Whether you’re a casual golf fan or a dedicated student of the game, Sotogrande is a destination that is perennially high on the golfing bucket list. Home to the iconic Real Club Valderrama, host venue to the 1997 Ryder Cup and possibly the most famous course in continental Europe, as well as neighbouring world-class golf courses La Reserva Club, current host of the ARAMCO Series, and the revered Real Club de Sotogrande. Simply put, this is one of the most prestigious golfing properties on the planet.
But playing all three courses in one trip? Not that easy. Valderrama remains highly exclusive, with just a few coveted guest tee times per week, while both La Reserva Club and Real Club de Sotogrande have developed splendid reputations of their own and are smash-hits with local residents and regular visitors to the Costa del Sol.
Lucky for you, Sotogrande has just launched a phenomenal ‘Stay & Play’ package that not only grants you access to all three golf courses in one trip, but it also boasts five-star accommodation at the newly opened SO/ Sotogrande resort alongside a range of luxurious benefits to ensure your experience is as memorable as possible.
The four-night package is one of the most impressive golf itineraries we’ve ever seen.
Not only will you have access to three of Spain’s premier courses, but you’ll also enjoy TrackMan practice sessions with PGA-qualified professionals, access to a physio to limber up, private transfer shuttles to all venues, as well as an open bar at La Reserva Club for guests to enjoy food and drink during their visit.
If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be a card-carrying member of the European Tour, now’s your chance to experience life inside the ropes; it’s an opportunity that can’t be missed.
While we can’t make any assurances that you’ll play like the pros, we can guarantee you’ll at least be walking in their footsteps. Real Club Valderrama headlines the triumvirate of world-class golf courses included in this exceptional golf package and, from experience, we can tell you that it more than lives up to its top billing.
Having entered the hearts and minds of amateur golfers across the world after the late great Seve Ballesteros led Europe to victory at the 1997 Ryder Cup, the course has been a mainstay on the European Tour ever since.
Renowned for its high level of difficulty and peerless conditioning, the Robert Trent Jones design is a beguiling masterpiece that twists and turns through undulating terrain peppered with the ever-present threat of cork trees. The greens are lightning fast, the fairways are pristine, and the rough is punishing. Score? Let’s just say that after a few holes, you’ll soon realise that the number of strokes is largely irrelevant. This is a theatre of dreams and you’re centre stage.
If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be a card-carrying member of the European Tour, now's your chance
With the focus on world-class golf, it would be easy to assume that time spent away from the course is less important to the overall experience, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. The brand-new SO/ Sotogrande hotel is class personified, blending the contemporary luxury resort experience with traditional Andalucian flair. Set in the foothills of Sierra Almenara with sweeping views down to the Mediterranean Sea, the hotel is stylish and relaxed in equal measure, with a host of restaurant and bar options available to guests. In short, it’s the perfect spot to rest and recuperate after your round of golf.
Located just a 25-minute drive from Gibraltar airport, Sotogrande is a heady blend of vibrant culture, top-drawer amenities, and natural beauty. Few places on earth can offer such a tantalising proposition year round – with an average 325 days of sun per year, they don’t call it the Costa del Sol for nothing.
As the winter months make the prospect of UK golf much less appealing, now is the perfect time to tick Sotogrande off your bucket list.
From € 2,450 per person, based on two players sharing a twin room. For more information, see lareservaclubsotogrande.com