Santana - Southern Spain - Spain

Santana G&CC,
Carretera La Cala-Entrerríos,
Valle d Golf d Mijas,
29649 Mijas Costa,
Málaga


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Santana Golf & Country Club is situated slightly inland from the Mediterranean coast between Mijas and Fuengirola. Set amidst 140 acres of oranges and avocados groves – part of the property was once an avacado farm – and with the backdrop of the majestic Mijas Mountains, Santana really is an outstanding natural beauty.

Designed by Cabell B. Robinson and opened for play at the beginning of 2004, it has taken a year or two for Santana to become recognised as one of the Costa del Sol’s leading courses. Measuring fractionally more than 6,200 metres from the back tees, Santana is not the longest course in the area but it’s a potentially dangerous layout, especially if you find yourself stymied behind one of the multitude of avocado pear trees which line many fairways.

The routing is intelligent and the bunkering truly magnificent with brilliant white crushed marble-like sand. The deep greens are devilishly tricky, some are unusually shaped and not a single one could ever be described as flat. Factor in the odd water carry and stunning tee to green conditioning and you have the recipe for excellence which is evident throughout Santana Golf and Country Club.

The gently rolling, former farmland makes for easy walking, unlike one or two other notable courses in the area, for example La Cala. Undoubtedly Santana is maturing rapidly into one of Robinson’s finest layouts and will soon be sitting at the very top of everyone’s must-play list. Keep your eyes peeled for the occasional Calzada (or Booted) Eagle which can be seen soaring on the warm Spanish thermals. But we suspect you won’t have time to spot one on the 4th hole as you’ll be unable to take your eyes off this incredibly spectacular long par five with its profound bunkering, ball gobbling stream and treacherously sloping green. The 4th is perhaps one of the best, if not the best par five in Spain.

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Description: Designed by Cabell B. Robinson and opened for play at the beginning of 2004, it has taken a year or two for Santana to become recognised as one of the Costa del Sol’s leading courses. Rating: 7.5 out of 10 Reviews: 15
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Andy
There have been some mixed reviews so far for Santana; some say the best course down on the Costa del Golf and other reviewers a little less gushing. I think it would quite easy to pick 12-15 courses of the area that are ahead in any rankings but in saying that I enjoyed Santana, to the level to say that there were some fantastic holes, some good holes and only a few that fall into an average category. First off, you will can expect a warm welcome at the course, Salva (the Director of Golf) and his team are genuinely doing their bit to make sure you have a good experience. The front 9-nine holes have the edge over the back-9 and after a gentle first three holes, the best hole on the course at the 4th awaits; a par-5 to a sloping fairway, then a precise lay-up is required for an exacting approach over a stream to the green. My favourite par-3 is at the 7th, around 200 yards long with trees, wind off the right-side and with the stream back in play, this is a very tough short-hole. The next few holes are very Spanish holiday golf looking - nothing wrong with this but just a little familiar. The par-3 12th is the next for a mention; downhill to a large undulating green with a brilliant amount of dead-ground just short of the green. The run of holes to the 18th tee, again are a little predictable but fine - the par-4 18th is a decent finishing hole with water on the right-side. The current clubhouse is a little way from the 18th green, which I believe is being looked into and if the funds are available, would be worth investing in a move nearer to the final green. I am glad I have played here and I'll probably be back but the Costa del Sol has many courses that would be ahead of Santana for me.
August 12, 2010
6 / 10
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Eugenio Gomez-Acebo
My favourite course around Marbella, and its golf best secret. Is a course you can easily walk (not something you can say of many courses around that require a buggy). It is beautiful. It might be easier than other monsters around, but...what is wrong with that?
July 21, 2010
10 / 10
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Chezza
As 1 of 4 courses played on a recent trip, Santana is the one i won't be rushing back to. This may sound harsh but it lacks 1 or 2 of the ingredients that made the others special. I agree with the previous reviewer that its a very fair test and ideal if you are with a group of friends with fluctuating handicaps as it should provide everybody with chances to get those precious stableford points on the card. What lets it down in my humble opinion is the lack of intimidation off the tee compared to the other Costa courses that i have played. I felt sometimes the course wanted me to slash away with the big stick and not really worry where it ended, especially on the front 9 where you go out and back with fairways running parallel to each other, the same could be said about the first 4 or 5 holes on the back 9. No real stand out holes for me, although there is a pretty approach to the green on the 4th and the par 3 7th was a tricky hole to gage in the wind we had. The greens were also the slowest we encountered during the week but they were very good and a pleasure to putt on.
July 28, 2009
4 / 10
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mjk
November 24, 2009
well what were the other three courses you played?!
David Jones
December 21, 2009
Sorry for the delay in replying mjk. The other 3 course's were: Marbella Club; which I posted a review for, Monte Mayor; which I really enjoyed, and Sotogrande; where the green conditions were outstanding and by far the best I played on this year.
Keith Baxter

Santana, alongside Finca Cortesin, is another Cabell Robinson Costa del Sol design and they couldn’t be more different golf courses in terms of topography. Finca features dramatic elevation changes and requires a buggy, Santana is routed across relatively flat, slightly undulating terrain and is an easy walking course with wide fairways and large greens. I thoroughly enjoyed Santana but found the facilities somewhat lacking so was pleased to hear that the club is planning a new clubhouse which will overlook the course. The current clubhouse is basic and detached from the course itself. No weak holes at Santana make for an engaging experience and the wide fairways and short rough make the going relatively easy. Play here if you have a group of mixed high and low handicappers as all levels will enjoy the course without feeling too beaten up. The starter was very helpful and with fresh fruit available from the on-course delicious orange groves I’d come back here any time to enjoy an honest and “relatively” affordable round of golf.

June 15, 2008
5 / 10
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Steven Miller
It is with horror that I have noticed that Santana is now included in your website. I suppose it was only a matter of time before the secret would get out. My colleague and I have been enjoying this course in relative peace and quiet for over a year, hoping that the hoards of golfing tourists would never discover it.Best course on the Costa! Damm shame that we will have to share it now.
May 26, 2008
10 / 10
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Chris D
November 23, 2009
Absolute Tosh, best course on the Costa it is not. If you like the kind of golf where you are never likely to lose a ball then this is for you, but if you want to stand on tees and get a bit of 'wow' factor I would stay well away form this safe and rather expensive for what it is course.Chris