Golf holidays in Spain
Costa del Sol
The Costa del Sol is renowned for its 100- kilometre Andalucia coastline that extends from San Roque near Gibraltar to Nerja at its easternmost point. The area is served by Málaga-Costa del Sol Airport. Golf lovers will find of over 50 championship golf courses from Marbella to Sotogrande. The area offers a selection of some of the very best golf hotels in Europe, located in Marbella to countryside stays in Sotogrande and La Cala.
Coves of deep blue sea, beaches of golden sand, natural parks, medieval towns, Michelin-starred restaurants and the works of Salvador Dalí make the Costa Brava a fascinating destination. In addition, the Costa Brava has some of the best golf courses in Europe. The golf clubs here fringe the Mediterranean coastline and the mountains of the Pyrenees, offering some of the most stunning locations to play golf. The pleasant Mediterranean climate means you get good weather almost all year-round; although May-June or September-October are considered the best months to visit.
Costa de la Luz
The Costa de la Luz lies in the western part of the Andalucía coastline that faces out to the Atlantic. It stretches from Tarifa, located at the southern tip of Spain – where the Atlantic meets the Mediterranean, heads north and northwestwardly along the coast to Cádiz and Huelva, finishing at the mouth of the Guadiana River close to the Spanish Portuguese border. This is also the home of Doñana National Park, the most important nature reserve in Spain, offering spectacular nature with wetlands, marshlands, and unique wildlife, including colourful flamingos. The towns of Jerez, Puerto Santa Maria and Cadiz offer a fine choice of restaurants and bars.
Finca Cortesin 5★
This luxury hotel and spa, with its own championship golf course, is a 5-minute drive from Bahía de Casares Beach. It features 2 outdoor pools and a private, seasonal beach club with infinity pool, restaurant and bar. The Kabuki Raw is the hotel’s signature restaurant, while the 5 other dining venues include Don Giovanni Italian restaurant, Mediterranean cuisine at The Beach Club, Mediterranean flavours at El Jardin de Lutz and tapas and cocktails at The Blue Bar. The Cortesin spa includes an indoor pool and gym. There is a Turkish bath, sauna, and a unique snow cave.
Nearby golf courses: Finca Cortesin, Sotogrande, Valderrama, Almenara & San Roque.
Puente Romano Beach Resort 5★
Offering a selection of luxury rooms, suites, and villas, each with a terrace, offering magnificent sea views, or views of the sub-tropical botanical gardens. This member of Leading Hotels of the World is located on the beachfront in the middle of Marbella’s famous Golden Mile. Puente Romano Beach Resort offers 12 different restaurants with unique menus, including a 2-star Michelin restaurant by Spanish chef Dani Garcia. There are free hammocks on the beach and around the pool. The tennis club has a sauna, Turkish bath, and offers free fitness activities. Activities such as yoga and pilates are also available.
Nearby golf course: Marbella Club Golf Resort.
The Westin La Quinta Golf Resort & Spa 5★
Set in a picturesque golf valley, The Westin La Quinta Golf Resort & Spa, Benahavis, Marbella has a spa, 27-hole golf course, free 24-hour gym and 2 swimming pools surrounded by gardens. Each room has a private terrace with views of the gardens, pool, golf course or Sierra Blanca Mountains. All rooms come equipped with a satellite TV, safe, and private bathroom with hairdryer slippers and dressing gown. The hotel’s 2 restaurants serve Mediterranean and Andalusian cuisine. The Westin La Quinta’s spa has a Moorish style and includes 8 treatment rooms, 1 hydrotherapy pool and a fitness studio.
Nearby golf courses: San Pedro Course, Ronda Course & Guadaiza Course.
Garn Hotel Elba Estepona & Thalasso Spa 5★
This luxury, beachfront hotel is located just outside Estepona. It offers a spa, indoor and outdoor pools and elegant rooms with sea view and a private balcony or terrace. The three theme restaurants provide excellent eating options including traditional Spanish dishes and Asian cuisine. The air-conditioned rooms feature stylish décor with satellite TV and a private bathroom with hairdryer. The award winning spa features a sea water circuit, hot tub, sauna, along with a wide variety beauty treatments.
Nearby golf courses: Estepona, Finca Cortesin, Almenara Resort, Valderrama, & La Reserva de Sotogrande.
