Madrid, located in the heart of the peninsula and the capital of Spain since 1562 is a cosmopolitan city, known for its intense cultural, artistic activity and a very lively nightlife. Because of its central location and high altitude, the climate of Madrid is continental and is characterized by warm dry summers and cool winters that can be quite extreme at times. The city is well connected by both rail and road and the Barajas Airport is one of the biggest and busiest airports in the world which brings a constant flow of visitors to Madrid every year who are looking to enjoy this lively metropolis with its many pubs, cafes, discotheques, and nightclubs that are always open late into the night.
To book a golf holiday in Madrid is to blend a memorable city break in the Spanish capital with some exceptional experiences on the golf course. For once you step away from the culture, history and entertainment of the city, you can immerse yourself in courses of the highest quality, no matter your handicap.
With more than 30 courses to choose from within the Madrid proximity, offering championship challenges and entertaining afternoons out, there’s something for everyone. Here are a few favourites to whet your whistle to help plan your itinerary.
Set within the complex of one of Europe’s largest sports clubs, the golf at Villa De Madrid is something the savour. Shaped by the vision of legendary architect Javier Arana, with flourishes added by the likes of Seve Ballesteros over the years, the 2 courses at the complex are always immaculately presented and a joy to play.
A host club to many Tour events over the years, including the Spanish Open, the courses make intelligent use of the sloping terrain, providing testing holes without becoming a burden to walk. Plenty of risk-reward opportunities abound, making for a fun test of skills and golfing bravery. And with some spectacular views across the city, this is truly one of the great courses to experience when visiting Madrid.
A city course in the heart of Madrid, Centro Nacional de Golf represents some of the best championship-style golf in Spain.
While it’s played host to big events such as the Spanish Open and Spanish Masters over the years, the course has been designed with enjoyment at its core. Beautifully maintained and offering exceptional facilities, the course is a treat for golfers of all handicaps and abilities. Interesting holes and a range of tees make it a great venue for a friendly fourball or society outing.
Centro Nacional de Golf perhaps epitomises the golfing experience in Madrid, offering views both of the city and surrounding mountains. A day to savour in the greenery of the golf course, yet minutes away from the bustle and entertainment on offer in the city.
It’s a 30-minute drive northwest of Madrid, but a journey worth making for anyone looking to mix compelling golf with a stay in Spain’s capital.
Set in the foothills of the Guadarrama mountain range, La Herrería has been welcoming golfers since the 1960s. Set across 185-acres, this is a woodland style course, with fairways stretched across a rolling landscape. With some tight fairways that make you think twice about blasting the driver, tricky doglegs and perhaps one of the great finishing holes in the country, the course keeps you interested from the first tee to the final putt.
And, as well as the finery of the course, it’s also the location and scenery that compel you to visit. From the natural foliage to the towering mountains and, most impressively of all, the imposing yet breath-taking monastery of El Escorial adjacent to the course itself.
Another short drive from the city centre along the road to Zaragoza will take you to the little gem of El Encin.
A resort course that’s interesting in design and immaculate in condition. Relatively flat in comparison to other more hilly options in the region, El Encin is an archetypal course for holiday golf. Whatever your ability you’ll find scoring opportunities on each hole if your game is sound, but beware of the many bunkers that guard your path. Throw in a few water hazards and this is another entertaining course that blends good fun with just enough jeopardy to keep you focused.
The true joy of El Robledal is the simply stunning natural beauty of the course and surroundings. The course itself is not excessively long, making it a pleasant day out for any golf holiday in the region. And, it’s delightfully maintained to allow you to play from well-tendered fairways and smooth-rolling greens.
The course is well-blessed by its environment, thanks to its lakes and variety of trees and foliage, that offer both a delight to view and a hazard to wayward shots.
With amazing facilities and a welcoming Spanish charm, this is a great venue for any group heading to the Madrid area for their next golf break.
Looking out across the stunning Sierra de Guadarrama and blessed with an abundance of natural beauty, Lomas Bosque is a tranquil treat of a golf course just thirty minutes from the hubbub of Madrid.
But it’s not just a course to come and admire for the views and pretty outlook. This is a championship-level golf course that demands attention, welcoming golfers to its fairways since the 1970s.
The course takes you out over rolling undulations before flattening out on the return home. Large pines line the fairways, begging you to stay straight off the tee, and the sprawling lake that dominates the back nine keeps you on your toes on your way back to the clubhouse.
Speaking of which, to truly enjoy your golfing day out at Lomas Bosque, the facilities from the practice range to the clubhouse are a joy to behold. Fine food, a welcome in the bar and leisure facilities to help you wind down after the round making an added incentive to visit.
Great golf and a fabulous city combined
Madrid is one of the great cities of Europe and begs to be visited in its own right. But when you add some truly joyous golf courses into the mix, all within close proximity to the heart of the city, then the attraction is all the more compelling.
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Madrid is fast becoming a popular golfing destination, most of the golf clubs are private but DGH can reserve your green fees as special clients on some of Madrid’s finest golf courses such as El Robledal, Lomas Bosque and Olivar Hinojosa. On your day off from golfing in Madrid, you’ll find the City is home to two major theme parks.
The Warner Brothers Theme Park, the more expensive of the two theme parks and a bit further out of the city but it is rated as the better of the two, and the Parque de Atracciones which is Madrid’s ‘city center’ theme park that can be reached direct from the Plaza de España via the metro and is also right next door to the Zoo and Aquarium.
The culture of Madrid has been dominated by its Royal history and medieval architecture where enormous cathedrals and churches are plentiful in the city. Then there is the “Gran Vía” also known as “The place that never sleeps” a lively street and one of the city’s most important shopping areas that contains a large number of hotels and many popular nightclubs and “Chueca” near to Malasaña and the Gran Vía, by far the most cosmopolitan place in town although it has become quite chic and expensive.
You won’t be short of choice when looking for something to do in Madrid. The “Barrio de Las Letras” so-called because of its connection to Spain’s most famous writers like Cervantes and Quevedo is an area full of history and interesting buildings and is also a popular tourist area because of its concentration of bars, pubs, restaurants, and hotels. The Plaza de Santa Ana is also a beautiful square but can be considered “too touristic” for some people. The Plaza Mayor, a grand arcaded square in the center of Madrid is very popular with tourists and locals alike. From flamenco to bullfights, football matches to museums, and the largest European market, Madrid has plenty of attractions and activities to keep its visitors happy.
A trip to Madrid would not be complete without a visit to the famous Prado Museum considered to have one of the finest and largest collections of Spanish art in the world and boasting a permanent collection of about 9,000 paintings, 5,000 drawings, 2,000 prints, 1,000 coins and medals, and approximately 2,000 decorative objects.
Direct Golf Holidays specialise in Spain and now offer a range of packages for golf holidays in Madrid. see above for more details of golf courses in Madrid and our recommended hotels. This year we are offering even lower rates for golfing holidays in Madrid, it has never been a better time to enjoy low cost golfing holidays in Spain.
With flights every day from all over Europe to Spains capital city of Madrid means that city golfing breaks have never been as easy, Madrid is the ideal location for a golf break in Spain