Golf Courses on the Costa del Sol

Golf courses on the Costa del Sol: Alcaidesa to Estepona

Costa del Sol Golf Courses Estepona Sotogrande

The Costa del Sol is an all-year-round golfer’s paradise. You’ll easily find a golf course on the Costa del Sol which suits you – be that one of Europe’s top 10 or a more affordable option. There are numerous golf courses from Alcaidesa to Estepona, many of which are designed by some of the golfing greats including Dave Thomas, Robert Trent Jones and Severiano Ballesteros.

With there being so many, it would be difficult to write a review on every single one. Therefore, this article will focus on those located between Alcaidesa and Estepona. Keep reading to discover more about the golf courses on the Costa del Sol.


Alcaidesa Links Golf Resort

The first resort on our guide is the beautiful Alcaidesa Links Golf Resort. The resort offers two magnificent courses: Alcaidesa Links and Alcaidesa Heathland. This results in a total of 36 professional holes with stunning views of the Mediterranean sea. Moreover, on a clear day, there are incredible views right across to Gibraltar and North Africa.


Alcaidesa Links

Alcaidesa Links is the only links golf course in Southern Europe. Designed by Peter Alliss and Clive Clark in 1992, this course is formed by gentle slopes descending towards the sea. The course finishes at a beautiful beach and most of the holes are alongside the beach. Additionally, this course is quite impressive due to its spectacular views of Gibraltar and Africa.

  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Total distance: 5886m


Alcaidesa Heathland

Alcaidesa Heathland is a beautiful course designed by the former Ryder Cup player, Dave Thomas. The course is much like a heathland, hence the name, with wide fairways and stunning sea views. However, it is varied as the holes are located along the valley meaning that there are numerous water hazards.

  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Total distance: 6373m

The Alcaidesa Club House

Alcaidesa Golf Club House

The Alcaidesa Club House is located between the two golf courses and offers views of the Mediterranean Sea. The building is of a classic Andalucian style and is a perfect blend of traditional and modern. The large venue is home to both a restaurant and a coffee shop which offers an extensive selection of culinary styles. The venue is often used for events such as wedding receptions, parties and banquets. Check it out here.

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San Roque

San Roque Sierra Bermeja Mountains Ocean Sea Costa del Sol Golf Golfing Resort Course

The San Roque Club

The San Roque Club is deemed one of Europe’s most exclusive golfing country clubs. The club offers two championship courses as well as other features such as a 2-tiered covered driving range, practice areas, practice bunks, and a fully stocked pro shop. Furthermore, the club is also home to a golfing academy. Located in the foothills of the Sierra Bermeja, the San Roque Club offers beautiful scenery around its courses.

San Roque is full of history and part of its uniqueness is that it offers both an old and new course. Watch the video below to see the difference between the two courses.

The courses at San Roque Club have been designed so that they appeal to both, top professional players, and amateurs.  It gives players with differing handicaps the chance to enjoy one of Europe’s most beautiful courses.

San Roque Club Golf

Old Course

This course was originally designed by Dave Thomas and later redesigned by Severiano Ballesteros and is considered one of the finest in Europe. It is exclusive and is reserved for members only.  However, there are daily public periods when the general public can play on it for a premium price of 160€ per green fee.

  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Total distance: 6508m

New Course

Alternatively, the new course was designed by Perry Dye and Severiano Ballesteros in 2003. The course is highly technical and has an impeccable finish to it. It has hosted the final of the European tour classification school. Moreover, it was home to the 2006 Spanish open. Although a challenging course, those who play on it love it for its beautiful layout.

  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Total distance: 6497m

*San Roque’s old course is currently under construction – call ahead of time*

San Roque Club House

The San Roque Club is surrounded by lush green hills and oak woods. Again, the building is of a traditional Andalucian style. With a beautiful restaurant and function rooms, this is the perfect spot to enjoy a spot of lunch or host your next event! See pictures of the beautiful venue here.

*RENOVATIONS CURRENTLY UNDERWAY – Please call ahead of time to check for availability*

Delicious Lunch at San Roque Golf Club

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Sotogrande is considered one of the main luxury residential areas of Andalucia – and even of Europe. With its beautiful port and the air of elegance which accompanies the area as a whole, it of course comes as no surprise that the golf courses here are some of the best in the world.

