Sotogrande Golf Resort
Spain, Andalucia, Cadiz, San Roque
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With five championship golf courses, including the world famous Ryder Cup venue of Valderrama, Sotogrande is one of the world's golfing Mecca. On the southernmost Mediterraenan shores of Andalusia, between Marbella and Gibraltar, Sotogrande has become the foremost golf resort in Southern Europe, yet it has retained its discreet and elegant atmosphere while boasting luxury hotels and residential properties, Yacht Club, Polo Club, Equestrian Centre, Racquet Club and Beach Clubs. Within the estate, Sotogrande SA operates the Hotel NH Sotogrande and NH Almenara.
Built in traditional Andalusian style, the Almenara commands a superb position in a secluded location on the highest part of the Sotogrande Estate, with sweeping views across the fairways to the Mediterranean. At the heart of the estate, the historic Hotel NH Sotogrande is a charming boutique hotel offering just over one hundred tastefully furnished rooms. Leisure facilities include a large outdoor swimming pool in the gardens while guests enjoy full access to the Elysium Spa at Hotel Almenara and the nearby Cucurucho Beach Club.
Golfer guests will enjoy reduced green fees and privileged access to Almenara and La Reserva golf course, as well as to Sotogrande's three other clubs: Valderrama, Sotogrande and La Cañada and the ajacent San Roque Club's Old and New courses.
Almenara Golf & Hotel
The Almenara commands a superb position in a secluded location on the highest part of the Sotogrande Estate. The hotel was built in traditional Andalusian style, a combination of single and double storey units spread around the main building, with sweeping views across the fairways to the Mediterranean and Africa in the distance. Lavish accommodation, gourmet dining, comprehensive leisure facilities and the state-of-the-art Elysium Spa characterise this exceptional property, voted Spain's Leading Golf Resort at the World Travel Awards 2005.
4L Star Golf Resort • 148 Rooms & Suites • All rooms with A/C, satellite TV, WiFi, en-suite bathrooms and balconies/terraces • 24 Hours room service • Laundry/ Valet service • Newsagent • 3 Function rooms for 860 persons • Business centre
Gaia (Gourmet restaurant) • VeinteeOcho (Almenara clubhouse) • Pentagrama (Piano Bar)
Outdoor swimming pool & Sun deck
Indoor & outdoor swimming pool • Jacuzzi, sauna & steam bath • Fitness & Aerobic studio • Treatment rooms • Trainers in attendance at all times
At the heart of the estate, the historic Hotel NH Sotogrande has recently undergone a complete renovation and this emblematic property reopened as a charming boutique hotel offering just over one hundred rooms, all tastefully furnished and equipped with every modern conveniences, a restaurant, coffeeshop, bar and pool bar. Leisure facilities include a large outdoor swimming pool in the gardens while guests enjoy full access to the Elysium Spa at Hotel Almenara and the nearby Cucurucho Beach Club.
4 Star Boutique Hotel • 106 Rooms & Suites • All rooms with A/C, satellite TV, WiFi and choice of pillows • 24 Hour room service • Laundry/ Valet service • 2 Function rooms for 140 persons • Business centre • Restaurant • Coffeeshop • Pool Bar
Outdoor swimming pool • Paddle tennis • TV & Game room
Cucurucho Beach Club
Serviced beach & watersports • Swimming pool • Bar & restaurant
Sotogrande Real Club Maritimo
Sotogrande Racquet Club
Santa Maria Polo Club
Sotogrande Equestrian Centre
With well over 100 holes of golf, half of them of them designed by the master Robert Trent Jones Senior himself, Sotogrande is without doubt one of the world's golf Mecca. On the southernmost shores of the Costa del Sol, between Marbella and Gibraltar, the 4,000 acre Sotogrande estate was conceived back in 1962 by retired US Army Colonel Joe McMicking to create a unique living and leisure environment for the rich and wealthy, where they could live in style and seclusion next to their own world class golf course.
