Once upon a time golf was played entirely on foot, but nowadays most golfers prefer to use a golf buggy on their way round the course. In this blog post, we take a look at the pros and cons of riding or walking a course and offer some tips on hiring a golf buggy on the Costa del Sol.

Take away the physical strain 

Playing an 18-hole course counts as good exercise. Not just the effort involved in hitting the ball but the walking at each hole. If you choose to hire a buggy you save yourself the walk between holes plus the strain of carrying a heavy bag.

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Follow tradition

On the other hand, you might want to walk – after all, golf was invented as a walking sport. Buggies didn’t arrive on courses until the early 1950s.

Walking a golf course certainly burns the calories too – almost twice as many as riding round the 18 holes – but you need to choose your course. Not all of them are easily walkable and some have long distances between holes.

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Rio Real Golf design makes its one of the few totally walkable golf courses on the Costa del Sol. According to Jim McCann, editor of Top 100 Golf Courses, it’s also one of the most authentic. Find out why. 

Keep cool

If you’re playing golf on the Costa del Sol in the summer months, hiring a golf buggy will cool the game down. This is especially true if you’re playing in the middle of the day when riding the course will take the edge off the heat.

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Some of the best green fee deals on the Costa del Sol are for rounds first or last thing in the day.

Get to know the course

Golfers who favour walking rather than riding say you get to know a course better if you walk it. Strolling from hole to hole can help you get an idea of the terrain generally. However, the best way to get to know a course is to play it regularly and do your homework.

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Rio Real Golf has pro tips and videos for every one of its 18 holes. 

Top tips for hiring a golf buggy on the Costa del Sol

Look for special deals

Hiring a golf buggy on the Costa del Sol needn’t be expensive. Lots of golf courses offer discounts for buggy hire and you’ll get the best if you book online and in advance.  

Hire a trolley

Fancy walking the course but don’t want to carry your bag? Hire a trolley and take the strain off your shoulder. Make it even easier with an electric trolley! Check out online discounts when you book your round of golf.

Read the rules

Can you ride on the fairway? You can on many Costa del Sol golf courses but it’s worth checking the golf course rules beforehand.

How many in a buggy? Most golf courses limit buggies to two people and two bags. 

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