Costa del Sol
The Costa del Sol, with over 50 golf courses!
Officially Twin-named as the Costa del Golf, with over 50 golf courses along the coast, and more to be constructed over the next 10 years, Andalucia is The golfing capital of Europe. Apart from the high-quality courses, this southern coast of Spain boasts better year-round weather than anywhere else in Europe, therefore offering golf breaks throughout the year. To get to the Costa del Sol you would fly to Malaga or Gibraltar.
Resorts sparkling with glamour, an abundance of food, drink and fun in the sun. And, more spectacular golf courses than you can shake gap wedge at. No wonder Costa Del Sol has been one of the premier regions in Spain for golf holidays for many a decade. In fact, such is the plethora of choices in the Costa Del Golf, picking out the best courses is a tough task. Nevertheless, here’s just a few of our favourites.
There may not be a more famous course in all of Spain than Valderrama. Immortalised as the host course to the 1997 Ryder Cup and Seve’s victorious European team, the course more than lives up to its mighty reputation.
There’s a real thrill about stepping onto the first tee. And while there are cheaper courses to play, it’s an experience that’s worth every penny for genuine golf lovers. From the clubhouse to the fairways, the venue oozes class. The course is never less than immaculate, and offers a challenge to match your ability, thanks to a range of tees from which to play.
As tough as they come off the back tees, but choose to play a little further forward and you can reduce the danger and hit approaches from the same spots as the pros.
This is a bucket-list golf experience and often the centre-piece of golf breaks in the Costa Del Sol.
At 6,800m long, Finca Cortesin is a bit of a monster. Add to that more than 100 bunkers dotted across the course and you have yourself a thrilling golf challenge. But don’t let that put you off. This is truly one of the great courses in all of Spain.
Exceptional design, quality layout and immaculate maintenance all blending with the stunning natural surroundings make for a golf experience that’s not to be missed.
Every hole seems to be a signature hole. From tricky dog-legs, par 5s that test your driving or water-protected approaches that test your nerve. All played out to a dramatic backdrop of the Estepona mountain.
A huge favourite for many a golfer visiting the Costa Del Sol, and a course that needs to be played at least once.
Designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr in 1964, Sotogrande may be one of the older courses in the Costa Del Sol, but it remains one of the very best for golf tourists visiting the region.
Shaped both by its surroundings and the natural vegetation of the area, ‘Sotogrande Old’, as the locals call it, meanders through trees and countryside, offering holes that frequently require imagination and thought.
This is largely down to the water hazards and bunkers strategically placed to capture the errant drive and wayward approach.
The old course may be a test, but it's also a major treat for golfers coming to this part of Spain. There’s a reason why it features in many a top 10 list of best courses in Europe – add it to your golfing itinerary, and you’ll see why.
Nestled in the golfing heart of the Costa Del Sol, in the district of Marbella and just a short hop from the glitz of Puerto Banus, Aloha is one of the region’s most prestigious courses.
Host to the Andalusian Open on multiple occasions, the course has long been a favourite for many an A-list golf enthusiasts and celebrities visiting the area. Like most within this golfing hotbed, both club and course offer a sense of refined style and immaculate presentation.
The course offers carpet-like fairways and receptive greens. And, while not excessively long, there are enough hazards and quirks in the layout to create a challenge that’s fun to navigate and a joy to play.
Throw in the year-round sunshine and proximity to night-time entertainment and this is one for the golf holiday check-list.
A stone’s throw from Marbella itself, this is another Robert Trent Jones course within the golfing hub of the Costa Del Sol. Designed for golfers of all abilities makes the course one of the more popular destinations for golfing holidaymakers looking for the right mix of quality facilities and interesting holes.
Using the rolling, hilly Andalusian countryside to great effect, the course boasts stunning natural scenery and views out across the Mediterranean. It makes for some spectacular golf, with each hole offering a different challenge, from shots across ravines, plotting paths between water and sand, and risk-reward long holes for good measure.
Another course for the golf itinerary when visiting Marbella thanks to its location and the offer of an entertaining day.
One of the great golfing resorts in Southern Spain, Mijas is an ever-popular destination for those looking to stay within the heart of Costa Del Sol’s golfing community.
Among the stunning resort, you’ll find 36-holes across two compelling courses, both with their own unique style and personality.
The older of the two, Los Lagos, is a particular favourite, comprising typically stunning upkeep with a great golfing experience. Wide fairways are laid across the rolling, undulating terrain, offering opportunities galore to hit into large, slick greens. It’s a classic course that rewards good play but can heavily penalise the sloppy shot, and a lot of fun.
By contrast, Los Olivos offers a shorter, narrower challenge, Equally fine in condition and layout, this is a flatter track, requiring accuracy off the tee to set up good scoring opportunities for your society stableford.
So many courses, you’ll have come back again and again
These courses represent just a handful of the abundance of golf on offer in the Costa Del Sol. Courses that fire the imagination, test the skills or simply provide a glorious day in amazing conditions under a bright blue sky.
Play these courses on your next golf trip to this Andalusian haven and you couldn’t fail to be enthralled by the mix of quality golf and exquisite nightlife. In fact, you’ll enjoy it so much, you’ll just want to return and sample another collection of equally attractive courses.
Speak to our advisors about your golf holiday to the Costa Del Sol and take a step closer to a trip into the heart of one of Europe’s premier golfing hotbeds.
The Costa del Sol is the most popular destination for golfing holidays in southern Spain and offers a huge choice of golf courses in both rural and coastal locations. The Costa del Sol has the largest concentration of golf courses in Spain, including some of Europe’s leading courses, such as, Valderamma golf, host to the Ryder cup. If you are new to golf in Spain and unsure where to try first, then the Costa del Sol is the ideal starting point for any level of golfer. Due to the sheer quantity of golf courses on the Costa del Sol, green fee’s tend to be a little more competitive in this region. The main airport for the Costa del Sol is Malaga, with flight times of under 3 hours from most European destinations.
Overindulge in the lively and late Spanish night-life, or maybe take a more peaceful excursion to one of the traditional Spanish villages in the area. If you like shopping there are some Major retail park and commercial centers along the Costa del sol, including the Miramar (Mijas Costa) with over 140 shops, La Cañada near Marbella possibly the largest and of course the delights of the local town and traditional stores. The Costa del Sol offers plenty of, dining, shopping, nightlife, and other activities for your enjoyment after the 18th hole. For golf holidays on the Costa del sol some popular towns include Malaga, Torremolinos, Benalmadena, Fuengirola, Cabopino, Calahonda (Mijas Costa), Marbella, Puerto Banus and Estepona. See more info on the golf courses we offer and also recommended accommodation
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Mild winters and beautiful spring and autumn weather makes the Costa del sol, perfect for golf. This region of Spain is the golfers dream, with such a wide range of quality golf courses there is something to match all skill levels, for all golf enthusiasts from the beginner to the seasoned player. Maybe some of the more popular areas of late being Santa Clara, Marbella Country Club and Torrequebrada Golf, The Costa del Sol, really has something for the keen golfer and of course the holiday maker too, with major bustling modern resorts such as, Fuengirola, Marbella, Puerto Banus, Benalmadena and Torremolinos. Non-golfers can soak up the sun on one of the many beautiful beaches, enjoy the gastronomic delights of the Spanish cuisine.