The Costa Brava is a highly popular golfing area in Spain. The Costa Brava is located between the Pyrenees Mountains and the Mediterranean Sea and offers excellent golf courses, quality holiday accommodations and very affordable green fees. If that’s not enough there are a number of exquisite beaches, some beautiful old villages and a great local cuisine.
If you are planning a golf holiday in the Costa Brava and would like to play on the best courses, here is our choice for the 5 that you should definitely try and include on your itinerary;
Club de Golf Costa Brava
This course is not thought to be overly challenging due to its moderately sloping fairways of various widths. However, it’s a very attractive course with old cork oaks, olives and pines nicely incorporated into the course’s design by architect Hamilton Stutt. Getting around, or over the trees and avoiding the two artificial lakes are the two primary challenges that golfers face here. It’s usually chip shots that are required to reach the greens. The last hole finishes in a stunning bay by the Mediterranean Sea – surely one of the most beautiful 18th greens in the world. The big old clubhouse, originating from 1841, is the ideal place to relax and enjoy a meal following the game. Alternatively, you may prefer to work on your shots on the driving range, or try out the golf school.
Golf d’Aro Mas Nou
This woodland course that includes pines, cork oaks and olives is one of the oldest in the Costa Brava. Located in the Gavarres Mountains 300 meters above sea level, it features gorgeous panoramic views of the Costa Brava. As there is vegetation bordering two-thirds of the fairways, and with several deep ravines, it is necessary to possess accuracy and low handicap abilities. If the wind is strong, you may choose to strike balls on the driving range or to relax in the clubhouse until conditions get better. The clubhouse offers a restaurant, dressing rooms, a sauna, and a dining area. It is easy to see why Golf d’Aro Mas Nouwas selected by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators in 2000 as its Best Golf Destination.
Ranked in the top 50 of European courses, picturesque Emporda is superbly maintained, easy to walk, and offers challenges to players at every skill level. In order to enliven the playing conditions von Hagge, the designer, has inserted mounds between fairways on holes that do not have trees, even though a few of the greens are long and a number of water hazards must be dealt with. There is a school that offers golf instruction and a driving range, plus the clubhouse has a nice bar and dining area.
Situated in the hills around Girona, the Girona course fits nicely in its setting. Players at all skill levels will find this course enjoyable. The architect, F.G. Hawtree, situated it between two valleys and utilized an old olive orchard to make this course unique. Golf Girona offers golf classes, a pitching and putting green, plus a driving range. The clubhouse features an excellent restaurant and cosy bar.
Platja de Pals
There is something for everyone at this scenic course designed by F.W. Hawtree, and it may be considered one of the most prestigious courses in Spain. However, be careful of low-hanging branches from the abundance of trees, since they can catapult your ball anywhere. Most greens are protected by strategically placed bunkers. The restaurant in the clubhouse affords beautiful views of the course and surroundings; a driving range, putting and pitching greens, and a golf school are also available here.
No matter which course you choose to play on, it’s always a pleasure to play golf on the Costa Brava and most Costa Brava tee times are reasonably priced. However, you will be assured a top-flight golfing experience if you visit one of our top 5 courses listed above.