Posted on 01 February 2017
You’ve got all the gear you need to hit the fairways: lary trousers, clubs, balls, hip flask etc. But what’s the most essential requirement for the perfect round of golf? The answers simple: good weather. Unsurprisingly, the Costa del Sol – aka the Golf Coast – delivers in a big way, with an unbelievable 327 days of sunshine a year. Still pack your brolly though; you’ll probably need it to protect you from all that sun.
So, if you’re a budding Jordan Spieth and would like nothing better than having some of Europe’s most renowned golf courses on the doorstep of your new holiday home, the Costa del Sol is the perfect location. There is one drawback however: your handicap may suffer because the stunning views of the surrounding mountains and Mediterranean Sea will be a distraction.
Let’s take a quick look at 5 of the best courses in the region:
If you want to perfect your backswing in a scenic location, Alcaidesa won’t disappoint. Views towards Gibraltar and across the Alboran Sea to Morocco make this one of the most stunning locations on the Golf Coast. If you tee off on a clear day – and let’s face it, you probably will – you can even see the snow capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Once you’ve taken in the spectacular scenery you can concentrate on tackling the clubs two fabulous courses: the links course, which slopes down to a golden beach, and the heathland course, part of which meanders through a river valley.
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Nestled halfway between Malaga and Marbella in the mountains above Fuengirola, this Seve Ballesteros designed course is unforgiving if you’re having an off day, so you’ll probably need every club in your bag – accuracy is key here. At least you can enjoy the views of the Sierra de Mijas hills while you’re searching for your ball in the bushes. And what better way to unwind following a potentially frustrating day on the fairways, than relaxing at the resorts 4 star golf and country club hotel, with its sauna and spa.
As headquarters of the European PGA this golf and country club holds prestigious status. Set against the stunning backdrop of the Sierra Blanca mountains, its two magnificent 18-hole courses – the old and the new courses – are lined with mature eucalyptus trees, cactus and palms and pink and white azaleas that fill the air with an unforgettable and intoxicating scent. With its wide fairways and large elevated greens, the old course provides a challenge to golfers at all levels. Atalaya New Course offers spectacular views of the Mediterranean and Gibraltar and is seen as one of the most natural courses on the coast.
Located on the spurs of Sierra de la Almijara – you guessed it, more stunning sea and mountain views – this course is characterised by its wide fairways, large greens and liberal spread of water hazards. All of which combine to provide a challenge for golfers of all handicaps. And once you’ve potted your final ball on the 18th you can head down to the marina and beaches in Caleta de Vélez, which is just a short walk away.
The golf club was designed by the renowned architect Antonio Garcia Garrido. The actual course has been crafted in a Tuscan style and consists of perfectly placed elevated tees which offer beautiful views of the Mediterranean, Africa and Gibraltar. Each hole features its own type of tree, including pines, olives, cypresses and chestnuts. On some of the fairways you will even find roman columns, statues and marble bridges. The course winds its way around the many lakes and the Arroyo Del Taraje stream, further adding to its spectacular design. And when you’ve finished your round you can head for a delicious meal at the famed La Cantina restaurant.
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