With over 70 golf courses, the Costa del Sol is unsurprisingly also known as the Costa del Golf.
Since the first course was created here in 1925 at the Parador del Golf in Malaga, golf tourism has grown exponentially. It now represents one of the biggest attractions on the Costa del Sol, drawing tens of thousands of golfers every year.
Reasons to play golf on the Costa del Sol
If you’re a golfer, the Costa del Sol is one of the best places to live in Spain.
All resorts between Malaga and Sotogrande are within easy reach of a choice of courses. The weather is ideal for playing and you’ll find tip-top conditions on all courses.
Perfect golf weather
One of the biggest attractions of golf on the Costa del Sol is the ideal golfing climate.
There are over 320 days of sunshine a year and pleasant temperatures all year-round so any day is perfect for teeing off. Temperatures rise in high summer, but you can book an early bird or twilight round to avoid them.
Designing a golf course on the Costa del Sol has attracted the world’s best. Top professionals such as Cabell B. Robinson, Severiano Ballesteros, Robert Trent Jones and Javier Arana have put their signature to golf courses in the area.
Hand in hand with pro design goes first-class maintenance. All golf courses on the Costa del Sol have immaculate fairways and greens, offering optimum playing conditions whatever the time of the year.
Many take advantage of their natural surroundings and include panoramic mountain and/or views. Many also have extensive trees and vegetation, adding to the appeal of the course.
Plenty of choice
With over 70 courses to choose from, golfers on the Costa del Sol are literally spoilt for choice.
No two courses offer the same challenges and some rank among the most demanding on the golf circuit. Several golf courses suit beginners – most golf courses have an academy offering golf tuition – and many tax even the most veteran players.
Green fee deals
Playing golf on the Costa del Sol doesn’t come cheap, but the good news is that there are numerous green fee deals, especially if you book well in advance. Most golf courses offer generous discounts for members or frequent players.
Main golf course areas on the Costa del Sol
Western Costa del Sol
The area between Sotogrande and Estepona has six golf courses. Sotogrande is home to three, including the Costa del Sol’s most famous golf course, Valderrama.
This course regularly hosts world championships including the Ryder Cup and Andalusia Masters. Three more courses lie to the west of Estepona and a further five to the east before you reach San Pedro de Alcántara near Marbella.
Golf Valley, Nueva Andalucía
Marbella boasts the highest number of golf courses on the Costa del Sol with 12 in the municipality. The highest concentration lies in Golf Valley to the west of the resort with six courses.
They include La Quinta Golf with a challenging 27-hole course and Guadalmina Golf, one of the oldest courses.
This area of the Costa del Sol has three courses, all with elevated positions and great views of the sea and coast.
They include Los Arqueros, designed by Spanish golfing legend Severiano Ballesteros, and Los Flamingos, part of the Villa Padierna Hotel complex where the Obama family stayed on their Costa del Sol holiday.
A range of golf courses are situated here including Río Real, another veteran course and one of the few with frontline beach golf, and the newer arrivals, Santa Clara and Greenlife.
The municipality of Mijas numbers ten golf courses with the best selection in the area to the north of Fuengirola.
They include Mijas Golf and La Cala Golf Resort, home to three 18-hole courses. La Noria Golf, near La Cala de Mijas resort on Mijas Costa, has 9 holes and makes a good practice ground.
Three golf courses are located in this part of the Costa del Sol. They include Torrequebrada Golf, another veteran on the local golf scene.
West of Malaga
There are two golf courses to the west of Malaga city. The Parador de Golf, created in 1925 for British and Spanish royalty to play golf on holiday, has frontline beach golf and is one of the quietest courses on the Costa del Sol.
East of Malaga
The mountainous terrain in this part of the Costa del Sol makes golf course construction difficult.
As a result, there are just two courses. Another top Spanish player, Jose María Cañizares, designed both of them – Añoreta Golf near El Rincón de la Victoria and Baviera near Torre del Mar.