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.




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New year, new decade and with them, plenty of innovations in your favourite sport. Expect this year to come with upgrades on courses and equipment, new faces to watch in the tournaments, new deals on green fees and changes in championships. Plus some personal goals for you to aim for. Read on to discover what’s new in golf in 2020.

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2020 not only sounds perfect, it commemorates a full century since the roaring 20s. A golden decade of exuberance and innovation and one of the most prosperous ever. In preparation for more of the same this year, Rio Real are offering some of the best golf deals in Marbella in 2020. Read on to discover how you can get yours.

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For those of you planning your Marbella golf holiday for this year, getting the best deals will be one of your most important considerations. To ensure you have the opportunity to get the most for your money, we’ve put together six tips. Follow these and you’ll not only enjoy one of the best golfing breaks ever, but you’ll also save money on your Costa del Sol golf holiday this year.