With over 60 golf courses in Malaga, the Costa del Sol is also called Costa del Golf (The Golf Coast). The combination of quality courses with a pleasant climate all-year round has led to a boom in demand, particularly from Northern European golfers, who often escape to this area when rain or snow keeps them off their favourite home turfs.
Consequently, the Costa del Sol now rates as one of the best places in the world for golf tourism and in 2004 was voted the world’s fourth-best golf destination by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators. Below is a directory of the main golf courses on the coast along with contact information.
Several golf courses are only for members, although there are increasing numbers of courses to play.
Best golf clubs in Malaga
If you like to play golf you may already know the Costa del Golf. Malaga is a paradise for those looking to practice this sport, not only for the quality of its golf courses but also for the amazing environments.
You can play golf in front of the sea and in natural surroundings where you can even see some animals walking around. Whether you are an advanced player or a beginner, you will find a golf club that fits you perfectly.
Below we bring you a list with some of the best golf courses in Malaga:
Golf in Malaga area
Urb. El Candado, El Palo
Tel. 952 299 340
Fax 952 290 845
www.clubelcandado.comSituated in a small valley east of Malaga, El Candado Club is well-known amongst local professionals, as it was one of the first courses opened on the Costa del Sol. It is a fairly short course which runs 2,362 meters and has a rather difficult hilly design, with ample level differences and challenging greens. Sailing, windsurfing and other nautical activities may also be enjoyed on the neighboring marina.
Ctra. Cartama, km 7
Apdo. Correos 48
Tel. 952 179 378/68
Fax 952 179 372
www.guadalhorce.comThe family atmosphere is one of this club’s main characteristics and, in spite of its private nature, guests can reserve the facilities for weekday mornings. Guadalhorce has a first-class practice area with aids like simulated flags and calibrated distances, and includes approach greens, practice bunkers and putting greens. Apart from its challenging par-3 training run, there are two key divisions in the main course.Front 9 – English parkland style
- no complications from vegetation or lakes, flora typical of non-irrigated land
- fairways roll smoothly over small hills
- expansive, quick greens
Back 9 – California variety
- more variation with water hazards and semi-tropical vegetation
- irregular terrain
- elevated greens, mostly large and complex
The club house, a converted 18th-century country estate, boasts a wide range of features. Guadalhorce has hosted a number of regional and national competitions since its conception in the late 80’s, and pros can often be spotted here.
Crta. Campo de Golf 1
Tel. 952 376 677
Fax 952 376 612
www.rccm-golf.comThis course is full of history as this is where the pioneers of golf in Andalucia hit their first strokes. The oldest course on the Costa del Sol, El Parador was designed by Scottish architect Tom Simpson and opened by the Spanish royal family in 1925. It regularly hosts local & regional tourneys, and has also presented international cups such as the Turespaña Masters Open with the likes of Vijay Singh and Miguel Angel Jiménez.After almost seventy years of existence this course, as well as its installations and facilities, has been kept in top condition. It is situated only one kilometre from the international airport of Malaga and borders directly on the beach.
Golf in Antequera
(Motorway Cordoba – Malaga)
Camino de Gandía
29200 Antequera, Malaga
Tel. 951 701 900/901
Fax 952 845 232
Golf in Alhaurin de la Torre
Ctra. Fuengirola-Coín, km 15
Alhaurin el Grande 29120
Tel. 952 595 800
Fax 952 594 195
Ctra. Malaga-Coín A-404, km 14
(old hwy. A-366, km 77)
Alhaurín de la Torre 29130
Tel. 952 412 767
Fax 952 414 757
www.laurogolf.comLocation: https://g.page/laurogolf?shareSituated at 300 m above sea level in the beautiful landscape of Alhaurín de la Torre, Lauro Golf offers spectacular views of the mountains, valley and sea of Malaga. Original designs by Folco Nardi and Mariano Benítez, Lauro Golf has 27 holes which can be combined in sets of 9. The play is on relatively even ground, with water hazards and holes named after well-known bullfighters.
