Golf Guide to the Costa Brava
The Costa Brava is one of the most scenic and natural environments throughout the whole of southern Europe. The district stretches from the town of Blanes to the French border, providing visitors with mesmerising views, sheer greenery and crystal-clear sea water. In the 1950s, the Spanish government
The Costa Brava is one of the most scenic and natural environments throughout the whole of southern Europe. The district stretches from the town of Blanes to the French border, providing visitors with mesmerising views, sheer greenery and crystal-clear sea water. In the 1950s, the Spanish government.... view more had determined that the Costa Brava would be an ideal holiday destination, mainly for package holidays from Europeans.The combination of a good summer climate, nature and excellent beaches enabled the area to receive substantial government funding for the development of new hotels and apartments. As a consequence, tourism rapidly overtook fishing as the primary business of the area.
The combination of warm weather and outstanding upkeep of the golf courses result in this being a highly desired destination.
The area of Costa Brava is brimming with golfing facilities and it is one of the more premium destinations for a golf break throughout the entirety of Europe having hosted events on the European Tour. Amongst them is the PGA Catalunya, which has been named as Spain’s top golf course on more than six occasions.
Costa Brava is home to other revered centres too, such as Emporda Resort and Golf de Pals. With numerous courses, typically between 10 to 15 minutes of each other, this district of Spain is rarely rivalled for a golfing retreat. Considering Barcelona is only an hour’s drive to the south, Costa Brava is an escapism for not just avid golfers, but those who like to explore local history and culture too.
Where To Play in Costa Brava
PGA Catalunya is not only the best resort within the Costa Brava, but also one of the best throughout Spain as a whole. The site boasts two accommodation options during normal travel times: their marvellous 5* hotel or luxury villas. For the latter, expect to find a contemporary design that has been styled by award-winning architects and interior designers. Hotel Camiral is the ideal place to unwind and relax after a tiring afternoon golfing in the glorious Spanish sun. It offers family activities, sports experiences and friendly staff.
Now to the important part: the golf. PGA Catalunya have two exceptional golf courses to choose from – Stadium and Tour. The former was completed in 1999 and designed by Angel Gallardo and Neil Coles, both golf professionals. It has hosted the Spanish Open on three occasions – 2000, 2009, 2014 – and it is a frequent stop off for the European Tour. The Tour course opened in 2005 and while it shares the same par of 72 as its sibling, it plays slightly shorter and a tad easier. Regardless of what course or accommodation option you choose, there aren’t many more luxurious options than PGA Catalunya.
Emporda Resort is often overlooked due to it being situated closely to PGA Catalunya. However, if you’re looking for a resort-based holiday, there are seldom more premium options than the stunning Emporda. Similarly to Catalunya, it boasts two golf courses that are strikingly different. The Links’ vision was to emulate British and Irish seaside courses and the facility will require you to formulate the best strategy as you battle your way through dunes, lakes and well-placed bunkers. Measuring at 6,746 yards, it demands excellent striking of the ball and creativity if you are to score well, par 71.
The Forest is a completely different animal and reflects the local culture more as it is a traditional Mediterranean pine forest course. Players will be forced to steer their way through multiple rolling fairways – that have been carved through trees. However, it is vital you retain your mental composure for the duration of the round as the expansive lakes have the ability to wreck a card at any given moment. It measures 6,165 yards and has a par of 72.
Considering that Emporda Resort has been hailed as one of the greatest golf resorts in Spain for quite some time, the recent refurbishment that took place has only enhanced its appeal. The general setting of the resort, nestled amongst the stunning landscapes of the Emporda region, supplements the visit while some of Spain’s finest beaches are also local to the complex. In addition to this, there are several historic villages that line the perimeter of the Emporda region.
Golf de Pals
While you won’t get accommodation at Golf de Pals, you will get a superb golf course with pine forest surrounding the course that was planted over seventy years ago. Baltasar Parera Vilar and his wife provided the land for the facility to be built upon, as well as funding the construction of the original nine holes and clubhouse. It initially played as a nine hole course for two years, prior to the extension in 1968 before being completed in 1970.
It is located on the farmland of Arenals de Mar and has held numerous professional events. It hosted the 1972 Spanish Open, which was the first official event in European Tour history. Since its creation, it has been considered as one of the greatest golfing venues in Spain, thanks to its creative design. The site continues to host professional events and it has seen many famous faces walk through its doors and play its splendid golf course. It is a long course at 6,882 yards and par is 72.
Costa Brava Hidden Gems
If you’re looking for something a little different or would like to explore the surrounding area of the popular tourist district, then there are two courses that should pique your interest. However, they are located one hour away from Girona, so be prepared to arrange transport requirements. Alternatively, both of the sites are resorts and therefore offer accommodation.
