With over 350 courses across the country spread between the mainland, the Canary and the Balearic islands, Spain is one of Europe’s premier golfing destinations. The number of golf courses are steadily growing and the quality is as good as anywhere in the world, as Spain has 2 golf courses considered within the Top 100 of the world. Golf is an extra attraction to the sandy beaches, great weather, live ambience, and colonial architecture the country has to offer.
1. Stadium PGA Catalonia (Catalunya), Spain
Considered as one of the Top 100 Golf courses of the world since it opened. Located in Girona, this course was the culmination of more than ten years of planning and designing by the European Tour. Each hole can be played from five different tees; it has green fur trees, lush vegetation, scrub and a lot of purple heather on each hole. The greens are undulating, and always-in pristine condition. There are several large lakes on the course that beautifully mix with the landscape, and on some holes the water simulates a semi-island green. www.pgacatalunya.com
2. Real Valderrama, Sotogrande, Spain
Listed as one of the Top 100 Golf courses of the world, it has a royal title. Located on a hill above the old Andalucian village of Sotogrande, this course has hosted many important championships, including the Volvo Masters and the 1997 Ryder Cup. The closing holes are considered tough, and the maximum handicap allowed is 24 for men and 32 for women. Its 17th hole is majestic, with some water in front of the hole. This course is an elite private members club, however, visitors can obtain access to the first tee. It has been awarded full Audubon status (conserve and restore natural ecosystems), so it perfectly blends with nature. www.valderrama.com
3. Sotogrande, Costa del Sol, Spain
Nested in the beautiful Costa del Sol, this is a course that has prevailed for more than 40 years with high quality and still challenges talented golfers. The creative design of par 72 fascinates the players with a 6,224-metre layout. It is a private member’s club, but also welcomes visitors, and has a royal status. An intricate course with strategically placed bunkers and water hazards, it contains at least eight challenging holes to up your game and provide some extra excitement. www.golfsotogrande.com
4. El Saler, Albufera, Spain
Located in the Albufera Nature Park, on the shores of the Mediterranean. Some holes are flanked by umbrella pines, and others by towering sand dunes. It’s considered a very long and challenging course with 6,355 meters from the tees. This course magnificently blends the terrain with the elevated greens to make it tricky for the golfers, and perfectly combines the sand dunes with the pines.
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Created by Alejandra Larade