Why You Should Book a Golf Holiday to the Costa del Sol
The Costa del Sol has long been a favourite destination for golfers, and it's easy to see why, considering this region is home to such iconic venues as Real Club Valderrama, La Reserva Club, and the 2023 Solheim Cup host, Finca Cortesin. Throw in the welcome ingredient of year-round sunshine and magnificent accommodation, this is one special place to experience.
And when you add the renowned cuisine of the Andalusian coastline, not to mention its stunning beaches that are all within close proximity to Malaga Airport, this makes for an unforgettable golf holiday.
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When it comes to discussing courses in this part of the world, it's hard not to focus on Valderrama, which has a lengthy history on the European Tour and was the stage for the memorable 1997 Ryder Cup, when Seve Ballesteros captained Europe to victory. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Snr, Valderrama was named the number one golf course in Spain by Golf Digest Magazine in 2005.
Elsewhere, there is much to sample. La Reserva's brilliant layout was created by Cabell Robinson and offers an exciting test of golf. The exceptional clubhouse offers golfers the perfect place to enjoy a drink after their round and a warm welcome is guaranteed.
Finca Cortesin Golf Course bisects a dramatic valley and features many thrilling holes, which were successfully navigated by Nicolas Colsaerts in the 2012 World Match Play, and will present the canvas for Europe and the United States when the Solheim Cup visits in 2023, which is set to be a perfect fit for this most spectacular of golf courses.
Considered among the continent's finest golf resorts, La Cala presents three designs that showcase what makes this area so acclaimed, challenging but idyllic. The America Course features undulating fairways and an exciting landscape that has you playing from elevated tees and taking on shots across cavernous carries, with the Asia Course laid out across a mountainous landscape, while the Europa Course is the most forgiving of the trio.
Finally, we have to celebrate Real Club de Golf Sotogrande, which has greeted the likes of Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia. The course is always kept in pristine condition, with lightning-fast undulating greens and crisp fairways. The 100 or so bunkers on the course also provide golfers with a real challenge, especially when it comes to attacking the pins.
Hotels & Accommodation
With regards to finding somewhere to base yourself, boutique hotels like H10 Andalucia Plaza, Hotel Mac Puerto Marina Benalmadena and Melia Marbella Banus are obvious standouts, but if you want golf on your doorstep, then there are specific resorts that are essential to consider.
The impressive Lauro Golf Resort is just 30 minutes from Malaga Airport, which offers a 27 hole golf course on-site, access to swimming pools and even a lawn bowls surface. There is a wide variety of accommodation to choose from, ranging from two bedroom apartments to four bedroom townhouses.
Also enjoying a fine location, the Westin La Quinta Golf Resort & Spa provides a choice of 170 spacious rooms and suites, all of which have private terraces with stunning views of the golf or Mediterranean coastline. The 27-holes imagined by former Ryder Cup star Manuel Piñero aren't bad either!
Returning to La Cala, as mentioned above, there are three wonderful courses, but the venue itself is enhanced by its stunning bedrooms - ranging from Standard Twin Rooms with terraces to Junior Suites, meaning that there is something for everyone, in addition to a wide selection of bars and à la carte restaurants.
Easily reachable from the UK, the Costa del Sol is a magical destination for golfers, bringing together outstanding courses and resorts with the added touch of an almost guaranteed beautiful climate. When all that is considered, it's definitely a must-visit!
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