This is testament to the quality of the layout conceived by Robert Trent Jones Senior, who also penned the plans for Valderrama just along the road. Sotogrande is very much a private members' club, but the limited number of visitors to advance down the hallowed first fairway are made extremely welcome.
Trent Jones used his considerable imagination and guile to create a test that would stand up to the attack of the most talented players, utilising the majestic pine, cork, oak and eucalyptus trees that populate the landscape in particular. The designer also positioned his bunkers and water hazards deftly around the greens, most of which are elevated, demanding unerring accuracy to threaten the pin.
Though not especially long by today's gargantuan standards Sotogrande is a subtle test that is still relevant for the professional game; the demand for creativity and imagination were deemed enough to host the final stages of European Tour between 1998 and 2001.
The course remains a gem within what is already a rich golfing area, and is without doubt one of the most desirable courses to experience anywhere in Europe.
|Designed by||Robert Trent Jones Snr|
|Opened for play||1964|
|Black||7,100 yards||SSS 75.3|
|White||6,791 yards||SSS 73.7|
|Yellow||6,404 yards||SSS 71.9|
|Gold||5,896 yards||SSS 69.4|
|Blue||5,886 yards||SSS 74.7|
|Red||5,491 yards||SSS 72.5|
Real Club De Golf Sotogrande is ranked as one of the best courses in Spain