When Is The Best Time Of Year To Play Golf In Spain?
The Costa del Sol is a golfers paradise and firm favourite with many European golfers due to the glorious year round weather conditions.
The Costa del Sol has specific months of the year which are the best times for playing golf. During the Summer months of July and August, temperatures can easily reach upward of 40c which for most is a little too hot. July and August is also happens to be school holiday time in most European countries and is another reason why many avoid playing during this time.
The golf season in Spain usually starts around February and runs throughout until early July. This the time when many of Northern European golfers come down to escape the sometimes bitterly cold and snowy conditions. We then have a break between July and August due to the hot temperatures and then resume again from September until late November when most golfers start to get ready for the Christmas period.
Designed by the late Seve Ballesteros, this picture-perfect golf course comprises five par-5s, eight par-4s and five par-3s and is situated in the mountains just above Fuengirola and mid-way between Malaga and Marbella. The resort is surrounded by typical Mediterranean forestry and boasts magnificent views over the Costa del Sol.
With friendly staff, a good quality course, complete with training area, an academy course, a spacious natural grass driving range, putting green and chipping green, one has to agree it’s a superb value-for-money venue. And it’s only a 5 min car ride from Finca Mil Estrellas.
Formerly an avocado plantation, Santana Golf is set in 138 acres of picturesque parkland that has been sympathetically laid out by the architect Cabell B. Robinson. The result is a magnificent course with wide and well defined fairways on level terrain where water features play an important but not excessive part in the overall design.
Wide and well manicured putting greens are surrounded by strategically placed bunkers with crushed marble sand. Technically speaking, Santana Golf is a demanding course as the unique design of each hole is intended to give a continuous challenge, even for the more experienced player. Santana Golf is only a 10 min car ride from Finca Mil Estrellas.
“Every hole should be a hard par and an easy bogey” – that’s what the late Robert Trent Jones Senior, golf course architect par excellence, believed. And kept this in mind when designing one of the Costa del Sol’s finest golf courses; Mijas Golf. Trent Jones’ hallmarks can be seen throughout the resort – from the strategically-placed water and sand to the ample but gently undulating fairways and wide open spaces across two superb courses; Los Lagos and Los Olivos.
The eldest of the two courses is Los Lagos, which dates back to 1976 and is one of the longest on the coast. It is characterised by wide fairways, large raised greens and a generous sprinkling of bunkers; lakes also feature prominently on eight of the holes. It has a very ‘open’ feel as trees are sparse and there is only a little rough. No hole so characterises this course as much the 5th – some 617 yards (564 metres), curving around a boundary wall and over a full 100 yards (91,44 metres) of fairway bunker, it approaches the green through a narrowing funnel with out of bounds to the left and a large lake to the right.
Los Olivos was designed by Trent Jones and built by Cabell Robinson. This par-70 course opened in 1984 to offer a tighter challenge than that of Los Lagos. Measuring 6386 yards (5840 metres), its main feature is the abundance of trees – hence the name – and its smaller size, as well as fewer water hazards. The greens are smaller, undulating and well-defended. The Club House, an old Andalucian cortijo (farmhouse), boasts a restaurant with terraces on which to enjoy the almost year-round sunshine.
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