Central Spain

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A high percentage of the millions of tourists who visit mainland Spain every year venture nowhere near the central region, heading instead for the resorts and beaches of the sunny Costas to the east and the south of the country. This makes it a little ironic to discover that the headquarters of the UN’s World Tourism Organization is sited in the Spanish capital, Madrid – a city located in the middle of the country.

More than a hundred golf clubs operate in the Central region of Spain and they’re affiliated to one of four federations: Federación Extremeña de Golf is the smallest with only 8 clubs, Federación de Golf de Castilla-La Mancha has 31 clubs split into five districts, Federación de Golf de Castilla-León controls 52 clubs in nine districts and the Federación de Madrid de Golf has more than 60 clubs on its books, though only half of them own a course.

Apart from Santander, with its Rees Jones-designed layout from 2005, the most distinguished clubs in the capital of Madrid operate from 36-hole golf complexes. Members of RHSE Club de Campo enjoy playing privileges at the North and South courses, both of which were designed by Robert von Hagge, whilst golfers at Real Club de la Puerta de Hierro can tee it up at either the wonderful Arriba or Abajo 18-hole layouts.

Members of Real Club La Moraleja are in the fortunate position of being able to play four 18-hole courses at two separate locations to the northeast of Madrid. The No. 1 course opened in 1976, designed by Jack Nicklaus and Desmond Muirhead, with the No. 2 course appearing sixteen years later, laid out by another of Jack’s associates, Ron Kirby. The club then developed the No. 3 course and the No.4 course sited 20 kilometres further north. The former is a Jack Nicklaus Signature layout, while the latter was fashioned by Nicklaus Design.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Central Spain

Real Moraleja (3)

1st Central Spain - Best in Area

In 2013, the No.3 (North) course opened at the burgeoning Real Club La Moraleja. Both No.3 and No.4 are located further north of the Spanish capital than courses 1 and 2.

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Real Puerta de Hierro (Abajo)

2nd Central Spain - Best in Area

Real Club de la Puerta de Hierro is one of the most private golf clubs in Spain. The Arriba is one of Spain’s oldest courses but the Abajo, on the other hand, is much younger.

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Santander

5th Central Spain - Best in Area

Rees Jones and Seve Ballesteros fashioned Santander into an extremely tough and long course which stretches out to almost 7,500 yards from the back tees. It’s one of Spain’s longest courses...

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Real Puerta de Hierro (Arriba)

6th Central Spain - Best in Area

The Arriba course at Real Club de la Puerta de Hierro is one of the oldest courses in Spain and it’s also one of the most private and exclusive.

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Real Moraleja (4)

7th Central Spain - Best in Area

A little more rustic and linksy in style than the more polished No.3, the No.4 (South) course at Real Club La Moraleja is routed across three distinct parcels of land where three lakes and more than sixty bunkers focus the mind.

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Real Sociedad Hipica Espanola (South)

8th Central Spain - Best in Area

The South course at the Real Sociedad Hípica Española Club de Campo was created in 2001 and the major difference between it and the longer North course is its hillier layout.

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La Herreria

9th Central Spain - Best in Area

La Herrería sits beside the magnificent – and physically dominating – Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial...

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El Encin

10th Central Spain - Best in Area

The course at El Encin is located half an hour’s drive from the centre of Madrid and it’s the golfing centerpiece of a small 40-bedroom resort that opened for business in 2011...

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Central Spain Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Rudy Zonno Courses Played 12
2 s m chapman Courses Played 9
= esrealb Courses Played 9
4 Jorge Courses Played 8
5 Maciej Luka Courses Played 7
6 Thum Courses Played 6
7 Markku Nokso-Koivisto Courses Played 4
= Joseph Andriole Courses Played 4
9 BL Tracker Courses Played 3
= Ron Stelten Courses Played 3