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…
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.
Perfectly positioned in the Sierra de Mijas, Alhaurin is a not a course for the faint-hearted, with fairways (and greens) sweeping up and over the mountainside. Designed by the late Seve Ballesteros and opened for play in 1994, it demands a good deal of course management, but if you can keep the ball in play the rewards are there. Stunning views and a welcoming clubhouse only add to the experience.
La Cala Golf Resort
With three exceptional courses, a par-3 practice course, a David Leadbetter Academy and a luxury hotel on site, La Cala is a genuine rival to La Manga as Spain’s largest golf resort. All three courses are the work of American architect Cabell Robinson who created 54 amazing holes on what is spectacularly undulating land. The America course leads the way, but Asia and Europa are fine layouts in their own rights. A superb venue for a golf break to Spain.
El Chaparral Golf Club
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.com 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.
Santana Golf Course
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.
Marbella Golf & Country Club
A Robert Trent Jones Senior design, Marbella G&CC – like many of the courses in the area – takes what might at first seem like very difficult terrain and turns it into something special. The elevation changes, the views, the bunkering, the natural landscape and the variety of holes make this an excellent place to play. And with Marbella just minutes away, it’s also perfectly located.
Cabopino Golf Marbella
Another short, compact and testing layout on the hillside between Marbella and Fuengirola, Cabopino is a very scenic course that shorter hitters will love. The premium is definitely on accuracy over length. The stand-out hole is the 307-yard downhill par-4 3rd. It’s a classic risk/reward hole that will always tempt big-hitters to go for it - but with a hungry bunker in front of the green and plenty of slopes, it will yield as many bogeys as birdies.
Santa Maria Golf & Country Club
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.
Los Lagos Course, Mijas Golf
One of the stalwarts of the Malaga golf scene, Mijas Golf boasts not one but two superb RTJ Senior courses. Laid out on very different terrain, the two are very different, making for a lovely contrast should you tackle both in a day. Los Lagos is the senior partner, being much longer, wider and with large greens. One to open the shoulders on. Los Olivos couldn’t be more different – it’s tighter, hillier and peppered with sand and water. Both, however, are superb.