A number of bird species – herbivorous and predatory alike – are frequently found on the course due to its micro-climate. The club boasts 14 lakes, a large number of stately Holm oaks and thousands of other recently-planted Andalusian varieties, as well as their own water treatment plant for irrigation purposes.
Golf in Benalmadena
Ctra. Cadiz, km 220
Benalmádena Costa 29630 Malaga
Tel. 952 442 741/2
Fax 952 561 129
www.golftorrequebrada.comIf you are going to stay in Benalmadena, Golf Torrequebrada is one of the places our clients recommend. They highlight its proximity to the airport and the quality of its golf courses; it is located between the sea and the mountains.Location: https://g.page/torrequebrada?share
Other golf courses in the area: Benalmadena Golf, Bil Bil Golf.
Golf in Rincon de la Victoria
Urb. Añoreta Golf, Avda. del Golf
Rincón de la Victoria 29730
Tel. 95 240 40 00
Fax 95 240 40 50
www.anoretagolf.esOn the eastern Costa del Sol we find Añoreta Resort and a golf course with 18 holes, palm trees and a lake facing the sea. Our clients highlight the good quality of the classes for those who want to start playing golf. It also offers a good restaurant service.Location: https://g.page/anoretaresort?share
Golf in Caleta de Velez
Urb. Baviera Golf, Casa Club
Caleta de Vélez 29751
Tel. 952 555 015
Fax 952 555 015
bavieragolf.com/enSituated in the Axarquía region east of Malaga, this course commands magnificent sea and mountain views. It has direct access from the Mediterranean Highway and is 200 metres from the Yachting Club of Caleta. The course was designed under the direction of Spanish star José María Cañizares, and although its fairways have very flat play, moving greens and several large lakes and other water obstacles make it attractive for all player levels.
Golf in Benahavis
Ctra. Benahavis, km 0,7
Tel. 952 882 812
Fax 952 887 897
Ctra. San Pedro-Ronda, km 38.5
Tel. 952 855 453
Fax 952 855 419
www.lazagaleta.comThe serenity of this exclusive 1,000-hectare resort, located in the former estate of the Saudi magnate Adnan Khashoggi, highlights some of its true gems:
- indigenous vegetation and game preserve, forming a protected nature area
- hunting area, fishing lakes, hiking trails and equestrian academy
- palatial club house, previously home to Khashoggi
- breathtaking views of the Mediterranean, the Straits of Gibraltar and the North African coast
The privileged few who go here (restricted to members, residents and their guests) can enjoy two full courses, the original opened in 1994 and the newer Los Barrancos, both designed by American Bradford Benz. Ravines, rolling fairways and strategic hazards all characterize these courses.
Ctra. de Cádiz, km 166
Benahavís 29679, Malaga
Tel. 952 889 150
Fax 952 889 160Flamingos Golf Club is located in one of the most beautiful enclaves of Marbella. From each of its holes players will enjoy breath-taking views of the Mediterranean Sea and even Morocco on clear days. The Arroyo del Traja Stream passes through the course, eventually flowing into a lake and forming the natural course border.Every detail has been considered in these 5,883m where cypress, orange, olive, pine, carob, pomegranate and chestnut trees are used to give each hole its own identity. The course has a number of play scenarios and ample greens, several challenging for their rolling nature.
The club is also in the expansion process, projected to add several new courses including an executive, par-65 course.
Ctra. de Ronda km 166.5
Tel. 952 784 600
Fax 952 786 707
www.losarquerosgolf.comIn the area of Marbella, San Pedro de Alcantara and Estepona we find a wide variety of golf courses and good opinions from our customers, so it will be difficult to choose one. Those visiting Malaga to play golf usually choose to stay in the Marbella and Estepona area, just a short drive from the airport.Los Arqueros Golf stands out for having been designed by the popular golfer Severiano Ballesteros; named best European player of the 20th century and golfer of the year on 3 occasions by the PGA European Tour magazine.
Our clients highlight the difficulty of some holes; we can recommend it for advanced players who want to test their technique.