The first course was Real Sotogrande, soon to be followed by Valderrama and the first nine holes at La Cañada, all designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. With two of the world's finest courses and the latest addition of Almenara and La Reserva, both Run by The NH World group, Sotogrande has become the foremost golf resort in Southern Europe. Yet it has retained its discreet and elegant atmosphere, while boasting two first class NH hotels, lavish residential properties, a Yacht Club, Polo Club, Racquet Club and two Beach Clubs.
• Real Club Sotogrande
Robert Trent Jones Sr. (1964) 18 holes - 6.,915 yds - Par 72
The Championship Course at Real Club de Golf de Sotogrande is the first design of Robert Trent Jones in Europe and is considered one of the top courses in the world. Set within the lush Sotogrande Resort, on a very quite site surrounded by luxury estates, this championship layout unfold through a magnificient parkland environment.
Sotogrande means "soto", a riverside meadow with abundant vegetation, and "grande", which means large. This defines perfectly the setting of this course, boasting lush Mediterranean vegetation, with fairways marked and separated by a wonderful variety of mature cork oaks, eucalyptus, pine and palm trees, providing welcome shade as well as magnificent views. The immaculately groomed Bermuda grass of the fairways and the practical absence of rough make playing this course a delight. Nevertheless, strategically placed bunkers, several water hazards and the layout of the course add spice to this challenging course. The layout is very well paced and difficulties are spread evenly around the course, which wears Robert Trent Jones Sr. trademark everywhere.
• Valderrama Golf Club
Robert Trent Jones Sr. (1976/1988) - Ryder Cup venue (1997) 18 holes - 6,926 yds - Par 71
Considered as one of the best golf courses in the world and number one in Mainland Europe for several years, Valderrama was the venue of the 1997 Ryder Cup, the first to be played in Europe outside the United Kingdom. The club has also hosted the 2000 American Express World Championship and of the annual flagship event of the PGA European Tour, the Volvo Masters, inaugurated at Valderrama in 1988 and held annually through 1996, when it moved to Montecastillo.
This gem of a course was masterminded by Valderrama owner and president Jaime Ortiz-Patino and architect Robert Trent Jones, Sr., who was elected the Club's first Honorary Member, since joined by HRH Prince Bernhard of The Netherlands and by HRH The Duke of York. Mr. Ortiz-Patino has received the 2000 Donald Ross Award by the American Society of Golf Architects for his significant contributions to the game of golf and the profession of golf course architecture.
The name, Valderrama, comes from the old estate where the course was built, now part of the Sotogrande Resort. Its infrastructure is equalled only by the best North American courses, its fairways widely considered as the best in Europe, its greens compared with Augusta and the practice facilities were described by Nick Faldo as the best in Europe. Covered by a thick blanket of mature cork oaks and teeming with wild life, Valderrama is also the first Spanish member of the New York Audubon Society's wild life sanctuary system for golf course.
The course is kind to the handicap golfer while deliberately severe to scratch golfers and professionals, thanks to its extensive range of tees which are not just differentiated by distance but by careful siting. The constant changing wind conditions between Valderrama's two prevailing winds, the Poniente from the land and the Levante from the sea, add variety to a course already rich in shot values.
• Almenara Golf
Dave Thomas (1998) 27 holes - 6,848 yds - Par 72
Beautifuly located in a secluded location on the highest part of the famous Sotogrande Estate, adjacent to Valderrama Golf Club, this new golf resort was inaugurated in September 1999 and enjoys a commanding hilltop position with spectacular views across the golf course to the Mediterranean and the Almenara mountain range. Almenara has that elusive aura of quality inherent to legendary courses and so difficult to achieve. The course lies by a beautiful lake amidst rolling hills covered by pines and cork oak trees, with the glorious backdrop of the Almenara Hills. The golf facilities also include a golf academy, a driving range accommodating up to 100 golfers at a time, complete practice areas and three full size practice holes. These facilities have already won the first ever awarded Andalusian Golf Federation "Centre of Excellence" for golf.
