Emporda (Forest) - Northern Spain - Spain

Empordà Golf Resort,
Ctra de Torroella de Montgrí a Pals,
17257 Gualta (Girona),
Spain


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Emporda Golf Club is located just to the north of Barcelona on the north eastern coast of Spain. It was the brainchild of a few Catalan businessmen who got together in 1988 and decided to develop a high quality golf venue. They purchased 125 hectares of land and within a couple of years their first nine was ready for play. They entrusted the design to Texan architect Robert von Haage.

Today, Emporda boasts four loops of nine holes (formerly known as the Blue, Green, Yellow and Red) these loops have now been married up to create two distinct courses called the Forest and the Links. Both courses are good, but for our money, the Forest pips the Links by a short nose and this is purely due to the drama provided by a majestic forest of umbrella pines.

These pine-flanked holes at Emporda are amongst the most lovely in all Spain and, with some bold bunkering, a sprinkling of water and many raised greens, the Forest is an absolute must-play venue.

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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: 4.5 out of 6 Reviews: 8

One of two courses at Emporda Golf Resort near Girona. This course is a classic parkland course with narrow tree lined fairways. Some really beautiful holes, but the condition of the course was not as perfect as for example at PGA Catalunya resort which is not far away.

4 / 6
Emporda (Forest)
October 09, 2018


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Given the chance to play one round at Emporda, I would choose the Forest over the Links every time. For me it is a better looking course with so many tree line holes that frame them in a way that I like. Conditioning like the Links course is a little bit of a problem on the course but not to the same degree. As early as the 2nd you have a quality hole, a mid-range par-3 with great bunkering at the green on the right. Holes 3-5 are one of each par through umbrella pine lined avenues and are all good looking holes; take it from me as you arrive on the 6th tee you are in for a treat – this is one of the very best short par-4’s that I have played. It measures between 200 and 292 metres from the six tee options and you have to make a choice from the tee; a shorter shot of around 190 metres straight to a semi-island landing area will leave around 80 metres over water to the green but from this angle the green is not that deep plus there is a bunker directly behind. If your tee shot choice is a longer shot to left side of the fairway, the approach can be around 60 metres but the green is now longer from this side and there is no water to cross – this hole is a real highlight. The 9th hole, a par-5 is another decent hole using water and sand very well; a huge horseshoe bunker on the right of the fairway and then a large lake on the left from around 150 metres out, then all the way to the lakeside green – great looking hole. The back nine is solid without having the stand-out holes of the front nine – my pick would be the closing hole; a par-5 with more water in play but it is the 10 bunkers by the green that are the biggest problem when completing your round. The Forest course has a good chance to be a 5-ball ranking but not this time due to some of the cosmetic conditioning issues, if the resort can fix these then I would return in a shot.
4 / 6
Emporda (Forest)
November 27, 2013


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This is a "sister" course to the Links at the same resort. As the name suggets it is mainly tree lined with little water (as opposed to the Links Course). It is inevitable that it should be compared with the Links. It was in better condition and is not as tight and I found it more enjoyable. It was in great condition with fast true greens. A pleasure to play.
5 / 6
Emporda (Forest)
September 27, 2013


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Nice course - requires tactical playing. In windy weather, this is the place to be.
5 / 6
Emporda (Forest)
March 25, 2013


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Whole-hearted agreement among our toursits that Forest is a top-notch course. We played the Links in a Force 9 wind (that may be an under-estimate) and frankly it was not well-received. But I think this is down to the weather. We are back again shortly when I expect the Emporda package coupled with the PGA Catalunya Green/Stadium Course, to provide golf of outstanding quality and value.
5 / 6
Emporda (Forest)
February 24, 2009


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I love this area of Spain, and this is my second favourite course in the area behind PGA Catalunya Green. I have played this course about 10 times, and never seen it in bad condition, the other reviewer must have been unlucky. A good test of golf, but if you hit it well from the tee, it is scoreable. Nice friendly club house and staff, and a good restaurant in the clubhouse.
6 / 6
Emporda (Forest)
September 26, 2008


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I played Emporda Links in 2005 and found the place and course fantastic the club house was still being built but could not wait to return and play the Forest. Which i played in 2007 and found it a massive disapointment the course looked tatty and tired the greens were patchy the tee's were bare in places. The course has far to many people playing it when i arrived there must have been 50 people on the putting green! They just seemed to want your cash of you. The design of the course is fantastic but to see it in this condition is a real shame.
2 / 6
Emporda (Forest)
February 05, 2008


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I played both the Forest and Links last summer and couldnt choose which was better. Both are very tough and long, especially off the back tees. Greens were true and quick and the countryside is beautiful. Both courses were not very expensive to play and well worth the money. Go for yourself and see which course you prefer!
5 / 6
Emporda (Forest)
July 23, 2006


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