The Costa del Sol has not been named the Costa del Golf without good reason! It is simply a golfers paradise and there are some 40 championship golf courses in Andalucia, many of which are situated along the Costa del Sol. Four of these golf courses are ranked in the top 10 in Europe; add to that a fantastic all year round climate and you are most definitely in golfing heaven!
So what is Costa del Sol golf like?
The golf is bountiful and scenic and available for a variety of price ranges. There are more than 70 golf courses in Andalucia and many of them are on the Costa del Sol and are set amidst the rugged hillsides and mountains overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.
Some golf courses are unremarkable, the centerpiece of real estate developments from the last property boom. Although most others are exceptional resort courses such as Finca Cortesin Golf Club, Almenara Golf Course and the new La Reserva Club de Golf in Sotogrande. Valderrama Golf Club is a private members course but allows limited public play.
There is a wide range of grass types here, varying from bent grass and rye to Bermuda grass fairways.
Golf courses are open all year round, but the peak golf season is from mid-March through May and October through November.
As golf courses multiply across sunny southern Spain so do the services they provide to golfers and the family, friends and business they bring from across Europe and around the world. Golf resorts are now so complete with what they can offer that you won't need to leave their premises.
Golf resorts in Andalucia invite you to stay via a wide array of options. If you are planning a golf holiday or a mix of business and pleasure, world-class hotels and short-term rentals are at your service with all the amenities you would expect from any five star facility. Long-term rental may also be available, thus offering maximum flexibility so you can customize your stay in Spain. Of course, car rentals can be handled at your convenience on site.
Many who come to Spain for just a weekend of golf fall in love with the fabulous weather and choose to purchase their plot in paradise right on the edge of their favorite golf course. Golf resorts in Andalucia offer new villas, re-sale properties and plots for a home that will surely become your castle in Spain.
Should you choose to purchase a home in a golf resort, rest assured that premiere golf resorts in Andalucia provide a full range of home and garden maintenance including cleaning services, household repairs and even catering for parties and events.
There are Costa del Sol golf courses to suit all levels of players and they are set in some beautiful surroundings, many with views of the sea and mountains.
Marbella is the Costa del Sol's most cosmopolitan city; it is a tourist must, especially for golfers. In fact, it has the most golf courses of any municipality in Spain, a dozen. In bustling Puerto Banus, home to ostentatious yachts worth millions of Euros, or in any of the fashionable restaurants or terraces, you could find yourself rubbing shoulders with famous people from the glossy magazines, TV or film.
The "Golf Valley" is a superb area situated behind Puerto Banus in Nueva Andalucia, which includes Las Brisas Golf Course, Los Naranjos Golf Course, La Quinta Golf Course, Aloha Golf Course and Dama de noche Golf Course, where you can play in the evening thanks to its artificial lighting system. Close by is the Guadalmina Golf Course. Within one kilometre of the centre of Marbella is El Paraiso, and just past the city, in the direction of Malaga, is Rio Real Golf Course that winds down to the sea. A little further along, near the Costa del Sol Hospital, is Santa Clara Golf Course and Marbella Club Golf Course. Greenlife Golf Course and Cabopino Golf Course are situated towards the east of the municipality.
After Marbella, Mijas has the second highest number of golf courses in the Malaga province, with eleven. Standing out as a popular destination for tourists is Mijas Golf Course, with one of the highest number of green fees sold on the Costa del Sol. This expansive complex has two 18-hole golf courses. The same is the case for la Cala, which has 54 holes and a six-hole par-three layout. The other main courses are La Cala Golf Course, La siesta Golf Course and Miraflores Golf Course.
Another interesting place for golfers is Benahavis. Despite being a small village, as far as number of residents is concerned (less than 2000), the municipality spreads out expansively, with half a dozen golf courses: La Zagaleta Golf Course, Monte Mayor Golf Course, Marbella CG Golf Course, Los Arqueros Golf Course and Los Flamingos Golf Course. The hilly terrain forms an integral part of each of these courses.
Estepona is another municipality with impressive golf facilities: Atalaya Golf Course (two 18-hole courses), El Paraiso Golf Course (designed by Gary Player), Estepona Golf Course and Coto la Serena Golf Course.
You can find many other places to practice Golf in Malaga province. The main Malaga golf courses are: Alhaurin Golf Course, AÃ±oreta Golf Course, La Duquesa Golf Course, Lauro Golf Course and Torrequebrada Golf Course.
Legendary as the capital of glamour, good restaurants, haute couture boutiques and further aspects associated with the 'good life', Marbella is also the heart of golf on the Costa del Sol. In the hills above Puerto Banus, the Valle del Golf boasts three championship courses: Real Club Las Brisas (twice host to the World Cup), Aloha Golf and Los Naranjos. No fewer than 14 courses lie within a 30-minute drive from the town.
Sotogrande remains unique in Europe for its green areas, arresting harbour and elegant homes. Here lay several outstanding courses, including Spain's most famous golf club, long called the 'Augusta of Europe' and voted the best course on the continent - Valderrama.
Can I get a tee time at Valderrama?
Valderrama may be considered the "Augusta National of Europe" but it does offer limited tee times between noon and 2pm. However, be sure to book at least 90 days in advance and you will be asked to provide home golf club and handicap information.
Are rental golf clubs available?
Most courses offer rental clubs but can be a bit pricey, between €30-60 per set for the day.
How can I get around in the Costa del Sol?
There is no train system to speak of along the coastline (but it is coming!) so most groups here hire a car or a coach. The motorways are well planned and easy to get the hang of. The main road you'll be using during your trip here is the A7 which heads along the coastline (You can also take the AP7 toll road, that costs between €1-3 during off peak times, at each checkpoint.)
What is the weather like in Costa del Sol?
As the name implies, sunshine is plentiful here (over 300 days a year). Winter temperatures have an average high of 16-19 degrees Celsius, while the summer month highs in July and August average 29 degrees Celsius.