TorreMirona Relais offer incredible lodging options and you have the choice between the fabulous 4* hotel or the sumptuous apartments at the Aparthotel TorreMirona Vila Birdie - the hotel also has a golf course and a luxury spa. At the hotel’s restaurant, El Canigo, you will enjoy the tastes of the Mediterranean with a varied mix of fresh fish, meats, fruits and vegetables dependent on the season of your visit. The complex is located near the French border and provides an alternative setting away from the brimming and busy Girona.
Visitors who have booked accommodation at the hotel will receive discounted prices for greens fees and additional practice facilities. The 18-hole golf course is welcoming to newcomers of the sport yet will still provide a challenge to those who are more experienced with the game. The weather all-year round is typically excellent and therefore, this resort becomes viable throughout the 12-month cycle. It measures at 6,792 yards and has a par of 72.
Hotel Golf Peralada
Hotel Golf Peralada doesn’t just offer an impressive array of golfing facilities but supreme accommodation suites that will suit all types of party sizes. There are 64 rooms to choose from and each room’s interior has been designed for ultimate relaxation. The theme of the rooms is peace and that’s exactly what you’ll get when you’re ready to unwind from the blistering sun for an hour or two. The rooms available are: presidential suite, suite heritage, junior suite, premier superior room and a premier room.
Tucked between the Pyrenees and the Costa Brava, while enjoying all of the benefits of the Mediterranean climate, is where this stunning golf course lies. The main course is an 18-hole layout with four tees on every hole. Its distance is 6,638 yards and it plays as a par 71. However, if you’re looking to finetune your short game or approach play, then Peralada also offers a short 9-hole course with the holes ranging from 48 to 118 yards. This is a fairly flat course with no water hazards but be careful to avoid the few bunkers that are dotted around the playing surface. Every hole is supplied with two tees and it is 1,438 yards in total.
From a travel perspective, we encourage you to avoid the winter months (November to February) as it can get quite cold within the area. We suggest that you plan your trip around the general high season of golf, however the season of Autumn will also be viable if you’re looking to plan an escape a little later into the year.
The region enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate, which is best characterised by hot, dry summers and chilling winters. The daily temperature fluctuates throughout the year, but you can expect 14 Celsius during winter months and 31 Celsius during the spring and summer period.
The Costa Brava is one hour ahead of the UK.
The local currency is the euro and there are plenty of ATMs, banks and bureaux de change.
Getting to and from the Costa Brava is simple and accessible from both the UK and Europe as there are regular flights arriving and departing the area.
The three main airports are: Girona (in the centre), Barcelona (one hour’s drive to the south) and Perpignan (to the north). When you arrive in Spain, you can rely on the high-speed train (AVE) or rent a car for adventures that are located away from the main tourist district.
Ryan Air fly into Girona and if you’re looking to stay at PGA Catalunya, it is roughly 15 minutes away from the airport. However, Barcelona is a popular hub and has regular flights from the UK all-year round.
As much as we would like golf courses to remain open 24/7, we all know that it is beyond wishful thinking. Fear not, however, as the Costa Brava has many activities that should garner your interest away from the course. With vast golden beaches, scenic routes for walks, historical vistas and a waterpark, there are limitless endeavours that will accompany your golfing trip.
Things to do
One of the more popular beaches within the local vicinity is Fenals beach. It is the second-largest beach in Lloret de Mar, spanning across 700 metres. You can experience water skiing, skating, kayaking or parasailing. There are plenty of refreshment hubs located closely and there is also a sports area which will keep the kids busy for an hour or two.
The historical city of Barcelona is only an hour south of the Costa Brava. Here, you can visit the iconic Camp Nou, visit the zoo, spend a day at Bogatell Beach or enjoy a blissful walk down the Playa de Sant Miquel boulevard. As the sun dips, Barcelona truly comes to life with unrivalled nightlife compared to other local areas. If you’re looking for a night on the town or a quiet, hidden tapas bar, then a trip to Barcelona should be mandatory.
While the golf may dominate the appeal of the Costa Brava, it’s fine eateries certainly supplements the sporting activities. Whether you’re looking for seafood, local cuisine, Japanese, Italian or Moroccan food, the Costa Brava has it all.
If you appreciate a good view with your food – who doesn’t? – then Els Brancs will provide the perfect atmosphere for an evening of unwinding. Els Brancs translates to ‘the branches’, which is a reference to the islands nestled slightly off the coast. Be careful not to devote too much time for the view, however, as the artistically presented food should take the spotlight.
On the other hand, you may be looking for a restaurant that is proud of the culture that is present within this district. If so, then a trip to Candelaria, situated in Peratallada, would be a pleasant experience. With a tip to the local fishermen, an extensive fish menu will provide an array of choices and one that is certainly set to satisfy the tastebuds.
One of the standout eateries within the Costa Brava is Nu – an innovative restaurant that is located in the centre of Girona. With the historical city serving as the setting, the food on offer has taken inspiration from all parts of the world. Expect to be blown away with creative tastes, experimental textures and wonderful service.
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