Urb. La Quinta Golf,
- +34 (0) 952 762 039
6 miles W of Marbella, off the N-340, A-376
Jose Luis Gomez
Manuel Pinero and Antonio Garrido
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.
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.