Never-ending colorful festivals, breathtaking beaches, sumptuous cuisine, and oh that sangria drink! Rich in culture and history, Spain effortlessly attracts tourists all over the world. And if you happen to be a traveller who’s also a golf enthusiast, then you’re just in luck. Over the last few years, Spain has established a reputation of being one of the best golf destinations not only in Europe, but in the world, thanks to its climate that brings world-class quality of the greens. So where exactly should you be heading if you want to experience premium service and facilities while golfing in Spain? Here’s a quick list of some of the country’s most popular golf clubs.
Real Club de Golf El Prat
This club has been open for more than 60 years but it moved to a new location a couple of years ago. It now features a 45-hole challenge and is designed by world-famous golfer Greg Norman. Located near Barcelona, El Prat is known as one of the best Barcelona golf clubs for its playability and aesthetic appeal which includes forests, open spaces, grain fields, natural drainage, hills, ravines, and drops. Aspiring pro golfers can take formal lessons in the club as it has built a school with its own small golf course. Real Club de Golf El Prat also features a pro shop, swimming pool, gym, restaurant, and children’s nursery.
Sant Joan Golf Club
No less than Spain’s most famous golfer, Severino Ballesteros, designed this golf club. Players who love a little difficulty will surely enjoy the Sant Joan Golf Club’s 18 holes and par 72 course challenge. Located between Sant Cugat del Valles and Rubi, it offers a bliss of nature with its amazing forest views and is considered to be one of the most complete courses in Spain because of its its fairways and hole challenges. The club has a pro shop, a golf school, and even a driving range. It doesn’t have caddies available so it’s advisable to hire a buggy to move around the vast greens and enjoy the complete course.
Club de Golf Valderrama
Sounds familiar? It’s because Club de Golf Valderrama is known to have hosted famous championships and tournaments, including the legendary 1997 Ryder Cup. It was constructed in 1974 as “Sotogrande New” and designed by leading American golf course architect Robert Trent Jones. It was rated as the top course in mainland Europe by Golf World magazine in 1999. Located in the resort of Sotogrande, San Roque in the Andalusia region of southern Spain, this club will delight golfers with its single 18-hole course, along with a 9-hole par 3 course. The course’s signature hole, La Cascada, the fourth hole is a par 5 with a pond to the right of the two-tiered green. The practice ground was called the best in Europe by Nick Faldo.
Islantilla Golf Resort
A leisure and relaxation center that enjoys more than 300 sunny days a year, the Islantilla Golf Resort is one of many golfer’s favorites. It boasts of its golf school and features a 27-hole golf course that is split into three different nine-holes circuits. It offers packages that combine accommodation and golf facilities. Guests can take pleasure in sports, leisure, and nature because of the location’s proximity to the sea.
Sant Vicenc de Montalt Golf Club
One of the newer clubs in Barcelona but already making waves across Europe, the Sant Vicenc de Montalt Golf Club is located just 25 kilometers outside Barcelona. It includes a challenging 18-hole and par 70 golf course. Set in beautiful countryside with sea views of the Costa Maresme, this course is considered to be one of the finest in the area. It also has a restaurant, bar, and pro shop, with hospitable staff.
P.G.A. Golf Cataluña
Bring your best clubs and take out your customized golf grips. Swing through one of Europe’s best golf courses, the P.G.A. Golf Cataluña. Designed by Angel Gallardo and Neil Coles, it features 18 holes with 5 different tees for each holes, which allows players of varying handicap play together. It is located in the northern part of the province of Girona at the foot of the Catalan pyrenees. It’s known for its two courses – the Stadium and Tour Course. These two are the result of architectural genius that pleases the eye, with fairways bordered by dense, mature forests, water and far-reaching views.
A blogger based in San Diego, California, Amanda Smith has a penchant for writing about travel, lifestyle, sports, wellness, and just about anything that tickles her fancy. She’s a newbie at golf and enjoys collecting golf products from Lamkin Golf Grips. When she’s not writing, she’s busy catching up on her favorite sitcoms with her yellow Labrador, Chandler Tribbiani.