Located half an hour’s drive north of Girona, between the forested foothills of the Pyrenees and the shimmering waters of the Gulf of Roses in the Mediterranean, Torremirona Golf Club is one of the lesser-known golfing venues in the Empordà region of Catalonia.
Co-designed in the early 1990s by Eugenio Aguado and Jordi Soler, this entertaining 18-hole track is laid out in the style of a resort course, with generously proportioned fairways routed around a tranquil landscape. It’s an easy layout to walk, thanks to the generally even lie of the land.
The outward half loops around a small residential complex and water comes into play at two of these holes, the par three 5th (with a peninsular green) and the par five 6th, where a small pond at the front left of the green threatens the approach shot.
The back nine is more compact – fairways lie within on-site accommodation units located around the northern perimeter of the property – and water hazards feature again at both the par three 10th and the double doglegged par five 18th.
In addition to a comfortable Relais Hotel, holiday homes and apartments, Torremirona also boasts a fully equipped sports centre, complete with a full-sized football pitch that’s been used for pre-season training by several top professional clubs.
Torremirona is my home course away from home. Have played the course at least 100 time. I usually have 6 or 7 strokes on the course. It is with this in mind you should read my evaluation. First, the course is placed in a wonderful nature. From many holes you have a fantastic view of the Pyrenees and except for a bit traffic noise along the 3rd and 4th hole you are only having the sound of nature.
I consider Torremirona as a real holiday course. Playable with pleasure by golfers of all levels. And it is a good walking course. There are only two uphill holes (1 & 8) that can challenge your fitness, but only a bit. It is not a course where you need to think a lot in course management. From every tee, what you see is what you get. But on some holes you will have to make decisions. Will you go for the green on the par 3, five? It is not long but surrounded by a horseshoe lake covering front, left and right? Will you lay up on the par 5, six where most of the green are fronted by a lake?
If you play it in accordance to your handicap – that is don’t try to do something that you are not sure of puling of – then you should be in the winner group. To me hole 8 is the most difficult. It is uphill all the way and if you don’t place your drive in the left of the fairway the ball will roll to the right, maybe not out of fairway, but long enough to the right to be blocked by tall trees for a second shot to the green. Though, if you can hit it 250m straight uphill you will not be in trouble.
My favorite is the par 4, nine. Downhill all the way. With a little dogleg left about 200m down. If you can hit a little draw, the ball will get extra roll and you will be in for a 100m birdie shot to the green. My other favorite is the par 5, eighteen. You have a lake on the right side of the fairway, which starts approx. 120m from the green and covers the entire front of the green. No matter handicap/length you have 2 options for placing your approach shot. Play short to take the lake out of play or go for the fairway to the left for a shorter approach shot and risk the lake or, if you are a long hitter, after your drive you will probably have about 220-30m for a second shot over the lake to the green.
Fantastic, but now comes my negatives. First: In high season you will have many high handicap and beginner golfers on the course, many who doesn’t seems to have a clue of the golf rules and etiquette – that is time to search for your ball, when to let the group behind play through etc. And unfortunately the golf management in not at the top when it comes to ask visitors for their handicap certificate or having a marshals who – with authority – can help the flow of play.
Second: In general the maintenance and conditions of the course is top quality, but, in some areas, with little or no focus on details. The tee places on some tees are sometimes located more or less randomly and please, stay away from most of the green bunkers. You will never know how much or less sand you will have under your ball. A finally they are only cutting new holes ones a week, maybe twice if very crowded. Meaning that if you come at the wrong time the edges of the holes will really be worn down.
A second visit for me to Torremirona and I like it here; the courses in the Girona region make up a decent tour. Emporda, PGA Catalunya, D'Aro, Pals and Torremirona give plenty of variety and there is an acceptable amount of travelling involved, especially if you can fly into the local airport.
The front nine is stronger in my opinion; after an uphill short par-4, the first par-3 is at the 2nd and it is very good - 200 yards, a little downhill and six bunkers protecting. The very next hole could be my favourite on the outward half; plays up to 440 yards from a slightly elevated tee and perfectly positioned bunkers either side of the fairway. A picturesque par-3 is at the 5th, more or less to an island green, a hole that plays longer than it looks. I like the par-5 6th a lot too - dog-legging to the right and water short and left of the green takes out the reaching in two option (for most), some really strong bunkering at the back of the hole too. If you have played at nearby Pals, then the 400 yard 8th is very similar to holes there; pine trees surrounding the whole hole. Half way down the 9th, there are some great mountain views looking towards France - the hole is downhill and SI-16, so no real problems, so take time to savour the vista.
The back nine starts with a mid to short iron par-3 right in front of the clubhouse, there is plenty of pressure not to miss the green as water left and sand to the right will give the golfers on the terrace plenty to be amused about if you get it wrong! The 12th hole is strong; the short par-4 that all courses should have, at the green there is double the usual amount of sand and also putting surface as this is shared with the 14th hole.
The 13th and 14th holes are my least favourite part of the course as that are just a little bit up and down, with no so much character. A 200 yard par-3 at the 15th with three top quality bunkers front and left are perfect. I have a similar feeling on the 16th and 17th as the 13th/14th, these are decent holes but not enough about them to get me really excited. The course ends on a high note - the 18th is strong - only three bunkers on the hole and all on the left side - one around landing point, the next at most golfers layup point on this par-5 and then the last one eating into the green, when you add in water on the right of the hole from around 75 yards out, this is a serious finishing hole and one of the best in the region.
Torremirona is golf course with a high standard of conditioning and worth including in a tour of the area.