Best Golf Courses on the Costa de la Luz
The Costa del la Luz is located on the south coast of mainland Spain and boasts being home to a number of top quality golf courses.
Golfers looking to book golf holidays on the Costa de la Luz can enjoy a selection to popular golf resorts including Costa Esuri Golf Club, Islantilla Golf, El Rompido Golf Resort, Isla Canela Golf, Benalup Fairplay Golf Resort and Arcos Gardens.
The Gulf of Cadiz is also home to a number of historic towns such as Cadiz, Huelva, Ayamonte and the natural wilderness that is the Donana National Park. Huelva boasts some of the best beaches anywhere in Spain, noted for the high quality of the sand and water cleanliness.
The province of Huelva borders Portugal and is easily accessed driving across the impressive bridge at Ayamonte. A lot of golfers visiting this area of the Costa de la Luz now use Faro airport mainly for its convenient location and the choice of daily low cost flights from the UK and the rest of Europe. Other major airports in the region include Seville and Jerez.
Isla Canela Golf Course
Isla Canela golf is one of the most popular budget friendly golf resorts in on the Costa del la Luz. Located right by the pristine beaches of Ayamonte and the Isla Cristina marshlands. The stunning location is coupled with an enviable all year round climate with thousands of sunshine hours on offer each year.
The resort offers a popular 18 hole golf course designed by Juan Catarineu. The flat terrain makes the course comfortable to walk and offers golfers wide fairways which run between natural dunes and a plethora of plants natural to the area including olive, orange, palms and eucalyptus trees. Isla Canela Golf has lots of well placed trees, plants and fauna which create lots of natural hazards for golfers to navigate, the course looks easier than it really is and provides a good test for players of all levels.
Islantilla Golf Course
Islantilla Golf Resort is located in a privileged position close to the sea and within the pine forests of the Costa del la Luz. The resort is one of the largest offering 27 holes of golf on 3 x 9 hole courses as well as 2 natural grass FIFA sized football pitches. The 4* Hotel Islantilla Golf is located at the heart of the resort and just a minutes walk away from the club house and 1st hole of each of the 9 hole courses.
Each of the courses blend perfectly within the natural landscape of the Costa de la Luz which have ben home to a number of top Andalucian tournaments including one round of the European Tour and the Spanish Masters in 1995. In 2000 Islantilla Golf was voted as one of the 100 best golf courses in Europe by the Golf Digest magazine.
El Rompido Golf Course
El Rompido Golf Resort is located in a stunning area of the Costa de la Luz, Opened in 2003 the resort offers 36 holes of high quality golf on two courses , the South and North courses.
The South is an 18 hole, Par 72 parkland course which blends perfectly into the wetland area nestled within the pines and orange groves typical in this area of Huelva. Golfers are treated to stunning views through their rounds ad well as a large pontoon which that takes you over the marshland between the 17th and 8th Holes.
The North course was designed by celebrated architect Alvaro Arena and opened in 2006. The course nestled perfectly into the protected marshlands. The North course offers a good challenge to players of all levels, playing with intelligence and precision is key on this course if you are to have any hope of playing to your handicap.
Bellavista Golf Course
Bellavista Golf Club is located just a short drive from Huelva City in the picturesque town of Aljaraque, just north of the Odiel wetlands and the amazing Punto Umbria beaches.
The club is well established opening its doors to the public back in 1916 and has played an important part in the history of golf in Huelva having hosted numerous top events over the year. Bellavista is also a thriving sports venue with a large social scene based on the British style membership system.
The course is noted for its natural beauty, pine clad fairways, fast greens and golfer friendly layout. Although not a long course it is quite technical and requires precision and skill, it is a challenge for players of all levels and requires you to make use of every club on your bag to obtain a decent score.
La Monacilla Golf Course
La Monacilla Golf is located just a 11 minute drive from the Bellavista Golf Club close to the city of Huelva just 10 minutes away from the coast and the amazing white sandy beaches of Punta Umbria.
The championship golf course, designed by the top Spanish golfer Jose Maria Olazabal, opened to the public in 2010. La Monacilla Golf is now recognised as one of the top clubs in the area noted for its impressive layout and second to none installations around the club. Golfers who play here are treated to a course that is excellently maintained offering spectacular views and all set amongst the pine trees abundant in this part of Spain.
Nuevo Portil Golf Course
Nuevo Portil Golf Club enjoys a privileged location just minutes from the stunning beaches of Punta Umbria, El Rompido and the picturesque natural wetlands which surround the River Piedra.
The course is around 6,000 meters in length, designed by Alfonso Viador and opened in 2001. The course offers a golfer friendly layout with wide Bermuda grass fairways and gentle soft sloping greens. The course is mostly quite flat and perfect to playa round here comfortably on foot.
Mediterranean pine trees are ever present at Nuevo Portil as they are on most golf courses on the Costa de la Luz. The location though is quite special as it runs along the coastline giving players amazing views from all over the course out over the river and the bay of Cadiz.
Arcos Gardens Golf Course
Arcos Gardens golf course is located about an hours drive from the coast and can be found just east of the beautiful town of Arcos de la Frontera at the foothills of the Sierra de Grazalema national park.
The course opened in 2006 and was designed by architects Chris Cole and Jeff Potts. It is now recognized as a true championship golf course. A challenge to players of all levels whilst still being user friendly to the average member standard.
Golfers playing at Arcos Gardens are treated to wide forgiving fairways, medium sized greens and a mix of well placed bunkers that will challenge players driving distances. The hazards and trees are well placed so accuracy is a must if you are to achieve your handicap.