• La Reserva Golf Club
Cabell B. Robinson (2003) 18 holes - 7,054 yds - Par 72
La Reserva de Sotogrande is an exclusive real estate development with a superb championship golf course designed by Cabell B. Robinson. The facility opened in August 2003 and the course has already built up a reputation as one of the finest in Spain. La Reserva enjoys a splendid location on the higher grounds of Sotogrande, with sweeping views across the resort to the Mediterranean sea and Africa in the distance. The site is just glorious, with the holes distributed around a large lake and the fairways running between amazing green, mature cork oaks and ornamental garden with stonework. Playing over 7,000 yards from the back tees, La Reserva is Costa del Sol's longest track. Five set of tees will nevertheless make the course accessible to all level of play. Although located on hilly grounds, the course can be walked - buggy are available for the lesser fit player.
• La Cañada Golf Club
R.T. Jones Sr. & Dave Thomas (1982) 18 holes - 6,295 yds - par 71
Located in the hills on the fringe of Sotogrande Estate, La Canada unwinds between mature trees and a large gully, or "canada", giving its name to the club. La Canada was designed by Robert Trent Jones Senior in 1982 and extended to 18 holes in 2001 by Dave Thomas. The new nine holes blend in seamlessly with the old design and both nines enjoy sweeping views over the gently sloping wooded countryside, the Mediterranean and Africa across the Strait of Gibraltar. Founded in 1982 by a group of amateur players working as caddies at the adjacent Sotogrande and Valderrama, La Canada was Spain's first golf public course and was designed for them at no charge by Robert Trent Jones Senior, with the invaluable commitment to the project of James Ortiz Patino, owner and president of Valderrama.
• Sotogrande Golf Academy
The Sotogrande Golf Academy welcomes you and provides the opportunity to practice your favourite sport in one of the best golf academies in Spain, with highly qualified teachers. The Academy, well-known as a High Performance Centre in Andalusia, has different practice areas for the long game, the short game and putting. It also has 3 short holes where you can put all you've learnt during your time at our school into practice In addition to all these facilities, Sotogrande Golf Academy offers one of the most revolutionary swing analysis systems, used by the vast majority of European professionals: GASP Swing Analyser.
San Roque Club & Alcaidesa Links
In addition to Sotogrande's five championship courses, San Roque and Alcaidesa, both within a fifteen minute drive south of the resort, each boast two championship courses and making for a total of 9 full eighteen hole courses !. A twenty minute drive north of Sotogrande, there is still another championship course at Finca Cortesin luxury resort to add to this exceptional golf destination.
SAN ROQUE CLUB
• The Old Course
Tony Jacklin & Dave Thomas (1990) 18 holes - 7,155 yds - Par 72
Conceived by Tony Jacklin - ex Ryder Cup player and captain, and designed by Dave Thomas - another ex Ryder Cup player, the course was designed to provide an exacting challenge acceptable for golfers of all degrees of ability, as well as a stadium course to host major European Tournaments. “The basis of this golf course is that it tries to be very fair. It is a forgiving type of course, it is not punishing at all” said designer Dave Thomas about his layout. The bunkers were recently redesigned by Seve Ballesteros.
San Roque is as spectacular as it is challenging. Set in glorious hilly countryside, this long course sweeps past rushing streams and wooded valleys. The front nine holes wind through a cork oak forest, San Roque’s landmark, affording sweeping mountain views. The back nine is laid out across rolling hills, hampered by several water hazards and including vertiginous carries that will test the player’s judgement of distance to the limit. The closing holes incorporate the resort’s shimmering lakes and the stately clubhouse, providing a worthy finish to a challenging course.
