Constructed by Londoner David Leader in 1989, the Estepona course is an 18-hole layout managed by the late owner’s family as a “pay and play” golf facility and it lies on the inland side of the main coastal road, just outside the charming resort of the same name.
The course lies in the shadow of the Sierra Bermeja Mountains and golfers enjoy sea views from nearly every hole. Fairways (often flanked by palms, eucalyptus and wild olive trees) are wide, bunkering is reasonably penal and greens are gently contoured – all of which enables players of varying ability to enjoy their game at this friendly, down-to-earth club.
The signature hole at Estepona is the long, downhill, par five, 3rd called “Ski Slope,” which measures over 600 yards from the back tees. Another very good hole is the teasing short par four 10th where some may be tempted to go for the green from the elevated tee. Beware the ponds in front that await anything short or the greenside bunkers that will catch anything wayward!
Played 18 holes on August 3rd 2021. Wanted to try a new course as I have played most of the courses on Costa del Sol. It was just a very very sad experience. Never seen anything like it. Conditions were so awful, it looked like the course had not received care for years. The management blamed the pandemic and almost no turnover, but this seemed to be a more deeply rooted problem.
It is a shame, because the location and course layout has plenty of potential. Crossing my fingers for some investors to come in with capital to "make Estepona Golf Club great again".
Had a great round here last week - the course was in great nic and the greens were running like lightning! In my opinion Estepona Golf is the only course in the area that offers value for money! I will be returning and recommending to all my golfing friends for later in the year!