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Barcelona Travel Guide

Golf

Weekday golf outings to one of the 22 golf courses within an hour of Barcelona are a good way to exercise and see the Catalonian countryside. Midweek greens fees range from €50 to €85; weekend prices double. Midweek availability is excellent except during Easter vacation and August. Call ahead to confirm a tee time, and remember to bring proof of your USGA handicap or membership in a golf club or you may have trouble playing.

Club de Golf de Sant Cugat. This hilly 18-hole course, in the upscale Barcelona satellite of Sant Cugat, is one of the oldest—and most challenging—courses in the area. Calle Villa 79, Sant Cugat del Vallès, Catalonia, 08173. 93/674–3908. www.golfsantcugat.cat. 18 holes. 5214 meters (5704 yds). Par 70. Greens fees €78/€100. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, pitching area, golf carts, pull carts, rental clubs, pro-shop, restaurant, bar.

Club de Golf Terramar. This breezy seaside course offers views and, though fairly gentle, it challenges with hazards such as lakes and a river. Ctra. del Golf s/n, Sitges, Catalonia, 08870. 93/894–0580. www.golfterramar.com. 18 holes. 6054 meters (6623 yards). Par 71. Greens fees €75/€130. Facilities: driving range, putting green, pitching area, golf carts, pull carts, rental clubs, pro-shop, lessons, restaurant, bar.

Club de Golf Vallromanes. Thirty km (19 miles) north of Barcelona, between Masnou and Granollers, this challenging 18-hole, par-72 course requires a handicap of 28 or less to play. The club is closed Tuesday. Calle Afores s/n, Vallromanes, Catalonia, 08188. 93/572–9064. www.clubdegolfvallromanes.com. 18 holes. 6044 meters (6612 yds). Par 72. Greens fees €90/€140. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, pitching area, golf carts, pull carts, pro-shop, golf academy, restaurant, bar.

Real Club de Golf El Prat. Located roughly between the towns of Terrassa and Sabadell, about 30 km (19 miles) north of Barcelona, Real Club de Golf El Prat is a lovely but extremely difficult course—actually five 9-hole courses that can be combined in different ways—designed by Greg Norman. Special greens fees bargains for nonmembers include Monday for €60 and Sunday after 2 pm for €114. Plans de Bonvilar 17, Terrassa, Catalonia, 08227. 93/728–1000. www.realclubdegolfelprat.com. Open Course: 18 holes. 6372 meters (6971 yds). Par 72. Blue Course: 18 holes. 6466 meters (7072 yds). Par 72. Greens fees €114/€228. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, pitching area, golf carts, pull carts, rental clubs, pro-shop, lessons, restaurant, bar.

Farther Afield

Club de Golf Costa Brava. Hedged in by forests, this pretty club has two courses, a red and a green, each 18 holes. The red is the more difficult one, while the green one employs a technical course on the first 9 holes, followed by 9 holes on gentler, wider fairways. Full-day fees are €88 in winter (Oct.–Mar.) and €128 in summer (Easter Week–Sept.) Urbanizació "La Masía", Santa Cristina d'Aro, Catalonia, 17246. 972/837055. www.golfcostabrava.com. Red Course: 18 holes. 5978 meters (6540 yds). Par 73. Green Course: 18 holes. 5633 meters (6162 yds). Greens Fees: €55/€80. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, pitching area, golf carts, pull carts, rental clubs, pro-shop, lessons, restaurant, bar.

Golf Platja de Pals. This windswept seaside course, about an hour north of Barcelona, was formed on dunes on the Costa Brava. Cami del Golf 64, Pals, Catalonia, 17256. 972/667739. www.golfplatjadepals.com. 18 holes. 6263 meters (6852 yds). Par 73. Greens fees €75/€130. Facilities: driving range, putting green, pitching area, golf carts, pull carts, rental clubs, pro-shop, lessons, restaurant, bar.

Golf Peralada. This relatively flat course is built around the luxurious Golf Peralada hotel on the alluvial plain of the Empordà. Carretera C252 s/n, Peralada, Catalonia, 17491. 972/538287. www.golfperalada.com. 18 holes. 6071 meters (6641 yds). Par 71. Greens fees €60/€74/€80. Facilities: driving range, putting green, pitching area, golf carts, pull carts, rental clubs, pro-shop, lessons, restaurant, bar.

PGA Catalunya. A mountainous marvel an hour from Barcelona, PGA Catalunya is ranked one of Europe's top 10 courses. With plenty of water hazards in addition to the 7,160-meter (7,032-yard) length, this course is always a challenge, if not an outright thrashing. Carretera N2, Km 701, Caldes de Malavella, Catalonia, 17445. 972/472577. www.pgacatalunya.com. Stadium Course: 18 holes. 6588 meters (7207 yds). Par 72. Tour Course: 18 holes. 5901 meters (6455 yds). Greens fees €75/€95. Facilities: driving range, putting green, pitching area, golf carts, pull carts, caddies, rental clubs, pro-shop, golf academy, restaurant, bar.

TorreMirona Golf & Spa Resort. This 18-hole rolling inland course is in the town of Navata, an hour north of Barcelona, between the medieval fortified town of Besalú and Figueres. Ctra N260 Km 46, Navata, Catalonia, 17744. 972/566700. www.torremirona.com. 18 holes. 6184 meters (6765 yds). Par 72. Greens fees €65/€74. Facilities: driving range, putting green, pitching area, golf carts, pull carts, rental clubs, pro-shop, golf academy, restaurant, bar.

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