Marbella Golf & Country Club - Southern Spain - Spain

Marbella Golf and Country Club,
Ctra. Cadiz - Malaga km 188,
29600 Marbella,
Malaga,
Spain


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Marbella Golf and Country Club have endured some torrid times since Robert Trent Jones first designed the course in 1989 – the original club went bust and then a motorway was built through part of the property so it’s pleasing to see the course come through such trauma largely unscathed.

Laid out on a difficult, hilly site just outside the fashionable resort of Marbella, the course routing makes the very best use of the available landscape, setting up many spectacular uphill and downhill shots across a number of ravines.

Throw into the mix some excellent bunkering, fabulous green complexes, well placed water hazards and – along with many marvelous scenic views – you have a heady golfing cocktail that almost overpowers with its intoxication.

Apart from the 8th, a lengthy short hole set in an olive grove, the par threes are something of a let down in comparison to the others. To balance against this disappointment, the 2nd is an excellent, double doglegged par five and the nine holes from 7 to 15 (par three 10th excepted) are great examples of the old master architect at his best.

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Description: Laid out on a difficult, hilly site just outside the fashionable resort, the Marbella Golf & Country Club course routing makes the very best use of the available landscape... Rating: 5.5 out of 10 Reviews: 11
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Raimondas

Played at beginning of March 2021 and was really satisfied. First of all very acceptable price for green fee with buggy (it is advisable to take). Also all in one – small but pretty driving range, practice green, clubhouse and first tee at the few steps. Concerning architecture and picturesque this golf course is pretty nice and not boring with some of attractive views. In general condition of fields and surroundings were average, but fairways playable, greens was very fast (what was surprised) and unpredictable. Golf course is not very challenging, but concerning unpredictable greens you must be very careful to atack pin from every distance. I was played from yellow tees and most of par4 was easy. All you need is some accuracy and bit distance from tee. For long hitters mostly par 5 greens are reachable by two and some par 4 – by one! (1st, 4th & 8th with favorable wind are reachable with first drive). There are water hazards on the 3th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 15th and 16th holes. So you can find hazards and hilly landscape here for challenge, but if play safe it is not big deal to putt nice digits on scorecard. Concerning picturable views is very pleasant to play here. Game success depends on wind also. Cozy clubhouse. As was mentioned buggy is recommended. I‘m not old man and can walk a lot, but quality of game will be very average I guess. Value for price I found very high. Staff is other part of this golf club and definitely not the bright side. I am well aware that times are not favorable now, quarantine and so on. But elementary customer focus and courtesy should not be forgotten, especially since there aren’t really many customers at the moment.

No doubt every golf course rating is always a subject with a lot of subjectivity, depending on various criteria. I always rating by the following criteria: course complexity or challenging, fields condition (especially greens & fairways), service (only what you can get: buggie, club rent, condition of clubs, the amount of choice and etc. except staff and other subjective things that depends on your or staff mood), surrounding views or pleasure to the eyes and definitely value for the price. All criteries will be rating from 1 to 5 stars. Concerning Marbella Golf Country Club my personal opinion is follow:

1. Challenging - 4*

2. Condition – 3,5* (could be better)

3. Service - 3*

4. Surroundings - 4*

5. Value for the price - 5*

I‘ll back here to play again next time.

April 07, 2021
6 / 10
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Javier Pintos

Played this one back in 2013 and it failed to be memorable although it was a fun experience with 36 argentine friends. In between the mountains like many of the courses of the area, with the classic touch of RTJ this is one of those with decent value for money although not a great one.

Some great views, a number of dramatic carries and good greens make it an enjoyable holiday course.

May 28, 2020
5 / 10
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Javier Pintos
January 24, 2021

I played it again on Friday after 7 years and I have the same sensation but with some regrets on a couple of holes: 4th is too dramatic for the average golfer, it is an all or nothing carry. Then 5th and 8th are what the piece of land allows, but there is very little room for lateral misses and that for average golfers is a drama with lost balls and penalty shots.

Then 6th in my opinion needs to be worked out: after a good driver my mandatory shot was a lay up before the stream (with the PW) or an alternative 7-8 iron before the pond. I don't like it, I know it is a par 5 but I feel the alternative to go for it has to be there.

9th is a very good par 3, we played in strong wind and that huge green was a real challenge. The other 2 par 3s (11 & 16) are very good ones in the direction of the ocean. 12th demands a good tee shot to get up the hill and roll to a short approach, if not it is a very difficult hole.

I usually have regrets with par 5s in these "technical" courses and it also happens with 13th where they lay up second shot is tough for mid handicappers and the pond should be cleaned of bushes to have a nice view of the green.

14th and 15th are 2 good 4s, especially second shot up the hill on 15th. And the final hole demands a good tee shot and if you putt from over the hole ... lightning fast!

As said before, a good course and experience, there will be always room for improvement and playing it in this wind was really fun!