Golf in Mijas
Urb. Sitio de Calahonda – c/ Jose Orbaneja
Mijas Costa 29647
Tel. 952 933 362
Fax 952 933 352This modest nine-hole course was designed by Enrique Canales around a residential area in Calahonda. Although it is par-3, the holes vary considerably in distance and give players the impression of a larger-scale course, especially as long drives are necessary on a few holes. Golfers will enjoy the spectacular views of the sea particularly from the 1st and 9th holes, as well as from the clubhouse.
Apto. de Correos 106, La Cala de Mijas
Mijas Costa 29649
Tel. 952 669 033
Fax 952 669 034
www.lacala.comThree full courses make up Spain’s largest golf resort: Campo América, Campo Asia and Campo Europa, all designed by American architect Cabell B. Robinson. This massive complex is complemented superbly by an elegant and comfortably-equipped clubhouse in the style of a traditional Andalucian farm.The courses themselves vary a fair amount; from pro-level, drastically-sloping terrain in Campo América, to wider but still-challenging runs in Campo Asia, to generous territory suitable to the average golfer in the newer Campo Europa. Additionally, there is a six-hole par-three executive course and the only David Leadbetter Golf Academy in Spain, offering multilingual instruction in all levels.
El Llano de La Cala, La Cala de Mijas
Mijas Costa 29649
Tel. 952 587 653
Fax 952 494 407Opened in 2003, La Noria Golf & Resort is a 9-hole par-33 course characterized by its completely flat terrain. Nonetheless, it imparts a significant challenge due to several lakes and a creek that players must go around and over for the green shots. Throughout the course there are four bridges which tie together the greens, fairways and tee areas. Weekend enthusiasts and pros alike will appreciate La Noria, which lies in fertile lowland within a stone’s-throw of the beautiful La Cala de Mijas beaches between Fuengirola and Marbella.
Camino Viejo de Coin, km 3.5
Urbanización Mijas Golf
Mijas Costa 29649 – Malaga
Tel. 952 476 843
Fax 952 467 943
www.mijasgolf.orgMijas Golf boasts two 18-hole courses, both products of Robert Trent Jones Sr’s design genius.The older of the two, Los Lagos (The Lakes) is mainly flat with wide fairways and large greens. The sparseness of trees and undergrowth is exchanged for an abundance of lakes, 9 precisely, which give the course its name. This long run of over 6,300 m is very popular in Andalucia, especially for amateurs.
In stark comparison, Los Olivos (The Olive Grove) is a smaller technical course with fast greens and tight, tree-lined fairways – a challenge for even the most advanced players. The terrain is more inclined, including several elevated greens, and has fewer water hazards and sand traps.
Urb. Riviera del Sol, Ctra. Cádiz km 199
Mijas Costa 26647
Tel. 952 931 960
Fax 952 931 942
www.miraflores-golf.comOne of the Costa del Sol’s top leisure and resort developments, Miraflores is located in the hills of Mijas Costa, offering breathtaking views of the countryside down to the sea. The centrally located clubhouse is in the perfect position to take advantage of the magnificent panoramic scenery. Designed by Folco Nardi, the course has a number of elevated greens which require some tough walking, so a buggy is often a good idea.
Chaparral Golf Club
In Fuengirola and Mijas we find Chaparral Golf Club. This golf club is a place that according to the opinions of our clients offers a pleasant experience. It is very close to the sea and has a large number of trees that provide shade on the hottest days. The greens are well cared for and varied so that you can use all the clubs in your bag.
Other golf courses in the area: Santana Golf Club, Calanova Golf, La Cala Golf Club, Miraflores and Cerrado del Águila.
Golf in Marbella
In the area of Marbella, San Pedro de Alcantara and Estepona we find a wide variety of golf courses and good opinions from our customers, so it will be difficult to choose one. Those visiting Malaga to play golf usually choose to stay in the Marbella and Estepona area, just a short drive from the airport.
Tel. 952 907 085
Fax 952 812 389
Urb. Artola Alta, Apartado de Correos 2119
Tel. 952 850 282
Fax 952 837 277
www.cabopinogolf.comWith 18 holes and par 71, this attractive short-course contains numerous vegetation, including its namesake umbrella pines. It is irrigated with recycled water and has marvelous views of the sea and the Costa del Sol. Between Marbella and Fuengirola, the course is only some hundred meters from the road N-340. It is also a site for Custom Clubmakers International, the official center for fitting all Titleist and Cobra clubs.
