Set slightly away from the town of Estepona, Estepona Golf is a wonderful experience for both golfer and non-golfer.The clubhouse is typically Spanish with an airy atmosphere and the welcome we have received there has always been very warm. The pro shop staff are very knowledgeable, friendly and courteous they took the time to assist us with all our queries. It certainly has a family feel to the whole club.The course is certainly a treat, the 1st at first glance appears a relatively easy opener but you do well to walk away with a par. The third has been heavily redeveloped no longer is it a 600metre plus monster but a slightly more friendly and fun par four. All the better in my opinion, but it still poses its problems especially if the wind is blowing off the sea and directly up the 'Ski-Run'.The par three's are all excellent, the 5th is a picturesque downhill with bunkers surrounding the green, the 7th is a long tricky hole with Out of Bounds one side and a creek the other. The Par 3 14th is possibly the hardest hole on the course you have to fly the ball all of the 200yds to have a chance, anything right and you've had it but once you do make the green a steeply tiered green awaits. The pick of the holes for me are the 10th and the 15th. The 10th is a par four driveable by only the bravest golfers, the green is surrounded by three lakes and only the sweetest shot will give you an eagle chance. Beware the Black Swans that patrol the 10th! The 15th is another short par four that drops downhill. Shape the shot from left to right over the huge boulder emanating from the centre of the fairway and hope that the contours feed your ball down towards the green, hit the ball too far right and you are out of bounds. A decent tee shot leaves you a simple chip into a friendly green framed by towering palms.After the round we have always received a friendly welcome to the bar and eating out on the terrace with the views out to the Med is truly wonderful. The restaurant menu is suitable for all and the service is second to none. Estepona Golf keeps me coming back year after year. There are superior golf courses on the Costa Del Sol but none that match the value for money, stunning scenery, golfing challenge and friendly atmosphere of Estepona Golf.
September 15, 2009