Spain was the first continental European country to jump on the notion that great food, wine and sunny beaches provides an ideal platform to become a sought after golf destination. Although the aforementioned attributes are important, the real key to Spain’s success as a golf market has been the wonderful collection of courses built on its southern coast.
The very best of these courses are all considered to be amongst the best in Continental Europe, most notably Valderrama, a Robert Trent Jones design that has been the site of countless significant championships including the Volvo Masters on the European Tour, the World Golf Championship in 1999 (won by Tiger Woods) and, most notably, the 1997 Ryder Cup, which saw Seve Ballesteros captain the European squad to victory.
Next door to Valderrama are other world class courses in Sotogrande and San Roque. Sotogrande is another Trent Jones course, his first design in Europe, while San Roque takes advantage of beautifully undulating land and large stands of cork trees. La Reserva is another wonderful course directly adjacent to Valderrama.
Other notable courses in the Costa del Sol area include Finca Cortesin, Alcaidesa and Almenara.