• The New Course
Perry Dye & Seve Ballesteros (2003) 18 holes - 7,249 yds - Par 72
Designed by Perry Dye in collaboration with Seve Ballesteros, the layout cleverly incorporate the contours of the San Roque hills into the layout, giving golfers wonderful views to the Guadalquiton River and the Mediterranean Sea beyond. The idea was to create a new course that would be a challenge for scratch and low handicap golfers while remaining accessible and enjoyable to higher handicap players. To that end, each hole has five different tee positions and fairways that are wider than those on The Old Course. Nevertheless, these fairways are designed to reward canny tactics and skilful drive placement. Water hazards guard four of the greens, also defended by more than a hundred strategically placed bunkers, which lie in wait for wayward or ambitious drives.
• Alcaidesa Links
Peter Allis & Clive Clark (1992) 18 holes - 6,308 yds - Par 72
This championship links style course runs through steep, wild hills on a beautiful stretch of coast a few miles north of Gibraltar. Most of the holes offer breathtaking views over the Mediterranean, Gibraltar's Rock and across the Strait to the Atlas mountain range in Morocco. Although running along the sea, Alcaidesa is not quite a true links course due to its hilly profile on some holes, yet it does shares the classic “out and back” links structure. The course starts along the beach until hole number four when it moves inland and up into the hills until hole number twelve, to go back along the beach until the eighteenth. Nevertheless, these beach side holes are not laid on flat ground and sandy soil as would a true links, but on hilly terrain overlooking the sea.
• Alcaidesa Heathland
Dave Thomas (2007) 18 holes - 6,969 yds - Par 72
The new course designed by Dave Thomas Ltd offers a variety of natural landscapes ranging from the plateau area (holes 1 to 5 & 17th & 18th) where the course has the feel of a Heathland course with wide fairways & outstanding views of the Mediterranean Sea & the local Mountain Ranges, including the Sierra Nevada, to the river valley where the holes meander along the valley & incorporate various water features and hazards.
Campo de Gibraltar
The comarca of the Campo de Gibraltar is a county of the province of Cádiz, in the autonomous community of Andalusia, the southernmost part of mainland Europe. It comprises the municipalities of Algeciras, San Roque, Castellar de la Frontera and Tarifa, the most famous ones amongst others - Of particular heritage interest is the medieval town of Castellar de la Frontera, perched on hill in Sotogrande hinterland.
The name Campo de Gibraltar (literally the Gibraltar Countryside) comes from the municipal term of the town of Gibraltar, now a British Overseas Territory. Until 1704, the Campo de Gibraltar was simply the term for the municipality of Gibraltar, about 500 km2 corresponding approximately to the current municipalities of Algeciras, San Roque, Los Barrios and La Línea de la Concepción. Following the capture of Gibraltar by Anglo-Dutch troops in 1704, during the War of the Spanish Succession, and its subsequent cession in 1713 to Great Britain, the former inhabitants of Gibraltar settled down permanently outside the town walls of Girbraltar and the first villages were created: Algeciras, San Roque, and Los Barrios, still for many years officially termed the municipality of Gibraltar, till in 1759, each of them was established as a different municipality.
