Spain is a leading golf destination in Europe Thousands of amateurs and professionals choose it to enjoy this sport in unbeatable conditions. Find out the main reasons.
Around 300 days of sun a year
In Spain, you can play golf all year round without having to worry about the cold or rain. The Canary Islands boast an average annual temperature of over 20 degrees Celsius. And areas in southern Andalusia enjoy around 3,000 hours of sunshine every year. The Mediterranean regions of Catalonia, Valencia and Murcia have mild temperatures in winter... Spain’s weather conditions guarantee a very long golf season.
Marbella is the golf capital of Europe It is located on the Costa del Sol, near Malaga, an area with numerous prestigious courses. In general, the south of Andalusia is highly appreciated by golf enthusiasts and there are many well-known clubs around Malaga and on the Costa de Luz (in Cadiz and Huelva). The Costa Brava area (in Catalonia), the Costa Cálida (in the Region of Murcia) and the Region of Valencia also have interesting options, in addition to the Canary and Balearic Islands.
Outstanding international connections
The locations of the main golf areas are perfect if you want to organise a short trip, because they are close to airports with numerous international connections. Malaga, Alicante, Barcelona, Girona and Madrid airports are very close to major golf courses and make it possible to plan a getaway from almost any country in Europe.
Variety of courses in different environments
Depending on your tastes, your holiday destination, the circumstances... In Spain you can choose between very different golf courses throughout the whole country. You can find them overlooking the sea, in rural areas, amidst mountains, and even in big cities.
You can combine golfing with anything you or your travel companion like
Do you like good food? Do you enjoy art and culture? Do you love to relax in spas? Do you prefer accommodation with character? In Spain, you’ll have no problem combining golf with these pleasures for various reasons. For example, the Costa del Sol, Costa de la Luz and Costa Brava areas boast a wide range of restaurants with Michelin Stars, and the regions in general have delicious local cuisine. In other areas such as Navarre, golf can be combined with gourmet gastronomy. If you are keen on combining golf with culture, you can do so by playing in cities such as Madrid and Barcelona or even in the vicinity of one of the 15 World Heritage Cities. The main golf courses are often found in luxury resorts, and the paradors of Malaga and El Saler have outstanding golf courses. Another option? Kick back in a spa like the one on the island of La Toja (Galicia), and check out its amazing golf course, in a privileged setting.
Courses by great designers
Many of the best golf course architects are responsible for the design of the courses you can play on in Spain. For example, the courses at the Club de Golf Valderrama and Real Club Sotogrande (both on the Costa de la Luz) are the work of Robert Trent Jones. Cabell Robinson designed the Finca El Cortesín Golf Club (in Costa del Sol) and La Reserva de Sotogrande (Costa de la Luz). Former golfer Neil Coles is behind the PGA Catalunya Resort (Girona), and Javier Arana has worked on the El Saler Golf Course (region of Valencia) and Aloha Golf (Marbella). In Cantabria, you can even play in the Real Golf de Pedreña, where Spanish champion Severiano Ballesteros assisted in the design.
Courses for all levels
Spain hosts international tournaments and many professionals choose to train here. However, Spain also offers options for any amateur or first-time golfer. There are courses for very different levels and many clubs offer learning and practical courses for all ages.
Complete leisure days
Another of the advantages offered by Spain is the fact that the days here have more hours of sunlight, meaning more time to enjoy. Theme parks, terraces, outdoor activities, concerts, theatre plays, etc. And when night falls, remember that in Spain you can keep having fun into the early hours of the morning with a wide range of restaurants, live music, bars and nightclubs.