Situated five minutes inland from the fashionable resort of Puerto Banus on the Costa del Sol, La Quinta Golf & Country Club opened in 1989 with an 18-hole course that has since been extended into a 27-hole golf complex with the replacement of several original holes and the addition of an extra nine.
Designed by Spanish Ryder Cup stars Manuel Piñero and Antonio Garrido, La Quinta is one of those courses that can be described as comfortable, fun and playable by golfers of all abilities. It ticks the box for both amateur and professional golfers, often with stimpmeter levels that many other clubs can only aspire to.
The Mediterranean Sea and mountain vistas are on offer here at La Quinta, which is located in an area known locally as the Benahavis golf valley. The three nine hole loops are quite individual and have been routed across an ideal landscape that is flanked in part by residential development.
The A course, known as San Pedro, measures 2,884 metres from the back tees with par set at 35. It’s the more open of the three loops with wider fairways that encourage bold driving and long iron approaches.
Known as the Ronda, the B loop is the tight and tricky course with technically challenging greens. It’s the shortest of the three nines at La Quinta, measuring 2,718 metres from the tips.
Combined with the A loop, the Guadaiza course, or the C loop is the tournament layout and it’s the longest of the three nines, measuring 3,058 metres with par set at 36. The C course was the back nine for the Benahavis Senior Masters, which La Quinta Golf and Country Club hosted from 2009 to 2012. Carl Mason certainly likes the course, as he lifted the inaugural title and then added a second victory in 2011. With exciting changes in elevation and numerous doglegged holes, the Guadaiza nine is our pick of the three loops at La Quinta.
La Quinta Golf & Country Club hosted the 2011
Spanish Open on the Ladies European Tour, won by England’s Melissa Reid, and
will host the LET’s season-ending tournament in 2018.
For those golfers that want to hone their skills, check out Manuel Piñero’s La Quinta Golf Academy. It’s an exceptional facility equipped with the latest technology that will help students perfect their swing.
I am not used to rainy and cold days here at la Costa del Sol, but now as my permanent home this might going to happen every January and February! One of the pending rounds I had is La Quinta which I had visited before but not played and finally did it today.
Maybe too used to sunny days I didn’t check the forecast and it was more like a Scottish day than a Spanish one, cold and rainy! This will be unfair with the few pictures I took from the course, which I found enjoyable and fun to play.
For places used to receive tourists it is sad to see them almost empty and hope this changes very soon and we get back to life.
Very friendly and kind staff will welcome you to this 27 holes property with very nice views of the Mountains and the Ocean which is a little bit far fair to say.
It is one more of the courses where the piece of land sets the conditions for design and where the creator has to be “creative” to add character to the golf course.
I started on the C course (usually back 9 on competitions) and though it is tricky and sloppy it allows you to hit the ball and narrow misses will not have serious consequences except par 3 2nd hole where a short or left miss will be wet. The first shot where you need to be clever is tee shot at 4th one, a 90º dogleg left where depending on the set of tees you choose you have a limit of the yds you have to hit before the fairway ends. Long 3rd has a very well protected green and might be the toughest on this loop. The other par 3 is a short one with a 2 platform green where 1 yd short can be a 10mts putter up the hill.
What will play as front 9 on competitions are wider and not that severe in level changes except short reachable par 4 7th. A very good par 5 as starter and a very demanding up the hill par 5 to end the loop. In the middle 3 very good par 3s and some green complexes which will be fun in firm conditions.
My critic on this design would come on greens, where sometimes platforms and level changes are unfair or too much on a course which is not flat at all. If I am to suggest something, a good idea would be to soften green surfaces in order to avoid good shots to be hardly penalized.
A good experience, a fun track and many birdie opportunities, reachable par 4s, short 3s (which I personally like a lot) and not quirky holes make La Quinta one of those courses to be played and enjoyed if visiting La Costa del Sol.
I loved La Quinta. The course has great variety and is quirky. It's not driver off every hole, and you really have to think your way round. The condition was also immaculate and the views of Marbella and the sea were gorgeous. Great course, highly recommended
I actually played B & C and can say that I thoroughly enjoyed this shortish course. Had my best scoring round of the week here (which always helps), but even my playing partners all thought this was one of the best courses we've played in the area.
Very impressive upon arrival, someone came and collected our golf bags from us and took them to outside the pro shop - nice and pleasant check in and use of the range was free (although you can only hit irons due to the lack of length available).
Started on the B course and only hit an iron off the tee, which it turns out I used more often that the Driver as accuracy is key over distance on a lot of the holes.
Condition was good throughout and these were the best greens I've played on this year, whilst also the quickest (which took a little getting used to having played Chaparral the previous day).
Would definitely play again and look forward to playing A & C next time!!!
Played at La Quinta in April 2018. This was my third visit to La Quinta in the last 5 years. Service is still very good but not as good as when we first visited. Clubhouse and practise range are good and food is also better than most in the region.
After our first visit we came away thinking La Quinta was a good course, hence we have visited twice since. However we all came away this time thinking we would try other courses next year. The one issue we had was the proximity of villas to the course. This was mentioned by previous reviewer. They are built just too close to the course. 20 yards from the fairway is just too close. Also on the 9th on C course, behind the green there are gardens 2ft away from the back bunkers.
Course condition was very good on all 3 9s. we played a scramble in the morning on A then 18 on A+B. Greens are excellent on all 3 9s.
Overall i give La Quinta and good rating and certainly worth a visit. You'll enjoy and play well if you play very straight from the tee, but if you are like most club players expect to lose a few balls into somebodys back garden!
With a house on the Costa del Sol, I have now played every course in the region as of yesterday. The last one to complete my list was La Quinta A and C. I have now played over 400 courses around the world including all 14 Open venues. The point I am making here is that I can compare any new course with some of the greats. I'm not sure that I get some of the reviews for La Quinta as I reckon it is the best on the Costa del Sol. Yes, better than Valderrama, Sotogrande, Zagaletta, San Roque, Las Brisas, etc. The reception from staff was lovely. The condition was seriously good with fast and true greens. We were permitted to play off the whites and there is plenty of length for long hitters with some great approaches. My favourite holes, and all holes looked great, were the 2nd, 11th and 16th. The bar and restaurant is pricey but very pleasant. This will be a surprise to many but it would my course of choice if I was looking to impress visitors. I loved it. PS - I did not score particularly well either so that has not coloured my judgement!
Played here last week and very impressed, course is nice, condition good, not difficult but was very good experience, free range balls and great clubhouse, friendly staff.