Well, what a tour! We chose Los Naranjos Golf Club, Santa Clara Golf Club, and El Chaparral Golf Club for our golfing holiday. Unfortunately it has just culminated in a very late arrival home (two hours ago!!) after a SEVEN hour Monarch flight delay. Ho hum.
BUT let that not takeaway from what was a fabulous golf experience this year.
I speak for the whole four ball when I say that the course choice was very strong... and moreover, the green fees that YourGolfTravel secured seem very, very competitive versus walk-up rates (and general word of mouth of course prices).
All the way through, the service from YourGolfTravel has been exceptionally good. Swift, accurate and no-nonsense... This is why we booked through YGT for a second year!
So the courses... first up Los Naranjos, which was chosen due to its proximity to our house in Puerto Banus, and our desire to play on our day of arrival. It was easy to find from our villa, well signposted. In actual fact, common consensus is that this was the least liked of the three, mainly due to average-to-poor green quality. The welcome was great however, with bags immediately shuttled to buggies ready for our round. The clubhouse has a great sun terrace and food was decent. There were some great holes on the Los Naranjos course, but as I say it felt a little 'unkept' in comparison to the others.
On to Santa Clara (which I played last year with two of this year's party), we really liked Santa Clara, more so than last year in fact (although a mammoth hangover was probably contributing to/clouding our judgement!). Greens were good/true, holes pretty/pretty tough (that storm drain is a major feature eh?). Clubhouse has a very nice terrace and a nice feel. We weren't met however by anyone, so had to haul our clubs from the car park. Nice range and putting practice by the 1st tee... very friendly starter! Seems like good value for the money.
And finally, the wildcard El Chaparral. Blimey, now that is one interesting/picturesque/tough course! Amazing how anyone can conceive a course and individual component holes in that terrain. We all agreed this was the most interesting/varied of the courses with some cracking vistas/views. Buggies we didn't like though... weird brakes and not a smooth ride. Clubhouse least impressive of the three, club sandwich was average at best at 9 Euros, but service friendly. Easy to miss on motorway going East as the entrance is on the other side of the road with little visible signage.
We look forward to next year's tour with Your Golf Travel.