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The Southern region of Spain consists of the autonomous community of Andalusia, which is the 2nd largest in the country by area (extending to 87,000 km²) and the largest by population, with around 8.5 million people living in the area. It’s the only region in Europe with both Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines, stretching from the Portuguese border in the province of Huelva to Almeria in the southeast of the country.

Once one of the nation’s poorer regions, Andalusia – and specifically the provinces of Malaga, Granada and Seville – is now one of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations and golf has certainly played its part in boosting the local economy since the 1960s, attracting millions of visitors to play on the many courses now strung out close to the Atlantic Costa de la Luz and the Mediterranean Costa del Sol.

Amateur golf in Andalusia’s eight provinces is governed by the Real Federación Andaluza de Golf, which has nearly a hundred clubs affiliated to it. Two of these clubs (La Cala in Mijas-Costa and Villa Padierna in Marbella) operate 54-hole golf complexes, eight clubs have 36-hole facilities and eight others manage 27-hole venues. The vast majority of clubs, fifty-six in total, have an 18-hole set-up, though there are also nine 9-hole courses in play, along with ten other layouts such as 9-hole par three and pitch & putt courses.

More than half the Andalusian tracks are located in the province of Malaga, and a significant proportion of these courses also occupy positions in our Top 100 charts for Spain and Continental Europe so the standard here is really high. At the top end of the regional listings, Robert Trent Jones Sr. designs dominate at places like Real Valderrama, Real Sotogrande and Real Las Brisas, closely followed by courses from Cabell Robinson, a former RTJ associate, at Finca Cortesin and La Reserva.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Southern Spain

Real Valderrama

1st Southern Spain - Best in Area

Most golfers will be familiar with Valderrama from TV coverage. The golf club has hosted a plethora of championships, including the legendary 1997 Ryder Cup. In 2014 the club was granted Royal status.

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Real Sotogrande

2nd Southern Spain - Best in Area

Sotogrande was designed by Robert Trent Jones. It was his first European course, and it is a credit that the par 72, 6,224-metre layout is still enthralling players more than 50 years after it first opened.

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Finca Cortesin

3rd Southern Spain - Best in Area

Finca Cortesin is set a short distance inland from the Mediterranean and has been routed through a dramatic valley. It's one of Europe’s longest layouts and will soon become a household name.

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Real Las Brisas

4th Southern Spain - Best in Area

Real (Royal) Las Brisas was one of the first courses in Europe to use bent grass and the brave decision was quickly rewarded by being chosen as the host venue of the 1973 World Cup of Golf.

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Real Sevilla

5th Southern Spain - Best in Area

Real Club de Golf de Sevilla opened for play in 1991 and in 2004 it was the host venue for the World Golf Championships (formerly the World Cup of Golf).

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La Reserva

6th Southern Spain - Best in Area

Cabell Robinson designed La Reserva and it’s a brutal 6,700 metres from the tips but with wide fairways and a hot driver it can be tamed.

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Aloha

7th Southern Spain - Best in Area

Created in 1975 at the start of the Spanish golf course development boom, Club de Golf Aloha has remained one of Spain’s top tracks for more than forty years...

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San Roque (Old)

8th Southern Spain - Best in Area

Dave Thomas and Tony Jacklin designed the Old golf course at the San Roque Club and it opened for play in 1990 at an alleged cost of one million dollars per hole.

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Montecastillo

9th Southern Spain - Best in Area

Montecastillo is one of the most popular golf resorts in the world and it hosted the Volvo Masters Andalucia for five consecutive years beginning in 1997 when Lee Westwood won the event.

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Mijas (Los Lagos)

10th Southern Spain - Best in Area

One of several Robert Trent Jones designs that are strung out along the Costa del Sol, Mijas is a marvelous golf complex offering two wonderfully contrasting 18-hole courses.

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