Club de Golf Sant Cugat is hemmed in by city housing on all sides but it has resolutely repelled all residential encroachment over the years, affording appreciative golfers in Barcelona with an old-fashioned golfing retreat ever since it was founded by British and American expatriates nearly 100 years ago.
Originally laid out by Harry Colt in 1917, the course was remodeled in 2004 when three par threes were removed and replaced with new holes so only two short holes remain on the scorecard now, at the 13th and 17th. The overall yardage is a modest 6,200 yards but that matters not a jot as the test here is accuracy, not length.
Sant Cugat sets out its stall at the opening hole, “Piscina,” a 350-yard par four where the tree-lined fairway leads to a well bunkered, raised green site that sets the standard for a round that will be remembered for a long time. The short par four doglegged holes at 11 and 12 are a delight, as are the strong closing holes from the 15th onwards.
A beautiful Harry Colt layout. A short "old style" course, but Harry Colt made the most of the terrain and the holes are strategically interesting, beautiful and fun to play. Club is very welcomimg, course was quite full on a Tuesday in February. Greens in good condition. Should be rated much higher than no 70 in Spain, should be top 50 at least.