Best golf courses in Spain

There’s nothing like scaling the rankings as a good way to start the year. At Rio Real Golf & Hotel we’re very proud to say that we’ve done just this and soared up the ratings for the best golf courses in Spain in 2018. In just one year, we’ve soared a whole 29 positions.


Top 100 golf courses in Spain

The latest annual ranking compiled by the golf online portal Top 100 Golf Courses takes a look at courses in Spain. And there’s no shortage of competition. Editor Jim McCann reports that at last count, Spain had almost 350 golf courses dotted around the country.

As he says, Spain has “so many first-class courses where golfers can practise their golf skills”. The fact that Rio Real Golf & Hotel features so high on this world-class list makes us even prouder.


Rio Real ranking

As McCann puts it, Rio Real Golf & Hotel, “the oldest course in the Marbella area, rockets an astonishing 29 spots up to number 38”.  This is one of the highest climbs in the entire list, beaten only by La Moraleja in Madrid.

McCann describes Rio Real as “a charming little track” that caught the eyes of Top 100 golf courses last year during “a delightful trip”. He goes on to say that the golf course “epitomises the sort of the less well-known course” that the golf enthusiast would do well to check out.


Appeal to the discerning golfer

McCann visited Rio Real in 2017 when he explored several golf courses on the Costa del Sol during the annual European Institute of Golf Course Architects conference in Puerto Banus. He went on to look at the Marbella golf courses designed by Spanish legend Javier Arana, of which Rio Real is the oldest.

His impressions couldn’t have been better. “What’s apparent right away is that this is a club which appeals to the more discerning golfer”, he said in his article. And he pointed out that “visitors are treated like members, not as vacation golfers”. He praised the well-maintained course and concluded by saying that “Rio Real was one of the most pleasant surprises in my recent golf travels in Europe”. You can read the full article here


In good company

Rio Real certainly sits among good company in the latest ranking of the best golf courses in Spain. At the top of the list is Stadium Course at PGA Catalunya, which maintains its top position for another year.

In second place, the top 100 golf courses come south and place Real Valderrama in silver position. Valderrama is no stranger to the ranking and regularly hosts top international golfing tournaments including last year’s Andalucia Masters

Other best golf courses in Spain include two in Mallorca and the Anfi Tauro Golf on Gran Canaria, which took a decade to complete. Several other golf courses in Marbella also feature as do a handful on the Costa Blanca, another of Spain’s top golfing destinations.


See for yourself

Discover one of the best golf courses in Spain for yourself – book your round at Rio Real. Book now and enjoy one of the most pleasant surprises on your golf travels this year.


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