Northern Spain

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Northern Spain encompasses the four autonomous communities that stretch out along the Atlantic coast – Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria and the Basque Country – from the border with Portugal in the west to the border with France in the east. It also includes the province of Navarra as it transitions from Green Spain to the semi-arid interior, together with La Rioja, which is famous for its red wine production.

All told, in an area of around 70,000 km², there are almost 70 golf facilities available to a population of around seven million people, comprising two 27-hole complexes (at Laukariz Country Club and Real Golf de Pedreña), thirty-two 18-hole layouts, twenty 9-hole courses and fifteen others (such as par three 9-hole tracks).

We don’t feature too many 9-hole layouts in our listings but there’s an ever-growing trend in the modern era to recognise these courses and we’ve added quite a few more in recent times, including the course at Real Golf Club de Zarauz in Gipuzkoa, which entered our Spanish Top 100 in 2020. It’s the fourth oldest golfing layout in the country, having been established in 1916, so locals have enjoyed playing on this links-like track for more than a century now.

The course at Real Sociedad Golf de Neguri near Bilbao is not only the leading layout in our North region, it's also highly ranked in both our Spanish and Continental Europe Top 100 charts. Designed by renowned Spanish architect Javier Arana in the late 1950s, the course has hosted many important national amateur championships, though only one major professional event, the 1968 Spanish Open, has ever been held here.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Northern Spain

Neguri

1st Northern Spain - Best in Area

Neguri, or Real Sociedad de Golf de Neguri to give the club its full title, was originally founded way back in 1911 but today’s course was laid out in 1961 and it’s located in Getxo, a few kilometres north west of Bilbao.

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Pedrena

2nd Northern Spain - Best in Area

Five-time major winner Seve Ballesteros learnt his golf here at Real Golf de Pedrena, a Harry Colt classical layout.

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La Coruña - La Zapateira

3rd Northern Spain - Best in Area

Originally designed by Philip Mackenzie Ross in the early 1960s, Real Club de Golf de La Coruña is located in the mountains of La Zapateira. Rather unusually the opening hole “The Pyramid” is a short par three.

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Ulzama

4th Northern Spain - Best in Area

Originally designed by Javier Arana in 1966, Ulzama lies in the Navarrese Valley of the same name, within an old oak forest.

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Lerma

5th Northern Spain - Best in Area

Lerma the creation of Spanish architect, José Gancedo, who made good use of the natural Castellan terrain to fashion 18-holes in total sympathy with their surroundings...

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Real Zarauz

6th Northern Spain - Best in Area

The 9-hole course at Real Golf Club de Zarauz was inaugurated in 1916 with the visit of King Alfonso XIII and Queen Maria Cristina on 31st July of that year, making it the fourth oldest golfing layout in the country.

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Izki (Urturi)

7th Northern Spain - Best in Area

Seve Ballesteros was the architect behind this off-the-beaten-track course back in the early 1990s when he ventured deep into the Basque interior to lay out what many consider to be one of his better designs.

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Logroño

8th Northern Spain - Best in Area

Opened for play in 2003, the Logroño golf course extends to a lengthy 6,746 metres from the back markers, thanks in no small measure to the 618-metre 4th, which is reputed to be the longest hole in Spain.

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Rioja Alta

9th Northern Spain - Best in Area

Set to the south of Bilbao in the centre of the famous wine making region of Northern Spain, the Enrique Saenger-designed course at Rioja Alta Golf Club is the perfect choice for those wanting to combine golf and vineyards.

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Castillo de Gorraiz

10th Northern Spain - Best in Area

Situated just to the north of Pamplona, in the Navarre region, the golf course of Castillo de Gorraiz is an integral part of the city’s leisure facilities...

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Northern Spain Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Mariano Martinez de Azagra Courses Played 6
2 Jim McCann Courses Played 6
3 s m chapman Courses Played 5
4 Raymond Walheim Courses Played 3
5 vicente Courses Played 3
6 Joseph Andriole Courses Played 2
7 Hugh Courses Played 1
8 Luc Moeyersons Courses Played 1
9 Antonio Courses Played 1
10 Niall Courses Played 1