The Costa del Sol is one of the most popular destinations in Europe amongst golf lovers. This is down to its excellent climate, its beaches, the range of activities on offer, the good transport links it enjoys, its rich cultural and artistic heritage, its delicious food – the list goes on.
You can enjoy sun and golf in Málaga and in the province of Málaga 12 months a year.
The best golf courses in Europe
Andalusia is the Spanish region with the most golf courses (nearly 120). The coastline of the Costa del Sol, which stretches from Nerja right down to Sotogrande, is home to 74 golf courses.
Valderrama is one of the golf courses on the Costa del Sol, and it has been named the best golf course in Europe on numerous occasions.
The Costa del Golf has hosted major international tournaments such as the Ryder Cup, the Volvo Masters, the AmEx World Championships, the Volvo World Match Play Championships, the World Cup of Golf, the Spanish Open and the Andalusia Masters.
Some of the most prestigious architects have applied their knowledge and skills to the Costa del Sol's golf courses. The American Robert Trent Jones designed courses such as Valderrama, Real Club de Sotogrande, Las Brisas and Los Naranjos. Other internationally renowned architects include Javier Arana, Tom Simpson, Perry Dye, Dave Thomas and Cabell B. Robinson, all of whom have left their mark on the Costa del Sol, as have legendary golfers like Gary Player and Seve Ballesteros.
Hotels specialised in golf
Golf lovers who come to the Costa del Sol every year have a wide range of hotels to choose from. Hotels specialised in golf are especially worth mentioning, which provide facilities that ensure golfers have an enjoyable, comfortable stay. There are also resorts with their own golf course, and some have prestigious luxury hotels such as Villa Padierna Palace and Finca Cortesín.
Marbella, Estepona, Mijas and Benahavís are home to the largest number of golf courses in the province of Málaga. There are also golf courses located in inland parts of the province, for instance in La Axarquía and Antequera, which also boast a unique natural setting.