10 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT GOLF ON THE COSTA DEL SOL

The Costa del Sol and golf have gone hand in hand for nearly a century. As well as one of the most popular tourist attractions, golf on the Costa del Sol offers the chance to enjoy the area’s scenery and sunshine and practise your favourite sport. But do you know everything about golf in this part of southern Spain?

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The Costa del Sol has the highest concentration of golf courses in the whole of Europe. Not for nothing is it also known as the Costa del Golf. There are over 70 courses in total.

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Playing golf on the Costa del Sol is a year-round activity – with over 320 days of guaranteed sunshine you can play all day and every day.

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Golf in the part of southern Spain began back in 1925 at Parador del Golf in Malaga, the first course in southern Spain. But it wasn’t until several decades later that golf on the Costa del Sol took off in earnest. The next golf courses to open were Guadalmina Club de Golf (1959) and Rio Real Golf in Marbella (1965). 

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A long list of designers has contributed to excellence in golf courses on the Costa del Sol. Spanish legend Javier Arana created three courses in the area including Rio Real Golf. American Robert Trent Jones has also added his signature to the game and even Severiano Ballesteros had a hand in designing one of the area’s top courses.

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Of all the resorts on the Costa del Sol, Marbella boasts the most golf courses. You can choose from a total of 21 to play on.

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Top Spanish player Miguel Angel Jimenez was born and brought up on the Costa del Sol.

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Valderrama Golf is widely recognised as the one of the best courses in the world and was the first to host the Ryder Cup outside the UK. The epic competition took place in 1997 and the course received royal status in 2014.

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As well as playing golf on the Costa del Sol, you can learn it or perfect your technique. Several golf courses have academies where pro staff can help you make your first shots or take your golf to the next level. 

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You can see all the golf courses on the Costa del Sol in 360-degrees here. Every single course has its own bird’s-eye view so you can appreciate the beauty of each one. Don’t miss Rio Real Golf & Hotel in the Marbella section!

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Only one course offers dynamic prices allowing you total control of how much you pay for green fees on the Costa del Sol. Check out the deals available at Rio Real Golf now. 

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THE BEST (OTHER) SPORTS TO IMPROVE YOUR GOLF GAME

Of course there’s nothing quite like golf. But certain actions and techniques in other sports can improve your golf game and usually more than you’d expect. Read on to discover the best (other) sports to take up alongside your golf and how they can help you up your game.

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10 TIPS FOR PLAYING GOLF IN MARBELLA THIS SUMMER

Summer in the northern hemisphere means longer daylight hours and better weather for your favourite sport. This time of the year on the Costa del Sol, however, is low-season and the hottest time to get out on the course. But green fees are at their lowest so it makes sense to benefit from them as much as possible. And to help you do so, read on for ten tips when you play golf in Marbella this summer.

GOLF MASTERS DATES 2020

NEW DATES FOR ANDALUCIA MASTERS 2020

The new confirmed dates for the Andalucia Masters 2020 give golf on the Costa del Sol plenty to celebrate. The world’s top players return to dispute the hallowed title in early September on one of the area’s best golf courses as part of the rescheduled European Tour

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