Sun, sand and tees. The Costa Del Sol is a golfer’s paradise with some of Europe’s best courses located within easy reach of Jet2.com destinations…
Ask any golfer to name their favourite holiday courses and it won’t take much head scratching before they come up with one of Spain’s many famous settings. The Costa Del Sol – or ‘Costa del Golf’ as it’s known to many – is home to some truly world-class golfing venues.
We surveyed the golf nuts here at Jet2.com to come up with their Top Five Golf courses and, after a lot of heated debate, here’s what made the final green...
Costa Del Sol Courses
With some 45 golf courses situated on the Costa del Sol, all benefiting from a warm all-year-round climate, it almost seems unfair to leave any in the rough. You really can’t go too far wrong but to help you decide, here’s the Jet2.com shortlist – all within a buggy’s drive from your Jet2.com flight to Malaga...
1) Valderrama: the “ Augusta” of Europe, worth the visit purely to say that you’ve played on the world famous course that hosted the epic 1997 Ryder Cup, which saw a European victory under the captaincy of the legendary Seve Ballesteros.
Regularly voted one of the best in Europe, Valderrama will provide a stern test for even the most seasoned pro’. Cork and olive trees line the tight fairways, leaving little room for error – and watch out for those well-placed bunkers and tricky water hazards.
2) Sotogrande: built all the way back in 1964, Sotogrande is still complex enough to provide a very tough golfing challenge indeed. This is mainly down to the design of the architect Robert Trent Jones, who described the course as a battlefield, with golfers attacking it and him defending it. A beautiful setting amidst lush vegetation with well- matured oaks, pines, eucalyptus and palm trees means that if you stray from the fairways, achieving par is going to be very hard to do!
3) San Roque: the two nines at San Roque were built in the 1980s by architect Dave Thomas with Tony Jacklin, integrating the natural landscape to provide a round that incorporated a series of varying challenges. Players work their way through oak and cork groves, past rushing streams up onto stunning meadowland ending in a series of holes amidst lakeland scenery.
The New Course, designed by Perry Dye, complements these existing venues perfectly. With some exquisite vistas from many of its holes, from treetops to sea views, it caters for both low handicappers and beginners alike.
4) Santana Golf & Country Club: located on what was once gently rolling farmland, Santana Golf & Country Club has become one of Costa Del Sol’s top courses since it was opened in 2003. With the longest par 5 in the country, challenging greens, ball-snatching water hazards and deliciously frustrating avocado trees lining the fairway, this course is fast becoming a must-play for any golfer visiting the area.
5) Mijas – Los Lagos: Two distinct 18-hole courses that provide ample scope for the seasoned and greener golfer. First opened in 1976, Los Lagos is set in a forgiving 150 acres, allowing for the occasional lapse in accuracy, although you do need to keep a keen eye out for the many water hazards presented by the eight lakes on the course. Los Olivos, on the other hand, whilst shorter, demands more precision and rewards the more meticulous golfer.