Golf and Tennis… Marbella’s Sporting Haven

When it comes to golf, Marbella is recognised as Spain’s premier destination. The town has the highest number of courses of any municipality in Spain, but it is just as much (even more) about quality as it is about quantity. Several of the courses have hosted European Tour events (as well as the World Cup in 1973 and 1989) while others such as Río Real are regular venues for premier national and international amateur tournaments. The same applies to tennis.

The municipality is dotted with superb amenities for aficionados of Marbella’s second most popular sport, including first-class tennis and pádel courts at Río Real. This autumn, Marbella hosted the Senior Masters Cup, which culminated in a gripping final between Albert Costa and tennis legend John McEnroe, eventually ending 3-6, 6-3, 12-10 in the Spanish star’s favour. Earlier matches had involved Mats Wilander, Sébastien Grosjean, Younes Al Aynaoui and Yannick Noah who, post-tournament, performed with his rock band in the VIP lounge. Marbella is also a favourite tennis practice getaway for Novak Djokovik, who fine-tuned his game in the area before heading to London for the 2016 ATP World Tour finals. Previously, the Serbian star enjoyed a “working holiday” summer break with his family in Marbella.

During their stay, he and his wife Jelena attended the Seal concert, where they were honoured with a personal tribute song (“Kiss from a Rose”) by the American singer-songwriter. Both of those events – the Senior Masters Cup final and the Seal concert – were held on Puente Romano’s newly baptised Manolo Santana Centre Court. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Santana’s win at Wimbledon – the first by a Spanish player in that hallowed tennis cauldron – and a series of events have been held over the past few months to honour that achievement and his 30-year association with Marbella. These included a tribute from CIT Marbella during the presentation of the business association’s 17th annual awards: the “Luis Cierco Special Award for Tourist Promotion of Marbella”. Announcing the award, CIT Marbella noted, “Manolo Santana is one of Marbella’s greatest ambassadors, promoting Marbella wherever he goes, and making an ongoing contribution to spreading the word about its attractions.”

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WHERE ARE THE BEST GOLF DEALS IN MARBELLA IN 2020?

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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6 WAYS TO SAVE MONEY ON YOUR COSTA DEL SOL GOLF HOLIDAY IN 2020

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.

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THE UNMISSABLE EVENTS IN MARBELLA 2020

New decade and a whole new year of events have just arrived. There’s plenty of the agenda on the Costa del Sol with Marbella taking centre stage for many of the sporting and cultural highlights. Read on for our round-up of unmissable events in Marbella 2020 that you shouldn’t miss. Have your diary handy to take note of the dates!

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