The south of Spain is packed full of treats for golfers
By SCG Newsdesk
I T’S hard to argue with the pedigree of Andalucia as a major golf destination. It’s got over 70 golf courses spread along its 150km of coastline, many of which are amongst the best in Europe. It also has an abundance of accommodation options, giving travelling golfers options aplenty.
Best of all, it offers superb year-round weather conditions, which is largely what we’re after when it comes to a golf holiday. The ‘Costa del Golf’, as it is known, can pretty much guarantee the sunshine for your break.
The basics, such as ease of access from resort to resort, are a given thanks to excellent motorway routes, and the needs of stragglers - the non-golfers in your group - are taken care of with a multitude of parks, tourist sites and a general plethora of things to do.
Green fees start from around €30 and, depending on the time of year that you visit, many courses operate superb value seasonal discounts.
La Cala Resort, set in rolling hills near Mijas, is Spain’s biggest golf complex. It has three 18-hole courses and a six-hole par-3 course, plus a luxury hotel and spa at its heart. Marbella’s Tuscan-flavoured Villa Padierna Palace Hotel is another luxury hotel with three golf courses on-site. Also in Marbella, the Westin La Quinta Golf & Spa Resort offers 27 holes and has just been rebranded as the Hotel Melia La Quinta Golf Resort. It’s well worth checking out, whilst Finca Cortesin is a name you might recognise from its days as a host venue for the Volvo World Match Play Championship on the European Tour.
In truth, you’ll struggle to narrow down your options - but that’s to be expected when the variety on offer is this good. Whatever you do, make sure you book your visit soon.