Ctra Chipiona, El Puerto de Santa Maria Km 5,
Rota, Cádiz 11520
27 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Gently undulating terrain - easy to walk.
Jose Maria Olazabal
Above distances are for the Los Olivos/Las Palmeras combination. The Los Ficus-nine, at 2599 mtrs is shorter than the other two nines. Costa Ballena also has a 9-hole par-3 course (1248 mtrs).
35 km W of Jerez
FROM SEVILLA follow the A4 (E5) direction Cadiz/Algeciras. Leave the motorway at exit 3 and follow Lebrija then Sanlucar then Chipiona for approx 55 km. In Chipiona take the A491 direction Rota. After approx 6 km turn right into Costa Ballena and go through gate. After o.5 km, at roundabout, turn left direction Golf (just after the Gran Colon Hotel). After 1.2 km turn right direction Golf. After 100 metres golf is in front of you.
FROM EL PUERTO follow the A491 direction Rota/Chipiona. After approx 22 km turn left into Costa Ballena.
Costa Ballena Ocean Golf Club: The centrepiece of the Costa Ballena development is its 27-hole, resort-style, championship golf course. Complemented by a 9-hole par-3 course and huge practice area, these facilities are much enjoyed by visiting golfers, as well as by the resort's predominantly Spanish and Scandinavian residents.
For much of the time this Jose-Maria Olazabal designed course weaves its way past rows of gleaming white apartments, which typically line just one side of the well crafted holes.
On each of the three nine-hole loops, the holes are typically routed in pairs - one heading out, the other bringing you back in. Plenty of palms and small olive trees are dotted around the relatively open terrain, and together with gentle landscaping and good bunkering, play a key role in defining the flattish fairways en route to Costa Ballena's not overly large (nor overly fast) greens.
Of the three nines, Los Olivos (1-9) and Las Palmares (10-18) give the best golfing challenge, with the shorter Los Ficus-nine (19-27) making up the full 27-holes. The Las Palmeras loop gets you closest to the Atlantic Ocean, with sea views to be enjoyed from the green of the par-5 12th, as well as the par-4 13th and par-3 14th. Not only does the Las Palmeras have the sea views (albeit briefly), it also contains most of the water hazards, which threaten on six of its holes.
Overall a pleasant, well laid out and relatively easy-going, resort-style course, although one that certainly throws down a good golfing challenge, not least at the challenging 211-metre par-3 2nd.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.
Must book in advance. Maximum handicap: 36.
Players generally walk this course. Golf carts available for hire.
Costa Bellena has an impressive practice facility, one of the largest in Europe, with a huge driving range that can accommodate 120 golfers at any one time.
The Club is used as the winter base by the Danish, Icelandic, Finnish and Netherlands Golf Federations. Costa Ballena was a European Tour Q-School stage venue from 2005-10.
Avda. Juan Carlos I S/N - Urb. Costa Ballena, 11520 Rota (Cadiz)
+34 956 865 000Visit website
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