Archive for the ‘Costa del Sol’ Category
Valle Romano Golf is an exceptional 18-hole course inaugurated in 2010 and constructed to meet the highest quality standards; with such a distinguished designer you would expect a top quality course, and this is exactly what you get.
The golf course is in quite a spectacular setting with views of both the sea and the mountains. You know you are in for a treat from very first tee, with a magnificent downhill Par 5 dogleg inviting you to cut the corner. But wait, there´s more
Designed by the renowned golf course architect Robert Trent Jones, La Duquesa Golf and Country Club in Costa del Sol, Spain, was and opened in 1985. This 18 hole, par 72 golf course has spectacular views overlooking Marbella and with beautiful views to the African coastline and is renowned for its very successful blend of nature and design.
La Duquesa Golf & Country Club is distinctly divided into two parts, the first nine follows the English style with narrow fairways and raised greens while the back nine present an easier game with wider fairways. Accurate driving and concentration are an essential element of play on this course, particularly on the slightly trickier 2nd nine holes.
Known as one the best golf destinations in Europe Costa del Sol (Sunny Coast or more literally, Coast of the Sun) is a region in the south of Spain, in the autonomous community of Andalusia, comprising the coastal towns and communities along the Mediterranean coastline of the Málaga province. Formerly made up only of a series of small, quiet fishing settlements, the region has been completely transformed during the latter part of the 20th century into a tourist destination of world renown.
The most well known resorts lie west of Malaga beginning with Torremolinos, Benalmadena, Fuengirola and Mijas Costa. Further along the coast lies Marbella with its famous marina at Puerto Banus, Estepona, Sotogrande and finally Gibraltar. Settlement in the region dates back to the Bronze Age, and has been colonised and ruled by many cultures such as the Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, Vandals, Visigoths and Moors, before the Reconquista. Ancient and cosmopolitan Malaga still retains its historic roots intact. In long-gone times it bore witness to the origins of man and of the Mediterranean culture, and is today the primary force in the Andalusia tourist industry, keeping alive its tradition of a welcoming and creative land.
Just 5 minutes drive from Marbella, overlooking the Mediterranean, lying in the heart of the Benahavís Golf Valley there’s La Quinta Golf & Country Club. Running along two valleys, lined by grand flower beds, pine woods and lots of water, the course is a challenge for even the best player and emphasizes accuracy, good shot selection and a command of all the clubs in the bag.
Designed in 1990 by Antonio Garcia Garrido and former Ryder Cup and World Cup Champion, Manuel Pinero this fantastic golf course combines 3 loops of nine holes lined by grand flower beds, pine woods and lots of water that can be played in various combinations. A variety of hazards come into play from elevated tees with trees, water, sand and streams to negotiate before approaching the greens of which a good proportion are raised.
Cabopino is situated opposite the marina after which it is named, between Fuengirola and Marbella,Spain. With 5,170 meters long and has a par of 71 this golf course was designed by the Madrid architect Juan Ligués and has spectacular views of the sea and the beautiful natural surroundings, including a large number of magnificent spreading pine trees.
The course was inaugurated in 2001 and consists of three par-3’s, two par-5’s, and thirteen par-4’s. The longest hole is the 14th, a 456 meters par-5, and the shortest is the 13th, a par-3 which is 134 meters from the yellow tee. The route map for the first nine winds around the neighboring valley and back to the club house, following some tight fairways, especially hole 5, stroke index 1 on the card. The signature hole is the 3rd: a gargantuan drop to the fairway is followed by the need for an accurate second as a large bunker protects the elevated green.
Water is a factor to consider on more than five of the holes, and its presence can serve to make playing at Cabopino Golf Club a thrilling, and somewhat daunting, experience. Generally, this is a tight course, meandering around bunkers, bumps and hilly long greens all kept in excellent condition. Although Cabopino is golf course where golfers with a high handicap will enjoy using all of the clubs in their bag and lower handicaps will have to take a risk on every shot if their want to get round with a good score. But wait, there’s more
Parador de Malaga Golf Course is the oldest course in the heart of Costa del Sol, Spain, on the sea shore and just 10 minutes from the city of Malaga and the Malaga International Airport. The course’s beginnings date back to the last century, in the early 1920′s, and are tied to the Royal Family in Britain, in particular, to the Princess Beatriz de Battenberg, mother of Queen Victoria Eugenia. Queen Victoria spent part of the year in the Malaga region and promoted construction of the Club. In 1925 and under the technical direction of Harry Shepard Colt (who also designed and built the Wentworth course) construction began on the primitive, 9-hole course. Later, and under the direction and design of renowned British architect Tom Simpson (whose hands have delivered such important and famous courses as Turnberry, Muirfield and Ballybunion) , it was expanded to 18 holes (6173 m, par 72).
Part of the golf course is a links layout with seawater lagoons that change with the natural tide, and part parkland with the fairways forming avenues between the trees which are home to flocks of colorful parakeets; it also includes 3 putting greens and 2 approach greens. The open fairways are forgiving for high and medium players and the length provides a stern test for low handicap players with some massive par 4 on the back nine. The last 6 holes can seem very long and unless players are confident enough in playing long irons and fairway wood.