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The Ultimate Guide to the Estepona Golf Courses

Updated: Feb 26

With this ultimate guide to the Estepona Golf Courses we aim to share with you the inside track on what makes Estepona and nearby Benahavis extraordinary golf destinations.


Estepona and the nearby Benahavis are often regarded as culinary hotspots on the Costa del Sol. With excellent food, wine and a plethora of outstanding golf courses Estepona makes a perfect destination for golfers visiting the Costa del Sol who also enjoy the finer things in life!


With the unspoiled natural beauty of the hinterland and mountain foothills the golf courses are simply breathtaking. The old town of Estepona and its charming port allow guests to enjoy everything that is good about Spanish hospitality.

The beach front is sublime and makes a perfect place to end a great day of golf.

We hope you enjoy this ultimate guide to golf near Estepona and hope that it inspires you to come and indulge!


Where to play golf near Estepona


Atalaya Golf and Country Club


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The Old Course

Opened: 1968

Designed: Bernhard von Limburger

18 Holes Par 72

White Tees 6405m Yellow Tees 5872m Blue Tees 5391m Red Tees 5055m


The New Course

Opened: 1990

Designer:Paul Krings

18 Holes Par 71

White Tees 5179m Yellow Tees 5086m Blue Tees 4611 Red Tees 4390m


Facilities

  1. Pro Shop

  2. Buggy Hire

  3. Club Hire

  4. Driving Range

Clubhouse

  1. Restaurant

  2. Terrace

  3. Changing Rooms

  4. Lockers

  5. Showers


Overview


Atalaya Golf and Country Club is amongst the oldest golf courses on Costa del Sol dating back to 1968. The Old Course designed by the highly respected German architect Bernard von Limburger is a genuinely lovely golf course. With generous rolling greens, welcoming immaculate fairways and playing as long as 6200m from the white tees, the Old Course is a fair and challenging test for all golfers.

The New Course is totally different in character. Shorter and with much tighter fairways accuracy from the tee is a premium. The views from the high points on the New Course more than make up for some of the more tricky holes.


The New Course is ideal for shorter and straighter hitters. it is not a long course, however it is very tricky and needs all of your attention.

Price Range

53 Euros to 85 Euros depending upon the season


Azata Golf


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The Course

Opened: 2020

Designer: Stirling and Martin

18 Holes Par 71

White Tees 5703m Yellow Tees 5332m Red Tees 4358m


Facilities

  1. Pro Shop

  2. Driving Range

  3. Short game Practise Area

  4. Buggy Hire

  5. Club Hire

  6. Golf Academy


Clubhouse

  1. Restaurant

  2. Terrace


Overview


Azata Golf is the newest golf club to open along the Costa del Sol and it is a cracker! Whilst not a long course it presents a tough but fair challenge. A golf course which will reward those risk takers that execute the demanding shots well. Equally, a great score can be built by playing safe and keeping the ball on the fairway.


The clubhouse is modern, a lovely terrace gives a great view across the golf course.


Azata Golf is a satisfying experience.


Price Range

48 Euros to 66 Euros dependent upon season.


Club De Golf El Higueral


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The Course

Opened: 2009

Designed: Roderick Segar

9 Holes Par 36

White Tees 2938m Yellow Tees 2682m Blue Tees 2509m Red Tees 2201m


Overview


This super nine hole course is so good that it frequently plays host to the Marbella Tour, a weekly event for professional golfers on Costa del Sol. The greens are small and well contoured and require your full concentration. The fairways are generous enough and the condition of the playing surfaces are flawless.


This is outstanding value and offers a deeply pleasing resort golf experience.


Price Range

35 Euros to 60 Euros for 18 holes depending upon season.


Dona Julia


The Course

Opened: 2005

Designer: Antonio Garcia Garrido

18 Holes Par 71

White Tees 5975m Yellow Tees 5930m Red Tees 5975m


Facilities

  1. Pro Shop

  2. Buggy Hire

  3. Club Hire

  4. Driving Range

  5. Short Game Practise Area


Clubhouse

  1. Restaurant

  2. Terrace


Overview


Dona Julia Golf was designed by Antonio Garcia Garrido and opened in 2005. At just over 5600m this parkland golf course is well laid out and provides a tough test. My favorite hole is the par3 18th. This hole could feature as the closing hole for any major golf tournament and provide thrills and excitement in abundance!

The course is perfect for social golf as you will see from the many smiling faces in the 19th!


Well worth a visit !!


Please take a look at our playing review of Dona Julia, it will give you a flare of what it is like to play.


Price Range

58 Euros to 87 Euros depending upon season


El Paraiso Golf Club


Ultimate Guide to the Estepona Golf Courses Andalusia Spain

The Course

Opened: 1972

Designer: Gary Player

18 Holes Par 71

White Tees 6131m Yellow Tees 5912m Blue Tees 5271m Red Tees 4998m


Facilities

  1. Pro Shop

  2. Buggy Hire

  3. Club Hire

  4. Driving Range

  5. Short Game Practise Area


Clubhouse

  1. Restaurant

  2. Open and Closed Terraces

  3. Changing Rooms

  4. Lockers

  5. Showers


Overview


El Paraiso Golf Club is one of the most popular golf golf courses along Costa del Sol welcoming golfers for almost 50 years!


