More and more local golfers in Alicante

Severiano Ballesteros, Sergio García Fernández, José María Olazábal or Jon Rahm, they are surely familiar to you because they are the names of some of the best professional golfers.

Golf in Alicante

This sport, traditionally associated with upper middle class users, is gaining more and more followers in Spain.

The departures of local players (members and subscribers of the courses) increased by 19.9% ​​in 2022, according to data provided by the Association of Golf Courses of the Costa Blanca and the Valencian Community (ACGBCCV).

While it is true that the majority of users who visit golf courses in the province of Alicante are still foreigners and non-residents in our country, in particular 85% of them. The British (40%), the Nordics (28%) and the French (11%) remain at the top of the ranking of tourists who spend the most time in the fields.

But why choose us? One of the main reasons is the climate we enjoy in the Mediterranean, because in the countries of our main visitors they do not enjoy as many hours of sunshine per year. On the other hand, the great hotel offer as well as the gastronomy and leisure services offered by the province make it the ideal tourist destination to practice this sport.

As for the Valencian Community, there are 23 golf courses, 36 hotels and accommodation companies, several sponsors and collaborating companies, which are associated with the ACGBCCV. The city of Alicante and its surroundings have five golf courses: Alicante Golf, Bonalba, Plantío, Alenda and Font del Llop.

According to the latest study prepared by the Chamber of Commerce of Alicante (2019), this activity has generated benefits of almost 500 million euros for the province of Alicante, which also affect other sectors such as leisure, hotels and restaurants, as well as in shops. and car rental.

For this reason, the Tourist Board and the Association of Golf Courses of the Costa Blanca and the Valencian Community have launched a joint campaign to promote Alicante as a destination, aimed at publicizing the facilities of the city users of this sport.

“For this year 2022, every euro spent by a golf tourist is multiplied by fourteen in the destination economy and every job generated is multiplied by eight, so we are delighted to continue betting on this product,” said the Deputy Mayor of Alicante. , Mari Carmen Sánchez in a statement.

As this newspaper explained in another article, it seems that golf courses in the province are returning to pre-pandemic figures this year in terms of user departures. “Global departures increased by 57.2% compared to 2021, already approaching the figures reached in 2019”, recalls one of the main conclusions drawn from the ACGBCCV study.

Michael C. Ford