Open de España

The first edition of the Open de España took place in 1912, twenty-one years after the foundation of the first Spanish golf club, Real Club de Golf de Las Palmas on the island of Gran Canaria. When the Open was staged, there were only five other clubs in existence, apart from Las Palmas: Neguri in Bilbao, North Lode in Huelva, Pedralbes in Barcelona, Puerta de Hierro in Madrid and San Sebastián.

Open de Espana Championship Trophy

The venue for the inaugural event was Puerta de Hierro – at that time named Madrid Polo Golf – on its original site called “Las Cuarenta Fanegas” and the first winner of the 72-hole contest played over two days was the French professional Arnaud Massy. There was no follow up event for a further four years, when the home grown protégé of another Frenchman, Claude Gassait, came good.

Gassait was the professional at Puerta de Hierro and one of his first tasks was to establish a caddie programme for the members. From this emerged Spain’s first professional golfer, Ángel de la Torre, who turned pro at the tender age of fourteen. He claimed his first Spanish title in 1916 and went on to win another four before emigrating to America in 1926, becoming the head pro at Timber Point in New York.

Ángel moved back to Club de Campo in Madrid in 1932 but he lasted only four years in the capital until the Spanish Civil War broke out. Returning to the United States, he became head professional at Lake Shore Country Club in Glencoe, Illinois, where he remained in post for thirty-seven years, spending the winter months teaching at Tamarisk Country Club in California.

The Madrid club, renamed as Real Club de la Puerta de Hierro, hosted all seventeen editions of the tournament between 191...

Open de España host courses

Costa Adeje

11th Canary Islands - Best in Area 83rd Spain Ranking

A decade after José "Pepe" Gancedo fashioned Golf del Sur on the island of Tenerife in the late 1980s, he created another 18-hole layout along the coast at Costa Adeje.

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El Cortijo

15th Canary Islands - Best in Area

El Cortijo was the first of the numerous Canarian courses to be featured on the Top 100 website, but it certainly wasn't the last.

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El Prat (Pink)

2nd North East Spain - Best in Area 10th Spain Ranking 67th Continental Europe Ranking

The Pink 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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El Prat (Yellow)

3rd North East Spain - Best in Area 23rd Spain Ranking

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 Yellow course.

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El Saler

1st South East Spain - Best in Area 2nd Spain Ranking 5th Continental Europe Ranking

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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Escorpion (Azul)

14th South East Spain - Best in Area 75th Spain Ranking

Host to the 1980 Spanish Open (won by Irishman Eddie Polland), Escorpion Golf Club comprises of three 9-hole courses, all designed by Alfonso Vidaor & Ron Kirby in 1975. The Azul 18-hole layout comprises of the Masía and Lagos loops which form the premier configuration.

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Neguri

1st Northern Spain - Best in Area 14th Spain Ranking 77th Continental Europe Ranking

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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Pals

6th North East Spain - Best in Area 34th Spain Ranking

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.

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Pedrena

2nd Northern Spain - Best in Area 21st Spain Ranking

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

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Open de España Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Jorge Courses Played 17
2 Helmut Baeck Courses Played 15
3 Borje Courses Played 14
4 Rudy Zonno Courses Played 13
5 Aulis Ranua Courses Played 12
6 vicente Courses Played 10
= BL Tracker Courses Played 10
= Alfred Gilbert Courses Played 10
= Joseph Andriole Courses Played 10
10 esrealb Courses Played 9