Great weather, dramatic scenery and courses designed by some of golf’s greatest architects? Yes, that’s Malaga. There may be no better place to visit for a fantastic golfing holiday than right here, no matter your skill or handicap. Pros, enthusiasts, and casual players will all find something to enjoy when golfing in Malaga, but to help narrow down your search, we’ve highlighted just some of the region’s very best locations to play golf during your next Spanish break.
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If you are looking for a resort with more than one course, Mijas Golf might be the place for you. Situated in the mountains near the village of Mijas, this resort provides a wonderful setting for your round. Mijas’s two courses are known as Los Olivios and Los Lagos, the latter of which first opened in 1976 with Los Olivos following in 1984.
We spoke to Mijas Golf who were able to tell us all that one would possibly need to know about golfing with them and in Malaga:
“If you want everything in one destination, Mijas Golf Club must be your choice, why?
“First it is the fantastic weather of the Costa del Sol, second is because Mijas Golf can be found situated in the heart of the region, in the city of Málaga, which is fashionable nowadays. The International Airport, night life, museums, beaches, and typical little Spanish villages in the mountains… everything you can imagine is around Mijas Golf Club. Even if you decide to go skiing, you are just one hour by car from Sierra Nevada (3.478 meters in high).
“And finally it is because Mijas Golf Club has two 18 holes courses designed and developed (more than 40 years ago by Robert Trent Jones Sr.) for the enjoyment of the golfer – not just for urban development and/or sale of properties – this is what is meant by a real golf experience.”
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And for some in depth information on their two wonderful courses, Mijas Golf told us:
“Mijas Golf Club has two different ‘American Design’ 18 holes courses:
“With its 6,536 meters, this course is the larger of the two at Mijas Golf. Keeping the original design of Robert Trent Jones Sr., the course has been totally refurbished in 2012. Los Lagos is a course with soft slopes, wide fairways and few forest tree obstacles, but defended by many bunkers and no less than nine lakes, from which the course gets its name, eager to trap each and everyone’s ball. The greens are large and flat with sensitive undulations, and the wide tees can be accommodated to reduce or increase the difficulty to the player’s choice.
“Los Lagos is a course suitable for handicap players, being one of the most famous commercial courses of the Costa del Sol (Now Blue stakes are also available).
“Designed also by Robert Trent Senior, the main feature which distinguishes this course from Los Lagos is the abundance of trees – hence the name – and its smaller size, as well as fewer water hazards. The greens are smaller, undulating and well defended. Although both are the work of the same designer, there is no doubt there are interesting contrasts between the two courses. If Los Lagos is based around hazards of water and sand, Los Olivos is based around strategic, narrow tree lined fairways and elevated greens.”
“Los Olivos is a course best suited for players gifted with a higher technical ability and precision in their game.”
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Mijas Golf also spoke to us about their rates and prices:
“The range of the prices is based on times of play and the number of players… there is a huge offer available for every pocket size. Also we have a good offer for annual memberships based on number of rounds and periods of play. Finally, there is a standard and always available discount on the bookings online which is valid for all customers.”
Golf Torrequebrada is one of Malaga’s oldest courses. While not being overtly mammoth in length (coming in at 6,400 yards) the course still presents quite a test. Surrounded by lakes, bunkers, steep hills, and tree-lined fairways, it’s not hard to see where the difficulties may lie, but it’s even easier to understand why so many golfers are in love with what’s on offer.
Golf Torrequebrada spoke to us about why players so enjoy golfing at their course:
“The reason that players return to Golf Torrequebrada, opened in 1976, is the variety of fairway design, the size and slopes of the greens, and the strategically placed lakes and bunkers that make the course a great test whatever the player’s handicap is. Over 100 varieties of shrubs and trees beautifully line the fairways. All clubs in the bag are used which makes the course very enjoyable. It is no surprise that the designer, José “Pepe” Gancedo is called ‘the Picasso of golf’.”
Those who are planning to hire a car from Malaga Airport will be pleased to know that the course is just a twenty minute drive away, and visitors can also take advantage of the driving range, club house, instructive golf lessons, and peaceful putting green.
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Ranked in the top five golf courses anywhere in Spain by Golf World Magazine, Finca Cortesin is located in the town of Casares and has hosted the world famous Volvo World Match Play Championships.
An immaculate 18 hole course with some of Andalusia’s most dramatic views available, this course by Cabell B. Robinson is quite spectacular.
Finca Cortesin help to describe the scene, telling us what golfers can look forward to:
“With its challenging par-72, 18-hole golf course, and renowned Jack Nicklaus Academy, Finca Cortesin’s golf facilities are regarded among the best in Spain, including by the prestigious international magazine Golf Digest.
