WHAT TO PUT IN YOUR BAG FOR A ROUND OF GOLF ON THE COSTA DEL SOL

No two games of golf on the Costa del Sol are the same. Among the over 50 golf courses you’ll find dozens of different challenges and lots of varying terrain. This means that to prepare for your visit you’ll definitely need a mixture of clubs. In this blog post, we have a look at what you should put in your bag for the best rounds of golf on the Costa del Sol.

Number of clubs

The maximum permitted number is 14 and our advice is to bring that many with you. Having a choice of 14 clubs in your bag will allow you to take the best shot on any of the golf courses on the Costa del Sol.

New clubs

Some golfers advocate changing clubs every one or two years, but most pros change theirs less often. Before you arrive on the Costa del Sol for your golfing holiday, take a good look at your clubs and review their state. Check for wear and tear, and replace those that are obviously past it.

Pro Shops at most golf courses stock a wide range of clubs, perfect if yours need replacing while you’re playing. At the best shops, a professional will offer advice on the club best suited to you and your playing style. 

Best clubs for golf on the Costa del Sol

Woods

Some of the golf courses on the Costa del Sol come with long fairways – Rio Real Golf is no exception – so you’ll obviously need to pack a few woods. Make sure your driver is in tip-top condition as this’ll be your most important club on the longest holes. Utility woods will also come in handy for getting you out of trouble. For example, when you’re trying to avoid the river at Rio Real at the 1st and the 3rd. 

Irons

Height forms an essential part of golf on the Costa del Sol especially when you’re playing over a natural obstacle or an elevated tee. The 11th hole at Rio Real sits on an elevation so you’ll need to choose your iron carefully for this one. Pop a range of loft angle irons in your bag plus your favourite wedges including an ultra lob for the really high shots. And don’t forget a sand wedge for the courses where soft sand bunkers abound.

Putter

Definitely one of the most important clubs in your bag and possibly the one you’ll use most while you’re playing golf on the Costa del Sol. Make sure it’s in perfect condition and if you need a new one, take your time to find the right fit for you. Putters come in all shapes and sizes, and golfing experts advise going for comfort above all else.

Hybrids

Seeing as you can only take 14 clubs in your bag, hybrid clubs offer a good way of combining length and ease of use in one. Consider swapping your long irons (1 to 5) and/or your fairway woods for a hybrid club or two.

Get a game in

Once you’ve packed your bag ready for golf on the Costa del Sol, book your round. Do so as far in advance as possible to make the most of early-bird discounts and to beat the crowds. Read about how to get the best green deals on the Costa del Sol. 

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GOLF TOURNAMENTS IN SPAIN - ANDALUCIA VALDERRAMA MASTERS 2019

One of the biggest golf tournaments in Spain lies on the horizon at the end of June. The Andalucia Valderrama Masters takes place between 26 and 30 June at Valderrama Golf on the Costa del Sol. Traditionally an autumn golfing event, the tournament moves to early summer this year. Also new for this year is its inclusion in the Open Qualifying Series for the very first time.

THE RIGHT BALANCE FOR GOLF ON THE COSTA DEL SOL

Unlike many sports such as football and basketball, golf isn’t timed and the amount of time spent on a game of 18 holes varies. The average comes in at around four hours, but some golfers spend considerably longer on the course. In its bid to provide the right balance for golf on the Costa del Sol, Río Real has introduced some innovations on its iconic course. These tweaks allow golfers to take slightly less time on their round if they wish.

BEST DAY TRIPS FROM MARBELLA

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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