Best golf courses in Costa Del Sol
See which courses we would recommend playing on your next visit to the Costa del Sol.
The original golf holiday destination, the Costa del Sol is still hugely popular with travelling golfers. We are often asked by our customers, what are the best golf courses on the Costa del Sol? Here are a few of our favourite places to play…
Nestled within a beautiful valley between the Mediterranean Sea and the mountains, we can’t talk about the best golf courses In Costa del Sol and not mention Rio Real. With plenty of tricky obstacles including tight tree-lined fairways and bunkers, this 18-hole par-71 parkland course designed by the legendary Javier Arana provides an excellent test of golf whatever your handicap. You’re also met with stunning views of the mountains and the Mediterranean Sea on holes 4 and 5. What’s not to love?
Another Cabell Robinson design, Santana is set among the orange and avocado groves between Mijas and Fuengirola. It’s not long and the land is fairly flat, but don’t be fooled into thinking it’s a pushover. The glorious crushed marble bunkers and perilous greens help provide plenty of defences, but if you play sensibly and plot your way around there’s plenty of opportunities to score well. Ideal for groups of differing abilities.
The handiwork of famed architect Pepe Gancido, this lush layout is as challenging as it is attractive. Boasting some amazing sea views, Torrequebrada also features a number of very testing water hazards and plenty of tricky doglegs that will certainly demand your full attention. Well manicured and playing through a glorious semi-tropical landscape, this is an excellent course.
Designed by the legendary Robert Trent Jones Sr, this par-72, 18-hole parkland course is truly a top contender when it comes to Costa del Sol’s best golf courses. You will be faced with a tough but enjoyable challenge in both the wide-open front nine and tight back nine which are lined with orange groves. If you’re after a course that provides a good challenge and offers stunning views, Los Naranjos is for you. Plus, it has a state-of-the-art irrigation system which helps to keep it in tip-top condition.
Designed by Cabell B. Robinson, this fantastic par-72 championship course is one of Costa del Sol’s finest. Previously known as the North Course, La Cala America offers an exciting round of golf and breath-taking views of the Sierra de Ojén and the Mediterranean Sea. Expect many changes in elevation with greens raised well above the fairways where correct club selection is key. Many golfers would argue that this course provides a tougher test than that of its sister courses, Asia and Europa.
Designed by the renowned Antonio Garcia Garrido, this unique Tuscan-style golf course offers a great test of golf as well as stunning views of the Mediterranean, Africa, and Gibraltar. It winds its way around glittering lakes and each hole features its own type of tree, including pines, olives, cypresses, and chestnuts. Some of the fairways even feature Roman columns, statues and marble bridges. The signature hole has to be the charming 10th with its huge undulating green.
Following the unusual Berkshire Red system of six par-3s, six par-4s and six par-5s, El Chaparral is a perennial favourite among Golfbreaks customers. It’s not overly long but the challenge is one of skill and shotmaking rather than brute force. With some blind shots, lots of elevation changes and all manner of hazards to avoid, it’s a hugely enjoyable test of golf. A warm welcome awaits in the clubhouse.
Set in the Elvira Hills, Santa Maria is a very pretty course and one that – like so many in the region – relies on good design, judicious placement of hazards and plenty of water rather than yardage in excess of 7,000 yards. With no less than four par-3s on the back nine, those with a solid iron game will prosper on the way back to the clubhouse.
Originally designed by Dave Thomas but later redesigned by the legendary Seve Ballesteros, The Old Course at The San Roque Club is a true gem of the Costa del Sol. A previous host of the Spanish Open and voted the number 10 golf course in Spain by Golf Digest Magazine, it is a course that can be enjoyed by golfers of all levels. Its main features are tight, sloping fairways that demand straight, accurate driving to achieve a low score. Plenty of water hazards and bunkers feature throughout to keep things interesting and challenging.
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