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Top 100 Golf Courses of Spain 2014

07 January, 2014

Top 100 Golf Courses of Spain 2014

Top 100 Golf Courses updates its Spanish Top 100 rankings

7 January 2014

Top 100 Golf Courses produced its first national Top 100 rankings for Spain in 2008 so this biennial update of the chart is the 4th edition of those Iberian listings. We’ll take a quick look now at the highlights before revealing the full Top 100 in all its golfing glory.

Two years ago, seasoned observers must have questioned the validity of positioning the PGA de Catalunya’s Stadium course at the top of our last Spanish chart, above Valderrama, as many considered Robert Trent Jones Snr’s iconic layout to be the No.1 course in Europe.

Well, the European Tour’s flagship layout in the north east of the country has managed to retain its place at the summit, one spot in front of its prestigious counterpart, though it should be noted that both magnificent courses are of such a standard that they also make it into our World Top 100 listings.

Finca Cortesin on the Costa del Sol has received plenty of favourable reviews (“do not miss,” “pure class,”) since it first opened in 2007, as has Son Gual in Majorca, which debuted the same year (“a must play,” “quite breathtaking”). Both of these wonderful courses climb five places, entering our elite Top 10 for the first time.

Other significant positive moves include the RTJ2-designed Bonmont in Catalonia, (up twelve to 29), the South course at the La Manga Resort (a rise of nineteen to 37) and the delightful Tecina course on La Gomera in the Canary Islands, where an annual event on the European Challenge Tour has been held since 2009.

On the down side, to make way for the two new Top 10 entries just mentioned, two courses on the Costa del Sol – Cabell Robinson’s layout at La Reserva (down five to 12) and Robert Trent Jones Snr’s Las Brisas (down eight to 13) – take a decidedly downward tumble.

Also plunging down our Spanish chart, the Links course at Emporda plummets all of twenty-six places to 42, the Lagos course at Mijas slumps a sizeable fifteen spots to 48 and the Asia at La Cala sinks eighteen positions to 69.

Half a dozen layouts enter our Spanish rankings for the first time, with two of them located at the same Catalunyan venue. The Hills course at Lumine jumps straight in at number 31 (joined by Lakes, its sister course, at 59) and the Top 100 team can vouch for the excellence of both tracks, having paid a visit to this exciting new 45-hole golf complex last year.

The distinctive new von Hagge, Smelek and Baril course at Anfi Tauro in Gran Canaria is the second highest debutant at 39, ten places ahead of Pepe Gancedo’s El Chaparral layout on the Costa del Sol. Completing the roster of newcomers, we have the Nicklaus-designed Alhama course in Murcia (new at 78) and Brad Benz’s redesign at Vall d’Or in Mallorca (in at 80).

Top 100 Golf Courses genuinely welcomes feedback so please let us know what we’ve got right or where we’ve gone wrong with our new Top 100 for Spain. Do we have our finger on the Spanish golfing pulse or have we missed an opportunity to feature a course that really deserves to be listed in our chart? Please let us know what your thoughts are.

We don’t aim to create “definitive” golf course listings but we do think we produce the most “informed” golf course rankings in the industry. If you’ve played any of our listed courses in Spain then please send us a course review, we’d love to hear from you.

Jim McCann

2014 Course Move
1 PGA de Catalunya (Stadium) No change
2 Valderrama No change
3 Sotogrande No change
4 El Saler No change
5 Finca Cortesin Up 5
6 Santander No change
7 RSHE Club de Campo (North) Up 1
8 Son Gual Up 5
9 Puerta de Hierro (Abajo) Up 2
10 Puerta de Hierro (Arriba) Down 1
11 El Prat (Open) Up 3
12 La Reserva Down 5
13 Las Brisas Down 8
14 Sevilla Down 2
15 Club De Campo Villa de Madrid (Negro) Up 3
16 San Roque (Old) Up 1
17 San Roque (New) Up 3
18 Neguri Up 1
19 El Prat (Blue) Up 5
20 Alcanada Up 1
21 RSHE Club de Campo (South) Up 1
22 Abama Down 7
23 El Rompido (North) Up 4
24 Pedrena Up 4
25 PGA de Catalunya (Tour) Up 4
26 Platja de Pals (Pals) Up 5
27 Golf del Sur Down 2
28 Ulzama Up 4
29 Bonmont Up 12
30 Montecastillo Up 6
31 Lumine (Hills) NEW
32 El Bosque Down 6
33 Emporda (Forest) Down 10
34 La Cala (America) Up 1
35 Santana Down 5
36 La Manga (West) Up 1
37 La Manga (South) Up 19
38 Arcos Gardens Down 4
39 Anfi Tauro NEW
40 Las Colinas No change
41 Aloha Down 3
42 Emporda (Links) Down 26
43 El Cortijo Down 1
44 Tecina Up 10
45 Las Americas Down 6
46 Los Naranjos Down 3
47 Maspalomas Down 3
48 Mijas (Lagos) Down 15
49 El Chaparral NEW
50 Son Antem (West) Down 5
51 Fontanals Down 5
52 Desert Springs (Indiana) Up 11
53 Hacienda del Alamo Down 5
54 Torrequebrada Down 7
55 Barcelona No change
56 Rio Real Down 6
57 Los Flamingos Down 4
58 Buenavista Down 6
59 Lumine (Lakes) NEW
60 Guadalmina (Sur) Up 16
61 Valle del Este Down 12
62 Lerma down 4
63 La Manga (North) Down 1
64 Son Muntaner Down 4
65 Almenara (Pinos & Alcornoques) Up 1
66 La Quinta (A & C) Down 5
67 Malaga Down 3
68 Sant Cugat Down 3
69 La Cala (Asia) Down 18
70 Son Vida Down 13
71 Atalaya (Old) Up 8
72 Castillo de Gorraiz Down 5
73 Alhaurin Up 5
74 La Moraleja (2) Down 6
75 Mediterraneo Down 6
76 Novo Sancti Petri (A) Down 6
77 Alcaidesa (Links) Down 5
78 Alhama NEW
79 Los Arqueros Down 5
80 Vall d'Or NEW
81 Puntiro Down 22
82 Marbella G&CC Down 7
83 La Moraleja (1) Up 1
84 El Paraiso Down 4
85 Islantilla (Verde & Azul) Up 2
86 La Herreria Up 2
87 Font del Llop Down 14
88 Atalaya (New) Down 11
89 Marbella Club Up 8
90 Mijas (Olivos) Down 1
91 Montenmedio Down 1
92 La Canada Down 11
93 Miraflores Down 11
94 Costa Ballena (Olivos & Palmeras) Down 8
95 La Duquesa Down 12
96 Costa Adeje No change
97 Salobre (South) Up 2
98 Pula Down 4
99 Guadalhorce Down 7
100 San Sebastian Down 7

Click the link to see the latest Spanish Top 100 in detail.

For those of you wondering which courses have fallen off our last Spanish Top 100, they are: Zaudin, Villamartin, Roda, Guadalmina (Norte), Estepona and Andratx.


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