We’ve just returned from a 5 night golf break in Fuengirola where 16 of us stayed at the Hotel Las Palmeras. We were right in the middle of the golf resort, with plenty of bars & restaurants within a 5 or 10 minute walk. The hotel accommodation was clean and everything worked as expected. The restaurant was fine for breakfast and evening meal, but there are numerous cheap alternatives nearby serving delicious traditional fare.
Would have to recommend the London Pub across from the hotel – we met there every night before heading out down Fish Alley to eat or visit a couple of good Irish bars. We’d inevitably return to the London Pub and were well looked after until we were thrown out at 0400 every morning!
Our first day’s golf was played at Santa Clara which had been closed for 3 weeks previously and had only opened the day we turned up. This was due to severe flash flooding which caused the river to burst its banks and flood the golf course. Have to say you’d never have known as was in really good condition. The clubhouse was decent and so were the rest of the facilities and I would definitely play again.
Next up was Alhaurin in the mountains which was some 35 minutes from the hotel. This Seve designed course was visually stunning with some incredibly tough, but entertaining holes. Again the club house & facilities were very good and having played very well would certainly return. We played matchplay which was great...I would guess most golfers would struggle to play to their handicaps around here.
Wednesday took us to Santana which I have to admit I was looking forward to the most of all the golf courses we had booked as part of our golf holiday package. There are some great golf holes, alongside some very quirky ones! The clubhouse & bar were very cosy and the service was great.
We played next at El Chaparral which seemed to divide opinion in the group. Personally I liked it, but others were not so positive – probably down to those playing well liking it and those that didn’t not! Lovely clubhouse and bar/patio area and very entertaining layout of raised tees & greens, 6 par 3s, par 4s and par 5s. Not easy, but I would definitely play this one again.
Last up was Lauro, which was about 10 minutes past Alhaurin but very different in layout. Much flatter design but still with a good mix of holes you had to think your way round – we played holes 1 to 18. Lauro had the best greens of the week, much quicker and more in line with what we were expecting before our trip. The courtyard club house & bar were very good, with the local Tapas & beer excellent value – thoroughly recommended.
All the courses offered very good service, were very friendly and helpful. The real stars of our trip though were B-MET, the transfer & pick up company. Always on time and helpful, they took us everywhere with a smile and plenty of advice on how to play the course.
This was our 21st annual society golf tour away and everything considered it was a good trip that was thoroughly enjoyed by all!