Costa Ballena Ocean (Olivos & Palmeras) - Southern Spain - Spain

Costa Ballena Ocean Golf Club,
C/ Chipiona ,
El Puerto de Santa María Km. 5,
11520 Rota,
Cádiz,
Spain


  • +34 (0) 956 847 070

  • Carlos Perez-Pla

  • José María Olazábal - Integral Golf Design

  • Santiago Zavala


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The golf complex at Costa Ballena Ocean Golf Club is part of a large residential estate on the Costa de la Luz, just south of the Doñana National Park and the Andalusian Tourist Board established the 1,000-acre resort in the mid 1990s when land was acquired between Rota and Chipiona from the Orleans and Bourbon families.

Located close to the centre of the nation’s sherry region, Costa Ballena Ocean offers a number of leisure and sporting activities, including swimming, horse riding, windsurfing, tennis and, of course, golf. The Golf Club is well appointed with 27 holes arranged in three loops of nine, a 9-hole par three course and practice facilities that are, according to the Swedish PGA, amongst the best in Europe.

Designed by José María Olazábal and Integral Golf Design, the championship course is played over the Olivos and Palmeras nines and these combine to produce a testing par 72 track measuring just over 6,900 yards from the back tees (the Ficus nine has a par of 34 and overall length of 2,850 yards).

The Olivos/Palmeras course is generally flat and open, encouraging golfers to let loose with their driver on the par four and par five holes – even though sand and water hazards are in full view from most tees on these holes! The par five 12th and par four 13th on the back nine are real feature holes as they lie closest to the coastline.

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Description: Located close to the centre of the nation’s sherry region, Costa Ballena Ocean offers a number of leisure and sporting activities, including swimming, horse riding, windsurfing, tennis and, of course, golf. Rating: 3 out of 6 Reviews: 1

There are 27 holes on this property and 1-18 clearly is the best part, 1-9 being the pick of the bunch. The only challenge of this course are the small and tricky greens, and the apparently ever present wind. The area is very popular with all kinds of groups, club teams and national teams, and indeed, practice facilities are very good. The course itself is rather average. Playing it once, ok, why not. Staying there for a week as a golf vacation, no way. Different story if this is a practice trip you're looking after. There is also a 9 hole par 3 course that is really quite interesting. I talked to people who had been there for a week when I was there and they mentioned very very strong winds for the whole week, which apparently is quite common in the area. If this course is rated in the top100 of Spain, then Sherry Golf, 20 minutes away, should definitely be mentioned too. A much better course than Costa Ballena! Another point worth mentioning, the service in the club house which was really dreadful.
3 / 6
Costa Ballena Ocean (Olivos & Palmeras)
April 01, 2012


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