Southern Spain

The southern region of Spain covers an enormous area extending from the border with Portugal through to the city of Valencia on the east coast. This very popular tourist region now boasts more than one hundred and fifty golf courses that are strung out like pearls on a necklace along the coastline from Costa de la Luz in the west, continuing along through Costa del Sol to Costa Blanca in the east.

Amateur golf is governed by four bodies in this region. Delegation Territorial Ceuta de Golf is responsible for golf in the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla in Morocco, Federación de Golf Andaluza provides administration for 127 clubs divided into eight districts within the sprawling region of Andalucia, Federación de Golf de la Región de Murcia looks after 27 clubs in the south east of the country and Federación de Golf de la Comunidad Valenciana oversees the golfing affairs of 39 clubs located in three districts around Valencia.

More than half of all the Spanish Top 100 courses are located in the southern region of Spain which is testament to the quality of golf in this part of the country. And the very best of these courses are not just top national tracks, they’re also good enough to be ranked amongst the Top 100 layouts in Continental Europe – places like Javier Arana’s wonderful El Saler course, Cabell Robinson’s Finca Cortesin and La Reserva layouts – and at the very top of the tree, the Robert Trent Jones Snr masterpieces at Las Brisas, Sotogrande and Valderrama.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Southern Spain

Real Sotogrande

1st Southern Spain - Best in Area

Sotogrande was designed by Robert Trent Jones. It was his first European course, and it is a credit that the par 72, 6,224-metre layout is still enthralling players...

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Real Valderrama

2nd Southern Spain - Best in Area

Most golfers will be familiar with Valderrama from TV coverage. The golf club has hosted a plethora of championships, including the legendary 1997 Ryder Cup. In 2014 the club was granted Royal status.

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El Saler

3rd Southern Spain - Best in Area

Javier Arana designed El Saler and it opened for play in 1968 to a rapturous standing ovation. In fact, shortly afterwards, it was voted the No.1 golf course in Continental Europe.

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Finca Cortesin

4th Southern Spain - Best in Area

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.

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Real Las Brisas

5th Southern Spain - Best in Area

Real (Royal) Las Brisas was one of the first courses in Europe to use bent grass and the brave decision was quickly rewarded by being chosen as the host venue of the 1973 World Cup of Golf.

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Real Sevilla

6th Southern Spain - Best in Area

Real Club de Golf de Sevilla opened for play in 1991 and in 2004 it was the host venue for the World Golf Championships (formerly the World Cup of Golf).

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La Reserva

7th Southern Spain - Best in Area

Cabell Robinson designed La Reserva and it’s a brutal 6,700 metres from the tips but with wide fairways and a hot driver it can be tamed.

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La Manga (West)

8th Southern Spain - Best in Area

The West course at La Manga Club is totally different to the other two layouts. Gone are the palms and in come the pines, doglegs and tight, tricky holes.

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San Roque (Old)

9th Southern Spain - Best in Area

Dave Thomas and Tony Jacklin designed the Old golf course at the San Roque Club and it opened for play in 1990 at an alleged cost of $1million per hole.

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San Roque (New)

10th Southern Spain - Best in Area

The New golf course at the San Roque Club may be one of the finest new resort courses in Europe and certainly one of the most beautiful.

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