This par-70 course inaugurated in 2005 really does merge golf with nature, assimilating the playing experience with the gorgeous nature that envelopes it. Great care has been taken to make sure the course blends in with its surroundings while also offering unique features and a game distinct from that found on the Old Course. The result is a playful 18-hole challenge full of wonderful obstacles and sharp doglegs to overcome, but you’ll be met with unforgettable sights all the way.
Play the two courses in succession and it will be hard to imagine that they form part of the same country club, for the designers have succeeded in giving each a unique setting, layout and above all, feel. From the classic elegance and panoramic picture postcards of the Old Course to the more dramatic gradient of the New Course, Zagaleta offers two diverse experiences to explore within a setting that combined offers an uninterrupted 36-hole parkland oasis.
Whether you prefer the gentle refinement of the Old Course or the drama and athleticism of the New Course will probably depend on your preferred style and approach to the game, or maybe just your mood, but both courses are yours – not to be shared with day-trippers, so there is no queuing, no waiting, just immaculate service and two of the finest golf courses in Europe.
The second course at La Zagaleta, is a 6,000-metre length 18-hole private members course, called Los Barrancos, loosely translated as ‘a rugged, mountainous landscape’. When first presented with this site in 2003 it was certainly one of the most challenging golf course sites in Europe we’d worked on, with a difference in elevation of almost 150m. It was designed and built between 2001 and 2005 – opened for play in May 2007.
The course is part of a stunning Costa del Sol residential/golf development on the ultra-exclusive private estate at La Zagaleta overlooking the Mediterranean, Gibraltar and the Rif mountains of North Africa.
We developed all the golf course construction drawings and worked with local engineers, architects and ecologists to develop a full re-landscaping plan, utilising native Mediterranean species for the slope restoration and strategic planting on the golf course.
This site provided the perfect natural conditions where we were able to introduce our design philosophy of true ‘risk and reward’ golf