Northern Spain

The north of Spain covers a vast tract of territory between Galicia on the Atlantic coast and Catalonia on the shores of the Mediterranean with the Pyrenees Mountains forming a natural boundary against France to the north. Many of the sporting institutions in the area are concentrated close to the principal cities of Gijon, Santander, Bilbao, Pamplona, Zaragoza and Barcelona.

Nine different federations, the largest of which is the Federación Catalana de Golf with around forty clubs, control amateur golf in the north of Spain. Four of the other eight governing bodies have memberships of less than ten clubs whilst two – Federación Navarra de Golf and Federación de Golf de la Rioja – preside over only three clubs.

Half a dozen of the best 18-hole courses in Spain can be found at three golf facilities in the north east of the country. The Stadium and Tour courses at the PGA Catalunya complex near Girona are top-drawer layouts, as are the nearby Links and Forest layouts at Emporda. A little to the south, outside Barcelona, the Open and Blue courses at El Prat form a pair of stellar new millennium offerings from the design studio of Greg Norman.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Northern Spain

PGA Catalunya (Stadium)

1st Northern Spain - Best in Area

The Stadium course at the PGA Catalunya Resort is the culmination of more than a decade of planning by the European Tour. They wanted to build their own Players Championship course to rival the PGA's TPC Sawgrass.

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Description: The Stadium course at the PGA Catalunya Resort is the culmination of more than a decade of planning by the European Tour. They wanted to build their own Players Championship course to rival the PGA's TPC Sawgrass. Rating: 5.3333333333333 out of 6

El Prat (Open)

2nd Northern Spain - Best in Area

The Open course at Real Club de Golf El Prat measures around 7,000 yards from the medal tees with a par of 72. Fairways are generally wide and greens are large with subtle borrows.

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Description: The Open course at Real Club de Golf El Prat measures around 7,000 yards from the medal tees with a par of 72. Fairways are generally wide and greens are large with subtle borrows. Rating: 4.8333333333333 out of 6

Neguri

3rd Northern Spain - Best in Area

Neguri, or Real Sociedad de Golf de Neguri to give the club its full title, was originally founded way back in 1911 but today’s course was laid out in 1961 and it’s located in Getxo, a few kilometres north west of Bilbao.

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Description: Neguri, or Real Sociedad de Golf de Neguri to give the club its full title, was originally founded way back in 1911 but today’s course was laid out in 1961 and it’s located in Getxo, a few kilometres north west of Bilbao. Rating: 4 out of 6

El Prat (Blue)

4th Northern Spain - Best in Area

Lavishly bunkered greensites represent a fearsome challenge, so you'll certainly need your ‘A’ game intact to conquer El Prat's strategic and delightfully sculpted Blue course.

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Description: Lavishly bunkered greensites represent a fearsome challenge, so you'll certainly need your ‘A’ game intact to conquer El Prat's strategic and delightfully sculpted Blue course. Rating: 5 out of 6

PGA Catalunya (Tour)

5th Northern Spain - Best in Area

The Tour course at the PGA de Catalunya Resort is shorter, more open and less demanding than its sibling, but its pine tree-lined fairways still have to be negotiated with care...

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Description: The Tour course at the PGA de Catalunya Resort is shorter, more open and less demanding than its sibling, but its pine tree-lined fairways still have to be negotiated with care... Rating: 5.5 out of 6

Pedrena

6th Northern Spain - Best in Area

Five-time major winner Seve Ballesteros learnt his golf here at Real Golf de Pedrena, a Harry Colt classical layout.

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Description: Five-time major winner Seve Ballesteros learnt his golf here at Real Golf de Pedrena, a Harry Colt classical layout. Rating: 5 out of 6

Bonmont

7th Northern Spain - Best in Area

Robert Trent Jones Jnr (no stranger to fashioning Spanish courses) designed the layout at Bonmont Golf Club and it opened for play in 1990.

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Description: Robert Trent Jones Jnr (no stranger to fashioning Spanish courses) designed the layout at Bonmont Golf Club and it opened for play in 1990. Rating: 5.5 out of 6

Emporda (Forest)

8th Northern Spain - Best in Area

These pine-flanked holes of the Forest course at Emporda Golf Resort are amongst the most lovely in all Spain, with bold bunkering, a sprinkling of water and many raised greens...

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Description: These pine-flanked holes of the Forest course at Emporda Golf Resort are amongst the most lovely in all Spain, with bold bunkering, a sprinkling of water and many raised greens... Rating: 4.5714285714286 out of 6

Lumine (Hills)

9th Northern Spain - Best in Area

Managed by Troon Golf, the impressive complex at Lumine Golf Club has been used in recent years as a winter training base for elite golfing groups such as those from the Austrian and Finnish Golf Federations.

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Description: Managed by Troon Golf, the impressive complex at Lumine Golf Club has been used in recent years as a winter training base for elite golfing groups such as those from the Austrian and Finnish Golf Federations. Rating: 5 out of 6

Ulzama

10th Northern Spain - Best in Area

Originally designed by Javier Arana in 1966, Ulzama lies in the Navarrese Valley of the same name, within an old oak forest.

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Description: Originally designed by Javier Arana in 1966, Ulzama lies in the Navarrese Valley of the same name, within an old oak forest. Rating: 5 out of 6