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“Together, Cabell B. Robinson’s course design and Gerald Huggan’s landscaping have combined to create harmony, with lush surroundings including typical Mediterranean flora and forest. Opened in 2006 and measuring 6,802 metres in length, the golf course offers five different tee positions, making it appealing to players of all levels.
“In July 2017, Finca Cortesin completed a comprehensive upgrade of its greens – becoming the first golf course in Spain to feature a new, environmentally-friendly, type of Ultra Dwarf Bermuda grass on all of its putting surfaces.”
All players at Finca Cortesin benefit from the resort’s exclusive bag drop service, fully equipped buggies, and other complimentary services. And if you need more convincing to play your golf here (255 euros for 18 holes 2018), US Masters champion Sergio Garcia once compared the greens at Finca Cortesin to those found at Augusta National.
Guadalhorce Club de Golf
One of the great things about golfing in Malaga (apart from the stunning courses and warm climate) is the close proximity of so many courses to Malaga Airport. Guadalhorce Golf Club is another that is one only a stone’s throw away and is a favourite of the locals. This family friendly resort offers a range of facilities to accompany the great golf on offer, including a swimming pool, sauna, and tennis courts.
Designed by golfing favourite Miguel Ángel Jiménez, this is a parkland experience that is ideally suited for beginner and intermediate players. Guadalhorce Golf Club is also perfect for older golfers, providing a picturesque alternative to some of Malaga’s hillier courses.
Guadalhorce told us that they are “the first golf course redesigned by Miguel Angel Jimenez and it´s the only family golf course on the Costa del Sol.”
And when asked why Malaga is such a favourite destination for golfers around the world, they explained that it’s “because we have such wonderful weather, meaning that you can play here even during winter,” also adding, “We have sea, we have mountains, we have culture, we have gastronomy” all combining in their eyes for the perfect golfing destination.
Green fees for Guadalhorce Golf Club are 68 euros, with club rental also being available for 25 euros.
Describing themselves as “the player’s choice on the Costa del Sol”, Estepona Golf has a great reputation for being an immensely enjoyable golf course with ample fairways and greens that are envied across the region.
Nestled in the Spanish countryside, Estepona Golf’s 18 holes provide players with some truly terrific sea views from a number of different locations on the course. Suitable for players of all standards, there is no barrier to entry here, but at the same time the course is more than a test for those looking to challenge themselves. A particular highlight of the course is the tricky but equally beautiful 14th – an atmospheric par 3 with the Sierra Bermeja Mountain range perfectly framed in the background.
To play a round of 18 holes at this sublime course, players only have to conjure up 55 euros, and for those looking to play a weeks’ worth of golf during their Malaga holiday, the price is currently 275 euros for 2018.
And for a truly special day out at Estepona Golf: 18 holes, a full English breakfast, and buggy hire is available for 66 euros per person.
Open to the public since 1990, Añoreta Golf is a wonderful course situated about 18km east of Malaga town centre. The course is surrounded by both trees and lakes, and was designed by D. Jose Maria Cañizares, the winner of two World Cups and five European Tour tournaments. This 18 hole course has a par of 72 and has been calculated for all players, ranging from beginners to experienced golfers.
Diverse in terms of its design and boasting some truly memorable holes, the green fee for a round of 18 at Añoreta is 60 euros. Añoreta will also please visitors to its premises with its pro-shop, 10th hole bar, and restaurant. In the low season (January, June – September, and December), two rounds and a buggy go for a rate of 82.80 euros.
La Cala Resort
One of Costa del Sol’s biggest golf resorts, La Cala (located only 30 minutes from Malaga Airport) is home to three gorgeous courses: Campo America, Campo Asia, and Campo Europa. For those more casual players travelling to Malaga, Campo Europa is the least demanding of the three, with Campo Asia (the oldest at La Cala) being regarded as the most difficult with its four par fives.
Campo America is an attractive proposition because of its breath-taking views of the Mediterranean Sea, and the course is often favoured by intermediate players, with many enjoying the challenge of its raised greens and hilly sections. Like most courses, the rates depend on the time of year you are wanting to play, but tend to range from 60 to 107 euros.
Golfing in Malaga
As you can surely see, Malaga is a truly wonderful place to golf, with a bevy of fantastic courses to enjoy during your stay in the region. Depending on your skill, experience, tastes and desires, the Costa del Sol has the golfing holiday for you, and its courses will no doubt provide some of your finest memories of the region.