Villamartin - Southern Spain - Spain

Golf Villamartin,
Urb. Golf Villamartin,
Villamartin Apartado 28,
03189 Orihuela Costa,
Alicante,
Spain


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The California-based architect Robert Putman – who also designed the North and South golf courses at La Manga, just a 45-minute drive further south – laid out the course at Villamartin, cleverly routing the holes over the natural, undulating terrain. The layout first opened for play in 1972 so it's one of the more established courses in the region with a classic golf atmosphere that will be enjoyed by players who know a good course.

The course opens up with a lovely left doglegging par five over rolling ground with the narrowing fairway framed by olive trees and then, a familiar site at Villamartin, a green with even more olive trees as protection! Another fine example of this arboreal defending is found at the short par four 7th, where the fairway veers right and downhill to a bunkerless green that's completely surrounded by olive trees.

The pick of the holes on the back nine are the 14th and 17th. The 14th is a difficult par five (rated stroke index 1) with a gorge running along the left of the fairway before a ditch then cuts across in front of the green. The par three 17th can genuinely be described as one of the great European "short" holes, measuring 220 metres in length, with a deep gully located between the tee and a multi-tiered green.

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Description: The golf course at Villamartin has been cleverly routed over the natural terrain, which is pleasantly undulating, by California-based architect Robert Putman. Rating: 3 out of 6 Reviews: 5

It has been 10 years since my last Villamartin game - things have improved on and off the course which is great to see. Back in 2007, the course was not in great condition and the facilities were minimal - now presentation has improved and off course is now very relaxing, especially on the new terrace.

The club here is very much a members club, with many competitions each week, so the course is very busy but there are plenty of visitors slots too.

Villamartin Golf Course - Photo by reviewer

There are still the many blind shots that I remember but maybe not so much of an issue second time around.

A big hole opens the round; long and dog-legging to the left, with key shot the approach, which needs to fly the olive trees just short. The 2nd hole is reached and exited by crossing a fairly busy road, which isn't ideal but the hole, a 390 yard par-4 is good to play. I am a big fan of the 5th - an uphill par-5 on the edge of the property with great bunkering from the tee, on the lay-up position and at the green.

The green at the par-3 6th is memorable - plenty of pin positions available and a steep step through the middle. The 7th is a certainly a fun hole - only around 330 yards and downhill and turning right - this can be reached from the tee but you must take an extreme left line as the sloping fairway will bring the shot back to the centre.

The 10th is one of Villamartin's shorter par-4's at 340 yards but one of the hardest - driving through a narrow avenue of trees, out of bounds on the left, add in a large gully short and right and you have a tricky start to the back nine.

The SI-1 hole comes and the 14th and it stakes a claim for the signature hole on the course, a par-5 with water down the left-side that comes back into play 100 yards short of the green - the approach is to a raised green with bunkers on all sides; this hole has the highest tariff on every shot and a joy to play. The 15th and 16th, a couple of par-4's that can be described as a little up and down are just ahead of the best par-3 on the course, no doubt about that but even a potentially best short hole in the country for me (certainly of the 50 or so Spanish courses I have played). This is around 150-230 yards from the various tees that are placed high in the trees - an all-carry shot is required to the green that has a severe run-off short and some amazing slopes that splits this big green affectively into three.

The final hole is a tough par-4 that can divide opinion - a lone bunker and around eight olive trees litter the fairway - so there is an element of luck to your view of the green for your approach shot - should the trees be removed? Not for me as they are part of the Villamartin story which has improved in the last 10 years.

Villamartin is in a very popular area and there is a great community around here – easy access from two airports too.

4 / 6
Villamartin
May 29, 2017


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Han
April 30, 2018

I agree with the reviewer about the course. I have played a few times with members, who help with advising where to play some of the blind shots, not that I always follow directions when I have a wobbly day

A good course in need of lots of TLC, tees were awful and bunkers had the consistency of concrete.Some excellent holes, par 5 14th. is as good a hole as you will play anywhere and the 17th. green has to be seen to be believed, 2 putts here are a real achievement.
3 / 6
Villamartin
October 31, 2014


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Played here late november (that might be an excuse), but the condition was absolutely appalling. Maintenance was very poor, rubbish on the fairways. It could be a beautiful course
2 / 6
Villamartin
December 14, 2007


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john shervell
February 14, 2011
Played it in 2010 not good putting out of bunkers and the whole course was tired looking.
Steinthor
May 04, 2014
This could be great course but it needs better tees on few holes, better signs to guide to the right tee.
Make your 4-ball with Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder and Louis Braile here…why? Never on a course have I had so many blind shots, either from the tee or to the green – not necessary a complaint, just an observation. Quite liked the course, although a little scruffy in places – this is a very busy course and not looked after that well, the tees especially. A number of quality holes with the par-5 14th and the par-3 17th my picks. Villamartin is worth playing but doubt if I will rush back.
3 / 6
Villamartin
April 19, 2007


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Villamartin could be a great course. It is set out on an interesting and undulating tract of land with many cleverly designed an genuinely exciting holes. The only problems are that the course is overplayed, the pace is painfully slow (during the season) and the condition is tired. With some TLC this could once more become one of Spain's great courses. As it stands at the moment it's simply an expensive pay and play.
3 / 6
Villamartin
March 28, 2007


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