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 50 clubs in nine districts and the Federación de Madrid de Golf has more than 20 clubs on its books.
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 Hiero can tee it up at either the wonderful Arriba or Abajo 18-hole layouts.