Planning a golf trip to Spain. Help!


Apr 4th, 2000, 05:17 AM
Mary Nell Reif
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Planning a golf trip to Spain. Help!

Four couples would like to plan a golf trip to Spain in March or April of 2001. We'd like to hire a van and driver and we need help planning the itinerary. Does anyone know of a travel agency in the US or Spain that could help? Muchas gracias.
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Apr 5th, 2000, 01:44 AM
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For that time of the year in Spain, your best bet would be to concentrate in Southern Spain (Andalucia) with the best golf courses (amazing views of the Mediterranean). Either contacting a resort in Malaga, Marbella, or near Cadiz could be a ggod start. I will try to suggest some sites on anoter post.
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Apr 5th, 2000, 01:53 PM
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Mary Nell,
Try one of the following golf travel agencies for making your arrangements:

1) "Spanish Golf Adventures" of Virginia Beach at 800-772-6465, a member of ASTA (
2) "McKinlay Golf Travel" at 800 748-5430 ( or
3) "Classic Golf and Leisure" at phone # given, just email-but they list several samply itineraries to get you started in your planning.
Also call the Spanish Tourist Office in N.Y. and request the Golf Hotel Guide to Spain ("Guia de Hoteles con Oferta de Golf") which has pictures/details of the best hotels with golf packages.

Your best weather will be in April (March can be rainy), and I would concentrate on the Costa del Sol (highest concentration of courses in Europe!) and specifically between Marbella (Malaga) and Sotogrande (Cadiz), where you'll avoid the ugly overdevelopment (a la Torremolinos) of the coast and probably have temps of 65-70 F. That area lends itself to interesting day trips along with your golf and has many championship courses, including Valderrama, arguably Continental Europe's #1 course (and most exp. green fees and most coveted tee times of all Spanish courses!).
You can read about Valderrama at and Sotogrande at or
You can even book tee times at and see green fees for all Costa del Sol courses at

For lodging in Sotogrande you might consider the new (Sept 99) Almenara Hotel (featured in the British C.N. Traveller not long ago) or the San Roque Suites, which are deluxe condo units, or the Club Maritimo. If you're based in Sotogrande you can also play at La Canada, Valderrama, Mijas Golf, La Duquesa in Manilva and Las Brisas.
I would avoid the Parador de Golf Malaga because of location next to Torremolinos

Another option for one-stop golf (but no variety or interesting day trips) would be the Hyatt La Manga, in the province of Murcia (, which is Spain's number 1 golf/tennis combo mecca and headquarters of the European PGA. But again, a very, very limited area for stimulating sightseeing. Depends on what type of golf vacation you're seeking.
Hope this helps get you started. Have fun planning!

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