Spain’s Costa Del Sol is synonymous with golf being aptly nicknamed the Costa Del Golf for its 60 golf courses but don’t forget the Balearic and Canary Islands which offer great golfing opportunities too! These sun-kissed Spanish regions have seen numerous award-winning timeshare resorts arrive on their shores with most resorts having a golf-course, driving range and pro shop on-site or very nearby!
We went in search for some of the top timeshare resorts for golfers across Spain and its islands, looking for the best facilities and prime locations. Here, in no particular order, are five which we felt deserve a special mention.
The UNESCO “Biosphere Reserve” island of Gran Canaria may not be the first destination that comes to mind when seeking out Championship standard golf in Spain. However, to the South West of the island is Anfi Tauro where an 18-hole course eases down towards the Atlantic Ocean from the mountainside, close the beautiful beach of Amadores. Part of the renowned Anfi Group, the resort is set-up to fulfil every golfers ideal holiday providing both 9 and 18-hole courses as well as an exclusive Pro Shop and Academy. There’s also a driving range and putting green for practice whilst the terraced restaurant on-site offers respite for all in the warming sunshine. Three swimming pools are available at the resort as are fitness classes with mini and juniors clubs for the kids to get involved in too! Relish in contemporary luxury as all units here come fitted to a high-standard to create a sense of uncluttered living within a high-quality setting.
The Salobre Golf Resort a short drive East boasts 36 holes across 2 courses, be aware of the steep embankment lurking around the 3rd green of The Old Course though. Whilst a little further East is the Lopesan Meloneras Par 71, with certain holes running along the coastline it makes for plenty of photo opportunities. Surrounded by towering dunes on the Southern tip of Gran Canaria is the Maspalomas Par 73 which has played host to many international events and proves a challenge even for the Pros.
La Quinta at La Manga Club is situated on the South-East coast of Spain, within the region of Murcia and is a real golfers paradise located at the heart of 3 Championship golf courses. Selected as an Interval International Premier Resort this top-quality complex has a driving range, putting green and pro shop on-site whilst professional tuition can also be had here. A great sporting resort, La Quinta at La Manga has a 28-court tennis centre, cricket and football centres as well as an exclusive swimming pool and full spa to relax in after a day on the greens. Exquisitely designed villas at this RCI Silver Resort create a luxuriously comfortable environment to relax within after a day enjoying the wonders of this top-quality complex.
Driving a little way North you will come across La Serena’s Par 72 creating a challenge worth journeying for however be careful of the water hazards sprinkled across this course! 10 minutes East of La Serena by car is Mar Menor Golf Course and the back 9 here were created by the famous Nicklaus Design! A brief drive up to salty lagoon of Mar Menor is the Roda Course which is lined by Palm Trees and lurking bunkers to test your accuracy.
Flanked by 18-hole courses and the shimmering Mediterranean Sea, Marriotts Playa Andaluza tees guests up for a great golfing holiday on the Costa Del Sol. Test out the on-site 9-hole mini-golf course before heading off to play the wonderful Championship courses that surround this 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner. A quick 10-minute drive East will bring you to the Real Club de Golf Guadalmina where a driving range, pitch and putt and two beautifully maintained 18-hole courses are waiting for you. Back at the resort enjoy a relaxing massage at the Eglee Spa, admire the coastline from the Beach-view swimming pool and dine at the Solera Restaurant and Bar of an evening. The villas and apartments here are decorated to a high standard reflecting traditional Andalusian style and inspire a calming feel as you return after a day on the courses.
The Real Club de Golf Guadalmina offers two particularly tough 18-hole courses to choose between whilst a 10 minute drive North brings you to the peaceful ambience of the Atalaya Golf and Country Club set against the backdrop of the Sierra Blanca mountain range. Also North of the Playa Andaluza are the olive trees and winding streams of the 18-hole fairways at El Paraiso Golf Club. Whilst heading West takes you to Villa Padierna and the 3 gorgeous courses that await gifting sea views from their hilltop location. The renowned Marbella Club is located in the hills to the North-West of the Playa Andaluza and is less than 10km away!
Two Championship-Standard golf courses surround Marriotts Son Antem in South Majorca situated only a 20 minute drive East from Palma de Mallorca airport. Guests here receive preferential green fees for the on-site courses whilst the driving range and pitch & putt greens here provide ideal warm up areas. Resident PGA staff offer tuition for golfers of all abilities at Son Antem and make practice fun in this relaxing setting. Three swimming pools, a fitness centre and spa can all be found at this 2014 Certificate of Excellence winning resort and a seasonal daily activity programme is available for the kids too! The elegantly styled two-story townhouses here boast luxurious interiors that create a grand setting to relax into after a day enjoying the surrounding courses.
A 20 minute drive South towards the Bay of Palma is the Golf Maioris which includes two “island” greens to push golfers to the test. The Nicklaus Design Golf Park Puntiro is a short drive North, great for big hitters and those with top accuracy, requiring both along its 18-hole Par 71 course! Real Golf de Bendinat is a brief drive West along Palma Bay captivating the imagination of all golfers with its combination of Valley and Mountain holes.
Nestled between the towns of Marbella and Fuengirola, the Miraflores Beach & Country Club enjoys a fantastic location on the Costa Del Sol. Located a stones throw from the Miraflores Golf Club where the 18-hole par 71 course is complimented by a two-tier, 22-berth driving range and tuition from committed coaches. The 19th hole there at Spikes Bar is a great place to unwind after a stimulating round of 18 and its sunny terrace overlooks the Mediterranean Sea below. Awarded the RCI Hospitality Accolade the Miraflores Beach and Country Club offers a tennis academy, bowling green and full fitness centre as well as a swimming pool to cool off within. Lush tropical gardens surround the comfortable apartments of this resort providing uninterrupted views of the Mediterranean sea and Andalusian hills whilst the location will ensure you have a fantastic holiday on the Costa Del Sol.
Top Courses Nearby:
Miraflores Golf Club
Calanova Golf Club
El Chaparral Golf Club
Santana Golf & Country Club
The rolling Par 72 at Calanova Golf Club is situated 15 minutes North by car and gifts breathtaking scenery as you play your way through the hillside 18-hole course. The stretching fairways and generous sea views at Cabopino Golf Marbella can be found by following the Mediterranean highway West for 10 minutes. Around 6km East towards Fuengirola you will find El Chaparral Golf Club famous across the Costa Del Sol for the quality of its greens. A former avocado plantation, the Santana Golf Club is around 8km North of Miraflores and has perfectly manicured greens, wide fairways and a level terrain that makes for easy walking but testing shots.