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Real Club de Golf Sotogrande

Paseo del Parque,

Sotogrande, Andalucia 11310

  • Office

    +34 956 78 50 14
  • Pro shop

    +34 956 78 50 14
  • Fax

    +34 956 79 50 29
  • Golf pro

    Juan Antonio Marín & Manuel Ocana

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.

  • Surroundings:

    Residential setting.

  • Designer:

    Original design by Robert Trent Jones Sr (1964); restored by Roger Rulewich & David Fleurie (2016).

Back
tees
Club
tees
Front
tees
Metres
6224
5853
5165
Par
72
72
72
SSS or slope
72.5
70.5
73

At the same location:

Also at Sotogrande is a 9-hole par-3 course. 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.

Location

Latitude:

36.274811

Longitude:

-5.284563

How to get there:

28 km NE of Algeciras

Coming from Malaga/Estepona (heading west) leave the AP-7 (E15) at exit 130/131 (Guardiaro/Valderrama). At roundabout follow the road back under the motorway, direction Estepona-Malaga-Centro Commercial. After 100 m at next roundabout turn right direction Sotogrande Alto. After o.8 km at roundabout turn left direction Sotogrande Costa. After o.8 km bear right at roundabout. After 1.9 km entrance to golf is on your left.

Real (Royal) Club de Golf Sotogrande

5-star: Fabulous – courses don’t get much better than this.

Est. 1964

Real (Royal) Club de Golf Sotogrande: Elevated to 'Royal' status in 1994, the course here was formerly known as Sotogrande “Old” course (Valderrama was initially called Sotogrande “New”). Surrounded by the generally unobtrusive and opulent villas of the Sotogrande estate, here you will find one of the best golf courses in Spain.

The tee-boxes, fairways and bunkering on Robert Trent Jones Snr's absorbing layout are always beautifully maintained. The large undulating greens are superb, and guaranteed to exact a rigorous test of your putting skills. Water comes into play on a few holes, but with good-width fairways, generally little rough to worry about and not too much mounding and elevation change, the opportunity to shoot a good score is always a distinct possibility - if you can master those greens.

Sotogrande is home to an attractive variety of trees that line the holes, but never too densely. Beyond the perimeter you'll see some splendid villas, and even occasional glimpses of the sea from a few holes. It's understandable that Sotogrande is one of the more exclusive courses hereabouts, made so by a relatively hefty visitor green fee (available only on weekdays) and the club's desire to maintain a top class facility for its members.

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Visitors

Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays; no outside visitors on weekends.

Must book in advance. Maximum handicap: men 24; women 30. Proof of handicap required.

Green fees

Visitor fee, 18-holes: €250 (weekdays only).

Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2020].

Other information

Soft spikes only. Players generally walk this course. Golf carts available for hire.

Practice facilities

Good

Did you know?

The Sotogrande course represent the first design in Europe by English-born course designer Robert Trent Jones Sr.

King Juan Carlos I conferred the Royal prefix on Sotogrande GC in 1994. By royal prerogative, at least 18 Spanish golf clubs can now use the "Royal" title, including: Bendinat, El Prat, Guadalmina, La Herreria, Las Brisas, Las Palmas, Malaga, Neguri, New San Sebastian (Basozabal), Pedrena, Puerta de Hierro, R.A.C.E. (Jarama), San Sebastian, Seville, Sociedad Hipica Espanola, Sotogrande, Tenerife and Valderrama. At least two other clubs once carried the Royal title: Royal Menorca (now closed) and Royal Deportivo Las Lomas-El Bosque, now called GC Lomas-Bosque.

Published ranking

World: formerly ranked world's 98th best course (GOLF magazine, 1993; not in subsequent editions of this ranking).
Europe: 37th best course in continental Europe (Golf World, 2019).
Spain: 5th best course in Spain (Golf Digest, 2020).

Where2Stay

  • NH Hotel Sotogrande4-star

    Autovia A-7 (exit 130), Sotogrande, 11310 San Roque, Cadiz.

    +34 956 695 444

    Visit 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.

    • Golf at this hotel:

      No

    • Golf within 10 km:

      Royal Valderrama; La Reserva; Royal Sotogrande; Almenara; San Roque; Alcaidesa

    • Golf within 30 km:

      Estepona

  • NH Hotel Almenara4-star

    Avda. Almenara s/n, Sotogrande, 11310 San Roque

    +34 956 582 000

    Visit 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.

    • Golf at this hotel:

      Almenara

    • Golf within 10 km:

      Royal Valderrama; La Reserva; Royal Sotogrande; San Roque; Alcaidesa

    • Golf within 30 km:

      Estepona

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