Central Spain

A high percentage of the millions of tourists who visit mainland Spain every year venture nowhere near the central region, heading instead for the resorts and beaches of the sunny Costas to the east and the south of the country. This makes it a little ironic to discover that the headquarters of the UN’s World Tourism Organization is sited in the Spanish capital, Madrid – a city located in the middle of the country.

More than a hundred golf clubs operate in the Central region of Spain and they’re affiliated to one of four federations: Federación Extremeña de Golf is the smallest with only 8 clubs, Federación de Golf de Castilla-La Mancha has 31 clubs split into five districts, Federación de Golf de Castilla-León controls 50 clubs in nine districts and the Federación de Madrid de Golf has more than 20 clubs on its books.

Apart from Santander, with its Rees Jones designed layout from 2005, the most distinguished clubs in the capital of Madrid operate from 36-hole golf complexes. Members of RHSE Club de Campo enjoy playing privileges at the North and South courses, both of which were designed by Robert von Hagge, whilst golfers at Real Club de la Puerta de Hiero can tee it up at either the wonderful Arriba or Abajo 18-hole layouts.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Central Spain

Real Puerta de Hierro (Abajo)

1st Central Spain - Best in Area

Real Club de la Puerta de Hierro is one of the most private golf clubs in Spain. The Arriba is one of Spain’s oldest courses but the Abajo, on the other hand, is much younger.

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Santander

3rd Central Spain - Best in Area

US architect, Rees Jones, has fashioned Santander into an extremely tough and long course which stretches out to almost 7,500 yards from the back tees. It’s one of Spain’s longest courses...

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Real Puerta de Hierro (Arriba)

4th Central Spain - Best in Area

The Arriba course at Real Club de la Puerta de Hierro is one of the oldest courses in Spain and it’s also one of the most private and exclusive.

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La Moraleja (3)

6th Central Spain - Best in Area

In 2013, the No.3 (North) course opened at the burgeoning Golf La Moraleja club. Both No.3 and No.4 are located further north of the Spanish capital than courses 1 and 2.

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La Moraleja (4)

8th Central Spain - Best in Area

A little more rustic and linksy in style than the more polished No.3, the No.4 (South) course at Golf La Moraleja is routed across three distinct parcels of land where three lakes and more than sixty bunkers focus the mind.

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La Moraleja (2)

9th Central Spain - Best in Area

Golf La Moraleja No.2 course is long – over 7,000 yards in length – with only two of the ten par fours measuring less than 400 yards.

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La Moraleja (1)

10th Central Spain - Best in Area

Located in an affluent area to the north of Madrid, Golf La Moraleja 1 was created by Jack Nicklaus and Desmond Muirhead, the Golden Bear’s partner on many golf course development projects...

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