One of a select number of exclusive golf clubs in Madrid to have the use of at least two fine 18-hole courses, Real Club La Moraleja has hosted Spanish Opens (1986 and 1997) on its No. 1 course and the more recent Madrid Open, won by Ian Poulter in 2006, on the number 2 course.
Located on the northern outskirts of the capital, La Moraleja 2 was the work of Ron Kirby of Nicklaus Design and it opened for play in 1992. Many now consider it to be a better test of golf than the older No. 1 course.
Moraleja 2 is long – over 7,000 yards in length – with only two of the ten par fours measuring less than 400 yards. Putting surfaces are enormous, particularly the green at the 420-yard par four 18th (named “La Puntilla”) which is shared with (“El Mellizo”) the 415-yard par four 9th.
The somewhat “Americanised” feel to the course is encapsulated at “La Isla,” the 540-yard par five 16th. The fairway doglegs slightly right with a large pond running up the right side to a green which is almost surrounded by water. Some consider it both attractive and intimidating, others feel it is out of place in a Spanish setting.
Opened for play in 2012 and fashioned again by Nicklaus Design, La Moraleja 3 and 4 are both potential future Spanish Top 100 courses. No.3 course is very much parkland in style and No.4 course has a links-like feel. The new 72-hole Real Club La Moraleja is now positioned in a unique and commanding position from a golfing perspective.