The Novo Sancti Petri golf resort is located within the exclusive housing development of the same name, and is close to Melia's excellent hotel. There are two excellent 18-hole layouts built into the Andalucian landscape by the legendary Severiano Ballesteros.
The Mar-Pinos consists of two distinctly differing nine-hole loops, which together form a challenging 6,642 layout. The opening half may be relatively open, but the three lakes mean that trouble is never far away. The highlight is the signature 6th hole, where the tricky putting surface is perched on the edge of the beach. On the closing stretch there is no water to avoid, but the fairways are bordered by mature pine trees, making accuracy absolutely essential.
Novo Sancti Petri's second course is called the Centro, and is equally as good as the Mar-Pinos. The most striking feature is the S-shaped bunker that guards the finishing hole, which is a tribute to designer Ballesteros. The front nine is relatively flat, but negotiating the lake which guards one corner of the course is a tough proposition. The closing holes are a tougher walk, but the views from the peaks make all the effort worthwhile.