Finca Cortesin - Southern Spain - Spain

Finca Cortesin Golf Resort,
Ctra. de Casares,
s/n E29690,
Casares,
Malaga,
Spain


  • +34 (0) 952 93 78 83

  • Golf Club Website

  • Off of A7 between Marbella and Sotogrande

  • Welcome, contact in advance

  • Miguel Girbes

  • Cabell Robinson

  • Ricardo Jimenez


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With more than 50 golf courses on the Spanish Costa del Sol any additional layouts need to be very special to succeed in this market. The course at Finca Cortesin Golf Club opened for play in early 2007 and has already received promising accolades attracting the serious golfing aficionado.

Finca Cortesin is set a short distance inland from the Mediterranean Sea and is routed through a dramatic valley. Cabell Robinson designed the course, which is one of Europe’s longest layouts measuring almost 7,000 metres from the tips. Robinson’s vision was to create a golf course where “no hole has less than championship quality”. This vision is rapidly turning into a reality.

The absence of property development around the course provides a welcome change and with so many great holes at Finca it’s really difficult to pick out the best. However, a few holes deserve special mention and the 3rd is a delightful par five with an approach over water. The 10th, a long down-hill par three, has far-reaching views of the Estepona Mountains and then straight after is the 11th, a long double doglegged par five which is a great test and thrilling to play. Probably the pick at Finca Cortesin is the par four 13th driving to wide fairway crossing a water hazard, the approach shot to the green then crosses water again which now runs diagonally across the front of the green. The pleasing greensite is also bunkered left and right and surrounded by trees.

Finca’s practice facilities are based around the ‘Jack Nicklaus Academy’ which include revolutionary methods based around swing characteristics of the student. Clearly Finca Cortesin is already an excellent facility, but couple this with a relaxed atmosphere and excellent customer service and you have a truly memorable experience. The new five star hotel and spa opened in 2008 placing Finca Cortesin firmly on the world’s golfing map.

Finca Cortesin Golf Club is now well and truly on the world stage. In June 2008, it was announced that the World Match Play, usually held on the West course at Wentworth in Surrey, was to move to Finca Cortesin as part of a raft of changes to the competition. Click here for more. England’s Ross Fisher claimed the 2009 World Match Play Championship title by defeating America’s Anthony Kim 4&3.

After a one-year break, the World Match Play Championship returned to Finca Cortesin in 2011. Ian Poulter claimed the title, beating fellow Englishman Luke Donald 2&1 in the final. The following year, Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts beat Graeme McDowell on the final hole to claim the World Match Play title.

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Description: Finca Cortesin is set a short distance inland from the Mediterranean and has been routed through a dramatic valley. It's one of Europe’s longest layouts and will soon become a household name. Rating: 5.6551724137931 out of 6

Finca Cortesin is one of the best resorts in Europe if not the best when you look at the entire package. It’s a spendy one but it’s offering the best service in a surreal setting like nothing else you will find on the continent.

Finca Cortesin Golf Course - Photo by reviewer

The resort also has a solid although quite tough golf course. While it’s not advisable to attempt to walk it, the course itself will suit as an excellent challenge for the strong golfers. On most of the holes there is plenty of width off the tee and ample strategy to be taken into consideration when approaching the greens. There are two or three holes that I would classify as extremely tough and penal. The par 4, 7th hole playing at about 410 meters requires two daring shots that literally thread the needle. Something I myself couldn’t manage. The shots are both intimidating with little width and no margin for error as the native bush lines the fairways. A slight miss is a reload. In my opinion this is fine, especially since it’s not every hole. A smart player will hit the club they need to hit to play safe here. For me on this day it would of meant most likely hitting a 3 wood or iron from the tee and simply playing it as a par 5. By the time I hit the extremely tough par 5, 11th hole I was ready and played a far more conservative hole leading to a relatively easy par. I will admit it was interesting to experience how other players with a little higher hcps Finca Cortesin Golf Course - Photo by reviewerattempted to navigate these holes. Unsuccessfully I might add. In any case as mentioned already a couple very hard holes doesn’t detract from a course. Especially when playing matchplay as you really should do on vacation on courses you don’t know (in my opinion).

There is a really nice mix of long and short par 4’s. The short par 4’s, 13 and 14 are both excellent two shotters requiring intelligent strategy off the tee.

Finca has a nice set of par 3’s, two of which are long and challenging, two of which are solid mid irons. The 10th is a drop shot par 3 playing about 160 meters from the members tees. As there is a good 50’ drop and often a nice breeze to contend with this becomes quite a tough shot. Right is serious trouble.

In conclusion I’d suggest that Finca Cortesin is a challenging resort course adding an appropriate element to one of the best resorts in Europe. It would serve as a top high end home base for a wonderful golf vacation in the Marbella area.