Lucas

Played this course for the third time this year and think it gets better each time I play it. The course is in good condition throughout, and although the greens aren't the quickest around, they still roll fair and true.

The lead up to the club is impressive, as is the clubhouse itself with a very grandiose feel to it.

The front nine is fairly tight, and I don't think I used my driver until the 8th hole - the 4th in particular is quirky and can lead to some backlogs with people hunting for balls and not using the call through system.

Won't be the easiest course for the higher handicappers, but I would say it's one of the more pleasurable courses to play in the area.

October 01, 2019
8 / 10
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Christine

In bad shape for a private club... if it would be more take care of, because the design of the course is interesting!

August 08, 2019
3 / 10
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Alan Partridge
Nice course, quite challenging, especially the start. Enjoyable course to play, but to be honest there are better courses to play in the area, so this is more of a play once course for me rather than a regular course when I am in the area.
October 11, 2015
6 / 10
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alan adam
really good use of the land and two very distinct nines, the course was in excellent condition and buggies were included in the price which was very necessary given the changes in elevation on the front nine
October 08, 2015
8 / 10
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Colin Jones
This is a beautiful course and club house. Very grand and the presence of a snooker table is always a good sign. The only downer on arriving there at 8.30 am for a 10am tee off was that they didn't start doing breakfast until 9.30!!! Oh well that's 12 x 15euros they lost out on? They did however agree to bring some bacon rolls out to the first tee for us which was a nice touch. The American starter was great and made us feel very welcome and gave some useful tips - namely don't get your driver out until the back nine. The front nine is shorter and quirky with some challenging narrow but shortish holes. The back nine opens up a lot more and it's nice to be able to give the big stick a biff. I would go back here as it had a bit of everything and the members were pretty friendly too when they could easily have had the hump with a slow four ball in front of them on a competition day.
September 20, 2015
8 / 10
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Andy Newmarch
Wow, the club have three obvious things going for it; firstly the best name for a club in the area, it just shouts out ‘quality’. Secondly, one of the best clubhouses around, what a great building this is and thirdly, fantastic service from the staff on and off of the course. The course however is lacking a little in terms of a regular course – in saying that this is not an easy piece of land to host a golf course and could anyone do any better? Probably not . The front nine is a roller-coaster – not long by any means but so many ups and downs. My pick of these holes are the par-5 2nd which is a great twisting hole, firstly to the left and then a little to the right. Next is the par-3 9th (176 yards) to a great green (shared with the 18th) in front of the impressive clubhouse. The back nine is much flatter with some familiar looking holes; my choices are the par-4 12th, where position off of the tee is key and also the dog-legging to the right par-4 15th. The approach shot to the 18th has a great look about it, again with the clubhouse in view. There are a number of courses along the Costa del Sol that have to contend with un-even land, ravines and difficult topography and that is obvious here – my overwhelming memory is that the course here is very scruffy, especially the tees and the fairways – the club must have this as the focus – with some good looking defined fairways, this course would get much better reviews I am sure.
August 17, 2013
4 / 10
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Terry O
A group of 8 played here on 27th March 2012- we were disappointed; we paid 60 euros (incl shared buggy); the fairways are in a terrible state - we have previously played this course and I cannot recall it being as poor as it is now. Greens were fine. Clubhouse is fantastic, food very good but overall we felt let down.
April 01, 2012
2 / 10
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Hamish Wilson
September 25, 2012
I played this course on 18/9/12 and the greens and whole course was in excellent condition.
Andrew Markham
The configuration of the course has changed since the original introduction, the 8th is a par four of 375 metres. Best described as "quirky", the holes follow undulating terrain, even with a yardage booklet the distances are difficult to judge. Watch underhit shots roll away from the greens, find too strong shots in bunkers contructed into the hillside above the green leaving a shot Seve would have trouble with. Some long distances between green and the next tee, unwalkable, a buggy comes with the fee. Best holes, the par fives 2nd and 17th. Some others less than memorable. Condition average, currently undergoing some (much needed) redevelopment. Palatial clubhouse, but there is better golf available in the area.
April 17, 2011
2 / 10
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Nick
April 19, 2011
I played this course back in 2003 and remember the course as being fantastic. At the time we booked it to keep the price down a bit and did not expect much, however came off having thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. I do believe there are better courses in the area, such as Monte Mayor, however this is a good course and I would happily play again.
David Jones
April 19, 2011
Nick, do u not think after 8 years it may be time to go back and see if your view holds up? No offence but i trust the guy who wrote that review as he appears to have played it it more recently
jon
April 20, 2011
We are playing there in October, i might have to change the course now based on this review.
Nick
April 20, 2011
I refer to the statement of requiring a buggy. Unless they have picked the holes up and moved them, then we walked no problem. The guy who played in 2008 seems to agree with me. I still believe that there are better courses however. As for going back there are too many courses to play in the world and I must keep that count going up (along with helping my father reach 1000 different golf courses, currently on 890)