Founded as an equestrian club by a group of Army officers in the 1940s, Real Club Pineda occupies a 200-acre site on the south side of Seville, with members enjoying a wide range of sports that include (in addition to golf and equine activities) tennis, swimming, and for the more genteel socios, croquet.
The original 9-hole course was expanded to eighteen holes by Jose Luís Bastarreche in 1992 then the layout was renovated in more recent times by GTM Golf, the company that built Gil Hanse’s course at Trump International in Dubai. It’s laid out on generally flat terrain, with fairways separated by a combination of stone pine and palm trees.
The club’s racecourse, which is the only private track operating within the country, is actually crossed by a couple of holes during a round on the golf course, so you can be sure that a game here is guaranteed to provide one of the most unique golfing experiences you’ll encounter anywhere in Spain.
The club’s visitor policy has changed recently and casual play by non-members is now permitted.
Last Friday I travelled to Sevilla to play this one for the first time. I was hosted by Club Captain Gregorio and together with Fernando and Daniel we played a very friendly and well fought match which can always make a visit like this even better.
Arrived around noon and we had lunch at the “Piscina” as the Club House is under a deep renovation to be completed during the next few months and which will certainly improve the experience of those visiting this Club. It is a Members Club, with a lot of golf being played during the year except summer where people trend to go on holidays. And it has also many more activities like Padel, Tennis, Soccer, Social Activities and even Hose Racing with a track that crosses holes 7-8 in 2 parts, something I had only seen before a Musselburgh in Scotland.
A good and light lunch and off to play. It was excellent to play with Gregorio because at every spot he would share his ideas on future plans, changes, current activities and ideas for a Course that will Host Spanish Mid Amateur Championship in May 2022 in which I hope to take part as a player.
The course is clearly divided in 2 different worlds and not only due to design but also because the front 9 have gone through a restoring process with fairways totally replanted with Bermuda and greens with bent grass plus bunkers reconstructed with modern technologies.
Back 9 are older, with a lot more trees (some should be removed in my opinion), defined doglegs to both sides, a little bit more of slopes and movement but with older grass in both fairways and greens. There is a ·M project in place which will hopefully take place soon and make this one even better. Because as it is today it is really good, but with a proper restoring on the back 9 with the hand of a good architect the result should be really good and worth of being inside Spain’s Top 30 list.
The front 9 has the particularity on holes 7th and 8th of being crossed by the Horse Track which gives it a nice different touch. My favorite holes are:
Par 4 2nd dogleg right downhill for second shot where tee shot needs to be extremely precise.
Par 5 4th is very good with a center of the fairway the defines the tee shot and then a little bit uphill to a very well protected green by a front bunker.
Par 3 9th is a good 190yds shot to a big green where if on the wrong side of the green putting can be a big challenge.
The back 9, full o mainly pine trees offer in my opinion a better design, wider variety of holes and where you will need many of the shots from your bag. I could say there is no weak hole in this loop and will find it tough to choose my favorite:
13th is a short uphill 3 with a diminute green well protected by bunkers, give me always a short hole on a golf course.
15th is maybe the best on the course, a par 4 dogleg left with a creek crossing the fairway for the second shot.
17th is a very good par 5, reachable but needs a very good fade drive in order to have a clean line to the green.
I feel this course is already good but if the restoring process includes a professional architect the result will surprise everyone. The piece of land allows creativity so hopefully Real Pineda will be even better after the restoring.