There are over 70 golf courses on the Costa del Sol so you’re literally spoilt for choice. This makes deciding which one to play at regularly or while you’re on holiday something of a challenge. To help you pick a course that offers the best playing experience, we’ve put together a list of the criteria that make up a good golf course. Then all you have to do is find the one that ticks all the boxes.

Top-tip conditions on the course

It goes without saying that the first criteria for golf courses on the Costa del Sol is their condition. You should expect nothing less than immaculate with greens that offer speed and consistency time and time again. Look for an established course where the ground staff take obvious pride in their work.

Did you know?

Some of the 20 members who make up the ground staff at Rio Real have been maintaining the course in tiptop condition since 1986. Find out more about this dream team here. 

Pleasant surroundings over all 18 holes

You’ll also be looking for variety in scenery and landscapes on Costa del Sol golf courses. For great views, go for one with an elevated position to take full advantage of the mountain vistas, a feature of many golf courses in Marbella. Sea views are more of a challenge and those with greens on the seafront are even less common – Rio Real Golf is one of the very few.

Something for everyone at golf courses on the Costa del Sol

Along with perfect conditions and great surroundings, the best courses offer something for golfers of every level. To ensure everyone in your golfing circle benefits from the course go for one that is testing for the experienced golfer but enjoyable for the beginner too.

Did you know?

UK Golf Pro Danny Adams said he could “play all day at Rio Real Golf”. Find out why.

Continual upgrades to courses

Golf is an evolving sport and it makes sense for golf courses to change along with it. Whether it’s upgrades to the course layout, adding new features or widening options for golfers, the best courses stay one step ahead. Rio Real Golf is one example – recent innovations have changed the game for golfers, especially in the summer months.

Easy and quick to book

Our next tip for finding the perfect golf courses on the Costa del Sol moves away from the greens and fairways to the booking process. You might find a great course, but if it isn’t easy to book a game you’ll want to look elsewhere. The best golf clubs have online booking that’s quick and simple to do. Even better if a dynamic pricing system is in place meaning you get the best deals always.

Did you know?

Rio Real Golf has one of the very few golf courses in Spain with dynamic prices. Get amazing green fees on the Costa del Sol in just one click now. 

Best facilities for golf

The best golf courses on the Costa del Sol provide golfers with all the facilities. And we’re not just talking about the 19th here. Choose one with an academy so you can improve your game and then practise your new techniques on your favourite course. And for golf accessories, find a golf course with a shop so that you make any last-minute purchases or check out the latest trends in equipment.

Best stay and play experience

And lastly on our criteria for choosing golf courses on the Costa del Sol, how about one with somewhere to stay on site? This means you can make the most of the game by being out first thing and staying till last light before you stroll back to your hotel room. Not many courses on the Costa del Sol have accommodation options and they include Rio Real Golf & Hotel in Marbella, the Parador de Golf in Malaga and La Cala Resort.

Did you know?

The Rio Real Stay & Play deal combines the best of both worlds – golf on an immaculate course with excellent facilities and accommodation in one of the best boutique hotels in Marbella. Simply choose three or five nights and book yours. 


If you’ve decided to play golf on the Costa del Sol, you’ve made an excellent choice. If you’ve narrowed it down to Marbella, even better! Not only do you get to enjoy your favourite spot in one of the places with the best selection of golf courses on the Costa del Sol, you’re in easy reach of great tourist attractions. Some of them such as Granada and Ronda rank among the most-visited destinations in Spain while others like Malaga and Gibraltar are popular local attractions. And all are easy day trips from Marbella. 


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