Home to some of the most beautiful courses in Europe, with excellent transport links, and warm weather all year round, the Costa del Sol, commonly referred to as the “Costa del Golf,” has become a fantastic destination for golf enthusiasts.
With over 70 golf courses spread in over 100km of sparkling coastline, selecting the top five is always tricky. There is plenty of alternatives, difficulty levels, styles, price ranges…
Towns like Marbella and Puerto Banus are home to some of the finest courses on the coast, but also offer a wide range of leisure activities, spectacular restaurants, and lively nightlife. On the other hand, the exclusive areas of Sotogrande, Casares, and La Alcaidesa guarantee superb landscaped courses, and luxurious attractions such as Polo matches, yachting competitions, and Michelin Star restaurants. Check out the 5 must play golf courses on the Costa del Sol.
5 Must Play golf courses on the Costa del Sol
1- Los Arqueros Golf & Country Club
This stunning course is set behind the Serrania de Ronda with amazing Mediterranean Sea views. It is less than 50 minutes’ drive from Malaga International Airport and only about 10 minutes from Marbella and Estepona. This 18-hole championship course was designed by Seve Ballesteros. It has contrasting landscapes that include several streams and three lakes giving each hole a different kind of challenge. Its enviable mountain setting provides magnificent views over the Golf Valley.
2- Santa Clara Golf Club
This parkland-style golf course is just a 5 minutes’ drive from the center of Marbella and offers possibly some of the most beautiful views of the Mediterranean Sea. This well-manicured course was designed by Enrique Canales Busquets and was opened in 2001. The course offers some technical sections and features a fairway with a gently sloping gradient and a few roughs.
3- Marbella Golf & Country Club
This is another golf course that is a stone’s throw away from the center of Marbella. It has a fabulous green network, well-situated water hazards and excellent bunkering to provide the best-golfing experience.
4-La Zagaleta Golf Club
Prestige and exclusivity define La Zagaleta, one of the most luxurious golf courses in Europe. The course is situated within a gated residential estate just a few kilometers from Puerto Banus, Marbella, and Estepona. You can enjoy playing this 36-hole course with spectacular views and challenging designs.
5- Alcaidesa Golf Resort
A total of 36 professional holes, sunshine and panoramic views towards the sea, Gibraltar and Africa make the Links and Heathland courses a paradise for golf lovers. Peter Alliss and Clive Clark are the designers of Alcaidesa Links, the only links course in southern Europe, whereas the famous Dave Thomas designed the Heathland.
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