Paseo del Parque,
Sotogrande, Andalucia 11310
18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
Original design by Robert Trent Jones Sr (1964); restored by Roger Rulewich & David Fleurie (2016).
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.
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: 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.
Visitors welcome on weekdays; no outside visitors on weekends.
Must book in advance. Maximum handicap: men 24; women 30. Proof of handicap required.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2020].
Soft spikes only. Players generally walk this course. Golf carts available for hire.
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.
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).
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
Avda. Almenara s/n, Sotogrande, 11310 San Roque
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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
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