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The 10 Best Spanish Golf Resorts with 36+ Holes

06 April 2022
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Jeroen Korving
This is the top 10 golf resorts in Spain with 36 or more holes and where you can stay directly on the golf course. Ideal if you don’t want to drive during your holiday, but still prefer to play on different golf courses. Basically: eat, sleep and play – all in one place.
Luxurious resorts and golf courses, a match made in heaven (Photo: PGA Catalunya Resort)

The golf resorts are ordered by the overall rating given by real golfers on Leadingcourses.com. So, the number 1 – in this case PGA Catalunya Resort – has the highest rating of all when we wrote this post. The resorts must have a hotel on or very near the golf course.

Last updated: 06-04-2022

PS: this ranking is based on all reviews of golfers on our website. This ranking does not necessarily reflect the opinion of Leadingcourses.com.

1. PGA Catalunya Resort

PGA Catalunya Resort is home to 36 really good holes, which form two great courses: the Stadium Course and Tour Course. Golfers rate both courses very highly. The Stadium Course, however, is the absolute favourite and also more demanding. The golf resort is situated close to Girona airport and not too far from Barcelona or the coast. The new LAVIDA Hotel is great and is located on the golf course.

2. Real Club de Golf El Prat

Greg Norman designed the majestic Real Club de Golf El Prat It is located close to Barcelona (just a 30-minute drive) and adjacent to the Sant Llorenç del Munt in l’Obac Natural Park. El Prat has 45 holes consisting of two 18-hole courses (Pink & Yellow) and a smaller 9-hole course (Valles). The Pink Course (Rosa) is the highest rated course by golfers. The wonderful Hotel La Mola is also located just a few minutes' walk from the course.

3. Villa Padierna

Villa Padierna features 3 golf courses (Flamingos Golf, Alferini Golf and Tramores Golf). Golfers rate The Alferini as the highest of the courses. Whereas the Tramores is the least of the three courses. Villa Padierna is located only 10 minutes from Puerto Banus. The Anantara Villa Padierna Palace is designed like a Tuscan palace. It features a 2,000 m² spa, Roman Amphitheater and a luxurious beach club.

4. Empordà Golf Resort

The Empordà Golf Resort enjoys a privileged location just thirty minutes from Girona and its airport, and fifteen minutes from the best beaches on the Costa Brava. The course at Empordà Golf consists of 36 holes divided between two 18-hole rounds: Links and Forest. Robert Von Hagge successfully integrated a links-style area with large lakes, dunes and extensive bunkers into a Mediterranean landscape. This gives us dense, well-maintained pinewoods and wide fairways. The renewed Terraverda Hotel is located right next to the course and features 86 rooms.

5. El Rompido Golf & Beach Resort

“36 holes of nature…” is undoubtedly the best way to describe the Golf El Rompido golf course. Prestigious Spanish designer, Alvaro Arana created both of the courses. They represent a new concept in golf, where the fundamental objective is respect for the environment. The North and South Course are both decent golf courses. Golfers tend to favour the North Course just a little more. You can stay in the Precise Resort El Rompido.

6. La Cala Resort

La Cala is a genuine haven of tranquillity and this golf resort is home to three high-quality golf courses: Campo America, Campo Europa and Campo Asia. Golfers have a slight preference for the America course, but differences are very small. When playing at La Cala Resort, golfers advise hiring a buggy. You can stay at the La Cala Resort, an exclusive complex with a great swimming pool overlooking the golf course and a luxurious spa.

7. La Hacienda Alcaidesa Links Golf Resort

La Hacienda Alcaidesa Links Golf Resort is a golf resort where you will find style, nature, views, security, and the best golf all wrapped up in one place. Located in one of the most exclusive areas in the south of Spain. Alcaidesa means enjoying the only Links-type golf course in the south of Spain. 18 holes with spectacular views over the Mediterranean and Gibraltar. It also offers a second 18-hole, Heathland-type course, kilometres of practically virgin beach, restaurants, hotels and properties for living all year round. You can stay in either the Vista Real Alcaidesa apartments or the Aldiana Club Costa del Sol Hotel, which are both located on or very near the golf course.

8. Melia Villaitana Golf Club

Melia Villaitana Golf Club is in a privileged location on the tourist coast of Levante in the Valencian Community. Melia Villaitana Golf Club has two courses designed by Jack Nicklaus. All the land around has been endowed with a special microclimate, with soft and temperate winters and summers tempered by sea breezes, allowing the enjoyment of a nature that has combined cleverly with golf. Melia Villaitana has been designed as a Mediterranean village. Its 25 individual buildings and its unique architectural style replicate picturesque squares and historic corners of the region, making the Melia Villaitana hotel an innovative experience for both leisure and business trips. 

9. Real Golf La Manga Club

La Manga Club has always been synonymous with golf. The prestigious North, South and West courses along with the Pitch & Putt offer different styles to challenge golfers of all levels. These 18-hole courses have been carefully designed by Arnold Palmer, Robert Putman, Dave Thomas and Seve Ballesteros, respectively. The golf facilities also include a Golf Practice Centre and a Golf Training Centre. Situated at the heart of La Manga Club, in a unique and natural environment that is located next to Calblanque Natural Park and Mar Menor, Príncipe Felipe hotel is surrounded by 2 of the resort's 3 golf courses. It is also close to all of our other services.

10. Real Novo Sancti Petri Golf Club

It was Severiano Ballesteros who designed Real Novo Sancti Petri Golf Club with its two main features being its size and the views of the sea and the Blue Flag beach of La Barossa. It is situated on a private residential estate near Chiclana de la Frontera. IBEROSTAR Novo Sancti Petri has 36 holes, both courses are Par 72. The course was designed in line with American aesthetic tastes and it is a real joy to walk around. It is covered with numerous species of trees from Palm Trees to Cork Oak, and you can see the sea from several holes on both courses. There are numerous hotels near the course, with perhaps the best being the IBEROSTAR Royal Andalus 4* Hotel and IBEROSTAR Andalucia Playa 5* Hotel, situated a mere 3-minute walk from the course.

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