A country renowned for its culture, history and gastronomy, Spain is a tourism heavyweight attracting millions each year. Perhaps the vibrant coastal city of Barcelona is on your hit list, with its ornate Gaudi cathedral and irresistible soccer team, or maybe the shaded plazas of Madrid and its Prado museum are a priority. No matter what draws you, there is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy some outstanding championship golf in Spain.
Apart from the very warm high summer months, the golfing climate in Southern Spain, and the province of Andalucia particularly, is absolutely ideal for golf, cruising from the 70s to lower 80s Celsius, with very little rain. Connecting through the major hubs like Madrid makes the golfing capital of Spain, the Costa del Sol, extremely accessible, with Malaga the regional airport to aim for.
The Costa del Sol, as its name suggest, benefits from a wonderful climate that is matched by a smattering of first class golf courses. Your golf vacation in Spain will be incomplete without a taste of the legacy left on this magnificent coastline by the great Robert Trent Jones Senior. We recommend a short stay in the exclusive Marbella area, known for its glitzy shopping areas and the mega-yachts in its marinas, before an exploration of the best courses in and around Sotogrande, an exclusive golf and residential estate around 45 minutes down the coast.
It is here that you will have the chance to discover Valderrama, regarded by many as Europe’s finest inland course and the crowning glory of RTJ’s time in the area, not to mention San Roque Club, home to two splendid courses and also the base of the American team for the duration of the 1997 Ryder Cup. Recommended additions to your golf tour itinerary in Spain are the new championship layout at Finca Cortesin, and the more traditional Real Club de Golf Sotogrande, another RTJ gem.
Whether you twin with another golfing centre in Europe – Portugal’s Algarve or any of the leading UK golf tour destinations are possibilities – or with a sightseeing adventure, Spain is a hugely satisfying port of call for the avid golfer.
Best time to travel
Summer: Apr – Oct
Shoulder Season Mar & Nov
Connecting to Malaga from London