Guide to the Best Golf Courses in the Malaga Region

Valderrama Golf Club
Lets start with probably the best: renowned as being one of the best fairway courses in Europe, Valderrama’s course was created to test the skill and shooting style of the keen golfer! Designed in 1974, the course is located about 1.5 hours from Malaga. The course played host to the Ryder Cup in 1997. Due to the prestige of the venue, it is expensive to play here, with green fees ranging up to €320. However this is well worth it if you are a seasoned golfer, but be prepared to book well in advance!

Alcaidesa Golf Links Course
Alcaidesa is the only links course in Spain that meets the standards of International Competition. The views are majestic – from the course you can see the famous Rock of Gibraltar, and further afield the North African Atlas Mountain Range. Located just over 100km from Malaga Airport, along the A7, this course is a challenging one, especially at the Cadiz coastline with its hilly holes and the sea breezes from the Mediterranean. Typical Green Fees range up to around €80 per round per person.

Guadalhorce Golf Club
If you can’t wait to hit the green after arriving at Malaga Airport and picking up your car rental, then look no further than Guadalhorce. Located just 7km from the Airport, this 18-hole course is divided into two parts – a parkland design for the first 9 holes and then a more difficult final 9-hole fairway area. Typical Green Fees range up to around €58 per round per person.

Anoreta Golf Course
What could be better than a course lined by palm trees with the sparkling sea in the background? Anoreta is the only 18-hole course east of Malaga, and is located 20km from the Airport. This course offers a great challenge for all golfers, with its wide and narrow fairways. €56 per round are typical green fees.

Santa Maria Golf Club
This golf course is perhaps one of the most popular courses along the Costa del Sol, and is located between Fuengirola and Marbella in the Malaga Region. It would be suited to high and medium handicap players. There are some water hazards on the course, which adds to the challenge! The 5th and 6th holes have difficult steep walks, so be prepared! €65 is around the rate for a round of golf. Located 50km from Malaga, near Cadiz.

Rio Real Golf Club
Since its opening in 1965, this picturesque course is very popular with regular golfers returning to the Malaga Region. The open fairways of this course are a stern test for even the most experienced player. The course is set in a true Mediterranean location, with palm trees, and majestic sea views. The 8th and 10th greens are particularly challenging! The clubhouse has excellent facilities and bar. Rio Real has also its own 5 star hotel. Expect to pay over €100 for green fees.

Estepona Golf Course
This course, which is located 77km from Malaga Airport, is home to the longest course hole in Spain. The third hole (which is a par 5) is a total of almost 570 metres! With its wide fairways and greens that are long, Estepona is a very popular course every year. The towering Sierra Bermeja Mountains form a wonderful backdrop to a round, along with the wonderful foliage, from palm to olive trees. Expect to pay around €50 for green fees.

Cabopino Golf Course
Close to the Marina, this course is located in a majestic setting with terrific views. The expansive greens all have different holes and offers a challenge to all golfers. Located just a short drive from the port of Puerto Cabopino, and under half an hour from Fuengirola and Marbella, this course is well recommended. €62 are the per person green fees dependent on the time of year.

Atalaya Golf Course
This course has two 18-hole courses, which are known as the Old Course and the New Course. The old course is a parkland type, and the new course starts in the flat and wide fairways but verges up to the hills making it a tough task to master! The Atalaya International Golf Academy is located here, so if you are a budding golfer you can engage in some classes. Located 70km from Malaga Airport, the course fees can range up to €80 per person.

La Quinta Golf Club
La Quinta was created in 1989 and lies 50km from Malaga Airport. It is regarded as one of the most popular Costa del Sol golf resorts. This course has 27 holes, an 18-hole and then a 9-hole one. With a wonderful fairway course, and magnificent views of the sea and mountains, the course fees can range up to €88 per person. The club also offers terrific services at its clubhouse, from swimming pools to therapy treatments!