Situated amongst stunning countryside some 30 minutes south of Marbella, Andalucia’s Sotogrande plays host to the five glorious courses of Real Club de Golf Sotogrande, The San Roque Club, the celebrated Real Club Valderrama and the immaculate La Reserva Club alongside Club de Golf La Cañada and Club de Golf Almenara.
The area began its transformation into an exclusive international community by the Filipino-American businessman, Joseph McMicking, from 1963. The first course to be built was Real Club de Golf Sotogrande in 1964 and was the first to be designed in Europe by Robert Trent Jones.
It has been recently upgraded, and the fairways of this private members’ club are lined by cork, eucalyptus and pine trees and the perfect greens well protected by bunkers and water. It is a superb challenge that is made even more enjoyable by its sophisticated clubhouse with its excellent food.
Valderrama needs little introduction since its starring role in the Seve Ballesteros’ 1997 Ryder Cup. Often regarded as the premier course in Spain, it is a privilege to play, and is one of only two European gold courses to be awarded Audubon status that’s aims to conserve and restore natural eco-systems. Such a private club where tee times can be available to visitors, the course is immaculate, the rough punishing and the experience altogether majestic. The clubhouse is usually quite quiet with exquisite service and an atmosphere that reflects all the great names of the sport who have walked its rooms, marched its fairways and soaked up the memories from the balcony.
The third course is the elegant and increasingly highly ranked La Reserva Club. Set at the highest point in Sotogrande and boasting one of the best restaurants in the area and certainly the finest service, it has been built around two valleys, carved into the hillsides with many remarkable views across the rich landscape to the Mediterranean. A long course designed by Cabell B Robinson, the fairways are generous and the greens large and its reputation is growing and, in many people’s eyes, La Reserva now gives its neighbours a run for its money as the best golfing experience in the area.
The Sotogrande Golf Experience
Golfers around the globe can enjoy an exclusive golf vacation in Sotogrande with their ‘Stay & Play’ package that will allow guests to experience the world-class La Reserva Club and on-site Almenara Golf – while enjoying a delightful stay at this five star SO/ Sotogrande hotel.