Often included in global golfing bucket lists, Valderrama holds a special place in European golf, having hosted the 1997 Ryder Cup. Holes like the iconic 17th, with its lake approach, offer an awe-inspiring test, and the atmosphere of the venue is incredible.
Part of a Marriott resort, La Quinta in Marbella is an exceptional coastal track. With the Sierra rising in the background, the setting is sublime and everything is in perfect condition. There are 27 holes here, too, ensuring a full day of golfing enjoyment.
Estepona's Finca Cortesin blends seamlessly into the environment, making great use of the Mediterranean terrain and local foliage. The layout is challenging enough to make the course a go-to venue for Tour events, but it's accessible enough for amateurs as well.
La Reserve is a newcomer to the region's golf scene but has attracted a loyal following. Beautifully conceived, it matches breathtaking aesthetics with generous hole designs that will suit less-skilled golfers. But it's not easy by any means - watch out for the water!
Chapparal is hillier with wooded fairways, offering something different to the other local courses. It's tight enough to catch out crooked drivers but short enough to reward accuracy. And the Mediterranean delicacies at TreeTops Restaurant will delight everybody.