Costa del Sol -By Aruna Rathod

The sun, the sand and the blue ocean - Costa del Sol of­fers all this and golf, for an ac­tion-packed hol­i­day!

The Luxury Collection - - Contents - -By Aruna Rathod

Why is the Costa del Sol one of the most sought af­ter luxe des­ti­na­tions? Beau­ti­ful weather and over 300 days of sun a year. Yes, any time of the year is good for this 161 kilo­me­ters of coast­line in the prov­ince of Malaga on the Mediter­ranean.

What’s more, Costa del Sol has golf all 365 days of the year, and like all of Spain boasts of a wealth of art and his­tory. Pablo Pi­casso was born in Malaga, and his­toric build­ings and mon­u­ments like the Cathe­dral and the Moor­ish “Al­caz­aba” (Fortress) are def­i­nitely worth a visit.

Golfers’ Par­adise

Chal­lenge your­self with some iconic holes in the in­te­rior of Málaga which is blessed with an ex­cel­lent cli­mate and fa­cil­i­ties for golfers with great stan­dards and unique land­scapes.

Alhaurín Golf: an el­e­vated tee with views of the moun­tains and sea

Alhaurín Golf Club is one of the most spec­tac­u­lar cour­ses. Funny, dar­ing, de­mand­ing and of great beauty, it al­lows the player to en­joy its sur­round­ings. It is made up of 18 holes and has the sig­na­ture of Cantabrian Sev­e­ri­ano Balles­teros, one of the great­est in this sport, who de­signed a course that is a chal­lenge for any golfer.

Ac­cord­ing to the di­rec­tor of the com­plex, José Ramón Gómez, the mar­quee fea­ture of this course is its high tee at the 6th hole with breath­tak­ing views of the Sierra de Mi­jas and the Mediter­ranean Sea. Sur­rounded by veg­e­ta­tion typ­i­cal of the Mediter­ranean for­est with pines, oaks, cy­presses and or­ange trees, this is a par five with a raised tee where the green is not seen in full.

Lauro Golf: a hole pro­tected by a for­est of cen­te­nar­ian pines

One of the most char­ac­ter­is­tic holes of Lauro Golf is the 11, a short par three but with a very nar­row green en­trance due to the pres­ence of a hun­dred year old pine for­est that pro­tects it. All Lauro Golf is based on the in­te­gra­tion of the golf course into na­ture and this hole best rep­re­sents this blend. The de­sign is based on a com­plex en­trance by a sin­gle pine lo­cated 20 me­ters ahead of the green. The ball’s flight must ei­ther clear the tree or en­ter through the nar­row gap it leaves, depend­ing on the flag po­si­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to the man­ager of the com­plex, Car­los Pitarch, a bunker to the right of the green and the for­est it­self chal­lenge the player who will think he is fac­ing one of the eas­ier holes of the Lauro only to re­alise that he needs in­tense con­cen­tra­tion even to achieve par. The hole, which bears the name of the Mar­tial bull­fighter, was de­signed by Folco Nardi on the ground dur­ing the its con­struc­tion. Orig­i­nally it was pro­jected as a par four but this re­quired the cut­ting down of sev­eral pines of con­sid­er­able height and value. Fi­nally, the de­signer did not cut a sin­gle tree by adapt­ing hole 11 to the en­vi­ron­ment, where it is now com­mon to see rab­bits, ducks, herons and even ea­gles.

An­te­quera Golf: a drive be­tween lakes, with the panoramic view of Tor­cal

An­te­quera not only stands out for its cul­tural, his­tor­i­cal and gas­tro­nomic her­itage, it has also be­come a ref­er­ence in terms of golf. It is sit­u­ated in the ge­o­graphic cen­ter

of An­dalu­sia, sur­rounded by olive trees with views of the mead­ows and moun­tains that pre­cede the ex­panse of Tor­cal. In this en­ter­tain­ing 18-hole course de­signed by the two-time win­ner of the Ry­der Cup, José María Cañizares, the par 4 hole 13 stands out, ac­cord­ing to the di­rec­tor of An­te­quera Golf, Vic­tor Casado.

At the foot of the Nat­u­ral Park of El Tor­cal, World Her­itage, the 13th hole has three lakes con­nected to each other, two of them just in front of the tee, so you have to throw the drive above them. There is a drop area for ball and the sec­ond stroke to the green is about 120 me­ters, but in front is the third lake.

Baviera: a long hand­i­cap 1 be­tween real pea­cocks

Sur­rounded by trop­i­cal av­o­cado and mango crops Baviera Golf is lo­cated in a val­ley with a mi­cro­cli­mate per­fect for golf, bor­der­ing the Sierra Te­jada, Al­hama and Almi­jara Nat­u­ral Park. It is an ideal place to en­joy this sport a few me­ters from the Ma­rina de la Caleta de Vélez and its beaches.

De­signed by José María Cañizares, it is an 18 hole flat course that is char­ac­ter­ized by its wide greens with many move­ments and great di­ver­sity of ob­sta­cles. For the man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Baviera Golf, Ig­na­cio Iturbe, the most em­blem­atic hole is the 12, a par five of 532 me­ters. It is rated hand­i­cap 1, the most dif­fi­cult of the course for its long lay­out. It is the hole to be beaten by the play­ers who can en­joy a nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment, with­out con­struc­tion around, with pea­cocks and chameleons prowl­ing by them.

