What to do when you realise you have so many holidays left for the year? No question, you find some great ideas where to spend them. As summer started to turn ugly in Central Europe we decided to head to South Spain, enjoy the sun, the culture, the history, the tapas, the vino, the flamenco, the hospitality, the picturesque ancient towns and the golf. And no doubt – they have plenty of all.
Starting from Malaga, we had on our itenerary penciled in for Nerja, Granada, Cordoba, Sevilla, Jerez, Cadiz, Sancti Petri, Vejer de la Frontera, Gibraltar, Ronda and Marbella. Basically every single corner of Andalusia.
Everybody knows that golfing is easy in South Spain as they have plenty of courses, both at the Costa de la Luz or the Costa del Sol (aka Costa del Golf). The problem is even to decide which one to play as due to the sheer amount of possibilities you are seriously overwhelmed and need either expert advice or a lot of reading. I did both and had an initial list of courses to take into account.
Pretty early in the process I ruled out three courses, not because I changed my mind but because I figured I won’t spend that much money on golf. Don’t get me wrong, I’d absolutely love to play these but for somebody who has to work hard for his lifestyle, the requested green fees are totally out of this world:
- Real Club Valderrama (Best course in Continental Europe since 1988), Robert Trent Jones design
- Real Club de Golf Sotogrande, Robert Trent Jones design
- Finca Cortesin Golf Resort, Cabell Robinson design
And also, as we planned a road trip through all of Andalusia we didn’t want to spend too much time in the Sotogrande region anyway – because there are much nicer places to see and visit.
So we decided to change plans and put down these four courses as the ones to play:
- Real Club de Golf Sevilla, José Maria Olazábal design
- Montecastillo Golf Club, Jerez, Jack Nicklaus design
- Novo Sancti Petri Golf, Severiano Ballesteros design
- Real Club de Golf Guadalmina, Marbella, Javier Arana design
One thing I can tell you now as we already arrived back home, we didn’t fully make it through this list unfortunately. But the other thing I’d like to report; golfing in the south of Spain is pretty amazing! And the whole region of Andalusia is so rich in culture, history and lifestyle that golf became a fairly peripheral matter quickly.
Do yourself a favour, book a trip and find out for yourself what an amazing piece of land this is.
Keep checking back at golficiency.com for the course reviews of the Andalusia trip.
Photo credits: Westin La Quinta Resort, Marbella