The north of Spain covers a vast tract of territory between Galicia on the Atlantic coast and Catalonia on the shores of the Mediterranean with the Pyrenees Mountains forming a natural boundary against France to the north. Many of the sporting institutions in the area are concentrated close to the principal cities of Gijon, Santander, Bilbao, Pamplona, Zaragoza and Barcelona.
Nine different federations, the largest of which is the Federación Catalana de Golf with around forty clubs, control amateur golf in the north of Spain. Four of the other eight governing bodies have memberships of less than ten clubs whilst two – Federación Navarra de Golf and Federación de Golf de la Rioja – preside over only three clubs.
Half a dozen of the best 18-hole courses in Spain can be found at three golf facilities in the north east of the country. The Stadium and Tour courses at the PGA Catalunya complex near Girona are top-drawer layouts, as are the nearby Links and Forest layouts at Emporda. A little to the south, outside Barcelona, the Open and Blue courses at El Prat form a pair of stellar new millennium offerings from the design studio of Greg Norman.