With more than 60 courses to choose from, the Costa del Sol is often called the ‘Golf Coast’ and selecting the top five is a difficult task. There’s an abundance of course styles and price levels to choose from, and a wide selection of accommodation alternatives.
More than 100 km of glinting shoreline is the icing on the cake, offering innumerable beaches to relax upon. You can also visit Moorish castles, and charming cities like Marbella and Puerto Banus, where you will find many wonderful restaurants and bars that offer an exciting nightlife.
These are our choices for the best golf courses on the Costa del Sol;
The well-maintained greens of this 18-hole, Par 71 course designed by Peter Alliss and Clive Clark is the course that is located farthest to the west in Costa del Sol and it boasts views of the Gibraltar and the Atlas Mountains. Skirting the coastline, links style, featuring 4 beachside holes, Alcaidesa calls for straight shots, as well as skill in negotiating the windy conditions frequently prevalent in this locale. It is possible to schedule a lesson or rent clubs and buggies at the pro shop, and the course offers a driving range as well as putting and chipping greens.
An additional Seve Ballesteros wonderful creation, the 18 hole, Par 72 Alhaurin is found in the Mijas Mountains. Due to the long, narrow fairways, accuracy is key; the natural rough areas outside the well-manicured greens make it difficult to locate balls that have gone astray. In addition, numerous bunkers and water hazards must be avoided! Views of the mountains and the ocean are found all over, and a great amount of fitness, or dependable transportation, is a must to get through this course.
One bright spot is that there are as many as 6 tee-off positions at each tee. Clubhouse amenities include a restaurant and bar, a golf school, clubs, trolleys, and buggy rentals, as well as a driving range and practice bunkers and greens.
Two well-maintained, 18-hole, Par 72 courses comprise Atalya, which is quite a popular golf and country club with wonderful facilities. It was established in 1968 and is currently the headquarters of the European PGA. Found within Marbella and Estepona, the course has one of Spain’s biggest driving ranges, and provides teaching in lots of languages.
Tall pines and lush vegetation surround the Old Course with its wide and elevated greens; the New Course offers panoramic views of the mountains and ocean, with the greens being more hilly and lined with trees in some areas. At the pro shop, you can sign up for lessons, and it is possible to practice on the four putting greens, a short game area, and the driving range.
Close to Caleta de Velez Malaga, the Par 71 Baviera is located in the foothills of the Sierra de la Almijara. A variety of clubs and stroke play will be necessary for this course, since it has a large number of obstacles and wide greens. If you take care with your shots, it is possible to navigate the water hazards that exist on the large greens and wide fairways and still come up with a low score.
The views of fabulous mountain and ocean scenery are the principal distractions. At the pro shop it is possible to rent electric and manual trolleys, buggies and clubs, and you can practice your shots on the putting and chipping greens and on the driving range.
Flamingos is a 5,883-meter, Par 72 course that offers panoramic views of the Mediterranean and Gibraltar, and is dotted with numerous cypress, orange, jacaranda, pine, olive, and chestnut trees, and boasts distinctive crushed marble bunkers. Inspired by Tuscan garden design, you encounter classical style statues and marble bridges as you traverse the course. All the holes are challenging in their own way, with the first nine being the most difficult.
There is a 100-tee driving range on the course along with all of the typical golf items. The course and the clubhouse offer gorgeous views of the lake and sea. In the clubhouse, you will find a terrace bar, a coffee shop and the renowned La Cantina that offers fine dining.
So, which courses should you play on your Costa del Sol golf holidays? Because the Costa del Sol is one of the premier golfing areas in the world, it is not a simple task to choose the top five from so many courses. But, we are confident that our choice will provide you a day full of fabulous golfing memories.
Remember that these courses are popular and busy so make sure you book your Costa del Sol tee times well in advance of your trip.