Real Club de Golf La Herrería was formed in the late 1960s when founding members acquired a 185-acre site to the north west of the capital (formerly used as cereal fields, or 'herrenes' in Spanish, hence the name La Herreria). Here they laid out an 18-hole course with the guidance of architect Antonio Gomez.
Situated on the south east side of the Guadarrama Mountain range, at the foot of Monte Abantos, the course sits beside the magnificent – and physically dominating – Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, constructed in the second half of the 16th century.
A woodland, somewhat hilly course, La Herreria was upgraded by Pepe Gancedo in 2000 when he replaced tees, putting surfaces and bunkers on the front nine, adding water hazards at holes 1, 2 and 4 for good measure.
Many consider the 381-yard, par four, 18th to be one of the finest finishing holes in Spain. “La Parrilla” (The Grill), is an uncompromising left doglegged hole where par is stoutly defended at the small, two tiered green by a tree on the left, a bunker on the right and out of bounds to the rear of the putting surface.
Super Golf Course!! The best course I´ve ever played, challenging design and greens. The golf course has a unique location, in a typical spanish forest, and situated very close to El Escorial Monastery. Expectacular views of Madrid and the monastery. This kind of golf course that remains in your memory.
Real Club de Herreria is a beautiful, old style, parkland course. From its tree lined fairways one has great views over Madrid in the distance and the majestic El Escorial Monastery nearby. The old trees around the fast undulating fairways give a premium to well placed drives and shot-making. The course does not play very long but one has to think your way around the course and it is often better to leave the driver in the bag. The Par-3 7th across a valley and the 180 yard par-3 10th yard to an elevated green are beautiful holes requiring precise iron shots. Overall the course is delightful to play and highly recommended for any visitor to Madrid.