Malaga is a Paradise for golf lovers. Thanks to over 70 golf courses, the Costa del Sol is also known as the Costa del Golf. It is where golf began in Spain and the area in Western Europe with the highest density of golf courses.
The fantastic sunny, dry climate, professionalism and experience in courses that are well cared for make this region the foremost European destination for those wishing to play this sport. Malaga also has surprising landscapes, with some of the best beaches in Spain and an extensive cultural, gastronomic and entertainment offer to suit every taste.
The international renown of the Costa del Sol is well appreciated among golf lovers. Malaga has hosted golfing events such as the Ryder Cup, the Spanish Open, the World Championship and the Volvo Master Andalucía. It is also the official winter headquarters of the Professional Golf Association in Europe. Some golfing legends have chosen Malaga as their residence, such as David Leadbetter, considered the best instructor in the world.
Golf courses adapt to all levels and the options are countless. With over 3,000 holes, you’ll easily find the best option for your level of play, ranging from the 9 short holes of Cerrado del Águila in Mijas to the 54 holes (3 x 18) of La Cala Golf Resort, the largest golf complex in Spain
Marbella, Estepona, Mijas and Benahavís are the municipal districts with the majority of the golf courses in the province, but this sport can also be played in many other zones of Malaga.
The city of Malaga, the birthplace of Pablo Picasso, features the golf courses known as El Candado, El Guadalhorce and the Real Club de Campo de Malaga, known as El Parador.
Marbella has more golf courses than any other town in Spain. The Valle del Golf, a magnificent valley zone located behind Puerto Banús, includes Las Brisas, Los Naranjos, La Quinta, Aloha and La Dama de Noche, where you can play in the evenings thanks to artificial lighting. Near downtown Marbella there are golf clubs such as Guadalmina, Monte Paraíso, Río Real, Santa Clara Golf, Marbella Golf, Greenlife Golf, Golf de Santa María, and Cabopino.
Mijas follows Marbella in terms of number of golf courses in Malaga. The most popular courses are Mijas Golf and La Cala. The latest incorporations are Santana Golf, El Chaparral and Calanova. And there are a few 9-hole courses: La Noria, La Siesta, Cerrado del Águila and Miraflores.
Estepona is another town with impressive facilities: Atalaya, El Paraíso (designed by Gary Player), Estepona Golf and Coto de la Serena.
The town of Benahavís has a dozen golf courses, including La Zagaleta, La Quinta, Monte Mayor, Marbella Club Golf Resort, Los Arqueros and Flamingos.
This wonderful land provides you with splendid golf courses where you can play all year round and at any time. Malaga is the ideal destination for golf lovers.
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