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Measuring 6,741 yards from the championship markers, Rio Real was designed by Javier Arana, and provides a great test of golf for even highly skilled players, without ever overwhelming the average golfer. The front nine holes are certainly the tougher, with the tight fairways bordered by banks of beautiful trees.
Patience and accuracy are crucial here, but on the closing stretch you can open your shoulders and be aggressive with the driver from the tee. The stunning landscape makes Rio Real a memorable place to play, especially the 4th and 5th holes, which run adjacent to the famous Costa del Sol, affording amazing views of the coastline.
Head to Rio Real's golf academy to sharpen your skills.
Designed by: Javier Arana
Opened for play: 1965
White: 6097 metres (6668 yards), SSS 72
Yellow: 6003 metres (6565 yards), SSS 71
Red: 5282 metres (5776 yards), SSS 73
Signature Hole: Hole 4, Par 4, 386 metres, (422 yards), SI 4
This hole turns into a real challenge when the Marbellan sea breeze picks up. A beautiful hole too, and the golfer is greeted with a spectacular sea view when reaching the green. However, there is much to do until then, with a slight dogleg left from the drive, followed by a lengthy approach shot to a well protected green, with bunkers to the sides and rear. A visually stunning hole, and a draw from the tee would suit this hole well, setting up a less lengthy approach shot.
The hotel at Rio Real is a match for the quality of the golf course, presenting visitors with an authentic oasis of tranquility. Within easy reach of Marbella's bustling centre, the hotel is a classy and stylish option for the discerning golf holiday-maker.
Rio Real is what many people would call a boutique hotel, featuring refined furniture and fittings throughout. The guest bedrooms and suites are no different; light wood, marble bathrooms and fitted iPods are among the superb features to be built into many of the units.
Rio Real is one of the finest new hotels to be established anywhere along the Costa Del Sol in recent years, and represents a fantastic high end option for a luxury golf holiday in the sun.
Guests at the luxury Rio Real property can take advantage of the leisure facilities, which include fishing, horse riding and tennis, while it is also possible hire the resort's private yacht. The nearby coastline presents the opportunity for a myriad of water sports, such as water skiing, scuba diving, sailing and jet skiing.
The beautiful Rio Real Restaurant is an amazing gourmet experience, set in a truly delightful dining room.
Realy great.We will come again.Swimming pool could be warmer.
Hotel lovely but pool was cold Not value for money because had to pay for 4 buggies
The hotel is lovely, quiet and tranquil. My room had a great outlook over the 11th hole. Food good, service to match.
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Very warmly welcome. Excelent restaurant.
Course was exceptional
Been here before --all good tricky course gets better for knowing.
Love Rio Real - does what it says on the tin & this year was in great nick :-) !
My favourite course in the Costa del Sol . Simply wonderful course
A few quirky holes but a good course in good condition with quick greens.
Great course but disappointed that buggies were not included as led to believe Had to pay for 4 buggies
Having played Rio for a number of years all of us thought the fairways were cutting up when playing any club , the grass just seemed to explode and something we have not witnessed in previous years so the members have already agreed that Rio would be dropped if we played golf on the Costa Del Sol.
Fairways and rough were patchy but greens were excellent. Course is a little flatter than some others in the area but would still recommend a buggie. Staff very freindly and a very quick round of 4 hours suggest they don't pack the course out like others.
Well maintained course, tight in places and windy on one day so a bit harder than usual I suspect. The greens, a litany of pitch marks every where, utterly disgraceful. I’m not sure what the management are doing, but certainly not supervising the calibre of golfers they let on the course. At £150+ for a round (2 players and buggy) it does not represent good value. My complaint was met with a shrug of the shoulders🤷♂️
Lovely pine tree lined course with a number of tight drives. Similar in feel to the courses in Turkey. Would play again.
Excellent golf course, generally beautiful with lovely greens. Some very tricky holes with quite a few blind shots with traps for the unwary. We felt more confident the second time round. Knowing where you're going helps. Overall a very enjoyable and well presented golf course.
Great course and excellent facilities.
All ok but had a 5 hour round
Easy arrival and book in. Flexible to postpone round 24 hrs due to rain. Course wet due to recent weather and 2 holes closed and cart path only. Greens fast. Friendly bar staff.
Always enjoy Rio real but bar prices are quite expensive
A nice course with good facilities and staff.
Another good looking course with open fairways allowing good drives and forgiving if you missed. A nice mixture of easy to hard holes with some elevated tees downhill to long fairways. Our best course of the week and would play again.
An attractive course and in good condition, some holes are a little close to ajoining tee's however this was not a problem for reasonable golfers.
Great round of golf , nothing to say but a great experience.
I love Rio Real, although they do rate themselves quite high with their attitude. There are course Marshalls whose sole role seems to be to annoy you. Twice we were asked to keep up with the group in front...they were a two ball we were a four and we had no one behind us, it’s not necessary to say anything and take the gloss off.
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