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Real Club Valderrama

Sotogrande, Spain

Host of the iconic 1997 Ryder Cup, and perenially ranked in World Top 100 Course lists, Valderrama is the jewel in the crown of Spanish golf. Located in the hinterlands of the Costa del Sol, in southern Spain’s beautiful Andalucía region, Real (“Royal”) Club Valderrama is revered as one of the toughest tests in golf.

Host of multiple world tournaments, including the Andalucía Masters, Open de España, and the Volvo Masters on the DP World Tour, Valderrama has the reputation of being one of the best-conditioned golf courses in the world. These immaculate playing surfaces, tees, fairways, and greens, only add to the sense of prestige when playing at this elite venue.

Designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., Valderrama opened in 1974 to immediate high acclaim. Defined by its tight, tree-lined fairways, which create small targets off the tee, the course demands a strategic approach, shaped shots, and pure ball-striking for those who wish to score well.

The course also presents several iconic holes, including the Par 5, 17th. Those who witnessed the 1997 Ryder Cup will recall the green being well protected by water, creating great drama through the tournament’s closing stages.

Course Details

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No.1 rated course in Spain
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Host of the 1997 Ryder Cup
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Designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr.
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Opened in 1974
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Ideal Location on a Spain Golf Tour
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Perfect Year-Round Climate
Valderrama Golf Club

Real Valderrama Clubhouse

When visiting Valderrama, we recommend taking time to enjoy the clubhouse, filled with artifacts and memorabilia. The 1997 Ryder Cup is the centerpiece, alongside clubs, photographs, and trophies of past winners, which include Spain’s Sergio Garcia on multiple occasions and the legendary character of Miguel Angel Jimenez.

An exclusive club, Valderrama requires each group to have a mandatory forecaddie. Given the stiff challenges of the course, we highly recommend this investment to help you make the most of your round. After golf, enjoy drinks and dinner on the terrace, with beautiful views back out over the course, the perfect setting to soak in the atmosphere of this iconic venue.

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Views of Gibraltar from Alcaidesa links

Marbella, Sotogrande & Andalucia Tour

Marbella, Spain’s Costa del Sol cultural and nightlife capital, and neighboring Sotogrande have a world-renowned golf scene. Offering a collection of Spain and Europe’s best courses, after golf you can enjoy Marbella’s large stretch of bars, clubs and restaurants, as well as miles of Mediterranean coastline and beaches.

Valderrama Course Gallery

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Valderrama FAQs

The major tournaments hosted at Valderrama include the Andalucia Masters and the 1997 Ryder Cup, but the course has hosted numerous other famous tournaments.

You do need an official handicap limit to play at Valderrama, this is set at 24 for gentlemen and 32 for ladies. This ensures the most enjoyable course experience as it informs what kind of challenge you’ll need and the best places to shoot from.

Valderrama itself is an excellent place to play golf, but there are also several great surrounding courses, which include the Finca Cortesín, La Reserva, Real Sotogrande, and San Roque.

You can book a golf trip to Valderrama with Premier Golf, and the team will be happy to offer any advice or recommendations to help make your golf tour to Spain the best it can be.