Valderrama Golf Club on the Costa del Sol

Valderrama Golf Club

Valderrama golf is one of the world’s most renowned golf courses, designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., it opened in 1974. The original course came to be known as Sotogrande New, but in 1981 the name was changed when it was acquired by Jaime Ortiz Patiño. It is now the most emblematic golf course on the Costa del Sol.

This championship course has been heralded as one of the greatest golf courses in Europe and has enjoyed a number one standing among golf courses in Europe according to Golf World rankings since 1989.

Jaime Ortiz renamed it to Los Aves (the Birds) because of the abundance of beautiful bird life in the area. Later on in 1984, Ortiz Patiño was able to convince Robert Trent Jones to return to the course and help design an expansion.

When the course renovation was complete,  Ortiz Patiño officially renamed the course Valderrama after an ancient country estate that had been situated in that location. His goal was to create a golf course that was enjoyable to the everyday golfer while at the same time been challenging to the professional player. Given the fact that Valderrama Golf has garnered significant acclaim as one of Europe’s finest courses, it seems that their plan was a success.

It is a technical course and can be a challenging for the middle handicappers as you will need to think carefully about each stroke if you want to enjoy the course to its full.  However the benefits to playing such an impressive course are numerous and truly unforgettable throughout the round.

This championship Par 71 course is around 6400 meters in length. The quality of the fairways at Valderrama golf has been complemented by golfing professionals from around the world as being very well above average.

Each of the 18 holes of Valderrama has garnered interesting nicknames that correspond to their difficulty and unique aspects such as the 1st  Sol y Sombra, the 6th El Vallejo and the 16th Muy Difícil ( very difficult ) , aptly put!

If you are a group of golfers and planning a golf trip to the Costa del Sol including Valderrama Golf  Resort then  you will almost certainly  be better off with your own private transfers to and from the airportand your chosen courses during your trip.

We specialise in arranging  golf transfers  to any of the 60 or more golf courses on the Costa del Sol.  We will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your resort, unlike some other companies  you  will  do not charge for excess luggage or golf clubs.



Club facilities

  • Pro Shop
  • Club House
  • Restaurant
  • Buggies
  • Practice Balls
  • Practice Range
  • Free Practice Balls
  • Practice Putting Green
  • Practice Chipping Area
  • Golf Club Rental
  • Golf Shoe Rental
  • Electric Trolleys
  • Club Storage
  • Lockers
  • Showers
  • Sauna
  • Swimming Pool



How to get there

Road map for Valderrama Golf

Take the A7 direction Gibraltar. Approximately 30 minutes drive west of Marbella. Take the Alcaidesa exit at KM.124. The take the 2nd exit towards the fire station. The club house is located in between the two courses.


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