The southern region of Spain covers an enormous area extending from the border with Portugal through to the city of Valencia on the east coast. This very popular tourist region now boasts more than one hundred and fifty golf courses that are strung out like pearls on a necklace along the coastline from Costa de la Luz in the west, continuing along through Costa del Sol to Costa Blanca in the east.
Amateur golf is governed by four bodies in this region. Delegation Territorial Ceuta de Golf is responsible for golf in the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla in Morocco, Federación de Golf Andaluza provides administration for 127 clubs divided into eight districts within the sprawling region of Andalucia, Federación de Golf de la Región de Murcia looks after 27 clubs in the south east of the country and Federación de Golf de la Comunidad Valenciana oversees the golfing affairs of 39 clubs located in three districts around Valencia.
More than half of all the Spanish Top 100 courses are located in the southern region of Spain which is testament to the quality of golf in this part of the country. And the very best of these courses are not just top national tracks, they’re also good enough to be ranked amongst the Top 100 layouts in Continental Europe – places like Javier Arana’s wonderful El Saler course, Cabell Robinson’s Finca Cortesin and La Reserva layouts – and at the very top of the tree, the Robert Trent Jones Snr masterpieces at Las Brisas, Sotogrande and Valderrama.
At the start of 2018, we were alerted
to a golf project in the south east corner of Spain which had
operated largely unnoticed during the previous decade. Designed by
Marco Martin and Blake Stirling, the course at Aguilón Golf is a
desert layout more reminiscent of golf played in Arizona than
Almeria, with fairways routed around natural ravines and creeks on a
very challenging property. We’ll be keeping a close eye on this
place when we next re-rank our Spanish regional charts.