Golf on the Costa del Sol
Golf on the Costa del Sol
The European golf boom began in the 1950’s with the Costa del Sol fast becoming the place of choice for the northern European golfer, the warm winters, 320 days of sunshine and only 2-3 hours flight time allowing for plenty of play. There are now over 50 golf courses on the Costa del Sol, ranging from difficult to “holiday golf” standard, giving the amateur the opportunity of pitting himself against some of the most professional of courses or the scenic more forgiving courses.
There are one or two links courses but more so parkland and some mountainous courses catering for all standards of player. As the golf courses have matured so has the technology, there are many booking services on the Costa del Sol but also most courses and tee times can be booked online. Many of these offer excellent discounts, full golfing holidays are also available including flights, transfers, accommodation and even club hire, which can be collected from and dropped off at the airport.
In the main most courses operate on a pay for play basis, however more and more clubs are offering membership. All courses offer a buggy service which is essential on some of the mountainous courses even for the very fit and young players, however, the majority of courses are located on the coastal plain, where they are not so hilly but can still offer a challenge to some golfers. Without a doubt all courses have spectacular views, some across the Mediterranean towards Morocco on a clear day whilst others may have a mountain view.
One of the most beautiful courses in Europe is Valderrama located in the southern area of the Costa del Sol, whilst being the “Jewel in the Crown” it has been joined by other prestigious course in the same area such as San Roque and Finca Cortesin, many European Tour tournaments have been staged at these courses. Between Fuengirola and Marbella is what is reputed to be the largest golf resort in Europe, that being the La Cala Golf Hotel and Golf Courses Resort. Here there are three courses of varying difficulty those being “The America”, “The Asia” and the newest one which is called “The Europe” there is also a hotel where they offer excellent 4 star accommodation combined with great discounted fees for the golf.
In the same “Golf Valley “ is without doubt one of the favourite courses in the whole of Andalucia, Santana, whilst not being prestigious it is one of the most exceptional courses being carved out of an avocado farm in 1990’s, it is a parkland course which is easily walked but this does not detract from its difficulty. If you play at the right time of the year some avocados trees remain and now and again when passing, the ripe fruit may drop off the tree into your bag, if you are lucky. Not far away from Santana is one of the older courses or complexes, that being Mijas Golf. It comprises of two courses those being Los Lagos and Los Olivos, with wide forgiving fairways, expanses of water and little rough there are well designed holes that make it very interesting. There is a third course planned for Mijas Golf which has already been landscaped, opening is planned within the next few years.
The area between Malaga and Sotogrande boasts many courses, basing one’s self in or around Marbella would be a good central location to be able to visit most courses within a half hour drive. One of the most recent courses to be opened is Calanova Golf, a very mountainous course with some very challenging holes mixed with some more forgiving holes to make sure the amateur player enjoys the experience.
There are many new developments comprising of apartments, townhouses and detached villas that have been built around the golf courses, some with excellent views across the fairways from the comfort of the terrace or garden. Sol Villas has a portfolio of many such properties for sale.