South East Spain

Map of South East Spain

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The South East Spain region covers the autonomous community of Murcia and the Valencian Community, and this combined area of around 33,500 km² is regarded as home territory for approximately 6.5 million inhabitants. Murcia’s Mar Menor is the largest saltwater lagoon in Europe, separated from the Mediterranean Sea by a sandbar that’s 22 kilometres in length, while the coastline in Valencia is characterized by wetland and marshland areas such as L’Albufera and salt evaporation ponds like those at Santa Pola.

Golf is administered in this region by the Federación de Golf de la Región de Murcia and the Federación de Golf de la Comunitat Valenciana. Sixteen golf facilities are affiliated to the Murcia federation, including the 54-hole set-up at Real La Manga Club in Cartagena. Twice as many clubs are attached to the Valencian federation, the largest of which is Meliã Villaitan Golf Club, where there are two Nicklaus Design 18-courses open for visitor play just outside Benidorm.

The best course in the region is undoubtedly the 18-hole links layout at Parador El Saler. Designed by Javier Arana and unveiled in the late 1960s, it’s widely regarded as the architect’s crowning glory, the ninth of only ten courses that he ever built during a thirty-year design career. It features very highly in our Continental Europe rankings and only just missed out on a place in our recently revised World 100 so this is by far and away the place to play if you ever find yourself in or around the city of Valencia.

In the Murcia area, Cabell Robinson's design at Las Colinas Golf & Country Club leads the way from two of the three 18-hole layouts at Real La Manga Club. Opened for play in 2010, Las Colinas features prominently in both our Spanish and Continental Europe Top 100 charts.

Top 100 Golf Courses - South East Spain

El Saler

1st South East Spain - Best in Area

Javier Arana designed El Saler and it opened for play in 1968 to a rapturous standing ovation. In fact, shortly afterwards, it was voted the No.1 golf course in Continental Europe.

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Las Colinas

2nd South East Spain - Best in Area

The fairways at Las Colinas Golf & Country Club are generally wide and forgiving and they’ve been laid out in two returning nines that twist out and back along the floor of a valley...

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Real La Manga Club (West)

3rd South East Spain - Best in Area

The West course at La Manga Club is totally different to the other two layouts. Gone are the palms and in come the pines, doglegs and tight, tricky holes.

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Real La Manga Club (South)

4th South East Spain - Best in Area

The South course at La Manga Club was where the Spanish Open was held during the 70s. It’s a spacious and long layout set on fairly flat terrain. Bring your driver.

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Saurines de La Torre

5th South East Spain - Best in Area

Located between Balsicas and Roldán, the golf course at Saurines de la Torre Golf is one of six Jack Nicklaus-designed courses operating within a forty-kilometre radius in the Murcia region.

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La Finca

6th South East Spain - Best in Area

Opened for play in 2002, the course at La Finca is a Pepe Gancedo layout of distinction. Gancedo was dubbed “the Picasso of golf” by golf journalist Peter Dobereiner...

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El Bosque

7th South East Spain - Best in Area

El Bosque is one of several courses designed by Robert Trent Jones during his most prolific spell in Spain from the mid-60s to mid-70s.

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Real La Manga Club (North)

8th South East Spain - Best in Area

The North course at La Manga Club is the more approachable of the three resort courses. Palm-lined, slightly hilly and well-bunkered, it’s where to make a decent score.

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Alhama

9th South East Spain - Best in Area

The Golden Bear’s Signature course at Alhama is the flagship venue in a portfolio that comprises Mar Menor, La Torre, Saurines, El Valle and Hacienda Riquelme.

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Las Ramblas

10th South East Spain - Best in Area

Designed in 1991 by the late José "Pepe" Gancedo, former Spanish amateur champion, Las Ramblas is certainly a layout that will test the resolve of even the most proficient golfers.

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South East Spain Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Aulis Ranua Courses Played 20
2 Lasse Sonne Nielsen Courses Played 16
3 Helmut Baeck Courses Played 14
4 Andy Newmarch Courses Played 13
5 Paul Baker Courses Played 12
6 jason Courses Played 10
= MC Tracker Courses Played 10
= vicente Courses Played 10
9 XAVIER ROQUETA Courses Played 9
= Jorge Courses Played 9