The 18-hole Los Flamingos layout is part of Villa Padierna, a large, up-market residential and hotel estate located just outside Marbella. Opened for play in 2001, it’s the first of three 18-hole courses to open at the resort, the short Tremores and the long and tough Alferini complete the trio. Such is the quality of Flamingos and its facilities, the European Seniors Match-Play Championships have already been held here several times and more of these events are due to follow.
Most fairways are sown with Bermuda grass, tees and greens with Pencross and bunkers lined with white Marmolina sand. The front nine are tighter than the back nine and three of the five short holes are located on the outward half – the par three 8th was originally a short par four hole.
Laid out in a style resembling the garden of a faux Tuscan villa – with stands of cypress, orange, olive and pine trees, streams flowing into lakes and classic columns, statues and marble bridges dotted around the place – the course will not suit everybody’s taste but at least the breathtaking Mediterranean views are the real thing!
I haven't stay in the Villa Padierna Hotel, but have been in it numerous times and will say that it is spectacular and if you can afford a night in it, then it's a must.
The Flamingos course is nice, but shouldn't be walked. It is very hilly, but full of lovely holes. There aren't really any bad holes which is a bit compliment, with holes 1, 4, 5, 9, 12, and 16 being personal favourites. The 10th is a strange hole but other than that they're all good. The greens were the best greens I had ever putted on the first time I played, and the greens are slopey, so you really have to be on form!
Their other courses aren't on this site for some reason, so I will briefly write about them.
ALFERINI - 4.5 Golf Ball Rating
The Alferini course is by far the hardest of the 3, and like the Flamingos, should not be walked. The walks to tee boxes are very long, and the course is very hilly. That being said, the course is fantastic, and weaves through canyons, with good bunkering and occasional water. It is very hard, but very enjoyable. Holes 1, 3, 8, 13, 14, 17 and 18 are personal favourites, and like the Flamingos, there are very few if any bad holes.
TRAMORES - 4 Golf Ball Rating
The Tramores course is by far the easiest of the 3. It is very quirky, with over 10 par 3s and only 1 par 5. Don't let this put you off by thinking it's not a problem course though, as it is extremely fun. It is hilly, but walkable, and the perfect course to play for some money. Enjoy how short it is a,d how quirky the 1st, 10th and 15th holes are. By far the MOST FUN of all 3
I agree 100% about Alferini being the better course. In fact I can't recall playing as good a course in as good a condition anywhere. How it isn't in the top 100 list on its own I don't know.