Sotogrande resort lies in the municipality of San Roque, at the heart of the Campo de Gibraltar, a county extending between the Atlantic shores to the west and the Mediterranean to the east. The modern settlement of San Roque was established by the former Spanish inhabitants of Gibraltar, after the majority fled following the takeover by Anglo-Dutch forces and their Spanish allies during the War of the Spanish Succession in 1704. Gibraltar's City Council, banner and records were moved there. San Roque official motto is "Very Noble and Very Loyal city of San Roque, where Gibraltar lives on"
On the edge of Sotogrande, the resort lies in the municipality of San Roque, at the heart of the Campo de Gibraltar, a county extending between the Atlantic shores to the west and the Mediterranean to the east. The modern settlement of San Roque was established by the former Spanish inhabitants of Gibraltar, after the majority fled following the takeover by Anglo-Dutch forces and their Spanish allies during the War of the Spanish Succession in 1704. Gibraltar's City Council, banner and records were moved there. San Roque official motto is "Very Noble and Very Loyal city of San Roque, where Gibraltar lives on"
Looming like some great ship off southern Spain, Gibraltar is a fascinating compound of curiosities. Despite bobbies on the beat, red post boxes and other reminders of 1960s England, Gibraltar is actually a cultural cocktail with Genoese, Spanish, North African and other elements which have made it fantastically prosperous. Naturally, the main sight is the awesome Rock; a vast limestone ridge that rises to 426m, with sheer cliffs on its northern and eastern sides. For the ancient Greeks and Romans this was one of the two Pillars of Hercules, split from the other, Jebel Musa in Morocco, in the course of Hercules’ arduous Twelve Labours. The two great rocks marked the edge of the ancient world. Gibraltar’s location and highly defensible nature have attracted the covetous gaze of military strategists ever since. Gibraltarians speak both English and Spanish and, often, a curious mix of the two. Signs are in English.
Gibraltar’s terrific agenda for visitors includes exploring its natural world, its military installations, and its quirky town. Naturally, the main sight is the awesome rock; a vast limestone ridge that rises to 426m, with sheer cliffs on its northern and eastern sides. Most of the upper Rock, starting just above the town, is a nature reserve with spectacular views and several interesting spots to visit. A great way to get up here is by the cable car. The Rock's most famous inhabitants are the tailless Barbary Macaques, the only free-living primates in Europe. Some of the 240 apes hang around the Apes' Den near the middle cable-car station. The others can often be seen at the top cable-car station and the Great Siege Tunnels. Legend has it that when the apes disappear from Gibraltar, so will the British.
“The Wind Capital of Europe", Tarifa is also the southernmost point of the Old Continent, looking across the Strait of Gibraltar to Morocco and Africa lying only fourteen kilometres away. An old Moorish settlement of Roman origins, the old walled-in town is dominated by the “Guzman El Bueno” medieval castle. Today, Tarifa narrow cobble streets are the meeting point of windsurfers, kite surfers and surfers from across Europe, a melting pot with a unique atmosphere where tradition meets vanguard. There are many restaurants, internet cafes, surfshops and bars in town, displaying video recordings of the day and other radical sports. A few miles outside town, the Roman ruins of Baleo Claudia in Bolonia, a good kite surf spot as well, are well worht a visit. While in town, hop on one of the fast ferries that cross the strait in about half an hour to Tangier (Morocco). Tarifa is the gateway to Los Alcornocales Nature Park.
Los Alcornocales Nature Park
Los Alcornocales Nature Parki is Spain's largest cork oak forest and one of the largest in the world. It is also Andalucia's largest wooded area and the best preserved example of the Iberian primeval forest. Stretching inland from the Strait of Gibraltar to the Sierra de Grazlema, a UNESCO MAB Bisophere Reserve, Los Alcornocales also features a variety of oaks and wild olive groved, the natural habitat of otters, mongooses, imperial and royal eagle and royal owl, boar, roebuck and deer. The southern area of the park close to the strait is crossed by very humid, narrow valleys which provide an ideal habitat for sub-tropical forests of great ecological value.
Costa del Sol
San Roque is situated on southern stretch of the Costa del Sol, but in the neighbouring province of Cadiz, hence not considered as such although its natural prolongation. Yet all the glitz and glamour of Marbella and the Costa del Sol are within an hour drive from San Roque.
Address & Contact
Avda. Marina, 1
San Roque (Cadiz)
Sotogrande world class resort, 50 km. W of Marbella
Gibraltar (GIB), 20 km
Malaga - Costa del Sol International (AGP), 110 km
Jerez de la Frontera International (XRY), 105 km.
All year (Golf & Spa)
Mediterranean, with mild winter and hot, dry summers