Añoreta

Añoreta Golf was the first golf course built in the re­gion of Axar­quía, founded in 1990 and de­signed by José María Cañizares. Lo­cated in Rincón de la Vic­to­ria, it has an 18 hole par 72 course with a var­ied lay­out that al­lows the game to be very en­joy­able. The most out­stand­ing hole is the 7th, a spec­tac­u­lar par four with views of the sea, as it is lo­cated less than a kilo­me­ter from the coast. From the el­e­vated tee, you can see sev­eral fair­ways of the course with the Mediter­ranean as a back­drop. It is a short, strate­gic hole with a small lake that comes into play in the first stroke and is sur­rounded by na­tive olive trees and with date palms on the green.

Parador de Málaga: a hole par­al­lel to the sea and sur­rounded by trees

The smell of grass and salty residue mix dur­ing a jour­ney bor­dered by sand dunes, pine trees, palms and eu­ca­lyp­tus. On the shores of Mediter­ranean is the Parador de Málaga Golf, the prin­ci­pal course of An­dalu­sia whose be­gin­nings go back to the 1920s. Pro­moted by the Bri­tish princess Beatrice de Bat­ten­berg, it bears the sig­na­ture of de­signer Tom Simp­son.

It started as a reg­u­la­tion 18 holes course and a fur­ther 9 were added later to of­fer a to­tal of 27 holes. It has been cho­sen by the Euro­pean PGA for sev­eral tour­na­ments and its most strik­ing as­pect is that it runs in par­al­lel to the sea for about a kilo­me­tre and the grass melts with the sand of the beach.

Guadal­horce: A green presided by an eigh­teenth cen­tury farm­house

In the district of Cam­panil­las stands the Guadal­horce Golf Club de­signed in the late 80s by the Fin­nish ar­chi­tect Kosti Kuro­nen in an old farm.

It is lo­cated north of the air­port and next to the river that gives it its name. Com­posed of 18 holes, it was re­mod­eled by the malagueño Miguel Án­gel Jiménez.

One of its most out­stand­ing holes is the 18, a par four of 407 me­ters with the largest green of the whole course. Its wide fair­way is pro­tected by two bunkers and trees on both sides. Along the en­tire hole, you can en­joy beau­ti­ful views of the green, presided over by an old house of the eigh­teenth cen­tury, for­merly known as Cor­tijo de Col­menares and now the Club House.

Most Em­blem­atic Golf Holes of Mar­bella

Mar­bella is the fo­cal point of the Costa del Golf, and a par­adise for those who love this sport. Golf en­thu­si­asts have an oblig­a­tory stop in this lo­cal­ity in which up to 16 cour­ses are lo­cated.

Los Naran­jos: A postcard hole

In the heart of the Golf Val­ley is Los Naran­jos Golf Club, which since its in­au­gu­ra­tion in 1977 has hosted sev­eral im­por­tant events and is ranked as one of the best in Spain. Robert Trent Jones drew a cham­pi­onship course with a clas­sic de­sign, with wide fair­ways and greens, per­fect for in­ter­na­tional tour­na­ments as well as for mid­dle-level golfers.

Aloha Golf: At the foot of the Pico de La Con­cha

The Aloha Golf Club is one of the

pi­o­neer­ing clubs on the Costa del Sol which has man­aged to com­bine tra­di­tion and ren­o­va­tion. Lo­cated in the Val­ley of the Golf next to Puerto Banús, it has been the main venue of the An­dalu­sia Open on three oc­ca­sions. It was de­signed by Javier Arana, whose seal is not only re­flected in the splen­did course, but also in the choice of trees and plants that punc­tu­ate and line the fair­ways and greens.

Guadalmina: a green on the beach front

Lo­cated in an old es­tate ded­i­cated to agri­cul­ture, the Real Club de Golf Guadalmina is the prin­ci­pal golf club of Mar­bella and has two mag­nif­i­cent cour­ses. In the South course, de­signed by Javier Arana, it fo­cuses on hole 11, a spec­tac­u­lar par 3, 160 me­ters hole lo­cated next to the Mediter­ranean, over­look­ing the Rock of Gi­bral­tar and flanked by the mouth of the river Guadalmina and the ho­tel bear­ing the same name. Golfers take a swing while en­joy­ing the sound of the sea break­ing on the shore. In the orig­i­nal course it is the first hole that cao­tures your at­ten­tion with a huge nat­u­ral bunker that forms a beach be­tween the tee and the wide green which has a lot of fall from left to right. As is the case in the Valle del Guadal­horce and An­te­quera dis­tricts, a huge num­ber of golfers are at­tracted by the good weather, com­fort, tran­quil­ity, scenery and gas­tron­omy of­fered by Axar­quía on the Costa del Sol Ori­en­tal ev­ery year. Añoreta in Rin­con de la Vic­to­ria and Baviera Golf in Caleta de Vélez are the two cour­ses in this re­gion of Malaga where you can en­joy views of the sea and moun­tains. An­other of the cour­ses with a spec­tac­u­lar panoramic view against the blue wa­ters of Mediter­ranean is the Parador de Málaga Golf, the old­est in An­dalu­sia, a ref­er­ence for pro­fes­sion­als and am­a­teurs. Nearby is the Guadal­horce Golf Club and to the east is the Royal Golf Club El Can­dado, one of the his­toric cour­ses of Costa del Sol.

Images: © Turismo y Plan­i­fi­cación Costa del Sol S.L.U.

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