Ctra.de Cádiz km 220,
Apdo. de Correos 120,
- +34 (0) 952 442 742
Between Torremolinos and Fuengirola, off the N-340
Torrequebreda golf course was one of the first designs of celebrated Spanish architect José Gancedo back in the mid 1970s when “Pepe” gave due notice to the golfing world that he had the ability and talent to lay out a golf course in an intelligent and adventurous manner.
Gancedo is renowned for pushing the boundaries of modern golf course design and he would go on to put his highly individualistic stamp on great Spanish courses as diverse as Monte Mayor (which is currently closed), Lerma and La Finca.
Torrequebreda is not too long at around 6,400 yards but length is no indication of difficulty here as the course hugs the contours on a hilly landscape, testing golfers to the full with an array of sparkling water hazards, doglegged fairways and cunningly-placed greenside bunkers.
The tree-lined fairways rise and fall over the challenging terrain, twisting one way then the other, rising here then dipping there on a real roller coaster golf ride that sees many visiting golfers return for a stern examination of their golf game year after year.
Played last Sunday morning and pretty much had the course to ourselves for most of the way. Fun to play with some really oblique dog legs and interesting drives off the back tees. Some of it feels very tropical. Sadly let down by conditioning; a lot of rain 2 nights before and several holes down by the road were clearly the worse for that. Could be a really good course to play with some love and attention.
When you go to the Málaga-Marbella region, you expect most of the courses to be built on undulating terrain, but maybe not as much, or not as “wild” a design as Torrequebrada, which occupies the heart of the town of Benalmádena just south of Málaga. Already, finding the entrance of the club is not easy, even with a GPS: it is located in a severely downhill, winding lane, and the only sign visible when driving is… when you go uphill, whereas most first time visitors come from the highway way on up. Just the first reason to qualify the course as a “hidden gem”!
Torrequebrada is a course which is best played with a buggy, there is no doubt about that. The hills between and around which the fairways meander are steep, and many. This makes for some unusual holes, pretty much throughout the course. It takes a bit of strategy thinking to go round, rather than length off the tee. Take the first three: The 1st hole is an uphill par five, not long at all at 435 meters from the tips. You face a big hole, and the fairway seems to start only 100 meters away. In fact, you see a tree, and a big bunker, because after these “markers” there is a big dip. Driver is not an option here because the fairway continues uphill in a narrow corridor toward the elevated green. The par-four 2nd seems to lack a real fairway because of the hill on the left, which one should carry, and the trees on the right at the foot of the hill, and the second shot is again to a sharply elevated green, a blind one therefore. And then the third is a “pocket” par-three, 90 meters from the back, barely over 60 meters for ladies! Here, precision with the wedge is the master word as the green is far from flat and is surrounded by deep bunkers. And on from there to new adventures!
Other scenic and unusual holes include the 7th (313 meters par-four), the tee is very elevated, the tee shot is over a city street to a somewhat narrow fairway and using the driver is probably not a good idea as there is a lake barring the hole well within the range of long hitters. The green is tucked into the left corner of the hole behind the lake, and you can barely see a third of it from the tee. The final hole is also a grand view: the tee is located to the left of the fairway, at the top of a hill, which allows the player to see both the eighteenth and the sixth fairways, then the clubhouse and the mountains in the background. The tee shot is across a ravine, with a sharp slope on the left if you miss the fairway on this side, and bunkers on the right. Then the approach shot must be precise, as anything left of the elevated green may dribble down the steep hill into a very deep set of bunkers, and anything right into another large bunker running the length of the green. The only real option to miss the green is long, but your ball will be caught in the rough on a steep incline.
Despite all of the hill climbing, there is a lot of water on the course, as nine holes include water hazards around their greens.
Playing this surprising course was a lot of fun, a bit dampened however by the condition of the greens at the end of the season: the drought had damaged some of them quite a bit and many had to be resurfaced with new “tiles”. This affected the putting a bit, but not to the point of spoiling the game as the flags were placed accordingly. Another visit when the course is in optimal form would be most welcome. In the meantime, we certainly enjoyed cool drinks and good food at the reasonable Spanish prices on the terrace of the clubhouse, overlooking the 18th green and fairway.
Nice course played April 2015. Very poor welcome,very poor front of house/receptionist. Be prepared to be ignored for a while whilst checking in. Visitors are unwelcome but once you get on the course it's worth the trouble.