October 22, 2016


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You can quickly run out of superlatives describing this place. My favourite course in Spain: fun, challenging, immaculate conditioning, and superb hospitality in the clubhouse.Too many stunning holes to mention, I could single out almost every hole as a "signature hole". It's very long, but definitely a course for the thinking golfer and actually has a number of shorter risk/reward holes which offer just as much challenge.
November 19, 2015


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I have played my 6th round of golf in the last 2 years there. Due to thefact that i've played good courses all over europe such as 6 Open Courses, Lärchenhof (Germany), Fontana (Austria) and many other i must say that this is the league where Finca Cortesin belongs to.Awesome golfcourse, perfect service, friendly staff, nice proshop, good restaurant....what else do you want to hear! For me adress no. 1 on the Costa del Sol!
June 10, 2015


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I've played this course a couple of days ago and I can say that it was an awesome experience. I've read the positive opinions of other players and I can only agree. The thing that struck me most apart from the sheer design and course quality, was the service. The buggy was well equipped, the caddie master super helpful, the driving range stunning. I was overwhelmed by the hospitality and I plan to return in the future.
March 27, 2015


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One of the best non links course I have ever played. Really enjoyable. Wonderful views and many scenic holes. The only pitty is that you definitely need to ride a buggy as some hols are very far one from the other. Maintenance was great and greens, even if recently aerated, were in better condition than the one of most of the courses I played. This is really a must go!
December 29, 2014


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played the course in late March on a cool and rainy day, but still loved it. Immaculate condition, excellent layout and great service. Also felt much more welcomed than the day before at Valderrama. Can´t get much better than here. If it had nicer panoramic views, I would give seven balls. Landscape is a little scruffy around the venue with the autovia and high voltage lines in near sight. Anyway, this course needs to climb in rankings.
April 08, 2014


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Played the course twice at the end of October, 2013. Brilliant golf course! Everything in this golf club is top quality - the golf course itself, the clubhouse and the service!
October 28, 2013


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It was now my fourth visit to Finca and every time I find it nicer and better, admiring some small details that usually do not come to light on first sights. It was the final stage of our 32 golfers group trip and all of them ended the day very happy and satisfied, stating the course was the nicest they had played on the Tour, only a little bit above from Valderrama in challenge and design. The planning was hard but easy, all the staff starting with Carlos and Africa helped a real lot, making it simple despite the big group. From the arrival you see the Club is first class: the staff receives your bag, you are taken to practice range and your clubs are place on the carts with some fruit and plenty of water on it (it is hot, as the piece of land is wide open and with no trees almost). It was the final round of the Tournament and Finca Cortesin Golf Course - Photo by reviewerthe day was extremely tough, winds of 40km/h made it a big challenge for all the golfers and they showed it on the scores, which were the highest of the Tour. In my case 5 birdies but some doubles as well made a very decent 76 gross, my best score in my 4 visits. I played it again one week later and repeeated it but with no doubles (and only one little bird!). About the course: I have had many reviews from customers and most of them love it, despite some think is too tough for their games. I like it a lot although I prefer courses with more trees and where not always a missed shot leads to a lost ball, which is very frustrating for all golfers. In my opinion there is one really bad and unfair hole, 8th: the dog leg right is too severe and short, and if you try to cut you really don't know if the ball went through or if it was short, it really needs to be changed!! Also 15th is a hole a little bit too unfair and tough for high handicappers. An in my opinion 7th is too tough, extremely tough. We played it into the wind from the 3rd tees and I hit driver-spoon both days! On the other hand there are a lot of great holes, not only because of beauty but also due to challenge and fun: reachable par 5 3rd, drivable par 4 4th, great tough par 3 6th, amazing par 5 11th, strategic par 4 13th (signature hole) and finishing reachable par 5 18th. I know it lacks of history and tradition as some of her neighbours, but for sure this venue will grow in popularity and quality year after year. And one final line for the 19th hole: PERFECT, a very nice terrace facing the practice range where we had plenty of beer and some high quality food. A real must, do not miss Finca Cortesin!!
July 04, 2013


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This is a cracking golf course in an area of the coast where courses run the risk of all being clones and merging into one - the layout and terrain is great. the first few holes are generous and very average, but from the 4th onwards this course takes on a life of its own with a great variety of holes and design. there's some big par 4's out there so beware before you start thinking your John Daly and wanting to play off the back tees. the back nine gets a little tighter for the first few holes before opening out again for quite a gentle finish. great service and food etc...... as you'd expect at a venue like this. its a little pricey - think we paid about £250 for a whole day inc buggies, but when you think of some of the dross you can play out on the Costa's for 60-80 euros a round then its worth upping your budget for something of superior quality and special. only downside, agree with a previous review of it being a tough course to walk around + the buggy paths are at times a long way from fairways and up steep banks etc.... so this can slow down play quite a lot on holes such as the 7th and 11th. in the end i took my clubs for a handful of holes and walked it.
June 07, 2013


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On a recent trip, we played La Reserva, Sotogrande, Valderrama and Finca. Our 4 ball thought it was the best course we played and the facilities were also better than the other 3 courses (which were all fantastic). 67th in Europe??? Top 10 more like it.
June 04, 2013


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