Sotogrande Port
Sotogrande Port
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Trocadero Sotogrande

Real Club Valderrama 

Andrew and Shani from Hamilton Homes at Valderrama
Andrew and Shani from Hamilton Homes at Valderrama

The Real Club Valderrama is the most luxurious course to be included in this guide. The course was home to the 1997 Ryder Cup and is consistently ranked among the best courses in the WORLD. Moreover, it holds the title of the number 1 course in continental Europe since 1988. As you can imagine, this beautiful course, designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., is of top quality.  It is a truly beautiful course and I even would recommend non-golfers to visit if they get a chance.

Even though Valderrama is a highly exclusive course, visitors are welcome. Valderrama brands itself as a “private members club which admits visitors”. However, as you can imagine the green fees are of a premium price (approximately 400€ for 18 holes). Although with that said, if golfing is your passion – this would be an unforgettable experience.

They welcome visitors every day from 12-14 hrs. During the winter season, tee times are from 11:30-13:30 hrs. On weekends visitors tee times are from 12-13 hrs. The rest of the time is limited exclusively for members. In Christmas, Easter or August, the course is exclusively reserved for members and guests.


  • Holes: 18 
  • Par: 71
  • Total distance: 6390m

The Valderrama Clubhouse

The clubhouse and Valderrama restaurant it is reserved exclusively for members and guests, but the Spike bar is opened for visitors (just players). Check it out here.

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La Reserva Golf Club Sotogrande

This beautiful course was designed more recently and therefore has a more contemporary feel to it. La Reserva is a must-play for keen golfers visiting the area. Golf Word Magazine recently ranked it as one of the top 9 golf courses in Spain.

  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Distance: 6700m

La Reserva Country Club and Beach Bar

Moreover, La Reserva has lots more to offer than just its golf course. The country club has many luxury features including tennis and paddle courts, two luxurious restaurants, fitness facilities, a golf academy, horse-riding and polo facilities and more.

One of the more unique features of this beautiful venue is ‘The Beach’. La Reserva has brought the fine white sand of Cadiz to the Sotogrande hills. So why not book a sunbed and escape the world for a day as you sip your cocktails and take in the breath-taking views.

La Reserva beach club

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Real Club de Golf Sotogrande

The beautiful yet challenging course at Real Club de Golf Sotogrande was designed in 1964 by Robert Trent Jones. Trent Jones said it was in his top 5 favourite courses of the 500 he designed in his lifetime. Located just 150m from the Mediterranean sea, the course offers scenic surroundings and a gentle sea breeze as players enjoy the fascinating course. The quality of this course is reflected by those who have played on it. This list includes some of the contemporary golfing greats such as Severiano Ballesteros and Sergio Garcia. Additionally, there is a stunning restaurant and a shop on site.

  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Total distance: 6492m

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Club de Golf La Cañada

La Cañada is another well-designed golf course. Dave Thomas designed holes 1-9 and Robert Trent Jones designed holes 10-18. The course offers challenging fairways, fast greens and breath-taking views of the Mediterranean. Moreover, La Cañada is home to a driving range.

  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Total distance: 5841m

The Club is well known for their adapted golf academy, with more than 60 disabled students, receiving weekly lessons.  The Club also qualifies as the first juniour academy in Andalucia with over 300 students.

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Almenara Golf Club


The club has 3 beautiful courses, all of which were designed by golfing great, Dave Thomas. The three courses boast 27 holes in total with features such as deep bunkers, large lakes and beautiful pine tree landscaping. The three 9 holes courses (Los Pinos, Los Lagos and Los Alcornoques) can be combined so that players can enjoy three different 18-hole combinations, all with a par of 27 which allows for a challenging yet exciting game. However, it is recommended that you bring extra balls with you as the lakes on the Los Lagos course are hard to avoid!

  • Holes: 27 (3 different courses)
  • Par: 27 per course
  • Distance: varies depending on which combination you choose

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Almenara Hotel

Furthermore, Almenara Golf Club has a lot more to offer than just its golf courses. Almenara hotel is home to a beautiful well-being spa, state-of-the-art fitness facilities, two high-end restaurants and numerous bars. Additionally, the hotel is frequently used for events such as weddings and galas. As the Almenara is set in the hills of Sotogrande, the stunning landscape makes the perfect venue for a weekend getaway.

