Marbella Club - Southern Spain - Spain

Marbella Club Golf Resort,
Carretera de Benahavis,
29679 Municipo d Benahavis,
Malaga,
Spain


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  • Dave Thomas

  • Gary Vautier


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Twenty minutes driving time inland from the exclusive Marbella Club Hotel, the Golf Resort and Riding Stables are situated in the hills at Benahavís, where golfers and horse lovers alike can enjoy fantastic views of the Sierra, the Costa and the North African coastline as they indulge in their sporting pursuits.

Designed by Dave Thomas, the 18-hole Marbella Club measures just over 6,900 yards from the back markers and it has a hefty par of 73 to match the yardage. Green sites and bunker complexes have been constructed to a very high standard and water, in the shape of lakes and waterfalls, has to be negotiated several times around the course.

Two loops of nine holes are routed over hilly terrain, returning to the clubhouse at almost the lowest point on the course so golfers can sometimes feel it’s a case of “up hill and down dale” here. With limited numbers of hotel guests playing, average times between tee-times are around half an hour so there’s absolutely no need for golfers to worry about course rangers moving them along here.

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Description: Marbella Club is one of the best mountain courses on the Costa del Sol. With some spectacular elevated tee shots, it’s a Dave Thomas special and a true Spanish gem. Rating: 4.6 out of 6 Reviews: 8

You won't find many reviews of this course since it was private not so long ago. It is a real "gem" with fantastic views, superb fairways and excellent greens. It is better to be invited since that reduces the green fee substantially... Recommended for lower handicaps since it is rather technical if not really difficult.

6 / 6
Marbella Club
July 17, 2018


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Niall
July 17, 2018

You have to be joking surely? 6 balls for this course is an insult to the numerous other better courses in Marbella. The reviewer below summed it up perfectly. "Another Costa de Sol course built on a site not suitable for golf." Enough said.

Played this course every year for the last 7. In my opinion it is a cut above most of the those in Marbella. I think it is a fair test of golf with some challenging holes. Most (if not all) hole are interesting without being "Mickey Mouse". I did notice this year that was looking a bit frayed around the edges with not the usual attention to detail.

4 / 6
Marbella Club
December 29, 2016


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Another costa del sol course built on a site not suitable for a golf course. Interesting layout, but too hilly and narrow.
3 / 6
Marbella Club
July 26, 2014


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Ian
March 23, 2015
The Marbella Club is very different to so many of the Spanish golf courses which are located in and amongst the many resort complexes all along the Southern Spain coast.

This course is inland from the resort area of Marbella and is hence located in the foothills of the mountains. As a result of this you find a course which is extremely varied and very challenging with many elevated tees, drives over valleys and ravines and extremely tight fairways and well-protected greens. Water comes in to play on a good number of the holes and the bunkering on the course is excellent.

Right from the first hole you know what you are getting with a precise tee shot, blind, to a narrow fairway, the second is then something of a signature hole – a short par 3 across a heavily wooded ravine. By the 6th we were in to a sequence of three par 5s and hesitated to use the driver on any of them given the tightness of the holes cut between the hills. The 6th is a lovely hole with the tee position so elevated you can see Gibraltar and Africa in the distance.

On the back nine there are so many great holes – the 10th again provides yet another extremely elevated tee shot to a tight fairway and green. The 13th is a great dogleg par 5 where you can cut the corner if you are long enough. Any great course needs to have a sequence of great finishing holes and this course certainly has that – a 200-yard par 3, two long par 4s and then a fantastic par 5 played again from an extremely elevated tee!

The course was in excellent condition with the greens nearly as fast as Valderrama. In terms of green fees it was not the cheapest (100+ Euro), but we did have the course to ourselves. I believe it is quite expensive to join so the membership is limited. Having played Valderrama the following day, which is undeniably a fantastic course, I felt (as did my friends) that this course was equally an enjoyable experience and offered an excellent test of golf. It is a hidden gem located away from the resort courses and one that I would recommend to anyone who is looking for a fun but challenging round of golf on a true championship course.
Another "new" course for me at La Costa del Sol, as I have never played it although I have played over 20 courses in the area. It was the 2nd stage of a 32 argentine golfers trip during May 2013. I have been recommended the course by customers Marbella Club Golf Course - Photo by reviewerwho have already played it a few times and I can say it was a good spot to go and play it. A very small and charming club house welcomes you with very nice views on the course to have breakfast or just a cup of coffee before teeing off. The practice facility is the lowest spot of the Resort, small, far from the 1st tee and not the best, as well as the practice putting green which is like an aspirin. Then the course pays you with some great holes, very nice views of mountain, sea and the Gibraltar Rock (specially on 18th tee) and in general the course is kept in very good condition, with greens rolling pretty fast and true. Par 5 13th, par 4 17th and par 5 18th are 3 great holes, maybe among the best of the area. The piece of land is a typical mountain terrain with lots of elevation changes, but with the given land the result is very good, although not class A. It can be a great course to add as secondary choice, but even in the Marbella area I found some better options (Las Brisas, Aloha, Los Naranjos for example). Would I Play it again? Yes. But not as my first choice.
4 / 6
Marbella Club
June 11, 2013


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Marbella Club was intended to be the star turn on a recent trip and i have to say it lived up to its top billing. The course is majestic and has a seamless flow to it, as it twists and turns its way through the stunning mountains which provide an breath-taking back drop. From the 1st tee with its blind drop off, you know this course is going to catch you out unless you think your way around. What then follows is a roller coaster of elevated tees and greens, narrow fairways and excellent bunkering. The stand out holes for me were the par 5 5th; a real brute up hill to a raised green. Par 5 6th; sweeping dog leg and Par 4 10th don't be fooled off the tee. The last 4 holes also provide an excellent and varied run in. The 18th being the best driving hole i've ever stood on, it really does feel as if u have the whole Costa to aim for. I would like to mention my one disappointment and that was the condition the course was in. It was fine, however there were a lot of brown patches on the fairways and greens, and this was the only course we experienced this on during the week. I understand its very hot in July but there must be a solution as other courses prove this. One last thing, the green fee, its at the top end if you book direct with the club, so do look on the internet and see what you can find to save some money for Sangria.
5 / 6
Marbella Club
July 29, 2009


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Excellent course. Current photos do not do justice to the conditioning that this course offers at the moment. Should be ranked a lot higher I feel.As already mentioned many elevation changes, so can be quite hard to judge distances,into the greens. Requires strategy from the tee with a premium on accuracy.
5 / 6
Marbella Club
June 17, 2009


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We play this course every year for the past eight .It just gets better and better. when you first arrive the hostpitality is next to nothing there is no rush and you can take your time to start. They had a few problems with some of the greens a couple of years ago. They are back to first class condition becuase the course is not over played. Well worth a visit.
5 / 6
Marbella Club
September 04, 2007


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The course descibed by Ian is the Marbella Club near to Benhavis, North West of Marbella.The directions you have given are to Marbella Golf & Country Club.These courses are regularly mixed up!
5 / 6
Marbella Club
November 27, 2006


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Keith
November 27, 2006
Thanks for spotting and pointing out our mistake, which we have now corrected.