Benalup Golf Course
Benalup Hotel and Golf Resort has become a reference point for Costa de la Luz golf with it's enviable location with stunning views over the Janda Valley and the Alcornocales Nature Reserve. Just a 30 minute drive from the coast and the picturesque village of Vejer de la Fronterra, Benalup offers a newly reformed 18 hole championship golf course well worth playing at any time of the year.
The renovated 18 hole Par 73 course designed by Baron Paul Rolin and several other renowned architects and is surrounded by local flora and Mediterranean vegetation mostly Olive, Cork, Pine and Mastic trees. Players enjoy spectacular views of the Janda Lake and nature reserve.
Costa Ballena Golf Course
The Costa Ballena Golf Resort enjoys a superb located right next to the golden sandy beaches of the Costa de la Luz. The resort is just a 30 minute drive from Sanlucar de Barrameda, the beautiful Marina at Puerto de Santa Maria and the historic city of Jerez, home of Sherry wine.
Costa Ballena Golf Club offers up 27 championship holes of golf, divided into 3x9 hole combinations, plus a 9 hole par 3 executive course and some of the most impressive practice facilities you will fine anywhere in Spain.
Designed by famed Spanish golfer Jose Maria Olazabal, each nine hole offers a unique experience to players of all levels and abilities.
La Estancia Golf Course
La Estancia golf is located just outside the popular coastal village of Chiclana not far from the stunning La Barrosa beach. The course extend over 82 acres and was built around a protected area to blend naturally into the environment.
The Par 72 course was designed by Dutch architect Alan Rijks who has created an interesting layout to test players whilst offering something unique on each hole. Well placed lakes and streams filter through the course making accuracy a premium. Each hole layout encourages players to plan each shot well. The fairways have been contoured through numerous canyons and gullies and the dominant winds that effect the area make for an interesting and ever changing round of golf. Players are treated to large undulating greens which allow for many different pin positions to make each round unique.
Montecastillo Golf Course
Montecastillo Hotel & Golf Resort is located close to the historic city of Jerez and offers a spectacular character hotel set around a 19th century castle. The resort boasts a privileged position close to Jerez de la Frontera, 30 minutes from the glorious Costa de la Luz beaches and next door to the world renowned motor racing circuit. Jerez airport is just a 10 minute drive away.
The Montecastillo golf 18 hole course opened in 1993 , designed by the great Jack Nicklaus and described by him as one of his greatest course designs. Montecastillo Golf has been the venue of many a top European tournament including the Volvo Masters on no less then 5 occasions.
Montenmedio Golf Course
The Montenmedio Golf and Country Club enjoys a beautiful location just a short drive from the picturesque town of Vejer de la Frontera , Medina and Benalup and a 5 minute drive from some of the best beaches in Spain.
The Montenmedio resort is luxurious and stylish on all levels and the golf course is no exception. The 18 hole Par 72 course is one of the best kept in Spain with lush fairways and immaculate greens. The natural environment reigns supreme here and is surrounded by wild oak trees and pine forests, not to mention the stunning views out over the Atlantic Ocean and the African Coastline.
Novo Sancti Petri Golf Course
The Royal Novo Sancti Petri Golf Club is located close to Chiclana de la Frontera and the inspiring Costa del la Luz coastline. It is now one of the most important golf resorts in Cadiz. Set within 400 hectares of land the course offers coastal views and pine forests the resort is outstanding.
The club now boasts 54 holes over three great courses. The original Mar y Pino course was designed by the late great Seve Ballesteros in 1990 with additional holes added in 2001 and 2007. The other two courses are Centro and Campano.
The resort boasts a whole range of facilities which has made the Royal Novo Santi Petri Golf Club one of the most popular on the Costa de la Luz. Facilities include a 4 and 5 star hotel, golf academy, driving range, practice areas as ell as paddle and tennis courts.
Sancti Petri Hills Golf Course
Sancti Petri Hills Golf Resort is located adjacent to the Royal Novo Sancti Petri Golf Club and is another perfect location to enjoy golf de la luz. The resort is surrounded by low rise construction and pine forests with a quality golf course at its heart.
The 18 golf course opened in 2006, designed by Spanish pro Manuel Pinero, who was the European Ryder Cup team vice-captain. The course has become a great addition to the 54 holes of the adjacent Sancti Petri resort. The design and layout has made good use of the natural surroundings nestled amongst the local pines. The course has some well places water hazards, high quality bunkers and multi-tiered greens which make for an interesting round. The fairways are wide and forgiving and flow perfectly through the umbrella pine forest.
Sherry Golf Course
Sherry Golf Club is located close to the historic city of Jerez and just a 30 minute drive from the stunning Costa de la Luz coastline. The sherry golf course opened in 2004 a although it looks more established than the years may suggest. Designed by Stirling and Martin of the Global Golf Company the 18 hole, Par 72 course does not disappoint.
Great use of water features, lakes and the natural contours of the land makes this golf course well worth playing. The views are stunning out over the local vineyards and surrounding countryside. The fairways are always in excellent condition, some of the bunkers are even in the shape of horses, a nod to the local world famous performing horses of Jerez.
Costa Esuri Golf - Huelva
The Costa Esuri Golf course enjoys an enviable location next to the River Guadiana overlooking the coast, mountains and its neighbour, Portugal. It is situated within a nature reserve and is home to a popular 18 hole golf course. Wide open spaces with amazing views and natural environment is what makes the Costa Esuri golf course quite unique.
The West course is fully integrated on the slopes of the River Guadiana's marshland area, some of the fairways even lay on protected areas within the reserve. This is a superb parkland course with a links feel. The prevailing winds which can be ever present in the area make for an extra challenge for golfers during the round. Costa Esuri offers a good challenge to players of levels.
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