Pals - Northern Spain - Spain

Golf de Pals,
Carrer del Golf 64,
17256 PALS,
Girona,
Spain


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Hidden away in the northeast corner of Catalunya, the Golf de Pals course is a timeless classic routed through a dense forest of umbrella pine trees, adjacent to the Playa de Pals beach.

The Spanish Open was held here way back in 1972 (this was the first tournament ever played on the PGA European Tour) when Antonio Garrido won, but the course has in more recent times been used by the European PGA as one of their final qualifying schools.

Designed by Fred Hawtree in 1966, the 18-hole layout is situated on a flat piece of property with excellent, free draining sandy soil that ensures the narrow, tree-lined fairways are never water logged, even after the occasional heavy Mediterranean downpour.

Apart from the trees, the main defenders of the Golf de Pals course are the strategically placed fairway and greenside bunkers, most evident at the half a dozen doglegged holes on the course.

There are five par fives on the card which help to push the par for the 6,263-metre course to 73. The first three holes are all par fours less than 350 metres in length and they are intended to give a relatively gentle introduction to the round. The last three holes, however, are very demanding – two long par fives either side of the 369-metre, par four 17th that doglegs right.

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Description: Hidden away in the northeast corner of Catalunya, the Golf de Pals course is a timeless classic routed through a dense forest of umbrella pines. Rating: 3.6 out of 6

I did notice some comments about the condition of the Pals course in recent years, so I was prepared to expect less than perfect presentation. No worries at all, a new green-keeping team have the course looking great.

As the course moves into its second fifty years (1966) it is clear that this would be described as an old style course (Hawtree design) especially for Spain - for those who know the Woburn courses in England, this has a little look of the Duchess there.

The big feature of Pals are the pine trees that are all around with many holes totally surrounded by them, this has two positives; 1. It is a beautiful looking course and 2. there is plenty of shade to be found on most holes.

Pals Golf Course - Photo by reviewer

The opening hole is a short par-4 that will give a great chance to score early on and then the 2nd and 3rd are similar looking to the opener but both a touch longer. The 4th hole is the best so far, elevated tee, a mountain view, a slight controlled fade required and perfect bunkering short of the green. The 6th is the first par-3 and should be straight forward with a large green - just got to be aware of the wind above tree height.

The 7th hole has a wider fairway than the first third of the course but everything on this 400 yard hole is about the approach - as it has to pass over three giant pine trees around 90 yards out. Water comes into play on the par-5 8th; a large lake on the left for the last 130 yards, other than that this is a straight forward hole, with a massive green. More water to play over this time at the 160 yard 9th ends the front nine.

The 10th is a par-4 that looks similar to the very early holes but this has a slight turn to the left and the raised green is clever. The shortest hole at under 150 yards is at the 11th.

The 12th is a tough par-4 and is the SI-1 - around 440 yards, turning right at landing point, then to a superb green, another that is raised. The 14th hole is welcome; here Is a par-5, where you can really go for a couple of big shots - a wide (in comparison!) fairway the reason. The 16th tee has a little look of the 18th on Wentworth's West course; a wide fairway that turns right and bunker trouble on the left, the hole also a par-5 is not that difficult in my opinion. The final hole can be described a technical par-5 where position from the tee and then on layup are demanding - get them right and the approach will be that much easier.

Golf at Pals is very enjoyable and not your usual Spanish style (if there is one) as here it is very lush, very green and although just a few hundred yards from the sea, you really wouldn't think so as this is pure parkland. A Costa Brava tour would always include Pals for me. Loved the clubhouse and the terrace for post round beverages - and there is a great pic inside of a very young Danny Willett with his trophy celebrating his last win as an amateur back in 2008 here at Pals.

April 20, 2017


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Excellent Golf Course. Last time I played was october the 26th. Fairways & greens where cleaned and fast.Pay attention to 7th left dog leg hole, a wrong club choice at the tee, could make you in trouble to reach the green.
November 14, 2014


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I played this course last week and it has clearly improved since the other reviews were written. It was in good condition although the tees could do with some work. It is a strange layout as some holes did not follow the previous one as a result got lost twice! This could be dealt with if there was adequate signage-it was quite haphazard. I certainly would not have liked to walk it! Apart from that it was an enjoyable round but there are better courses by far in the area.
September 27, 2013


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This course is probably not in the top 250 in Spain. Played in September 2009 and was in truly awful condition. The worst tees we have ever seen; like teeing off in the rough. Some of the greens are very small, and these too were very poor. We had heard there have been problems between the members and the owners and it looks like the course has suffered as a result. Having said that even at it's best this course would be nothing special. 3 or 4 lovely holes. If you're going to the Costa Brava play PGA Catalunya, Emporda and D'Aro. Forget about this one.
September 21, 2009


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played this course a couple of years ago when it was in very nice condition. Would say that it had more than a few good holes and i believe they were rejigging the layout, but sad to hear that the condition has gone down hill as it was a nice course
September 21, 2009


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