While the best ways to improve your golf are always through practice, expert tuition and perseverance, all three of these take time. But the good news is that there are some quick fixes that help your score card look better. Read on to discover six ways to quickly up your game of golf in the Costa del Sol.

Be prepared

One of the best ways to up your golf in the Costa del Sol lies in the pre-game preparation. Make sure your equipment is ready – have you packed the right clubs? Are they clean? And then check that your gloves and shoes fit properly. A glove that doesn’t fit literally like a glove can make all the difference between a good and bad shot.
Get the right equipment at the Rio Real Pro Shop. 

Know the course

Another part of your preparation comes in getting to know the course. Before you start your round of golf in the Costa del Sol, study the layout of the course. Pinpoint the tricky parts, know where the bunkers lie and where you likely to encounter challenges. As they say in business, knowledge is power!
Get the low-down on Rio Real Golf course with our hole-by-hole description. 

Learn the rules

All too often, golfers notch up penalties or drop their scores because they don’t know the rules of the game. Make a habit of regularly consulting the rule book and learning the basics. Investing this small amount of time often means you can look forward to seeing some improvements to your game next time you’re playing golf in the Costa del Sol.
Discover the latest changes to golf rules in 2019

Save energy

Golf is one of the toughest sports around – four to five hours on the course can be physically and mentally draining. Keep your body hydrated and fuelled with food and water during the game – Rio Real Golf has a snack bar right on the course. Save your legs by hiring a buggy for your round.
Check out the latest Rio Real buggy-included offers for your next game of golf. 

Practise the shorts

Golfers tend to spend proportionally much more time practicing their long shots rather than the short ones. As a result, those all-important little shots – often the ones that make all the difference on your score card – are the ones that let you down most often. Make a habit of including short shot practice into your golfing routine. You’ll be surprised how quickly your score improves.

Focus on the positives

As golfers we tend to demand the very best from ourselves and dwell on the bad shots when we don’t deliver. Instead of beating yourself up about that swing that fell short or that missed putt, focus on your good shots. After the game, make a note of the highlights of the game, go over them and remember them for the next round. This positive thinking will do wonders to improve your golf in the Costa del Sol.
These quick fixes are all very well, but practice really does make perfect. Get some help from the Pro and watch your golf cruise up to the next level. 


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.

hotel boutique Marbella


What makes a hotel boutique? What can you expect to find in your room that tells you the establishment is somewhere unique and more importantly, that you’re a special guest? Read on to discover the essential ingredients you can expect to find in boutique hotels in Marbella.