Avda de la Marina,
Sotogrande, Andalucia 11310
18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Undulating terrain - several slopes to climb.
Rural countryside and residential.
Cabell B. Robinson
The Sotogrande development is home to five 18-hole par-72 courses, all within close proximity of each other: Valderrama (6389 m from back tees); Real (Royal) Sotogrande (6224 m); La Reserva (6721 m); Almenara (6252 m); La Canada (5841 m - a municipal course with 9-holes designed by Robert Trent Jones and 9 by Dave Thomas). San Roque Club with two championship layouts is also close by.
30 km NE of Algeciras
Coming from Malaga / Estepona (heading west) leave the AP-7 (E15) at exit 130 / 131 (Guardiaro / Valderrama). At roundabout follow direction Castellar. After o.6 km turn right at red gatehouse. After o.5 km at roundabout turn left. After o.4 km golf parking is in front of you.
La Reserva Club de Golf: This is the newcomer on the Sotogrande estate; in terms of quality and strength of layout its up there with its many well-known stablemates (Royal Sotogrande and Almenara among them).
La Reserva's front-nine is an out-and-back loop taking you through some very natural and relatively open countryside, where house building has not seriously got underway (enjoy this while it lasts!). Water hazards make brief appearances but not threateningly so.
The back-nine loop is also scenic with constantly changing vistas - in the distance the sea and the rock of Gibraltar get into the act, while the foreground is dominated by La Reserva's huge monastery-like, terracotta-coloured clubhouse; a brand new "village" overlooks the closing two holes. Water makes a return appearance at the par-5 15th and the long par-4 17th, this time with bite!
There is plenty of undulation on this layout, as well as excellent bunkering, fast and true greens and generally well maintained and good-width fairways. A great new course to savour; let's hope the infill of real estate is a slow and restricted process.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.
Must book in advance. Maximum handicap: men 28; women 32.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, Stay&Play packages, etc. [Last updated: 2019].
Players generally walk this course. Golf carts available for hire.
La Reserva is part of the NH World at Sotogrande. From La Reserva's back-nine you can glimpse one or two of the holes on Valderrama, including the famous par-5 4th.
Spain: 7th best course in Spain (Golf Digest, 2020).
Europe: 59th best course in Europe (excl Britain & Ireland) (Golf World, 2021).
Avda. Almenara s/n, Sotogrande, 11310 San Roque
+34 956 582 000Visit website
The 148-room 4-star NH Hotel Almenera is located at the heart of the excellent Almenara golf course. From its hillside location the hotel offers wonderful views across the course, and down across Sotogrande to the Mediterranean in the distance. A short drive takes you to many other renowned golf courses, among them Valderrama, San Roque, Royal Sotogrande, as well as to the Sotogrande marina, with its array of bars and restaurants.
Royal Valderrama; La Reserva; Royal Sotogrande; San Roque; Alcaidesa
Autovia A-7 (exit 130), Sotogrande, 11310 San Roque, Cadiz.
+34 956 695 444Visit website
The 4-star NH Sotogrande hotel is located in the heart of Sotogrande, surrounded by some of the best golf courses in Spain. The hotel features 106 guest rooms, designed in typical Andalucian style, mixed with contemporary amenities and functionality. On-site facilities include a restaurant, bar, outdoor swimming pools, poolside bar, reading room and two conference rooms.
Royal Valderrama; La Reserva; Royal Sotogrande; Almenara; San Roque; Alcaidesa
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