Review for Santander

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This is clearly a very demanding and challenging Golf course, not only because of its length (as some reviewers say), but also because of its strategic bunkering and undulations. A lot of the holes look open and straightforward, but you need straight drives or one gets caught in the myriad of fairway bunkers. The Greens (especially on the 2nd nine) are also tight and demand precise iron play. Because there are lots of undulations you find yourself often playing and lying slightly up- or downhill. Some of the water holes are spectacular (7, 10, 12, 17, 18)

The course is very open, so you almost never look for your ball, even when hitting it all over the place, but it plays a lot harder than it looks at first sight. I think this can make it frustrating for some players (see reviews below). Still to me there is no doubt that it is a fantastic course. One can argue whether it should be no 11 or 14 or so, but it clearly should be in the top 15 in Spain.

It is also in perfect condition. I Played the Course on Easter Friday, I teed off at 8.30 and did not saw another player until I was at the 14th hole(2 guys on the 9th)! Where else in the world can you play on a weekend for 68 Euro greenfee without a member or any special deal on a great golf course in perfect condition which is almost empty! (the 68 Euro are for shareholders of Santander though, but they did not seem to check that and as a Santander shares costs 5 Euros it is a good investments as it basically halves your greenfee if you are one).

It is beyond me why not more people come to Madrid to play great golf courses while on the Spanish coasts or in the Algarve during the spring 5 hour rounds with fourball after fourball of hackers and extraordinary high greenfees for mediocre courses in overplayed conditions are the norm.

Date: April 16, 2017

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