Have a swinging time on the Costa del Sol

Posted on July 1, 2015 by Guest Writer
Alhuarin Golf Course, Costa del Sol

Being a player on the Costa del Sol in Spain means getting on a course and teeing off on some of the most immaculate fairways in the world, with well over 90 options available.

This golfing playground attracts visitors of all ages and stages, from young party animals to mature travellers looking for fun in the sun.

Where is it?

The Costa del Sol, translated as the Coast of the Sun, is in southern Spain in the autonomous community of Andalusia, along the coast of the Province of Malaga. It’s one of the world’s hottest tourist destinations (in all senses of the word) and is a paradise for sunseekers, beach babes, lovers of luxury and outdoor enthusiasts – especially golfers.

Accommodation

Golf resorts abound all along the coast, offering all-inclusive holidays for golfers. There are plenty of options for young-at-heart over 50s looking for a golfing Costa del Sol break, including many off-course diversions, which will add a bit of spice to your life.

Choose from delicious dining, dancing, serious shopping and sightseeing, spa treatments, entertainment on and off-site and, of course, the greenest of greens on which to tee-up under all-year-round sunshine.

You can, of course, arrange your own budget holiday package and hotel bookings on the Costa del Sol. Book your golf in advance, and reserve your tee-times well ahead of your visit. Most courses accept online bookings.

Golf courses

What could be sweeter than playing a round of golf on a picturesque, perfectly maintained course with views of the Mediterranean or the mountains? Take a closer look at one of the Costa del Sol’s top golf courses, Los Naranjos Golf Club near Marbella, designed by Robert Trent Jones. This championship course is considered to be one of Europe’s finest, stretching 6,500 meters with wide fairways, clever hazards and large greens. It has hosted many international tournaments, but is playable for golfers at all levels.

Then there’s Valderrama, home of the legendary 1997 Ryder Cup and rated as one of the best golf courses in Europe. With its covering of cork trees over the lush green fairways, driving can be difficult, but it’s a challenge no golfer will want to miss. It’s not easy to get access, but if you source the right Costa del Sol holiday package, you might get lucky.

Or, you can consider teeing off at Santana Golf Club, located slightly inland, between Fuengirola, Marbella and La Cala, with awesome mountain views. Known as the Seven Hills Course, Santana is beautifully designed and maintained, making for a spectacular challenge!

Carrying your clubs

Travelling with a set of golf clubs may be daunting, especially for mature travellers. So, unless you are especially attached to your clubs, consider hiring a set from the resort, or an independent hire company. Check online and you will discover a full set of clubs can be delivered to you on arrival for as little as €15 a day. You can also hire trolleys, and if you want a caddy or buggy on the course you are booked on, you can negotiate a good deal.

Après golf

You’re in sunny southern Spain, the party capital of Europe, so don’t plan on an early bedtime! Even mature travellers enjoy a good time and it’s hard to ignore the nightlife opportunities on your Andalusian doorstep.

The province of Málaga and the Costa del Sol has a thriving nightlife, from beach bars and restaurants to pubs to nightclubs. It’s exciting to venture beyond your resort/hotel and sample what’s happening in, for example, Marbella’s Golden Mile.

In the summer season you can shop until you drop at designer stores in Marbella, Malaga and Puerto Banús until 10pm, and there is always a tapas bar you can retire to and refuel before continuing your shopping spree.

What to pack

For the golf course, collared shirts, long shorts and soft spike shoes are generally required, but it is well-worth checking the etiquette of the particular course you plan to play on before your visit.

Although Costa del Sol golf resorts boast 300 days of sunshine a year, you may need to pack a waterproof jacket in case you hit a bad spell. Having to buy clothing and shoes on site from pro-shops may prove expensive, so it’s best to go equipped. For evening wear most resorts require smart casual attire. Don’t forget essentials like sunglasses, sun hat, sun screen and insect repellent.