Costa Blanca Golf Courses
For many years Costa Blanca golf was centred on the few established courses of Villamartin, Las Ramblas and Campoamor BUT with the rapid development on the area surrounding Torrevieja there is now a larger selection of high quality courses all within a short 20-25 minute drive. While the area of Torrevieja is not particularly well served with hotel accommodation there are an abundance of apartment and house rental accommodation with excellent road and motorway links to both Alicante and San Javier (Murcia) airports and with an abundance of bars and restaurants. In addition to the original established courses mentioned opposite the Torrevieja area is now also well served with excellent courses such as La Finca, La Marquesa, Las Colinas, Lo Romero and Vistabella offering different golf experiences with a variety of sea and mountain views. La Finca and Lo Romero are popular with residents and tourists alike and Las Colinas is probably the jewel in the crown and is the current home of European PGA tour stage 2 qualifying. Vistabella is a well presented par 73 courses giving golfers the opportunity to play a unique 22 hole round of golf. Costa Blanca golf in the area of Torrevieja will provide golfers of all standards a wonderful golfing experience that they will wish to repeat on future visits.
Campoamor. This course has stunning views from the club house and superb hotel and is located only 10 minute drive from the local beaches, bars and restaurants and a 40 minute drive from Alicante airport. The course is long even from the yellow tees at 6,198 metres (6,818 yards) with numerous right to left dog-leg holes on sloping and undulating fairways which explains the handicap ‘slope’ rating which is very high and in general provides players with 3-4 additional shots against their normal handicap.
La Finca Golf. Championship golf in mind. The designer has presented the course with the widest variety of different greens to be seen on the Costa Blanca, although some think too varied. The course has good views and a number of lakes with running water ensuring plenty of wild birds and vegetation. A new club house and hotel have recently been constructed and the practise facilities are excellent with two chipping and putting greens, practise bunker and a driving range played off grass.
La Marquesa Golf. The course was designed by Justo Quesada and opened in 1989 as the Club de Golf Quesada with the name being changed in 1994 to La Marquesa Golf and Country Club and in 2010 was the first course in the Valencia region to receive the ISO 9001 award for quality and excellence. The course is a par 72 layout of 6,115 metres (6,726 yards) from the white tees and 5,971 metres (6,568 yards) and 5,098 metres (5,607 yards) from the yellow and red tees respectively.
Las Colinas Golf. Las Colinas Golf and Country Club is an exclusive private community built around a world class championship golf course which was opened to the public in May 2010.This superb golf course measures in excess of 7,000 metres from the competition tees with numerous right to left dog-leg holes to suit the lower handicap golfer and with 6 lakes which come into play over the closing holes. The clubhouse is in a Mediterranean style of 1,500m2 incorporating a restaurant bar and the pro shop and is located close to the 1st and 10th tees and the excellent practise facilities.Playing golf here will be a truly memorable and exclusive experience for all standards of golfer.
Las Ramblas. Las Ramblas is one of the more established courses in the region and is designed to be at ‘one’ with nature taking advantage of the local terrain while being located within a 10 minute drive from the local beaches, bars and restaurants and a 40 minute drive from Alicante airport. The course at Las Ramblas was designed by Jose (Pepe) Gancedo, is a par 72 course measuring 5,824 metres (6,406 yards) from the yellow tees and was first opened to the public in 1991. The designer has used the local terrain and this hilly course wraps itself around the natural ‘rocky’ terrain resulting in a number of dog-leg holes with blind tee shots and drops in elevation from tee to green.
Lo Romero. The course was opened in January 2008 and uses the existing terrain which produces holes with a variety of dog-legs and steady changes in elevation. The signature hole on the course is the 18th hole with the ‘island’ green. This hole is designed along the lines of the 17th at Sawgrass in America which is the home of the TPC which is the unofficial 5th ‘major’ but at 356 metres or 393 yards (yellow tees) the 2nd shot for the average golfer will be played with a long iron or hybrid recovery club.
Villamartin. The Villamartin course is part of the Grupo Quara group which also owns Las Ramblas and La Finca and is situated a short distance from the sea close to Torrevieja on the South Eastern tip of the Costa Blanca. The course is some 6,151 metres in length (white tees) of par 72 and the designer, Paul Putman, produced a course considered good enough to be used for the Mediterranean Open in 1994 which was won by Jose Maria Olazabal in a play off with Paul McGinley.
Vistabella. The construction of this beautiful golf course was one of the best kept secrets on the Costa Blanca until the official opening date on 26th September 2009 which was enjoyed by invited guests and course designer and former Ryder Cup player Manual Pinero. The course has a par 73 measuring 6,193 metres off the competition tees and 5,844 metres off the visitors tees and is set in beautiful and natural surroundings close to the towns of Montesinos and Jacarilla.Currently there are only 11 holes open for play to the public with the remaining holes to be completed in the next 18 months but this course has proved popular with tourists and societies a like with an excellent practise range and a friendly and affordable bar/restaurant.