Hotel Encinar de Sotogrande 4★
Set near the beach, the stylish Hotel Encinar de Sotogrande offers free Wi-Fi and spacious rooms that mix contemporary design with traditional Andalusian décor. It features an outdoor swimming pool with a sun terrace. From the Sotogrande restaurant guests can enjoy views of the surrounding countryside and golf courses. The poolside snack bar serves light refreshments and there is also a cocktail bar. A free shuttle runs to the beach and nearby golf courses. Other facilities include a tennis court.
Nearby golf courses: La Canada, Almenara Resort, Valderrama, La Reserva de Sotogrande & Finca Cortesin.
SO/ Sotogrande 5★
Located in Sotogrande, SO/ Sotogrande is a 5 star resort featuring a golf course with three 18-hole combinations, and several restaurants. There is also a 2500 m² spa including a hot tub, gym, sauna and fitness and wellness centre. Other facilities include 2 outdoor pools and 1 heated pool in the spa area, the Sotogrande Golf Academy and horse-riding centre. All air-conditioned rooms have stunning views of the golf course or gardens, and include a coffee machine and complimentary mineral water. There are 4 restaurants serving Andalusian and international cuisine. Guests can enjoy meals on the outdoor terraces, or relax with a drink in one of 2 bars located on-site.
Nearby golf courses: Almenara Resort, Valderrama, La Reserva de Sotogrande & Finca Cortesin.
Los Monteros 5★
Located less than 200 yards from Santa Clara Golf Club, this stylish hotel is 550 yards from the beach in a quiet area of Marbella. It features an outdoor pool, beach club, rooms with balconies or terrace and free Wi-Fi. Puerto Banús is 9.3 miles away. The hotel serves a daily buffet breakfast including champagne in the poolside Flamingo restaurant. There is also an à la carte restaurant, El Corzo. A free shuttle service to La Cabane Beach Club is available.
Nearby golf courses: Santa Clara Golf Club & Marbella Golf Country Club.
La Cala Resort 4★
La Cala Resort is an exclusive complex situated between the Sierra de Mijas National Park and the Mediterranean Sea. It features 3 golf courses, swimming pools and a luxurious spa. The air-conditioned rooms at La Cala Resort feature views over the golf courses from the furnished balcony. Hydrotherapy pools, a Turkish bath and sauna are all available at the hotel’s spa. All guests can enjoy a free hydrotherapy session on prior request. La Cala Resort includes a restaurant, serving international and local cuisine. There is also a clubhouse and a lobby bar.
Nearby golf courses: Campo America Golf Course, Campo Asia Golf Course & Campo Europa Golf Course.
Par 72, designed by Cabell B. Robinson.
This award-winning golf course has played host to the World Match play on 3 separate occasions. Offering spectacular views of the Costa del Sol shoreline, Finca Cortesin and its manicured Bermuda grass fairways and stunning layout provides a truly unforgettable golfing experience. With the various tee box locations, Fina Cortesin caters for players of varying standards. Opened in 2005.
Almenara Golf Club
Par 72, designed Dave Thomas.
Situated on the Sotogrande estate near the prestigious Valderrama and San Roque golf courses, The Almenara Golf Resort offers 3 unique sets of nine holes; Los Lagos, Los Pinos and Alcornoques. Following recent enhancements, the courses boast Bermuda grass and are characterised by terrain of pine trees and cork oaks in the front nine and with water on the back nine. A challenging golf course with narrow fairways and high lipped bunkers. Opened in 1998.
Real Club Valderrama Golf
Par 72, designed by Robert Trent Jones.
This iconic golf course, played host to the thrilling 1997 Ryder Cup and currently the Andalucia Masters. The picturesque holes with greens protected by encroaching cork oaks provide a memorable golfing experience on one of Europe’s very best golf courses. Each hole offers its own challenge, with water coming into play on some holes, most notably the stunning par 5 17th hole. Its traditional Andalucian clubhouse with elegant and modern interior awaits you. Opened in 1974.
Par 72, designed by Pepe Gancedo.
Designed by Spain’s most famous golf architect, Torrequebrada winds its way through the contours of the region offering a test to all levels of golfer. The raised tees provide a great look at the layout of holes, some of which are dog-leg. The course provides wonderful views of the surrounding mountains and the Mediterranean. Opened in 1976.
La Cala Campo America Golf Course
Par 72, designed by Cabell B. Robinson
Formerly the North Course and located at the foot of the Mijas Mountains, Campo America is enhanced by spectacular views to the Sierra de Ojén and Mediterranean Sea. It’s wide, linked fairways and relatively few bunkers make this a slightly easier driving course, though there is a lot of carry across steep brush-covered slopes. The small raised greens add a different type of demand on your approach play. Opened in 1990.
