Golf on the Costa del Sol
Spain is one of the best destinations for golf lovers in Europe. There are more than 400 golf courses in Spain, many of those are championship courses located in all corners of the country from Catalonia to the Andalucia and the Balearic Islands to Tenerife.
In Spain though the Costa del Sol has become the most popular golfing destination due to the large number of golf courses on offer and the enviable climate. Located on the southern Mediterranean coast of the country, over 10 million people visited the region in 2016. Tourists descend on the area and spend much of their time on the many golf courses on this famous stretch of coastline.
The Costa del Sol is blessed with being home to around 60 championship golf courses, a number of them are world class including the Royal Sotogrande Golf Club, La Reserva and the San Roque Club.
One of the most highly rated golf courses on the Costa del Sol is the world renowned Valderrama golf course. Home of the 1997 Ryder Cup, Valderrama is championship course that offers players of all types the chance to play 18 stunning holes of unforgettable golf.
One of the reasons the Costa del Sol is so attractive to golfers is due to the beautiful year-round weather that the region experiences. The Costa del Sol’s average temperature rarely drops below 16 degrees Celsius. January is the coolest month on the Spanish southern coast, while average temperatures in August reach 30 degrees Celsius. The gorgeous weather makes it possible to tee off throughout the year. Therefore, a trip to the Costa del Sol to escape the winter blues is not only possible but very advisable. While the golf courses in northern Europe are cold, wet and impossible to play, the clubs in Spain are warm and welcoming.
High season for golfers on the Costa del sol is from February to May and September to November so expect to pay the higher green fee rates during those months. If you don’t mind the hot temperatures then there are plenty of good deals to be had for playing during the summer months.
Malaga is the home of the regions main international airport which services the whole of the Costa del Sol. A number of discount and major airlines fly in to Malaga Airport, with most top course located within a 50 minute drive from the airport. Malaga airport offers the easiest commute for travellers heading to the resorts of the Costa del Sol although Gibraltar airport can be an option if you plan to spend your time playing on golf courses located on the western end of the Costa del Sol such as Valderrama, Alcaidesa, San Roque, La Reserva and Almenara.
Popular holiday golf courses which have proved to be a big draw over the past 10 years with visiting golf groups include Santa Clara, Santa Maria, Santana, El Paraiso, Atalaya Old, Flamingos, Marbella Golf and Country Club, Mijas, Torrequebrada and Valle Romano.
In the Mijas area the El Chaparral Golf course is one of the town’s most popular spots to tee off. The 18-hole course is set amongst the local pine trees near the Mediterranean coast. Other popular golf courses close to Mijas include Santana, Mijas Golf, Calanova and of course the impressive La Cala Golf Resort.
If you plan to base yourself in and around Estepona, located just a 20 minute drive from Marbella you will find a batch of championship courses which include Los Flamingos, El Paraiso, and Atalaya Park Resort, one of the best parkland courses on the Costa del Sol.
If you are thinking of staying closer to the city of Malaga the top courses to play on include Malaga Parador golf, Torrequebrada and Guadalhorce Golf.
For a real top class golfing experience then you need to head to the Western end of the Costa del Sol where you will find the world class courses such as Valderrama, San Roque Old, La Reserva and Sotogrande, yes the green fees can be quote high by Spain’s standards but well worth pushing your holiday budget to include at least one of these great courses.
When visitors are not playing golf, the Costa del Sol provides some of the best nightlife in Spain. The area is packed with great traditional and international restaurants that offer mouthwatering foods to suit all tastes and budgets.
Marbella, Fuengirola, Benalmadena, Torremolinos and Estepona are the most popular destinations for a great night out, with a huge number of eateries serving every type of food and more than enough bars and clubs for those wanting a special night out. Nikki Beach Resort and Club in Marbella is a lively beach side spot. The lively Puerto Banus Marina can easily keep you up all night with its late night bars and clubs. And the area around the port of Fuengirola and the popular area known as “ fish alley“ due to the large amount of fish restaurants. This is another top spot to head to for dining and nightlife options.
The resort towns that dot the region are well equipped to offer golfers a great time away from the golf courses. So if you are looking for a quiet night out to relax or party till dawn before teeing off in the morning, the Costa del Sol will not disappoint.
»See our complete guide to golf courses on the Costa del Sol.