Andalusia is far too versatile of a place for only a pure beach holiday. In addition to dream beaches, it is the imposing mountain ranges and exciting architectural highlights that characterize the Spanish region. But Andalusia has much more to offer and invites passionate golfers to swing the club on what is probably the best golf course in the world.
The perfect golfing location between mountain ranges and the Mediterranean
The Valderrama Golf Club is majestically enthroned above the former fishing village of Sotogrande. Because of its prosperous location, most amateur golfers don’t even think of coming to the Valderrama Golf Club. After all, golfers consider it a privilege to have tee off on this golf course before.
The demanding playing conditions that prevail on the green of this golf course are legendary. For example, golfers should demonstrate their instinct when choosing the right golf club, as the sea breeze surrounding the golf course can affect the strokes too easily. The cork oaks that line the golf course are also shady and yet tricky. And if you want to place the balls correctly in the holes of the 18-hole course, you can truly call yourself a professional at Valderrama Golf Club.
A location that has become metaphoric with luxury lifestyle. The number of high-profile celebrities and public figures who own luxury villas in Sotogrande has skyrocketed over the past couple of decades. Some of Europe’s most expensive luxury properties are for sale here, perched on the hillside above Spain’s Costa del Sol, La Reserva de Sotogrande. The VIP population of this exclusive town often rivals with the reputation of the larger and better-known Marbella. Sotogrande is a place to enjoy the high class polo season, water sports, truly relaxing Mediterranean life and unparalleled golfing experience.
Sotogrande known as the Spanish St Tropez is home to some of the best beaches on the Costa del Sol, just minutes from your estate, as well as five golf courses and six polo fields. You are also steps away from the renowned Sotogrande International School. Explore Andalusia’s famous white hill towns. Spend the day in Arcos de la Frontera or Ronda, two of the most spectacular. Meander the exquisite halls of the Alhambra in Granada. Marvel at the art of flamenco and Spanish guitar and wander the orange-scented streets of Seville.
Legendary and (almost) indomitable: Hole 17
Hard to believe, but true: not even golf legends like Tiger Woods managed to adequately position the ball in hole 17 at the Ryders Cup. Jaimie Oritz Patiño, the owner of the golf course, had to face the accusation that this hole was unplayable. Hole 17 of the Valderrama Golf Club is also the place where the Spanish golfer Miguel Ángel Jiménez achieved the ‘most legendary albatross (double-eagle) of all time’. At a distance of over 200 meters, this player’s ball landed in the middle of the hole.
An exclusive private golf club with a first-class reputation of 30 years
This high standard of the Valderrama green is the main reason why renowned golf magazines have long chosen the golf course as Europe’s number one. To this day, Valderrama Golf Club is known as a masterpiece by golf course architect Robert Trens Jones Senior, who designed the course in the mid-1970s.
At the latest, when the Valderrama Golf Club was completely redesigned ten years later, the golf course became an exclusive private club. The Valderrama Golf Club has been cultivating its excellent reputation for 30 years, to which special features such as the golf museum on the golf course also contribute.