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La Duquesa

La Duquesa is located in the municipality of Manilva. Although it is best known for its beautiful port, La Duquesa is also home to an excellent golf course. Duquesa Golf is perfect for keen golfers.  It offers some very competitive green fees.

La Duquesa Golf Club

Robert Trent Jones designed La Duquesa Golf course in 1986. Again, this beautiful course has clear views of the Mediterranean sea. Players say that the 17th hole is the best as it provides a challenge due to the landscaping of the course.

  • Holes: 18
  • Par:  72
  • Total distance: 6062m
golf course resort Costa del Sol golfers La Duquesa
La Duquesa Golf Club

In addition to the course, the country club offers a  restaurant with outdoor terrace seating, where you can enjoy a delicious Club Sandwich or burger.

  • Call the restaurant to book a table: (+34) 952 89 0725

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  • Call for bookings: (+34) 952 89 0725
  • Call the Golf Club office: (+34) 952 89 0425
  • Book your tee time now
  • Coordinates: 36.352557, -5.235130
  • Plus code: 9Q37+2W San Luis de Sabinillas
  • Address: N-340, 3, 29692 San Luis de Sabinillas, Málaga

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Casares is a perfect blend of old and new. Its coastline links Manilva to Estepona.  It has a beautiful bay and has lots of lovely beach bars and restaurants.  Casares is also home to a beautiful whitewashed village.  Casares is known for its gastronomy with numerous well-known restaurants located on the Casares road.  Set in the foothills of the Casares mountains is one of the most luxurious resorts on the Costa del Sol – 6* Finca Cortesin golf course and resort.  Also, soon to come to this area is a ‘Conrad’ hotel – a Hilton luxury hotel.

Casares Costa Golf Club

Casares Costa golf course resort golfing greens tee

Casares Costa Golf Club is a 9-hole course on a flat terrain that runs through the Casares valley. The course boasts beautiful views throughout. This course is very popular amongst Costa del Sol golfers due to its challenging nature. See the website (linked below) for specific distances of each of the pars.

Casares Costa del golf golfing resort

Footgolf Course

In addition to the golf course, Casares Costa Golf club also has an 18-hole footgolf course. Therefore, this can become a day out for everyone not just the avid golfers of the family.  There is also a little kiosk with outdoor seating offering teas, coffees, breakfasts, and snacks.  Right by the club is the Thai Bua Garden with two cuisines – a pizza and snack menu and a more formal Thai Cuisine.  Their terrace overlooks the golf course.

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Foot Golf at Casares Golf

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Finca Cortesin Golf Resort

The well-renowned Finca Cortesin Golf Resort is a 6* resort situated along the Casares road. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that the golf course at this luxurious venue is rated among Spain’s best golf courses. The course was designed By Cabell B. Robinson and landscaped by Huggan’s. Finca Cortesin has been host to some of the most prestigious golf tournaments in the world.

The course is in pristine condition and although a challenging course, the beautiful surroundings make playing here an unforgettable and enjoyable experience.

Finca Cortesin resort golf

  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Total distance: almost 7000m (making it one of Europe’s longest layouts)

Watch this short video to get a feel for the course.

Not so interested in golf? Finca Cortesin is home to one of the world’s top 50 hotels and therefore the customer service throughout the resort is of an outstanding level. If you are more intrigued by the wonderful cuisine offered at the resort then check out the Michelin Star restaurants found at Finca Cortesin by reading our recent blog here.

Additionally, the beautiful resort boasts a fantastic spa with a snow room! Furthermore, just 1.5km down the road in Bahia de Casares, you can find Finca Cortesin’s luxury beach club. Discover more about Finca Cortesin by reading our blog post here.

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Doña Julia Golf Club and Resort

The Doña Julia Golf Club is an extremely popular destination for golfers along the Costa del Sol. The course receives approximately 45,000 visitors per season and again, is said to be one of the best golf courses in the South of Spain. By visiting the website, you can watch a bird’s eye view video of each hole to get a better idea of the layout of the course.

  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Distance: 5976m

The Doña Julia Golf Resort offers different accommodation packages so that visitors can “stay and play”. Additionally, the resort boasts a spa, numerous outdoor pools and a gym.