With the 50th anniversary celebrations in 2022 a great deal of investment has been made into making the golf course and its facilities pristine. With 18 new greens and a dedicated greenkeeping team the course is in tremendous condition and is a delight to play.


The clubhouse is a large ranch style clubhouse recently renovated. The food and service are excellent.


This is a “must play”, you can read our detailed thoughts on El Paraiso here.


Price Range

72 Euros to 102 Euros depending upon season


Finca Cortesin


The Course

Opened: 2006

Designer: Cabell B. Robinson and Gerald Huggins

18 Holes Par 72

Black Tees 6736m White Tees 6351m Yellow Tees 5884m Blue Tees 5215m Red Tees 4852m


Facilities

  1. Hotel

  2. Pro Shop

  3. Buggy Hire

  4. Club Hire

  5. Driving Range

  6. Short Game Area

  7. Jack Nicklaus Golf Academy


Clubhouse

  1. Restaurant

  2. Terrace

  3. Changing Rooms

  4. Lockers

  5. Showers


Overview


There are many great golf courses on the Costa del Sol. And then there are some golf courses that occupy a higher strata. Finca Cortesin is one of those.

This is a golfing experience without comparison. The golf course is the star of the show. The Hotel, restaurants and clubhouse are exquisite. All combine to make this experience profound.


Home to the World Matchplay on multiple occasions and in 2023 will be the host of the Solheim Cup it is clear how highly regarded this golf facility is internationally.


If you want an experience that will stay with you for a long time to come then you need to come to Finca Cortesin.


Price Range

Circa 250 Euros


Guadalmina Club De Golf


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The South Course

Opened: 1959

Designer: Folco Nardi

18 Holes Par 72

Tee 61. 6082m 58. 5820m 55. 5431m 50. 5031m 47. 4660m 44. 4376m


The North Course

Opened: 1972

Designer: Folco Nardi

18 Holes Par 72

Tee 56. 5600m 55. 5449m 50. 4975m 48. 4790m


Facilities

  1. Pro Shop

  2. Buggy Hire

  3. Club Hire

  4. Driving Range

  5. Short Game Practise Area


Clubhouse

  1. Restaurant

  2. Open and Closed Terraces

  3. Changing Rooms

  4. Lockers

  5. Showers


Overview


Guadalmina Golf is one of the nicest golf clubs anywhere along Costa del Sol. A strong membership means the clubhouse is always busy creating a superb atmosphere. The South Course runs from the clubhouse towards the sea giving wonderful sea views around the 10th and 11th hole. The South course is an absolute charmer!


The North Course is slightly shorter than the South and asks for accuracy over distance. This too is a beautifully maintained and manicured parkland course that compliments its big brother very well.


Guadalmina Golf also features an 18 hole par 3 course of 1470m! Absolute cracker. great fun and a sure fire way to improve your game or even resolve wagers!

Here’s one for you… When you are in the clubhouse take a moment to read the Honours Boards. You will see that the course record holder is none other than Jon Rahm, he shot 65 at the age of 12!!!!!

Price Range

85 Euros to 118 Euros depending upon season.


Los Arqueros Golf and Country Club


Ultimate Guide to the Estepona Golf Courses Andalusia Spain

The Course

Opened: 1991

Designer: Severiano Ballesteros

18 Holes Par 71

White Tees 5667m Yellow Tees 5321m Blue Tees 5150m Red Tees 4820m


Facilities

  1. Pro-Shop

  2. Buggy Hire

  3. Club Hire

  4. Driving Range

  5. Fitness Center

  6. Tennis Club

  7. Bowling

  8. Beauty Salon

  9. Apartment and Villa Rental

  10. Meeting Rooms


Clubhouse

  1. Restaurant

  2. Terrace

  3. Live music

  4. Changing Room

  5. Lockers

  6. Showers


Overview


Similar to Guadalmina, Los Arqueros has a thriving and devoted membership which means the clubhouse is always buzzing and the ambience upbeat and positive.


Seve has a reputation for designing golf courses that only he can play! Los Arqueros shares that Ballesteros DNA! This is a tricky setup that requires a deft touch and good strategy. Without doubt you will lose a couple of balls, but equally you will have a great time!


The course is well presented and offers stunning views across the Mediterranean to Africa.


Los Arqueros Golf and Country Club is a unique and worthwhile experience. 


Price Range

68 Euros to 88 Euros depending upon the season.


Marbella Club Golf Resort


Ultimate Guide to the Estepona Golf Courses Andalusia Spain

The Course

Opened: 1999

Designer: David Thomas

18 Holes Par 72

White Tees 6121m Yellow Tees 5724m Blue Tees 5270m Red Tees 4826m


Facilities

  1. Pro Shop

  2. Buggy Hire

  3. Club Hire

  4. Driving range


Clubhouse

  1. Restaurant

  2. Terrace

  3. Changing Rooms

  4. Lockers

  5. Showers


Overview


This is an outstanding Dave Thomas design with a very unusual layout consisting of three consecutive par five holes on the front nine. A great scoring opportunity you might think. Think again! This golf course is a delicious challenge. Whilst generous from the tee it is the shots into the green that are “make or break”. With plenty of water and cavernous bunkers the Marbella Club Golf course will bring the very best out of you.


