Club de Golf Terramar lies just outside the small coastal town of Sitges, near the Catalan capital of Barcelona. Terramar was founded in 1922 when Tom Simpson laid out the original 18 holes and the course has undergone many alterations since then – Jim Fazio Golf Design carried out some changes of note back in 1993 when they redesigned, reshaped and regrassed the layout, altering the routing to its present configuration. More recently a major renovation has been completed by Mackenzie & Ebert.
Unusually, the main railway line south from Barcelona cuts through the property and holes 5 to 17 are played on the north side of the tracks (where four ponds come into play) with the remaining holes routed on the coastal side. The four par threes on the card are all testing holes (in excess of 180 yards from the tee) but, contrastingly, three of the four par five holes are relatively short, presenting good birdie opportunities.
A handful of holes are worthy of special mention. On the front nine, the par three 3rd with its tricky little creek in front of the green and the demanding, slight left doglegged par four 8th are the pick of the bunch. On the back nine, holes 12, 17 and 18 are very good. In fact, the closing hole is arguably the best on the card – a right doglegged par four, flanked by pine trees with a gently elevated, well-bunkered putting surface.
Terramar Golf Cub enjoys a privileged location, just outside the tourist village of Sitges, between the beach and the hills that descend from the Garraf towards the coast. Perhaps the only drawback is the proximity of a busy train track, which disturbs the peace of the player from time to time.
The course is very interesting and, except for some holes, in the middle of the round, whose interest declines, we find ourselves in a pleasant and challenging course, and with a very good maintenance. By the way, draw players will find themselves much more comfortable than fade players, since most holes require a draw from the tee.
The beginning takes us to the area closest to the beach, with an interesting opening hole, but the one that stands out is the 3rd hole, a par 3 normally played against the wind towards a large green sea with a lot of movement. A hole that reminds us to the British links.
Starting from the 5th hole the course goes into a Mediterranean forest, but the holes are still nice and entertaining. Perhaps from 9th to 13th the routing loses some interest, but the last holes raise the tone again, especially the 18th hole, a great end to this beautiful course.
Finally, it is recommended, after the round, to enjoy a cold beer on the terrace of the club, with the panoramic view of the Mediterranean on the horizon.
In short, saving the inconvenience of a somewhat expensive green fee, it is an obligation for the golfer that moves to the Catalan coast.
MMA, Barcelona, Spain.