Hotel Camiral

Below you can find the top 10 golf resorts in Spain with 36 or more holes and where you can stay directly on the golf course. Ideal if you don’t want to drive during your holiday, but still prefer to play on different golf courses. Basically: eat, sleep and play – all in one place. The golf resorts are ordered by overall rating given by real golfers on Leadingcourses.com. So, the number 1 – in this case Real Sociedad Hípica Española Club de Campo – has the highest rating of all when we wrote this post.

Last updated: 20-1-2020

PS: this ranking is based on all reviews of golfers on our website. This ranking does not necessarily reflect the opinion of Leadingcourses.com.

1Real Sociedad Hípica Española Club de Campo

Magnificent views from Real Sociedad Golf Resort

Although the Sociedad Hípica Española has less reviews than most of our list it still comes in number one with a rating of 9.1. It was founded in 1902, and was granted the Royal prefix by King Alfonso XII in 1908. The RSHECC consists two 18-hole golf courses, designed by Robert Von Hagge, a driving range and a short hole course. The courses were constructed on an estate that is covered in evergreen oaks and scrub and the round runs over uneven, undulating terrain. Besides these challenging courses, the resort also offers horse riding and tennis to keep you entertained.

2PGA Catalunya Resort

The top-class Stadium Course

PGA Catalunya Resort is home to 36 really good holes, which form two great courses: the Stadium Course and Tour Course. Golfers rate both courses very highly. The Stadium Course however, is the absolute favorite and also more demanding. The golf resort is situated close to Girona airport and not too far from Barcelona or the coast. The totally refurbished Camiral Hotel is great and is located on the golf course.

3Real Club de Golf El Prat

Real Club de Golf El Prat, host to the Spanish Open

Greg Norman designed the majestic Real Club de Golf El Prat It is located close to Barcelona (just a 30 minute drive) and adjacent to the Sant Llorenç del Munt in l’Obac Natural Park. El Prat has 45 holes consisting of two 18-hole courses (Pink & Yellow) and a smaller 9-hole course (Valles). The Pink Course (Rosa) is the highest rated course by golfers. The wonderful Hotel La Mola is also located just a few minutes’ walk from the course.

4Lumine Mediterránea Beach & Golf Community

Part of the massive estate of Lumine Mediterránea

Lumine Mediterránea Beach & Golf Community is a golfers’ paradise with 170 hectares devoted to three golf courses and two clubhouses. Each course offers a different experience with a variety of backdrops and designs. The Lakes Course is surrounded by nature around the stunning wetlands, whilst The Hills Course showcases the area’s pine groves and quarries. The 9 hole Ruins Course runs between a second-century archaeological site to which the course owes its name.

5Villa Padierna

The view of the sea from Villa Padierna

Villa Padierna features 3 golf courses (Flamingos Golf, Alferini Golf and Tramores Golf). Golfers rate The Alferini as the highest of the courses. Whereas the Tramores is the least of the three courses. Villa Padierna is located only 10 minutes from Puerto Banus. The Villa Padierna Palace Hotel is designed like a Tuscan palace. It features a 2,000 m² spa, Roman Amphitheater and a luxurious beach club.

6La Cala Resort

The spectacular clubhouse at La Cala

La Cala is a genuine haven of tranquility and this golf resort is home to three high quality golf courses: Campo America, Campo Europa and Campo Asia. Golfers have a slight preference for the America course, but differences are very small. When playing at La Cala Resort, golfers advise to hire a buggy. You can stay at the La Cala Resort, an exclusive complex with a great swimming pool overlooking the golf course and a luxurious spa.

7Alcaidesa Links Golf Resort

The rock of Gibraltar form Alcaidesa

Alcaidesa is a golf resort where you will find style, nature, views, security, and the best golf all wrapped up in one place. Located in one of the most exclusive areas in the south of Spain. Alcaidesa Links Golf Resort means enjoying the only Links-type golf course in the south of Spain. 18 holes with spectacular views over the Mediterranean and Gibraltar. It also offers a second 18-hole, Heathland-type course, kilometres of practically virgin beach, restaurants, hotels and properties for living all year round.

8El Rompido Golf & Beach Resort

Nature is prevalent at El Rompido

“36 holes of nature…” is undoubtedly the best way to describe the Golf El Rompido golf course. Prestigious Spanish designer, Alvaro Arana created both of the courses. They represent a new concept in golf, where the fundamental objective is respect for the environment. The North and South Course are both decent golf courses. Golfers tend to favor the North Course just a little more. You can decide to stay in the Precise Resort El Rompido Hotel. Or the Precise Resort El Rompido The Club, which offers apartments.

9San Roque Club

Challenging greens at San Roque

The San Roque Club offers all the facilities you’d expect from such a golf resort on the Costa del Sol. The two contrasting golf courses (Old & New Course) are as challenging as they are beautiful. According to golfers, the golf courses are pretty similar in quality. The San Roque Suites are a great place to stay and offer 2-bedroom bungalows suitable for up to 5 adults. There are four different restaurants serving an array of high-class cuisine from Japanese to Spanish tapas.

10Empordà Golf Resort

The scenic Empordà Golf Resort

The Empordà Golf Resort enjoys a privileged location just thirty minutes from Girona and its airport, and fifteen minutes from the best beaches on the Costa Brava. The course at Empordà Golf consists of 36 holes divided between two 18-hole rounds: Links and Forest. Robert Von Hagge successfully integrated a links-style area with large lakes, dunes and extensive bunkers into a Mediterranean landscape. This gives us dense, well maintained pinewoods and wide fairways.

Note: Club de Campo Villa de Madrid also has a high rating of 8.3. However, it has only been reviewed 11 times so we decided not to include it in the top 10. Well worth checking out this resort though!

Photo credits: the main image (header) is a photo of Camiral Hotel at PGA Catalunya Resort. Golfers or golf clubs have uploaded all other photos.

9 COMMENTS

  1. La Manga: dat kun je niet menen. Hooguit voor het weer. Voor golfbanen kun je beter in Nederland blijven. San Roque vind ik ook twijfelachtig. Zonde zo’n advies.

    • Hi Geert, I’ll answer in English as the article is in English as well. We don’t give advice in our blogposts, we just reflect the opinion of other golfers. So, based on all the reviews of golfers on our site, this is the top list of Spanish golf resorts with more than 36 holes. We might not always agree with all lists, but it’s the overall opinion of golfers, so according to our system that is the truth 😉

  2. Jeroen. Than you have a problem. I fear there is a difference between people that saw a lot of different courses and people that, for example, were abroad for the first time. In Holland we would say: you count up apples and pears. That a pity. It makes your listing less valuable. And: you now I’m right because you (people) have visited most of the courses. So you should try to do better. Because the things you try to keep up with Leading Courses are worth it……

    • Hi Geert, sorry but I’m afraid I do not agree. We do not have a problem, because we agree with your view and that is why we took care of that when we developed our rating mechanism and algorithm.

      For instance, we built our rating system in such a way that the influence of people who have only reviewed one or a few courses (or seen/experienced only one or a few courses) is minimal. The more reviews someone shares on our platform, the higher his or her status becomes. The actual status of a reviewer determines the impact of that review on our rating.
      So, a review from one of our gold status members (who wrote a lot of reviews and thus has experienced a lot of courses) is much higher than the review of a beginner (who has written only one review). As our rating is one of our core competences, we invest a lot of time and energy in that matter. We continously monitor our rating algorithm, as it depends on quite some different ‘ingredients’.

      More info can be found here:
      https://www.leadingcourses.com/blog/rating-mechanism-explained/
      https://en.leadingcourses.com/i/reputation/

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