With great weather and stunning settings, it’s no wonder that Marbella, Spain, is a golfer’s haven. The wider Andalucía region is home to more than 100 courses, earning the nickname the “costa del golf.” Marbella has 21 prestigious courses, each offering world-class golf. Here are seven of the best.
Aloha Golf Club is a members-only course in Nueva Andalucia with dramatic La Concha mountain framing the skyline. Designed by Javier Arana — considered to be one of the best Spanish course designers of all time — Aloha has hosted the PGA tour three times in recent years and is known as one of the most well-kept private members courses in Spain.
Spanning over 2,000 acres, the prestigious members-only Zagaleta Country Club has two of Spain’s most beautiful golf courses: Old Golf Course and New Golf Course. Old Course is a championship standard course in a park-like setting with wooded hills and views of Marbella, a verdant valley and the sea. New Course, opened in 2005, is a par 70 course with a challenging gradient guaranteed to leave you feeling exhilarated.
Designed in 1965 by Javier Arana, Rio Real Golf Course is one of the most established courses on our list. It has been recognized by the Royal Spanish Golf Federation as one of the best courses in Spain in terms of beauty, layout and prestige. The course is just a five-minute drive from the town center, alongside the River Rio which plays an integral part in its design.
Situated midway between Marbella and Estepona, Villa Padierna enjoys a sheltered, coastal environment flanked by mountains. The resort offers three courses with 54 holes for varying skill levels: the challenging Alferini, the rewarding and undulating Flamingos, and the fast and fun Tramores. There’s something for everyone.
Finca Cortesin has been rated one of Spain’s best courses by Golf Digest. Olive and cork trees line the challenging 18-hole championship course designed by Cabell Robinson. The service here goes above and beyond: Players are treated to cold water and fresh fruit on the course and the resort features a Michelin-starred restaurant. The course has hosted many prestigious professional tournaments.
Real Club de Golf Las Brisas — designed in 1968 by the celebrated Robert Trent Jones Sr. — is the ultimate stalwart on the Marbella golfing scene. Having hosted two world championships and said to be a favorite of the Spanish royal family, the club is known for exclusivity. Prospective members must apply for an interview and prove a maximum handicap of 24 for men and 32 for women. Members enjoy the botanical garden setting, excellent service and fine dining.
Designed by Ryder Cup winners Manuel Piñero and Antonio Garrido, La Quinta opened in 1989 as an 18-hole course and has since expanded into a 27-hole complex. Situated in Benahavis — also known locally as Golf Valley — the course can be enjoyed by both amateurs and professionals. Framed by a dramatic Sierra Blanca mountain range with Mediterranean Sea views, the course is divided into three nine-hole zones. “A” course (also called San Pedro) has wide fairways for bold driving; “B” course (The Ronda) is the shortest of the three nines with a tight course and challenging green; and “C” course (Guadaiza) is the longest with a tournament layout. La Quinta has hosted the Spanish Open on the Ladies European World Tour.
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