the glitzy harbour of Puerto Banus to soak up a Hollywood-esque nightly atmosphere. Further along the coast, Marbella’s fantastic nightlife, great beaches and quality atmosphere make it a first class choice for a party getaway with mates, as well as stag and hen parties. Malaga, the city with more bars per square meter than anywhere else in Europe, is also an excellent option for those looking to experience the Spanish nightlife at its best.
There are a number of especially stylish resorts along the Costa Del Sol, headlined by the outstanding Hotel Finca Cortesin and La Quinta. Both are among the finest hotels in all of Andalucia and promise a truly lavish experience. Elsewhere, the 5* Hotel La Manga Club - Principe Felipe has benefited from a recent refurbishment and guests can enjoy first class furnishings and decor. In the capital, the Melia ME Madrid Reina Victoria is extremely chic and if you’ve got the cash to spend, then the views from the infinitely luxurious Suite ME are simply breathtaking. Or if you’re eyeing the Canaries, then the 5* Ritz -Carlton, Abama is a phenomenal destination, set on a dramatic cliff top overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Named Best Resort in Spain in the Conde Nast Traveler's 2011 Reader's Travel Awards, Abama is another perfect venue for a luxury golf or leisure holiday.
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La Cala Resort
- 3 Nights, 2 Rounds
- Bed and Breakfast