Valderrama Golf Club
Originally named Sotogrande New, the course was designed in 1974 and also updated in 1984 by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. prior to being renamed Valderrama (after the ancient estate on which it is situated). A par 71 Championship Course that measures 6991 yards from the Professional tees, its fairways have been described by top pros and golf writers alike as the best in Europe. Golf World’s #1 golf course in mainland Europe since 1989, it demands thought and precision from every shot. In 1997 it hosted the 32nd Ryder Cup and remains the only club outside of the USA and Britain to host golf’s ultimate event.
Finca Coresin Golf Club
With a climate that allows year-round play, Finca Cortesin exists in full harmony with nature and the environment. Designed by Cabell Robinson in 2006, the course is a 7480-yard, par-72 gem. One of the finest golf courses in Spain, it boasts more than 100 bunkers and magnificent views of both the mountains and the sea. It is highly enjoyable for beginners, but can also present a serious challenge to pros; when you finish playing all 18 holes, you’ll notice that you have played all your clubs. Home of the Volvo World Match Play Championship, one of the most historic and prestigious golf tournaments in the world.
La Reserva Golf Club
Opened in 2003, La Reserva Golf Club is situated within the prestigious golf valley of Sotogrande. Designed by Cabell Robinson and built to USGA standards, it is set amongst a truly natural and beautiful backdrop of lush green rolling hills, mountains and spectacular sea views. It is a relatively long, par-72 7093 yards, with wide and undulating fairways and large, often sloping greens. Long putts on fast greens are a feature, and water comes into play on six holes. Its clubhouse is one of Spain’s most imposing, built in the purest
of Adalusian styles.
Real Club De Golf Sotogrande
The “old master” of clubs on the coast, Sotogrande was designed by Robert Trent Jones and opened in 1964. One of the most prestigious in the area, it was ranked in the world top 100 until 1999. There are many stately homes along the course, and the old dusty money people who are members here still consider this their home course. Be aware of the many trees—the oaks, corks, eucalyptus and palms—and the water hazards on 12, 13, 14, 16, 17 and 18 that make for difficult holes. The course is par 72-74 and measures 6845 yards.
Marbella Club Golf Resort
Designed by Englishman Dave Thomas and set far back in the hills of Benahavis, this unique course enjoys spectacular views of Gibraltar, the African coastline and the mountains. The holes on this hilly (take a cart!) par 71-73, 6600-yard course feature rolling fairways, water hazards and strategically placed bunkers. Best of all, the course is private and open only to members and guests of the two partner hotels, and thus retains a quick pace of play and excellent conditioning for this part of the world.