El Bosque - Southern Spain - Spain

Club de Golf El Bosque,
km. 4,
46370 Chiva,

  • +34 (0) 96 180 8009

  • Guillermo Goiría

  • Robert Trent Jones

  • Alfonso Pinto

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El Bosque is one of several courses designed by Robert Trent Jones during his most prolific spell in Spain from the mid-60s to mid-70s – others include Sotogrande (1964), Las Brisas (1968), Mijas (1976) and Las Naranjes (1977).

Club de Golf El Bosque opened in 1975, the same year as another RTJ creation, Sotogrande New (which became Las Aves before Jaime Ortiz-Patiño subsequently gained control and transformed it into Valderrama) so Mr Trent Jones and his team were at one time very much in demand in Spain.

The course is located in a residential estate, some 15 miles to the west of Valencia, on pine-clad foothills to the north of Chiva and the terrain can be tricky in places with golfers occasionally facing hanging lies on some of the fairways, despite the earth moving that was carried out during construction to level parts of the landscape.

The toughest hole on the course is the 540-yard par five 7th which slopes gently from left to right and doglegs to the right. Two bunkers lie on either side of the fairway to pressure the tee shot then another three sand traps await errant second shots further along the fairway. To crown it all, the long, narrow putting surface has a very tight entrance and is protected by another three greenside bunkers.

The 6,900 yard, par 72, course is laid out in classical style with two par threes and two par fives on both the outward and inward loop of nine. Most fairways are tree-lined and water comes into play in front of the greens on the 8th, 12th, 13th 14th and 15th holes. Several holes are doglegged (including the first three on the card) and there is an average of five bunkers per hole on the course. No holiday golf here, then!

Don’t imagine El Bosque is always played in picture-perfect conditions either. A good bit of ball shaping will be demanded if the summer Levante, a southeasterly warm wind, is blowing. The recommendation? Plot your way carefully round the property.

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Description: El Bosque is one of several courses designed by Robert Trent Jones during his most prolific spell in Spain from the mid-60s to mid-70s. Rating: 4.5 out of 6 Reviews: 2

el bosque was the first stop of our spring buddy trip in the valencia region. we all loved the course a lot. layout is challenging. either the lenght of the hole or the difficult approch shot to an elevated green prevents an easy par here. the course was dry, so drives got an huge rolls. which helped the score a lot. very nice facilities. all in all very recommended.
5 / 6
El Bosque
May 02, 2012

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A good inland course that is well off the main tourist run. Around two hours north from Alicante, Valencia is not home to the usual holidaying golfers seen further south. As far as the course is concerned, I rate it. Generous fairways are flattering but keep the pace of play pretty quick. Great opening hole from a high tee allows a lot of hang-time for the opening shot of the day. The front nine develops well with a nice combination of holes; the 6th dog-legging right is one of my favourites and then the 9th a par-4, a little longer than the 6th and turning left this time is another beauty. The back nine starts strong with another tough dogleg and then run of holes from 13 to 15 bring in some water hazards to play over. The final hole needs a similar drive to that of the opening hole, which will leave an uphill approach to a green that is about four times wider than it is in depth – very tough to get it right. The overhead photograph on this page shows the 18th green. Nice off course facilities too – modern clubhouse and extensive warm-up areas
4 / 6
El Bosque
September 11, 2008

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