A Golfing Holiday in Spain
From the Costa Del Sol to Murcia’s La Manga, There’s So Much to Explore
Where to find the best golf in Spain has always been a hotly contested topic. Whether you’re a fan of Valderrama Golf Course in Sotogrande or count the South Course in Murcia’s La Manga Club in your top 10; everyone who plays the game will agree that Spain is a golfer’s paradise.
For those planning a golf trip to Spain, don’t miss the gems of Marbella and Sotogrande in the Costa Del Sol, or if you’re wanting to explore the coastline heading east, La Manga Club in Murcia ,with its three distinctive courses, is not to be missed.
Golf in the Costa Del Sol, Exploring Marbella and Sotogrande
If you’re passionate about golf and can’t resist a summer vacation, then Costa Del Sol in the south of Spain could be the perfect holiday destination. With a number of world-class golf courses to choose from and year-round sunny, wind-free playing conditions, the region remains a favourite with golfers from around the world. The two areas that shouldn’t be missed, both offering top quality golf courses, are Marbella and Sotogrande.
Golf in Marbella
The area of Marbella itself is worth exploring. Steeped in history and offering delicious cuisine along with crystal clear water and fine white sand beaches, you’ll need to schedule in a couple of days for relaxing and sightseeing after playing golf to explore all that Marbella has to offer.
In terms of golf, there are eighteen clubs to choose from, including Aloha Golf, Artola, Cabopino, Dama de Noche, El Soto Golf Club, Greenlife Golf, Guadalmina Norte, Guadalmina Sur, La Quinta, Los Naranjos, Magna Marbella, Marbella Golf and Country Club, Malaga Club Golf Resort, Monte Paraiso, Real Club de Las Brisas, Rio Real Golf, Santa Clara and Santa Maria. The best golf courses to play in the area are Los Naranjos, Rio Real and Valle Romano.
Rio Real Golf Course
Los Naranjos Golf Course
Valle Romano Golf Course
Golf in Sotogrande
Sotogrande is a luxurious sports and residential development and is well-known for being the home of the world-famous Valderrama course. The course has hosted, among others, the Ryder Cup and Volvo Masters. The area is also home to the Real Club de Golf Sotogrande, which was designed by Robert Trent Jones and founded in 1964. Other noteworthy golf courses in the area include Finca Cortesin and La Reserva de Sotogrande.
Valderrama Golf Course
Famous for having been designed by Robert Trent Jones, Valderrama Golf Course has a reputation for being in the top 10 most challenging courses in Europe and is one of the best-known courses in the world. It boasts lightning-fast greens and narrow fairways and is know if it’s signature fourth hole named “La Cascada” for the waterfall feature set alongside the tiny elevated green.
Real Club de Golf Sotogrande
Opened in 1964, Real Club de Golf Sotogrande regularly features in Europe’s top 10 golf courses. Close to the beach and set alongside the River Guadiaro and Sotogrande marina, the club is beautiful, so it’s no surprise that it remains a favourite with visitors to Sotogrande.
All along the Costa Del Sol in the south of Spain, right up to Murcia, there are many different world-class golf courses to choose from if you’re planning a golf holiday in Spain. We’ve shared some of our top choices, including the Golf clubs Los Naranjos, Rio Real, Finca Cortesin and Valle Romano in Marbella and La Reserva, Real Club de Golf in Sotogrande, and the La Manga Club in Murcia with it’s three unique 18-hole courses.
Finca Cortesin Golf Course
Sotogrande Golf Course
La Reserva Golf Course
Murcia, Discover La Manga Club
For a different golfing experience, head northeast along the coastline towards La Manga in Murcia. There you’ll find the area’s golfing highlight, the Real Golf La Manga Club. With three 18-hole golf courses, the West, the North, and the South, each offering a unique style and terrain, this is one of Spain’s top golfing destinations.
The club has played host to a number of international golf tournaments over the years, including five Spanish Opens, the Spanish PGA, and the European Ladies Team Championship.
The north course was designed by Robert Dave Putman in 1971 and is accessible for players of all levels. You can expect palm trees, ravines, and lakes and sea views on this picturesque course.
Widely considered one of Spain’s top courses, it was designed by Dave Putman in 1971 and remodelled in 2005 by the famous golfer Arnold Palmer.
designed by Robert Dean Putnam
designed by Arnold Palmer
designed by Dave Thomas