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Golf and tourism in the Community of Madrid

22 November 2022
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The Community of Madrid is a tourist and golf destination of reference for international and national tourists. The number of tourists who choose to spend their vacations in the Community of Madrid has doubled since last year.
Madrid is a great city to visit and there are many great golf courses in its vicinity. (Photo by Jorge Fernández Salas on Unsplash)

The tourist, gastronomic, cultural and leisure offer, with its golf courses as the main attraction, has captured the attention of foreign and local markets. 

The Madrid region has more than 30 golf courses and sports facilities spread throughout the Community. Their standards of quality, design, maintenance and facilities have left their mark among national and foreign tourists who have played on their fairways and putted on their greens.

A group of golfers at Real Club de Golf La Herrería - San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Madrid. (Photo: Golf in Greater Madrid)

Some of Madrid's courses are well-known amongst European golfers, such as the Real Club de Golf La Herrería, located in the Madrid town of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, the Real Club La Moraleja, with its four 18-hole courses designed by Jack Nicklaus, Golf Santander or the Club de Campo Villa de Madrid, regular venue of the DP World Tour and Ladies European Tour. 

The men's and women's professional circuits have been seduced by top-level facilities, excellent playing conditions and, of course, by their designs to hold their events. Jack Nicklaus, Seve Ballesteros, Robert Von Hagge, José María Olazábal and Javier Arana have left a historical and indelible legacy in the form of golf courses in the Community of Madrid. Moreover, Course 1 of Real Club La Moraleja was the first golf course in Europe designed by Jack Nicklaus, one of the best players in history and one of the great course designers.

CVrowds on the 18th hole (black course) at Club de Campo Villa de Madrid during 4th round of DP World Tour Spanish Open. (Photo: Golf in Greater Madrid)

Tourism and golf, together in Madrid

There are many reasons why tourists choose Madrid to play golf and immerse themselves in its history and culture during their vacations. According to the Golf Federation of Madrid, during the last year, almost one million rounds have been played in the golf courses of the Community, which means more than 70,500 hours of golf per year. The quality of the designs, the good climate and the historical and cultural environment surrounding the Madrid courses make golf in the region a great attraction for tourists.

Three of its courses are located next to UNESCO World Heritage Cities: Real Club de Golf La Herrería, very close to the Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial; El Encín Golf Hotel, near the university and historical center of Alcalá de Henares and Club de Golf Aranjuez, next to the Aranjuez Gardens and the Royal Palace.

The historic UNESCO designation is completed with the Hayedo de Montejo, declared a World Natural Heritage Site, and the Madrid Landscape of Light, a World Heritage Site.

Golf & Gastronomy

Marvelous sunset at the Temble of Debod - Madrid. (Photo: Golf in Greater Madrid)

Tourists coming to Madrid can choose from 35 five-star hotels for their hours of rest, 29 Michelin stars in its restaurants to taste the local gastronomy, 55 wineries and six wine routes in the region as a cultural alternative after playing 18 golf holes.

The Sierra de Guadarrama national park, its nine protected natural areas, two biosphere reserves, regional parks and 450 kilometers of cycling routes provide the perfect connection with nature. 

The Community of Madrid is full of reasons for national and international tourists to spend a few days of vacation with family or friends. Golf and tourism are the main attractions of the region.

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