Price Range

Circa 110 Euros


Valle Romano


The Course

Opened: 2010

Designer: Cabell B. Robinson

18 Holes Par 71

White Tees 6213m Yellow Tees 5804m Blue Tees 5358m Red Tees 4905m


Facilities

  1. Pro Shop

  2. Buggy Hire

  3. Club Hire

  4. Driving Range

  5. Short Game Practise Area

  6. Golf Academy


Clubhouse

  1. Restaurant

  2. Terrace

  3. Changing Rooms

  4. Lockers

  5. Showers


Overview


Valle Romano is one of my favourite golf courses. If you can build a score around this amazing golf course then you have earned a beer in the wonderful clubhouse!


Had a most satisfying day!


There are two holes with that “Marmite factor”, the 3rd, a par four hole steeply downhill and the 10th a dog leg par 5 with a similar descent.


Each hole looks as though it was always there and that Cabell Robinson merely polished it to make it emerge from the natural terrain. Utilizing similar terrain and similar design techniques to its illustrious neighbour Finca Cortesin, Valle Romano is outstanding.


The back nine will present you with a run of 4 of the most challenging holes I have ever played. See our playing review of this excellent track here. Enjoy!

Price Range

78 Euros to 92 Euros depending upon season


Villa Padierna


The Alferini Course

Opened: 2008

Designer: Cristobal Guerrero

18 Holes Par 73

White Tees 6641m Gold Tees 6297 m Red Tees 5595 m


The Flamingos Course

Opened: 2001

Designer: Antonio Garcia Garrido

18 Holes Par 71

White Tees 5714m Gold Tees 5456m Red Tees 4828m


The Tramores Course

Opened: 2010

Designer: Cristobal Guerrero

18 Holes Par 63

Tees 3468m


Facilities

  1. Pro Shop

  2. Buggy Hire

  3. Club Hire

  4. Driving Range

  5. Short Game Practise Area

  6. Hotel


Clubhouse

  1. Restaurant

  2. Terrace

  3. Changing Rooms

  4. Lockers

  5. Showers


Overview


The Anantara Villa Padierna Palace Hotel is set centrally amongst the 54 holes of high quality golf real estate to create one of the most sought after golf resorts in Spain. Being family and pet friendly makes this sophisticated venue pleasingly accessible for golfing families.


The Flamingos course is the oldest of the three courses and is carefully laid out in the valleys that run between the mountain slopes to produce a fabulous golf course.


Opened in 2008 The Alferini course is a magnificent beast. Close to 7300 yards in length from the back tees threading its way through the mountainous terrain this golf course is a leviathan that will humble all but the most gifted players.

The third course is The Tramores Course, an academy course that is designed to offer an executive golf experience or a place to train and hone your skills.


I can tell you emphatically that enjoying a cold beer on the terrace of the hotel having walked from the 18th green is one of those rare life affirming moments that needs to be experienced!


Price Range

Circa 85 Euros to 130 Euros depending upon season.


Golf Hotels Near Estepona


Finca Cortesin


This hotel is exceptional. It offers the best of everything. The five restaurants offer different cuisines and styles all of which will satisfy the most ardent food lover. The 67 spacious suites offer a level of comfort and relaxation beyond compare.

Hotel guests also have access to one of the best golf courses in Europe. The 23,000 square metre gardens and the Health Spa that completes this fabulous resort.



Villa Padierna


Three golf courses,eight restaurants including Japanese, beautiful gardens and fabulous accommodation make Villa Padierna an excellent choice for visiting golfers.



Valle Romano


This apart-hotel is just 4 minutes from the wonderful Valle Romano Golf course and offers a high level of luxury at an extremely good price point.



Elba Estepona Gran Hotel & Thalasso Spa


The Elba Estepona Gran Hotel offers a fabulous beach front location within walking distance or a short taxi ride to the wonderful restaurants, bars and social life of Estepona Old Town.



Restaurants for Golfers in Estepona


The old town of Estepona is a beautiful spot, the highlight being the port. We have selected what we consider the most enjoyable restaurants in the port.


Healy’s Irish Pub


Ultimate Guide to the Estepona Golf Courses Andalusia Spain

This is a friendly, well run and busy “Irish Pub”. Healy’s has a great view from its first floor location across the marina. Great “Pub food” and a perfect place to watch sports on the large televisions.


El Greek by Parviz


Ultimate Guide to the Estepona Golf Courses Andalusia Spain

This is an absolute gem! The restaurant is run by experienced Greek restaurateurs which means the style of food and the flavours are authentic and stunning!

On the waters edge the terrace offers a wonderful ambience. The hospitality team are attentive and focused on making your experience first class. Gyros chicken is my personal favorite. The truth is that everything here is great!


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