With around 300 days of sunshine every year, gorgeous sweeping landscapes and scenery and over 70 golf courses to choose from it is the perfect escape and chance to challenge yourself on some of Europe’s best courses.
If you are a huge golf enthusiast and you haven’t considered the Costa del Sol for your next golf break, then you need to add it to your list right now. The courses here have been designed by some of the world’s greatest golf course designers, have been played on by some of the world’s greatest golfers and all in an amazing location with the Andalucian mountains on one side and the Mediterranean sea on the other.
So grab your clubs, book your flights and pick up you car hire in Malaga airport, and go on the Costa del Sol golf tour. Here are some courses you might want to consider checking out.
La Cala, Mijas
This is one of the larger golf resorts and is home to three courses, designed by Cabell B. Robinson. If you stay here a few days then you can attempt all three, starting with the Campo Europa, which is the less demanding of the three and working your way up to the Campo Asia, the oldest and more challenging course, with four par-five holes. The middle range course is Campo America which is very popular due to its beautiful views and rough sections with raised greens.
This is a great course, and only 20 minutes from the autoverhuur Malaga airport has available. Designed by Pepe Gancedo, a well known Spanish golf course designer and amateur golfer who is renowned for the way he integrates the course into the surrounding landscape. The final hole has particularly impressive panorama of the mountains and the Costa del Sol coastline. This course is definitely going to wow you from the view perspective as well as the course itself.
Real Club de Golf, Sotogrande
This course is one of the top courses in the whole of Spain, and is championship level. In fact it has hosted many European tour events in the past as well as amateur events. You can play on the same course as legends Jose Maria Olazabal & Seve Ballesteros, literally following in their footsteps. The course was designed by Robert Trent Jones, one of the first in Europe and arguably one of the best.
Valderrama Golf Club, Sotogrande
This course is notably challenging even for experienced golfer’s. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr, it is ranked the third best course in Spain, was host to the 1997 Ryder Cup and hosts many European Masters.
There are many trees lining the fairway, yet despite its challenging nature, there is less than 7000 yards from the Championship tees, so even if you are still working on your ability level you can still go for it and enjoy yourself, even if completing the 500 yard 17th in two is beyond your reach.
Rio Real Hotel & Golf Club, Marbella
One of the great features of this course is not just the stunning views of the sea from the 4th and 5th holes, but also the river running through the course. With a par 72 this is a fun course, where you will be dodging water hazards and trees. The first nine in particular can seem particularly challenging, but then the excitement is in the final stretch where you can do everything you can to pull it back.
This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to golf in the Costa del Sol, you can easily keep coming back year after year to test yourself on new courses or try and improve you game from your last visit.