Golf paradise in Marbella
Golf courses across the Costa del Sol are set to enjoy a bumper this year. Dozens of championships and professional tournaments are set to take place throughout the year, cementing the Costa's stellar reputation as a premier golfing destination.
Local golf fanatics will be able to enjoy the Andalusia Valderrama Masters, Women's Spanish Open, Match Play Andalucia Circuit, and the European Circuit, one of the most important tours on the PGA calendar.
Leading Courses, a reviewing website used by hundreds and thousands of golfers, has placed the Casares golf resort, Finca Cortesín, at the top of its European rankings this year.
The golf resort has been promoted from third to first place after achieving an average rating of 9.3 out of 10. The rating is based on golfers opinions of the resort's facilities, course maintenance, clubhouse appearance and atmosphere, value for money and hospitality.
Moreover, many golfers are attracted to the resort not only for its picturesque location, but also because televised golfing competitions, Volvo World and Match Play, have taken place there for the last three years.
Countless other competitions are taking place throughout the year from Alhaurin el Grande, to Mijas and Marbella. Tourism chief of the Costa del Sol, Elias Bendodo, has declared the entire region a key global sports destination to reflect the huge economic boost golf and other sports bring. It is estimated that golf alone brings almost €1 billion to the Costa del Sol tourist economy each year.
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Parque de Los Alcornocales
in Costa Smeralda