El Cantizal S.A.
Camino del Ángel, Río Verde
Tel. 952 818 150
Fax 952 818 413.For golf addicts and insomniacs alike, Enrique Canales designed Europe’s first 24-hour golfing paradise. The course takes its name from the bush whose nocturnal, intoxicating fragrance supposedly wards off mosquitoes. The innovative system of 36 artificial lights is arranged so as to cast no shadows, and the absence of rough ensures an enjoyable round without constant ball hunting. Besides palms and other beautiful greenery, Marbella’s La Concha mountain serves as a picturesque backdrop.
Tel. 952 765 732
Fax 952 772 140
www.rioreal.comThis club is situated in a beautiful valley with views of the sea, plentiful pine and palm trees for shade, and criss-crossed by the Río Real (Royal River) that lends the course its name. Only 3 kms from downtown Marbella, the course was designed in the 60’s by Javier Arana and opened to the public in 1965.
Urb. Elviria Hills, Av. Las Cumbres
Tel. 952 839 142
Fax 952 839 082
www.greenlife-estates.esGreenlife Golf is a 9-hole par-3 course, designed to ensure that it is equally suited to beginners as well as experienced players. The length of the holes ranges from 88 to 169 meters, with 4, 5 and 9 being the most difficult. This is a golf course of superb quality which runs between a nice artificial lake and varied landscape boasting a wide variety of vegetation. There is a driving range fully equipped with the latest technology, as well as a Golf Academy and the exquisite El Lago restaurant.
Urb. Guadalmina Alta
29678 San Pedro de Alcántara, Marbella
Tel. 952 883 455
Fax 952 883 483
www.guadalminagolf.comThe Guadalmina complex is comprised of 2 full eighteen-hole courses and a short nine-hole round.Guadalmina South: This is the oldest and toughest of the long courses. It was designed by Javier Arena in 1959 and is famous for its difficulty, despite the irony of its wide fairways and the absence of rough or water hazards.
Guadalmina North: This course was designed by Folco Nardo and opened in 1973. It is shorter and hillier than the south course and has several artificial lakes. It requires a precise drive through the middle of the fairways so as not to end up in one of the many water hazards, including the Guadalmina River which divides the two main courses.
Ctra. de Ronda km 35, Urb. La Quinta Golf
Marbella 29679 – Malaga
Tel. 952 762 390
Fax 952 762 399
www.laquintagolf.comLa Quinta opened in 1989 and presents 27 championship holes designed by Antonio Garcia Garrido and former Ryder Cup Player and 3-time world champion, Manuel Piñero. The holes are split into three sections, Courses A/B/C, which can be combined flexibly to play 18. The narrow, rolling nature of the fairways and technical greens lend to a serious test of any golfer’s skills, often limiting these courses to experienced players.La Quinta has been the venue for the Andalucian PGA, Open Larios and the charity Pro-Am Protagonistas tourney. It is also home to La Quinta Golf Academy, managed by Piñero himself.
Apdo. 64, Nueva Andalucia
Tel. 952 812 428
Fax 952 811 428
Urb. El Rosario – Ctra. de Cádiz, km 188
Tel. 952 830 500
Fax 952 834 353
Apartado 147 – Nueva Andalucía
Tel. 952 810 875
Fax 952 815 518The never-ending activity of Robert Trent Jones found its highlight with the opening of Las Brisas Golf Club in 1968, which has hosted world and regional championships on several occasions since its conception. This North American designed a course in which long drives alone don’t suffice, but rather continuous smart play. No less than ten stream-fed, artificial lakes and abundant bunker protection around mainly elevated greens have caused this course to gain distinction as a difficult and attractive course.
