There are plenty of golf courses on the Costa del Sol, but which are the best? Which ones bring together all the right ingredients to ensure you get to play your best golf and in the best surroundings? We’ve put together a checklist of must-haves to help you decide which are the best golf courses on the Costa del Sol.

Perfect maintenance

Top of the list of essentials for golf courses anywhere is professional maintenance. All the greens should be manicured to perfection and the fairways managed immaculately to allow you to get the most out of your play.

Did you know? Rio Real Golf has a dedicated team of professionals whose mission to ensure verdant greens and optimum playing conditions.

Desirable position

The best golf courses on the Costa del Sol are within easy reach of the area’s tourist attractions such as beaches, shopping and museums. Being just a short distance from things to do and see means you can easily combine golf and sightseeing on your holiday.

Did you know? Rio Real Golf is just 5 minutes from Marbella, one of the most-visited resorts on the Costa del Sol.

Stunning scenery

The Costa del Sol boasts scenic surroundings so most golf courses enjoy lovely outlooks, but how many make the absolute most of the Mediterranean, the mountains and the countryside? Very few offer fairways with stunning sea views backed by magnificent mountains. Not many courses have mature trees and vegetation along all the entire 18 holes. And even fewer give you the chance to tee-off right next to the beach.

Did you know? You can watch videos of all the holes at Rio Real Golf and get pro tips for each one of them.

Challenging course The best golf courses on the Costa del Sol have been created by the world’s best course designers. Many have left their mark on golf courses in Marbella – Javier Arana, considered by many to be the best Spanish designer ever, was the mastermind behind Rio Real Golf, Seve Ballesteros created Los Arqueros Golf and Robert Trent Jones Sr was responsible for Los Naranjos.

The best courses also provide something for everyone from beginners to pros so that every player makes the most of the round. The ideal course incorporates a range of elevations and different obstacles and challenges from Hole 1 to Hole 18.

Did you know? The 18 holes at Rio Real Golf are so different you’ll need to use all your clubs.

All the facilities you need

Playing a round of golf isn’t just about the course; there are also the extras such as a golf academy, pro shop, the club house, somewhere to eat… These facilities add value to a round of golf and provide the perfect day out. And the best golf courses on the Costa del Sol have accommodation onsite meaning that a round of golf is on your hotel’s doorstep.

Did you know? Rio Real Golf Hotel is just a few steps away from the golf course. And now you know what makes the best golf course all you need to do is book your round.