The superb climate of southern Spain lends itself to all year round golf. In this section we show you some of the areas where you can invest in property near golf courses.
Andalucia boasts one of the warmest climates in Europe with over 300 days of sunshine a year. It is also a province of stark contrasts, mountains, beautiful coastline, salt marshes, volcanic outcrops and desert. The combination of these factors makes the area extremely popular with golfers. There are more than 60 golf courses. the majority of which are between Málaga and Algeciras on the Costa del Sol. This coastline also has the first desert golf course in Europe on the Costa Almería.
Many of the players that have made a memorable contribution to the Ryder Cup are resident professionals in the area and are available to give lessons. Some of the clubs have excellent golf academies, like the well-known Academia de David Leadbetter, which is run by professional players. There are many discounted golf shops in the area, making the purchase of golfing equipment far cheaper than in many other countries.
Owing to the huge number of courses and golfing culture along the Spanish costas, golf property or property close to golf courses is very popular. These properties are ideal for golfers for obvious reasons but also for buy-to-let investment buyers. The Spanish Costas flourish during the summer months. The number of holidaymakers make generating a rental income well above mortgage repayments easy during this time.
The Costa del Sol has over 30 golf courses so has also become known as The Costa del Golf in recent years. It owes this name to the number of golf courses between Málaga and Algeciras . Designers include such names as Gary Player, Seve Ballesteros, Folco Nardi, Jorge Rein, Luis Lopez Martines and Trent Jones. In 1997 Valderrama was host to the Ryder Cup. Golf enthusiasts will find a variety of courses in the area ranging from technical and demanding, with challenging lakes and bunkers, to the straightforward with wide easy fairways.
The Costa Tropical is the coastal region of the province of Granada. This is the home of flamenco and is world famous for the beautiful Alhambra , the summer palace of the last Moorish Sultan in Spain. The Costa Tropical is a relatively small stretch of coast. Although there are not many golf courses actually in Costa Tropical, the surrounding areas provide a huge selection only a short drive away.
Designers of golf courses include such names as D Jose Maria Canizares, R Espinosa and E Mena and Ibergolf and Manual Pinero.
Costa Almería is situated in the south eastern corner of Spain – east of Málaga and the Costa del Sol and Costa Tropical. The Tabernas Desert is situated in Costa Almería and boasts the first desert golf course in Europe. It has been built to the same specifications and standards of the desert courses of Arizona and California. The course provides a totally different aspect to golf from any other course in this part of Spain.
Famous designers of golf courses in this area include Rob Kirby, Gary Player, Jose Canales, Francisco Mendoza and Peter McEvoy.
The Costa Cálida is situated in the south east of the Iberian peninsula. To the north lies the Costa Blanca and to the south lies Costa Almería.
La Manga is the most important tourist centre in the region and stretches between the Mar Menor (largest salt water lake in Europe) and the Mediterranean. It is an area the size of Monaco and features 3 golf courses. It is also home to Europe's finest tennis centre and has many other excellent sporting and recreational facilities.
Designers of golf courses include such names as Dave Thomas, Arnold Palmer, Robert Dean Putman and José Gancedo.
The Costa Blanca or White Coast as it is known, stretches for 170 miles along Spain's Mediterranean east coast with its centre at Alicante. It runs from Valencia in the north to La Manga in the south.
A proliferation of new course developments means that, almost wherever you go in the Costa Blanca you are bound to come across a top-class golf course.
Designers of golf courses include such names as Seve Ballesteros, Ramon Espinosa, Angel Perez de Leza, Robert Trent Jones Jr and Javier Arana.
The Costa de la Luz (Coast of light) is in the western part of the Andalucian coastline and faces out to the Atlantic. The sand is finer and a more golden colour than the neighbouring Costa del Sol. The beaches here are more expansive and usually backed by sand dunes and pine trees. This part of the coast has not seen the high rise development of other areas in Spain.
It was in this province that the first game of golf was played in Spain, by British mining engineers at the Rio Tinto mines. The makeshift course they built was moved several times until it was sited on what is now the nine-hole Corta Atalaya.
Famous Designers include Seve Ballesteros, Jack Nicklaus, Manuel Pinero, Alvaro Arana and Stirling and Martin.
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