As one of Europe’s prime spots for golf, the Costa del Sol is no stranger to hosting golf tournaments. The Andalucia Valderrama Masters recently took place in Sotogrande in June and this summer sees the celebration of the Arana Cup Costa del Sol golf tournament. Taking place at three golf courses in Marbella, this unique tournament pays homage to Javier Arana, widely considered the best Spanish golf course designer ever.

About the Arana Cup Costa del Sol golf tournament

The Arana Cup – Endesa Award takes place over five months during spring and summer 2019. It consists of a total of ten matches, each held at one of the courses designed by Javier Arana in Spain. The match inaugurating the tournament took place at Aloha Golf in Marbella on 30 March and the final will be played at the Real Club de Golf Guadalmina, also in Marbella at the end of August. Each round of the Arana Cup includes a game of 18 holes on the course with winners in several categories. These depend on handicap and player gender with the highest in each category going through to the grand final. There are also plenty of other prizes per round plus a few surprises.
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Don’t-miss dates

The most important date for your diary for the Arana Cup Costa del Sol golf tournament this summer is 23 August when the trophy reaches Río Real Golf. The day starts promptly on the course designed by Arana in 1965 with a full round of 18 holes challenging competitors. Renowned as one of his signature courses, Rio Real Golf is sure to offer some tough golf for players as well as good entertainment for spectators. Viewing of the tournament takes place from the Rio Real terrace where spectators can enjoy drinks and snacks as they watch the day’s play unfold. The final of the Arana Cup is on 30 August at the Real Club de Golf de Guadalmina.
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Sign up for the Arana Cup at Rio Real

The phase of the tournament taking place at Rio Real is open to all players who meet the Arana Cup requirements. Full details of those are available here. If you’d like to take part in one of the best tournaments on the Costa del Sol this year, click here or send us an email to

About Javier Arana

Something of a legend in Spanish golf, Javier Arana is widely considered to be the best golf course designer of all time. He was a key player in the development of courses in Spain during the 1960s and 1970s, and the mastermind behind three excellent golf courses on the Costa del Sol. His designs feature on the lists of the best courses in Europe and the Arana Cup pays homage to his creativity and forward-thinking designs. Arana designed Rio Real Golf in 1965 and the course, preserved perfectly today, embodies the essence of his design thinking. The 18 holes adapt seamlessly to the terrain, taking full advantage of the natural features such as the river (Rio Real) and proximity to the beach. Rio Real Golf offers something for every golfer and ensures a great round every time.
See the Javier Arana design for yourself – check out our hole-by-hole guide to his masterpiece at Rio Real.




Christmas Navidad en Costa del Sol


If you’re planning to spend Christmas somewhere different this year, why not make the southernmost tip of Spain? With plenty of sunshine and pleasant temperatures all year round, amazing lights and festive events, the Costa del Sol makes a great spot. You’ll find a winning combination of traditional and modern plus some delicious food and excellent present-buying opportunities. Read on to discover five reasons why you should spend Christmas on the Costa del Sol this year.

Festive Feast at Christmas


With the festive season on the horizon, it’s time to start thinking about where you’re going to celebrate Christmas in Marbella and in style. If you’re looking for some fine wining and dining, and don’t fancy cooking yourself, how about eating out this Christmas? Marbella offers plenty of excellent options including El Club, the new Rio Real restaurant serving some of the best festive fair.

Golf Rules


As every keen player knows, golf rules saw some major changes at the beginning of the year. The 2019 modifications had implications for every level of golf, from the beginner stepping out on the course for the first time to the seasoned pro playing yet another championship.