Golf World Top 100: Best Golf Courses in Spain
What are the best golf courses in Spain? The Golf World Top 100 ranking reveals all…
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Welcome to our first ranking of the best courses and resorts in Spain, which we are sure will help you make informed choices the next time you consider a golf holiday there.
Given that Spain is the most popular destination for holidays with British golfers, there will be plenty of names you will know on this list. But we also anticipate that there will be plenty of new ones as well, and some occupy very different positions than you might imagine.
This ranking busts many myths and dismantles much of the perceived wisdom about Spanish golf – it’s far from being a summary of what you’ve heard and read previously.
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There are clusters of courses in every corner of Spain – Galicia, Costa Brava, Madrid, Valencia and of course all along the Andalucian coast – so there’s plenty to enjoy choosing a region that attracted. This is the second ranking under the Golf World banner and we hope it highlights just how comprehensive and insightful our Top 100 will be.
How We Ranked The Best Golf Courses In Spain
This list was, as always, decided by a panel – this time, in addition to our usual continental contributors, we also relied on the advice of industry experts with specialist knowledge of Spain. We recognize that some had ties to the courses and resorts on the list, but they were not allowed to affect the positions of those with whom they had ties. There are 100 points awarded, with each course being scored according to this criteria…
Design (40 points): The key category, divided into three sub-sections: Does the course make the most of its landscape (20); green complexes (10); routing (10).
Adjustment (15 stitches): The aesthetic value of the surrounding views and of the course itself. And the general “vibe” of the course – not the club.
Memorability (15 points): Is it easy to recall holes? Are they distinctive, varied and interesting. Are they strategic and heroic?
Playability (10 points): Is it just too hard, maybe even unfair, for the majority? Or can it be enjoyed by all?
Consistency (10 points): Does each hole offer all of the above, or is it abandoned by a poor few?
Presentation (10 points): Two aspects: is he comfortable with his environment; more, conditioning. A relatively low number of ratings because the conditioning is so variable – but this category rewards particularly flawless courses and alerts you to the sloppiest and most raw sites.
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And, once you’ve enjoyed this ranking, take a look at some of our others – the best courses in England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Europe and the United States. United, to the best GB&I links, the most fun courses to play and the best resorts Europe and the world have to offer, we’ve got you covered.
Chris Bertram, world of golf Top 100 publishers
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Can I join the world of golf Top 100 panel?
Yes! If you know of many resorts and courses, we would love to hear from you. Whether you are male, female, young, old, low handicapped, high handicapped, if you have traveled a lot, contact us, here.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Chris Bertram is the world of golf Top 100 publishers.
He was born and raised in Dumfriesshire and has been a sports journalist since 1996, first as a junior writer with National club golfer magazine.
Chris then spent four years writing about football and rugby union for the Press Association, but returned to being editor and then publisher of NCG before joining world of golf and Today’s golfer as production editor.
He’s been freelance since 2010 and when he’s not playing and writing on the world’s best golf courses, he works for BBC Sport.
A keen sportsman and all-rounder, Chris plays with 11 – which might be a bit better if it weren’t for some hilariously mediocre layup that has to be seen to be believed.