Emporda (Links) - Northern Spain - Spain

Empordà Golf Resort,
Ctra de Torroella de Montgrí a Pals,
17257 Gualta (Girona),
Spain


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  • Cristina Blay

  • Robert von Hagge

  • Pol Bech


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Set in the green and pleasant lands of the Costa Brava to the north of Barcelona lies the Emporda Golf Club. It’s a fairly recent but very welcome addition to the handful of top-class golfing destinations in this area.

In 1989 a group of Catalan businessmen based in the Baix Emporda got together through their love of golf and decided to construct a top-quality venue. They purchased 125 hectares of land situated fairly centrally in the Costa Brava near the village of Gualta and within 2 years the first nine holes were open for play. The group put their faith for the design of the Emporda course in the hands of the well-known and trusted Texan architect Robert von Haage.

Now complete, Emporda offers four loops of nine holes (formerly called the Blue, Green, Yellow and Red) these loops have now been combined to create two courses called Forest and Links. Both courses offer a varied playing experience.

The Green was the first nine holes to be completed at Emporda and this has been combined with the Red – the most recent nine – to form the new Links course. Its treeless and barren appearance provides a stark reminder of the nature of British links courses. The rough is harsh, the bunkers many and the greens small, fast and subtly contoured. Unlike real links golf, water also plays a part in frustrating the golfer on a number of the holes on the Links course at Emporda.

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Description: The Green was the first nine to open at Emporda Golf Resort and this has been combined with the Red – the most recent nine – to form the new Links course. Rating: 4.5714285714286 out of 6

Currently (Nov '13) this course has a decent ranking (#16 in Spain), one of the reasons to play it obviously. I think I will keep this review fairly short as anything lengthy could be seen as a rant. The course has some very nicely designed holes and if conditioning was immaculate then we probably have a course that you would give a 4-ball ranking to. The biggest issue is that this course is not be taken care of - it is in a poor state currently. Tees full of weeds and un-repaired divots everywhere, fairways that are longer than the rough in places (certainly no definition between the two) and just a bad looking state of affairs all around. I hate being negative about courses and would never do that on what you may say is temporary bad condition but something is seriously wrong here - hope the green-staff are still on the pay roll! The 2nd and 11th holes were my favourites but overall my biggest disappointment on a golf course this year.
November 18, 2013


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The course is in very good conditions and is a completely different style from the other courses of the zone. They always have very interesting offers
October 08, 2013


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Played this course last week. It does resemble a links as it is in rolling countryside but it does not have links turf as found in UK. It was in good condition with excellent greens. However it could do with being a bit tidier and some parts looked scruffy but this is a cosmetic comment!. Perhaps more staff required? It is tight with the main hazard being water. It is not easy however there is a selection of tees and you can chose the ones that suit your game.
September 27, 2013


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Great course. It becomes terrific with a strong wind.
March 25, 2013


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We played both the Links and the Forest course early August 2011. Both were in an extremely good condition. Nice well-kept fairways, greens had a reasonable speed although the greens of the Forest course rolled better. A pity that the people playing do not look after repairing pitch marks! The Links course is very interesting especially with the so-called Tramontana, a wind that comes from the Pyrenees. The course is quit open, some strategically placed water hazards and the double green of the 18th with the 18th hole of the Forest course is quit intimidating. A mixture of short strategic holes combined with smart doglegs and long par 4-s. The Forest course is another story: the fairways smoothly flow through the pine trees. Not one hole is boring actually. AND most important, you are on a GOLF COURSE and not in between houses! Worth playing you should definitately make the detour.
August 23, 2011


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Played both courses last year.Found the forest course more scenic,but both courses are fantasic.When i played these courses,the condition of them was surpurb,with little traffic on them.The hotel on site is ultra modern with beautiful views of the links course.Payed 62 euros for each course(guest rate).Good value for money...
January 21, 2010


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Played Emporda in the late 90s and I remember that it was a great experience. First 9 holes are a copy from Ireland with ondulated fariways and greens. Last 9 are more american with long corridors of high trees. Great condition and probably has matured a lot since I was there
January 18, 2010


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