La Cala Campo Asia Golf Course
Par 72, designed by Cabell B. Robinson.
Formerly the South Course and most established of the 3 courses, the spectacular Campo Asia has plenty of challenging holes with narrow and hilly fairways. This challenging, but shorter course, puts a premium on accuracy of the tee and on the approach shot. The par 3, 11th hole provides some spectacular views of the resort and the Mediterranean. Opened in 1989.
La Cala Campo Europa Golf Course
Par 71, designed by Cabell B. Robinson
A dramatic course, easier of the 3 resort courses with generous fairways, flatter terrain and slightly larger greens. The River Ojén joins you on eight of the holes, providing a lovely feature and offering an extra test. La Cala Europa has played host to various events including Q-School for the Ladies European Tour and the Ivobank EuroPro Tour. Opened in 2005.
La Canada Golf Course
Par 71, designed Robert Trent Jones, updated by Dave Thomas.
Offering spectacular views of the Mediterranean, La Canada Golf Club is located in the Sotogrande Resort. Originally it was set up as a 9-hole course until Dave Thomas designed an additional 9 holes. The front nine have relatively level fairways, with the back nine more undulating. The sloping, manicured greens provide an intriguing test for all golfers. Opened in 1982.
The Westin La Quinta Golf Club
Par 70 / 71, designed by Manuel Pinero.
The course has 3 loops of nine holes, San Pedro Course, Ronda Course & Guadaiza Course, presenting a range of challenges for all levels of golfer. Pine trees feature on some holes with the Sierra Blanca Mountain Range offering a stunning backdrop. There is also a golf academy run by three time World Champion and former Ryder Cup player, Manuel Pinero. Opened in 2000.
Marbella Golf Country Club
Par 72, designed by Robert Trent Jones Senior.
Located just 5 minutes away from the cosmopolitan town of Marbella, offering wonderful views of the surrounding hills, olive groves and the Mediterranean. The slender fairways and carefully placed bunkers provide a true test from both tee and approach play. The magnificent Club House has a restaurant with beautiful terraces providing sea views. Opened in 1994.
Estepona Golf Club
Par 72, designed by David Leader.
Built in the Spanish countryside offering a backdrop of the Sierra Bermeja Mountains that dominates the landscape behind the coastal town of Estepona. Estepona Golf Club is an undulating parkland course with eucalyptus and wild olive trees lining the fairways. Opened in 1989.
Hotel Barcelo Montecastillo Golf 5★
Set within the Jack Nicklaus designed Montecastillo Golf Course, the modern resort features 2 outdoor pools, well-equipped spa centre, tennis courts and a fitness centre. The spa features a hydrotherapy circuit, a sauna and a Turkish bath. The El Lagar restaurant offers international and Spanish cuisine, while Ricardo’s Bar serves snacks. Barceló Montecastillo Resort Hotel is well located. Seville is an hour’s drive from the hotel.
Nearby golf course: Montecastillo Golf Club.
Sherry Park Hotel 4★
Surrounded by lush gardens, the Sherry Park Hotel is only a 15 minute walk from the historical centre of Jerez. All rooms are equipped with satellite TV and a private bathroom, with some rooms including a balcony. Facilities include an indoor pool, gym and sauna. The à la carte El Abaco restaurant serves a selection of traditional Andalusian cuisine. Guests can enjoy a drink or snack in the on-site cafeteria, or on one of the Park’s terraces. The hotel is 25 minutes’ walk from the Cathedral and the Jerez sherry cellars.
Nearby golf courses: Sherry Golf, Costa Ballena & Montecastillo Golf Club
Elba Costa Ballena Golf & Thalasso 4★
This Mediterranean-style property is located on the edge of Costa Ballena Golf Course, 2 minutes’ walk from the beach. It offers an outdoor pool, spa and rooms with a private balcony. The Elba’s Thalassotherapy Centre has cabins offering treatments using sea water and algae. The hotel has a poolside bar and a buffet restaurant There is also a stylish beach restaurant with a chill-out area which specialises in fresh seafood. The city of Jerez is 16 miles away.
Nearby golf course: Costa Ballena.
Montecastillo Golf Club
Par 72, designed by Jack Nicklaus.