Ctra. Cádiz km 187,5
Tel. 952 850 111
Fax 952 850 288
www.santaclaragolfmarbella.comThis parkland style course was designed by Enrique Canales, easily recognizable from the N-340 highway by its wide-open greens and fairways. The small amount of rough found here is nonetheless exceptional, and shouldn’t hinder most well-planned shots along the only slightly sloped runs. There are several lakes, waterfalls, and palm and olive trees throughout which accentuate the view of nearby Marbella and the Mediterranean.
Ctra. Cádiz, km 192 – Urb. Elviria
Tel. 952 831 036
Fax 952 834 797
www.santamariagolfclub.comThe Santa Maria centre near Marbella is a progressive work with various artists:
- Antonio García Garrido (who worked with Manuel Piñero on La Quinta) designed the first 9 holes, opened in 1991
- the club’s own experts opened the second set of 9 in 1996
- Dave Thomas designed 18 more holes, construction currently underway
Already one of the Costa del Sol’s most popular courses, this final addition will make it one of the most challenging as well, with everything from outstanding sea views in its raised tees to well-defended, spacious greens. This course is situated in the Sierra Andaluza, and snakes through the natural, varied terrain formed by two valleys. This terrain includes pinewood and oak forestland, as well as a number of lakes and streams as course hazards.
Golf in Estepona
Ctra. N 340, km 168
29680 Estepona, Malaga
http://elcampanarioresort.com/Location: https://goo.gl/maps/aDzR2nZVoJkVyhus9El Campanario is a 9-hole, par 3 course ideal for beginners as well as more experienced players. With an overall course length of 533 meters and Pitch and Putt tees on each hole, this course is great for improving your short game. It was designed by Manuel Piñero, a prominent Spanish golfer, and opened in 2003.
Urb. Coto La Serena
Ctra. Cádiz, km 163
Estepona 29680, Malaga
Tel. 952 804 700
Fax 952 804 708The quiet atmosphere of the Japanese-style gardens of Coto de la Serena is perfect for a relaxing round of golf. Pedro Morán designed the course which is located in a residential area between San Pedro Alcántara and Estepona. This 9-hole turf is divided by winding streams and demands accuracy off the tees, particularly on the par 3’s which snake through lush vegetation.
Ctra. De Genalguacil, km 3
Avda. Andalucía, El Cerrito L. A-1
Tel. 952 113 327
Fax 952 113 551Situated in the valley near Benahavís and founded in 1999, Los Almendros was the first Pitch & Putt course in Andalucia. It is a 9-hole par 3 course, where club sets may be rented to facilitate play. There are practice areas for putting, pitching and driving, and individual and group classes are also available.
Ctra. Cádiz, km 167
Tel. 952 883 835
Fax 952 885 827
www.elparaisogolfclub.comEl Paraiso (The Paradise) can easily give golfers the sensation of being on cloud nine with brilliant views of the coastline, mountains and the natural beauty of the course itself including lakes, streams, hundreds of trees and diverse vegetation. The course designed by Gary Player adapts to the hill on which it was built, sloping down to the sea through the Paraiso Valley. The heavy rough, which in many cases obscures streams, forms a real hazard while en route through the broad fairways.Since its opening in 1974, this club has been characterized by reasonable rates, regular competitions, and a hospitable attitude towards internationals and visitors, including a sort of overseas membership. Guests will enjoy the feel of the clubhouse, modelled after farmhouse-style casitas.
There is an etiquette for both men and women, so if you plan to book for a golf course here we recommend to check the requirements. There is a club and a restaurant so you can spend all the day playing golf in Estepona.
Golf in Manilva
People staying in Manilva are looking for a more quiet area on the western Costa del Sol. Manilva is also perfect for playing golf and you will find a popular golf course in the area:
Urb. El Hacho, N-340 km 143
Manilva 29692, Malaga
Tel. 952 890 725
Fax 952 893 005
www.golfladuquesa.comMaster architect Robert Trent Jones has created 18 holes of wide, intertwining fairways at La Duquesa Golf and Country Club. This combined with the spectacular landscape in the sunny and breezy Mediterranean will ensure that you enjoy your day.The second nine has some very technical holes such as the extraordinary Par-3 17th, which doesn’t even have a fairway but rather a very high tee and a 108 meter run to the flag.