Created by Margaret Tully.
Do you enjoy golf or want to learn? Not sure where to go in Europe that offers great course choice?
Golf may be a sport that you are already playing, but it may also be one that you would love to learn. Why not make your next vacation to the wonderful, and almost all year round sunny Marbella, in Spain. In Marbella there is a vast selection of golf courses, some bordering the 27 kilometres of exquisite coast, which has well over twenty beaches to indulge your sunbathing and water sport pleasures. There is an area known as “golf valley” which has five of the most challenging and aesthetically beautiful courses in one area, not to mention brilliant facilities from friendly club houses with fine dining, to golf shops selling top of the range clothes and equipment. Read on to find out more about each course within the valley, and some of the best of the surrounding courses…. and reserve your accommodation HERE
The “Golf Valley”
Real Club de Golf Las Brisas
What a fantastic course this is, designed by the wonderful designer, Robert Trent Jones Senior, an American who put his mark on many other golf courses in the valley, after his success with Las Brisas. It is an 18 hole course, which has seen the reformation of the front nine holes and is undergoing changes to the back nine. It is without doubt a beautiful course with many water features, well okay hazards, and the flora are a diverse collection of plants from all over the world, even the Mysore Ficus from India takes its place here within this course. There is a wonderful restaurant and bar, with a terrace that has an unspoilt view of the golf course, very relaxing and it has a friendly ambience. Challenging yet manageable.
La Quinta Golf
Here at the La Quinta we find three 9 hole courses, which offer a great diversity of course options, being able to play this course in many forms, time and time again. It was designed by a golfer for golfers, the Ryder Cup winner, Manuel Piñero. The resort has a choice of restaurants and has other facilities such as Golf Academy and a Spa, so it is a great course for the beginner and even for the people not interested in golf, that are in your party. This is a great choice for a non-golfer wanting to try the game for the first time.
Aloha Golf Club
A members only golf club makes this a course that you might want to join, if you are returning to Marbella, year after year. Fear not though, as there are public tee times available at certain times, so give it a go. It is certainly worth it, as it is a fantastic 18 hole course, a Par 72, that enjoys spectacular views of the Concha mountain and the Mediterranean sea, often distracting the golfer. The facilities are top class and it is a friendly club that encourages new members. The course is manicured within an inch of its life and the many trees, that make it the challenge that it is, are kept well pruned.
An 18 hole course with brilliant facilities, the practice range and putting green allow you to practice and learn before heading off onto the course. It is a pleasure to be on this golf course, it is a friendly and neat course, with many water features (hazards), which give you a clue to the designer, the brilliant Robert Trent Jones Senior, who has had a positive impact on the golf courses in the “golf valley”. The off course amenities are just great, from a hairdresser and a wellness spa to a fantastic restaurant and bar with terrace. There are many member tournaments ongoing throughout the year, which encourage visitors to take part in.
Dama de Noche
Even in sunny Spain the sun does go down and darkness descends. This is where this golf course comes in, it is the only floodlit course in the whole of Europe. It is only floodlit on request and if there are a few people wanting to play on. The course has a few bunkers and some rough but it is the lakes that cause you the most grief, they seem to spread onto nearly all the holes on the course. It is situated on the edge of the valley, near to a busy road, so it can be less than quiet, however saying this, it is a good 9 hole course to cram in, if you are running out of daylight. We move out of the “golf valley” now and head out to some of the surrounding golf courses in the Marbella area.
Real Club de Golf Guadalmina
This is a very well-established golf course, in fact for over fifty years. It is not tired though, on the contrary, it is a fresh and always growing and developing club. There are two 18 hole courses to choose from and a 9 hole pitch and putt. All challenges and levels are available in this extensive golf course development. You can even be part of the renowned golf school which caters for children, adults and professional golfers – it is a “real” golf club there is no doubt. Off course you can play tennis or the Spanish padel, and enjoy a coffee in the coffee house, or a swim in the pool.
On this 18 hole golf course, women are certainly welcome, it hosted the Women’s Spanish Open tournament in 2010, testament to its modern facilities and wonderful greens. The greens are large, yet some of the early fairways are long and narrow, so it is certainly a challenge. It is well maintained and the well positioned Poplar trees, frame the view to the sea, beautifully.
We see the great Robert Trent Jones Senior in action again, in his great design skills for knowing how a golf course should look. The late and great Severiano Ballesteros was a big name here in Valderrama and has remained one of the greats, along with Nick Faldo and Tiger Woods to have graced this golf course. Wonderful undulating fairways and well tended greens, great planting of natural trees and well placed water and bunkers, makes this a challenge and why not, if you want to play where the best of golf’s elite have played, then it has to grab you and haul you in. Off course you will immediately relax in the wonderful and elegant club house, enjoy a relaxing stroll through it´s gallery of historical photos, and enjoy eating in the dining area that overlooks a lush and tree filled part of the course. A great days golf in the footsteps of the greats of golf.
This course was designed by the late and great Severiano Ballesteros, who knew a thing or two about golf courses. It is filled with challenges for the more experienced player and yet it is enjoyable for the beginner. It has a myriad of deep bunkers, if you know about golf you will know about Seve’s love for bunkers. You have to climb out of one of them via some steps. This course is all about the creator and of course the game itself. No airs and graces, you come to play golf here.
This course, in some ways, is far more like a public park, as it has many wonderful stone water fountains, with bedding plants incorporated into the design. This display is all for the visitor to look at whilst sitting in the clubhouse. The two courses, old and new are amazing. This is definitely where you will learn or enjoy playing golf. It is a traditionally run course, where the green staff know their role and you won’t find a blade of grass out of place. It enjoys a privileged position near the Sierra Blanca Mountains, making a wonderful scenic course to enjoy. There is a strong welcome from the members to visitors, who they encourage to join them on the clubhouse terrace for after golf drinks.