A previous host to Turespana Masters and the Volvo Masters, the rolling fairways of Montecastillo Golf Club provides a test for all levels of golfer. Water comes in to play on various holes with olive and pines trees also providing hazards off the tee and for approach shots. The finishing stretch of holes also add to this memorable golfing experience. A full range of practice facilities are provided including covered bays, putting and chipping greens. Opened in 1993.
Costa Ballena Ocean Golf Course
Par 72, designed by Jose María Olazabal
A venue for top national and international amateur events, along with being selected to host a European Tour qualifying event. The championship course is made up of 3 loops of 9, each named after the type of tree found at the course, has stunning holes located next to the spectacular coastline. This parkland golf course offers an interesting and different test for the golfer. Opened in 1997.
Sherry Golf Course
Par 72, designed by Global Golf Company.
This relatively new course, is well-designed course and has a mature feel of being in Jerez for much longer. Views from the course take in the local area and the traditional vineyards. The big challenge on the course is provided by the many beautiful lakes. The course’s excellent location provides the perfect stay for championship golf and experiencing Jerez’s old town. Opened in 2004.
Hotel Camiral at PGA Catalunya Resort 5★
This contemporary 5-star hotel is located next to the PGA Catalunya Golf Course. Facilities include an outdoor swimming pool and a spa with sauna, hot tub and hammam. À la carte cuisine is served at Hotel Camiral’s airy restaurant. The hotel also has a piano bar and a pub. You can enjoy drinks outside on the terrace in summer. Its signature 1477 Restaurant serves both local and European food. The hotel also has a piano bar and a pub. Rooms are decorated in natural colours and offer views of the surrounding countryside. The spa town of Caldes de Malavella is located just 5 minutes away.
Nearby golf courses: PGA Catalunya Stadium Course and PGA Catalunya Tour Course.
Park Hotel San Jorge & Spa 4★
Overlooking the Costa Brava headland of Cap Roig, Park Hotel San Jorge & Spa offers direct access to Bella Dona and Cap Roig Coves. It features an outdoor pool, spa and a free WiFi throughout. The air-conditioned rooms at the Park Hotel San Jorge & Spa feature plenty of natural light. They all include a safe, LCD satellite TV and a minibar. The hotel’s restaurant serves gourmet Catalan cuisine, while the Mar Blau café serves drinks and snacks on its terrace overlooking the sea. The bars and restaurants of Platja d’Aro are just a 15-minute walk away.
Nearby golf courses: Eporda and Golf Platja De Pals and Golf D’Aro.
PGA Catalunya Resort – Stadium Course
Par 71, designed by Neil Coles and Angel Gallardo.
A host to European tour events and European Tour Qualifying School, the stadium course offers a variety of challenges expected of a course of this stature. Pines and cork trees line the fairways of this spectacular golf course that offers views of the Pyrenees. Lakes guard some of the greens so emphasis of smart approach play is a must. The course is long but offers various tee locations making it enjoyable for various levels of golfer. Opened in 1998.
PGA Catalunya Resort – Tour Course
Par 71, designed by Neil Coles and Angel Gallardo.
Less challenging than the Stadium course, but still offering a superb layout with testing holes. This tree lined course with generous fairways, water hazards and well-placed bunkers, has a variety of tee positions catering for all levels of golfer. Opened in 2005.
Emporda Links Course
Par 71, designed by Robert Von Hagge.
The Emporda Links Course is laid out amongst dunes and strategically place bunkers. There are some water features that add further interest to this challenging and fun course. Emporda Golf is the former host venue of European Tour and European Tour Qualifying School events, and the two Challenge Tour tournaments. Opened in 1990.
Emporda Forest Course
Par 71, designed by Robert Von Hagge.
Neighbouring the Emporda Links Course, the fairways on Emporda Forest Course wind through traditional Mediterranean pines. Offering a different challenge, the Forest Course has lakes that feature on 5 holes that strategically protect the greens. Opened in 1990.
Golf De Pals
Par 73, designed by Hawtree Design.
The first course built in Costa Brava, Golf De Pals is an established and easy walking golf course with water coming into play on just the one hole. The fairways are lined with umbrella pines and the greens undulating. Keeping the ball in play off the tee provides the opportunity to shoot a good score. Opened in 1966.
Club Golf D’Aro
Par 72, designed by Roman Espinosa.
Located more than 300 meters above sea level, offering panoramic views over the Mediterranean and the protected natural area of the Gavarres Massif. One of the oldest golf courses on the Costa Brava, The course has various trees lining the holes including pine, cork oak and olive. Two large lakes come into play on some of the holes. Opened in 1992.