Guadalhorce - Southern Spain - Spain

Guadalhorce Club de Golf,
Apdo. Correos 48,
29590 Campanillas,
Málaga,
Spain


  • +34 (0) 952 179 378

  • Salvador Alvarez Escobar

  • Kosti Kuronen

  • Sebastian Bruna Zaragoza

Finnish architect Kosti Kuronen is the man who fashioned the 18 holes here at Guadalhorce Club de Golf towards the end of the 1980s. Very much a course of two halves, Guadalhorce’s front nine are laid out in a classic European format over undulating terrain while the flatter back nine are routed around water hazards in an American style.

A testing par 72 course measuring a meaty 6,800 yards, Guadalhorce lies in countryside near Malaga airport – indeed it is located at one end of the runway (with the Parador de Malaga Golf course at the other) so expect some distracting overhead noise when you play here, especially during the busy holiday season.

The signature hole is the 390-yard, par four, 6th which shares a green with the 8th (just like the 14th and 16th beside the river on the back nine). The drive is played from an elevated teeing position and if the ball avoids out of bounds on either side of the fairway, it will set up an approach to an L-shaped raised green protected by a bunker on the left.

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Description: Very much a course of two halves, Guadalhorce’s front nine are laid out in a classic European format over undulating terrain while the flatter back nine are routed around water hazards in an American style. Rating: 6 out of 10 Reviews: 4
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Dan Hare

We played Guadalhorce when on a golf trip to the area (remember those ?!?) also playing at La Cala and we really enjoyed it.

The ends of the course do feel constrained by the roads, but the course is good fun in good condition and well worth a game.

Also, a chance to spot Sr Jimenez with giant stogie in situ !

March 26, 2021
6 / 10
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Javier Pintos

This is one I had in my radar for quite a long time but it just didn’t happen until last Sunday when we played the National Mitsubishi Circuit organized by fellow friends Summum Golf. It is great to meet, play and experience new courses which I am lucky to do quite often but when this comes in a perfectly organized event, in a course prepared for competition, with some tough pin positions and focused trying to score definitely you get a way better experience than in a regular scouting round.

The course is located in the Guadalhorce valley very near to the Málaga Airport and one thing it doesn’t have is those nice dramatic views many courses in the Costa del Golf have, which is an advantage against this one but when the course challenges you, the greens roll firm true and at 13´in the stimp and with many demanding shots then the course for sure it will be a good one. Of course it has some weak aspects, most of the courses in the world have them, but this one is pointed in the correct direction with changes, upgrades and detailed maintenance to improve and be close to the best ones in the area.

Club House is an old andaluz style building with a sort of inside patio and a fantastic terrace facing the huge 18th green, a perfect place for a beer or lunch after the round of golf.

The course is divided by a road in 2 halves (front and back 9) and they are quite different from each other. The first 9 holes are set in a more hilly and ondulated piece of land while the back is pretty flat with water coming in place several times.

Greens are also different from front 9 to back 9, where the first ones hold not so dramatic slopes and level changes but a fantastic L shaped double green (6 & 8) and the back are really sloped, with almost no flat spots on them and tougher to hold approach shots.

The routing is good, with holes in almost all directions and par 3-4-5s of a wide variety of lengths and shapes so I can say it was quite creative when being designed. There is only one weak aspect and it is the bunkering: not the playing surfaces which are quite even and well maintained, but the definition of some cross bunkers plus the size of them which given the style of the course I believe they could be smaller. In particular, the cross bunker on the right side on the toughest hole of the course (8th, a monster par 4) is completely hidden from the tee box and it is quite annoying when you feel you got a good tee shot and it lies downhill in a cross bunker you didn’t know it existed.

I found some very good holes which can be placed around the best in the area:

- Short 2nd par 3 downhill with a green breaking right to left, one meter left of the correct spot and disaster can appear.

- 6th is a great short 4 with a narrow and long green which is part of the double green with 8th. There is no room to miss, the difficulty of the 2nd shot is high.

- 8th is a great long 4, with. Demanding tee shot and a very tough green. The only weakness is that hidden crossbunker.

- 17th is a very good middle length 3 with a sort of island green which is severely slopped. Pin was not tough for the tee shot but yes for putting, there are some extreme pin positions for this green.

It is a classic, one of the most traditional courses in the region and one I liked to play in competition. If they keep the path they are working on, this will be one everyone will love to play.

March 23, 2021
6 / 10
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François Gacougnolle

Guadalhorce may not be the most technical test for your golf, but it is no pushover at 6,252 meters from the back tees, almost 6,000 from the men’s and still 5,122 from the ladies’, and it is a very pleasant walk through a nice variety of trees, with the Cordillera Antequerana and the Montes de Málaga in the background.

The Guadalhorce golf course has several distinct features which one cannot miss: first, it has a very nice clubhouse which was originally a mansion built on a 16th century farm. The terrace of the clubhouse looks directly over the 18th green, and it is a most pleasant setting for the 19th hole’s drinks and relaxation.

Guadalhorce Golf Course - Photo by reviewer

Second, Guadalhorce is built on flat terrain, except for one hill. This hill provides the elevation changes for the first third of the course with the exception of the par-five fourth hole. The rest of the course is almost totally flat. Third, there are no water hazards on the first nine holes, which are tighter, but three holes on the back nine definitely have water come in play, while the holes are more open and the greens are often elevated. Lastly, in 2011 the new Málaga airport runway was built between the Guadalhorce and Parador de Málaga golf courses, so the planes fly precisely over the course, pretty low and quite often. Fortunately, the prevailing winds place Guadalhorce in the landing path, so even though the engines of the planes can be heard very distinctly, they are not a great nuisance to deal with.

Several holes on this course are worth mentioning: the par-four sixth, the last hole with any noticeable relief, starts from the top of the hill and the drive must land on a narrow, uneven fairway cutting through some woods. The approach is to a long but very narrow and elevated green so any ball missing it will either end into the bunker on the left or on the steep slope on the right. Then the par-four eighth, a long hole (414 meters from the back tees), with trees and a slope along the left side and a green tucked behind a bump, sharing the putting surface with the 6th and similarly long and narrow.

The two finishing holes are also interesting. The 17th, a personal favorite, is a rather long par-three which demands a long and precise carry over a couple of lakes ready to swallow any short, long or left-going ball. Many people will decide to lay up, but the “open” space on the right and short of the green is itself protected by a lake in front, and bunkers close to the green, so no matter which strategy you adopt, you have to know how far each of your clubs carries comfortably. The 18th is long but it is not a difficult hole, with its wide fairway and totally flat terrain, but it offers a striking view with the stately looking clubhouse behind the green and the mountain ranges in the distance. A good mind preparation for drinks in the shade of the building!

November 01, 2016
6 / 10
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Mike Ford
Played Guadalhorce many times, yes it is very like a UK course and good layout. It is the place where Jimenez practises, seen him and chatted with him many times, Has large practise area in the middle of the course. But the one thing that has not been said is that it has the best par 3 course I have seen in a long time, 9 holes ranging from 40 yards to 210 yards, small greens, bunkers and water. Just ask Miguel he plays it a lot with his chums.
October 03, 2008
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François Gacougnolle
October 24, 2016

It seems that Miguel Angel Jimenez practices at a good many courses around Malaga as he originates from there. He is claimed as a player at Parador de Malaga, Torrequebrada and Mijas also.

Dan Hare
November 07, 2016

We certainly saw Miguel there with a huge cigar the time we played there.

Enjoyed the course, although it felt a bit boxed in by roads at its extremities.