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. 

Is winter the best time to play golf on the Costa del Sol?

With over 320 days of (guaranteed) sunshine a year you can play golf on the Costa del Sol at any time of year. But if you’re looking for attractions without the crowds, peace and quiet on the beach as well as warmth on the green, winter may be the best time to play golf on the Costa del Sol. Lets start with the weather. During the winter months you can expect blue skies and daytime temperatures of around 20 degrees, ideal playing conditions.

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Invigorating Río Real Wellness and Golf Experience…after the Partying

The Christmas festivities might still be in full flow but many of us will also be starting to think about enjoying a revitalising health and wellbeing re-set in the New Year. This might entail adopting a more nutritious diet, signing up for a series of wellness treatments or playing more sport. Or even better still all three! And the good news is we can do it all in the one place: Río Real Golf Hotel. 

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Still Time to Find a Great Christmas Present… at Río Real

So there’s only two days to go now, and you still haven’t found that memorable gift for a partner, family member or close friend? No need to panic. The stunningly refurbished Río Real pro-shop has a wide and varied range of items to suit all ages and tastes, obviously mainly focused on golfers who want to step out in style on the course but also ideal for other leisure pursuits such as the gym or simply relaxing around home in a comfortable sporty outfit. Also, at least in Spain, Three Kings Day (Los Reyes) is still pending on 6 January, when Spaniards traditionally exchange their Christmas gifts, so plenty of time to delight someone special with an unexpected post-Christmas surprise

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