Thee Doña Julia Golf Club also has a clubhouse which is equipped to cover all golfers’ needs. This includes a pro-shop, a restaurant and a bar. Non-golfers are also welcome at the clubhouse to enjoy the chef’s finest dishes at the restaurant.

Coming to Doña Julia Golf… 

Hilton hotels have recently announced that they will be building a luxury hotel and resort close to Doña Julia which will be opening in 2022. Read all about it in our blog post here:

Hilton Luxury Hotel to Open in Casares in 2020


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Estepona is further east along the Costa del Sol, closer to Marbella. It is home to beautiful golf courses, a wonderful port, a whole host of unspoilt beaches and fabulous cuisine.


Estepona Golf

Estepona Golf has earned a reputation and is considered one of southern Spain’s best golf courses. The course has some of the most stunning views as the Sierra Bermeja mountain range is the backdrop of the whole course.

  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Distance: 5671m

Moreover, Estepona Golf offers numerous deals and they currently offer a special summer tariff:

  • Morning Green Fees: €40 18 Holes or €50 including buggy or trolley hire (All morning green fees will receive a complimentary 20% discount voucher to be used before end August 2020!)
  • Afternoon Green Fees: €30 18 Holes or €40 including buggy or trolley hire
  • Summer Memberships to be used before end August 2020: 1 Month €300, 2 Months €540, 3 Months €720

For more package deals, visit the website.

Contact Details

  • Visit the website:
  • Call on: (+34) 952 937 605 or (+34) 628 036 059
  • E-mail: [email protected]
  • Coordinates: 36.409621, -5.211039
  • Plus code: CQ5Q+RH Estepona
  • Address: Autovía del Mediterráneo, Km 150, 29680 Estepona, Málaga

The course neighbours the beautiful Alcazaba Lagoon Resort. This is the perfect accommodation for a golfing holiday. After a long day out on the fairways, come back to the Alcazaba Lagoon Resort and enjoy a dip in the aqua blue waters followed by a meal at the brand new restaurant and beach bar. Additionally, the Ona Valle Romano Resort and the Gran Elba Estepona are located nearby.

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Azata Golf

Azata Golf is one of Costa del Sol’s newest courses. Sterling and Martin Golf Course Architects designed the course and it is generally quite challenging. However, the first nine has much wider fairways. A benefit of this course is its minimal ravines. The majority of steep slopes have been filled in so that players don’t lose balls. This facilitates play and only reduces the difficulty slightly as this is still a challenging course. Additionally, this course has a comfortable layout therefore it is not essential to play with a buggy. Azata Golf is also home to a beautiful restaurant.

  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Distance: 5703m

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Doña Lucia Golf

Doña Lucia golf course is a fairly new build located between the Valle Romano and Azata golf courses. The course opened in summer 2018. It has dramatic topography and features a beautiful Par 3 at hole 4 which plays steeply over the Arroyo Vaqueros Creek. Further holes follow along the river which runs through the course offering a fun yet challenging hazard to players. Like many of the stunning courses on the Costa del Sol, Doña Lucia offers stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea. Get a better idea by watching the video below:

  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 70
  • Distance: 5517m

Contact Details

  • Coordinates: 36.423858, -5.199816
  • Plus code: CRF2+65 Estepona
  • Address: 29680 Estepona, Málaga

Valle Romano Golf Resort

The final course on our guide is the renowned Valle Romano Golf course in Estepona. The course was designed to host the most prestigious of tournaments. It is a versatile course which can be played on by both amateurs and professionals alike. The owners say that “with an average 5 tees per hole and spacious greens with many flag positions, as well as overlooking the sea, Valle Romano is a course to enjoy in all senses of the word.”

  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Total distance: 5000m

So what are you waiting for? Book your tee time and take a trip to this beautiful resort. In addition to its golf course, Valle Romano also boasts a beautiful restaurant with wonderful views of the Mediterranean. There is also a golfing academy and pro shop on site.

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  • Call on: +34 952 800 600
  • E-mail: [email protected]
  • Coordinates: 36.431275, -5.195039
  • Plus code: CRJ3+GX Estepona
  • Address: Valle Romano Golf & Resort, Calle Villa Borghese, 1, 29680 Estepona, Málaga

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