Golf in southern Spain? Simply sizzling!
Among Europe’s top golfing destinations, the Costa del Sol now boasts around 60 superb courses designed to offer something for golfers of every ability, from low-handicap club players to golfing ‘rabbits’ on holiday. Visitors are welcome virtually everywhere and most courses are easily accessible within just an hour’s drive of Club La Costa World.
After successfully hosting the 1997 Ryder Cup – under the captaincy of Spanish golfing legend Severiano Ballesteros – the Costa del Sol was unofficially re-named the ‘Costa del Golf’. The monicker is well-earned as it remains home to 4 of Europe’s top 100 courses, including the world-renowned Valderrama at number 2, and the equally sumptuous newcomer that is Finca Cortesin, now home to the Volvo World Matchplay Championship.
Every year, thousands of golfers head for the warm, southerly climate of the Costa del Sol. High season for golf here is from late September through to early May, when the temperatures are ideal for playing, and northern Europe is still freezing in the dark. However, during these peak months, courses tend to be busier than usual and there is a risk of slow play at the most popular golf venues.The heat of the Spanish summer makes golf less popular for the masses, so courses are quiet, green fees are reduced and special discount offers can sometimes be found where multiple rounds are offered at real bargain prices. And with daytime temperatures exceeding 30ºC, it’s a good idea to take a buggy and plenty of water to enjoy either a morning ‘earlybird’ or afternoon ‘twilight’ round.
Some of coasts longest established golf courses are very close to Club La Costa World and they are also very popular with visitors, who will sometimes play the same course 2 or even 3 times while on their golfing holiday. The closest 18-hole courses, listed in terms of their approximate distances to and from Club La Costa World, are at El Chapparal, Miraflores, Cala Nova, Cabopino, Santa Clara, Santa Maria, Santana, Parador de Golf, Alhaurin, Lauro and Los Naranjos.
To satisfy those golfers with less time, less enthusiasm or who just want to fit in an extra ‘quick-fix’, a good selection of full-length 9-hole courses has emerged over recent years. Two excellent quality examples are available close to Club La Costa World at Cerrado del Aguila and La Noria.
Most people who have experienced playing golf on the Costa del Sol would probably agree that the courses are, in general, well prepared and maintained, with facilities ranging from good to ‘wow!’ Many courses offer a range of additional golf services, including lessons and club hire – and they always provide a bar and restaurant – alongside ‘specials’ that might include a buggy during, and tapas and a drink after, your round.
Tee times in Spain are invariably best booked in advance – indeed, some courses insist upon it – whether for groups, pairs or individual players. However, ‘pay and play’ is possible should the mood suddenly take you while on holiday.
For more information about Costa del Sol golf courses, tee times and the best golfing deals available while staying with us at Club La Costa World, enquire at Reception.
With around 320 days of sunshine and blue skies every year, palm trees surrounding the greens and the Mediterranean Sea forming the backdrop to your drives, golf on the Costa del Sol really is paradise. Fore!