The 70 plus world-class courses in the Costa del Sol have resulted in it being dubbed the Costa del Golf. The province of Malaga is the most popular European destination for golf holidays, a fact that should come as no surprise, given that very few places boast the many appeals of the Costa del Golf. Not only is there an incredible infrastructure for enjoying your favourite pastime, there are also a whole world of ways for you to enjoy your free time and that’s not to mention the beautiful weather that makes playing golf nothing but pure joy 365 days a year. If you’re thinking of coming to play golf in the Costa del Sol, let us tell you the main reasons why the destination attracts so many players from around the world.
Perfect weather all year round
The wonderful weather that blesses the Costa del Sol is one of the main reasons why millions of golf lovers from around the world flock to the destination to enjoy a holiday focused around their favourite sport. Over 320 days of sun a year and an average annual temperature of 20 degrees make the Costa del Sol an unparalleled destination to enjoy rounds of golf in the sun.
Source: Alcaidesa Golf Club
Courses with spectacular views
The Costa del Sol is home to over 70 latest generation golf courses where you can play your favourite sport. Towns such as Marbella, Estepona, Mijas and Benahavís are the main epicentre of the courses, though there are also world-class clubs in other parts of the province, such as La Axarquía and Antequera. Among them is Real Club Valderrama, which has been voted the “best golf course in Europe” on several occasions.
The very best course designers have harnessed their expertise to create the exceptional golf courses in the Costa del Sol. American designer Robert Trent Jones designed Valderrama, Real Club de Sotogrande, Las Brisas, Los Naranjos, and more, while Javier Arana, Tom Simpson, Perry Dye, Dave Thomas and Cabell B. Robinson are among the other internationally renowned designers that have left their mark on the Costa del Sol, as have legendary players, such as Gary Player and Seve Ballesteros. If you want to take a closer look at the golf courses in Costa del Sol, check out this 360 degree tour here.
Golf academies and schools
If you’re just starting out in the game (or are looking to refresh your knowledge), you can make use of the large variety of golf academies and schools located across the province of Malaga. Most of the golf courses in the Costa del Golf have practice areas and instructors dedicated to teaching the sport. There are also specialist golf academies that have everything you need if you want to learn the game or improve your technique. Towns such as Marbella, Mijas, Estepona, Casares and Benalmádena are the perfect destinations to make your debut on the golf course. The academies here have programmes for new players (in different languages) that are supported by the latest technologies.
Hotels and golf resorts
Golf lovers staying in the Costa del Sol have a wide range of accommodation options available to them. There are hotels specialising in golf holidays (some of which are located in the golf course) that have golf-specific services to treat you to an incredible sports getaway. There are also resorts with their very own golf courses, some of which have exclusive five star luxury hotels, such as Anantara Villa Padierna Palace and Finca Cortesín, whose course will host the Solheim Cup in 2023.
The weather, the quantity (and quality) of the courses, the golf academies, the delicious - and varied - gastronomy paired with an extensive selection of exclusive hotels that have been designed specifically for golfers make the Costa del Golf the most popular destination for a golf holiday in the world. It is also extremely easy to get to the province of Malaga from anywhere in Europe, thanks to the fantastic connections by land, sea and air. If you’re a self-confessed golf lover, click here to discover all the wonders the Costa del Golf has to offer.