Golf In Spain

General Golf Information

Compared to the Western Algarve and the Costa del Sol, golfing opportunities on the Costa de la Luz are as yet relatively undiscovered. Green fees are considerably lower (from just €25 - after 2pm at Nuevo Portil - as at Oct 2011) and the courses less crowded, making it much easier to get a start time that you want and play a round in a reasonable time.

Most Golf courses in the area have practice facilities where you are able to hire balls to loosen up. You can play in both Spain and Portugal and all are very easy to get to and have a wide range of different courses to satisfy all tastes. Please be aware that most Spanish and Portuguese courses require soft spikes. Buggies and trolleys are usually available for hire.
In peak golf season (Feb to April) it is advisable to pre-book your start time to ensure that you can play where and when you prefer. If you are pre-booking start times on-line, the best discounts are available from booking agents (we can supply contact details). In low and mid season (usually May to the end of January) good deals are often available directly from the golf club pro shops. You may need to ask which deals are available as this information is not always volunteered. Look out for bargain twilight rounds starting from 1pm, or a two green fee package with a buggy and meal is also popular. If you prefer to play a variety of courses consider the passport of golf (valid for 1 year) which enables you to play one round at all 8 participating courses in the Huelva area. The courses are listed below. The cost of this (as at Oct 2011) is €240 which amounts to €30 per round.

Nuevo Portil


16th tee at Nuevo Portil

This course winds through the houses and pine trees in Nuevo Portil. It offers a pleasant walk that isn't too tiring and is a good test of golf for all levels of player. The 11th hole is worth a mention - it is a par 5 with a small lake in the front right. (The picture on the home page is taken from the 11th green.) The picture opposite is from the 16th Championship tee. The club house is in the AC Portil Hotel and has an attractive terrace and pool for anyone waiting for you to finish your round.

El Rompido (North and South)


9th Hole at El Rompido

Less than ten minutes drive away finds these two spectacular championship courses set in a natural environment of pine and olive trees and marshland. Both courses are a very good test of golf especially if the sea breeze picks up. For the nature lovers look out for the marsh crabs (at the right time of the year) underneath the bridge crossing the marsh on the South course. The south course has hosted a number of professional events and has also been used for the final of the Daily Mail foursomes.

Bellavista (Duhesa golf)


Bellavista (Duhesa golf)

The oldest members' club in Spain (founded 1916), Bellavista is a true members' club in the British style. More undulating than many in the coastal area and a challenge for most golfers, the course belies its par of just 70. There is a number of long par 5s and also some lengthy par 4s. It is members-only at the weekends. It is about a 15 minute drive away and sign posted as “Dehesa Golf”.

La Monacilla


La Monacilla

Very near Bellavista golf club, the newly opened La Monacilla golf club (designed by Jose Maria Olazabal) wends its way between trees and a number of water hazards. The 7th is the signature hole – it's a par 5 with water down the left with a nice approach over more water for your third shot, but it does have a bail out shot if you do not feel brave. The course is an easy walk, but has the occasional longer hike between greens and tees. At the moment, introductory green fees are from about €28 a round (Jan 2011). They are also offering excellent value (for Spain) membership fees.

Islantilla


Islantilla

This 27 hole course staged the 1996 Turespana Open and provides 3 challenging loops of 9 holes. The course varies from tight tree lined fairways with small, fast greens, to open views of the Huelva coastline with challenging shots over water to target greens. The course meanders through the pine trees and will lead you to believe you are the only golfers there.  Some of the holes are lined with accommodation and with a large slice your ball could visit a swimming pool, as mine did! The course is easy to find and is about 20 minutes drive away from Brisa del Mar.

Isla Canela


Isla Canela

Although relatively new, the course has been integrated with surrounding coastal features; winding through an area of tidal salt marsh. It is largely flat, so will provide a leisurely walk for those who prefer not to slog up hill and down dale, yet also provides an enjoyable golfing challenge. The course is easy to find and is about 25 minutes drive away from Brisa del Mar.

Costa Esuri


Costa Esuri

There are two courses here - the West and East. The west opened in 2007 and the East opened in 2009. The West is a long course but easy walking with some stunning views of the bridge linking Spain and Portugal over the Guadiana river and the natural marshland. It is a riverside parkland course with a real links feel. It is intended that it will host tour events but the fairways are wide and fair. The East is slightly shorter but much tighter and has seven lakes. Whilst the West is walkable, we recommend a buggy on the East because of the undulations and walks from green to tee. Despite being on a large development the courses have a very natural feel to them. The resort is around 35 minutes drive away.

            • Length: 6472 metres Par 72

Dunas de Doñana

Dunas de Doñana Golf Club is located at the southern end of one of the most important national parks in Europe, La Cota de Doñana, and close to the Atlantic Ocean. This location provides a real golfing gem with challenging holes well protected in many cases with water and bunkering. It is around 1½ hours drive.

The course itself is a challenge of control and accuracy, with some tight fairways and a considerable amount of water on some of the holes ready to swallow up your proV1's! When the wind blows in off the Atlantic, what looks like a gentle stroll in fair weather can become a real battle of attrition for even the most skilled of golfers.                                

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