Most people associate golf on the Costa del Sol with the courses that lie west of Malaga all the way to Gibraltar. For a change of scene, east of Malaga has some superb golf courses and lots more to offer besides. It really is worth the while to take a few days out and enjoy this area and its golf. With the new motorway stretching right along the coast, it puts all the destinations within a manageable drive. As one drives out of Malaga and reaches Nerja, the lower hills of the Sierra Nevada meet the sea. From here there is a choice of either remaining on the motorway or heading down and taking the coast road that in a lot of ways, shows this beautiful landscape to its maximum.
The first golf course lies on the outskirts of Málaga at Rincón de la Victoria. Añoreta Golf was the first 18-hole golf course to be built east of the city. It was designed by one of the most prominent Spanish golf professionals Jose María Cañizares. He has exacted a beautiful golf course that proves itself to be an excellent challenge for golfers at all levels. The golf club was first opened in 1990 and since then, has become well established in the area. José María laid out the course to be varied with its many undulating greens set off by beautiful surrounding trees. The views to the sea below are truly spectacular with the seventh hole being the most dramatic. Water comes into play particularly on the 17th par three, where it is bordered by a huge lake setting off the beautiful green to perfection. Rincón de la Victoria is surrounded by typical smaller pueblos and nearby is the natural park of Parque Natural de las Sierras de Tejeda set in the magnificent mountain range of Maroma that has the highest peak overlooking Málaga.

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Travelling on further east, the next golf club is at Baviera Golf, lying a few kilometres east of Torre del Mar situated right on the Costa. Again, designed by twice World Champion Jose Maria Cañizares, it was opened in 2000. It presents a flowing 18-hole, par 72 good test of golf for all levels of golfer, men and women. Being set on mainly level ground it presents wide fairways without climbs or drops to navigate. The greens are large with again, prominent undulating features. There are a good many water influences, in particular on the fourth hole, where two lakes come into play. One covering an area of some 15,000 m² with the other protecting the entry onto the green. The ninth hole, a par-3 is set with a stream between tee and green with a lake to be negotiated as well. The 11th is a beautifully designed par five that slopes down with the sea in the distance. Most people think it’s a course to have fun on it with greens and fairways like carpets and bunkers that are exceptional. There is a super hotel on the golf course that provides the perfect base for exploring the area.

The third course to be reached is located on the Granada Costa at Montril. With an old name like Los Moriscos, the modern new design contradicts as it has been completely redesigned to take maximum advantage of its situation next to the beach. As it has naturally flat fairways it makes an ideal venue for an easy day of golf again for both men and women. There are wide fairways and tropical palm trees all set off by the incredible backdrop of the Sierra Nevada mountain range where it comes tumbling down to the coast.

The final golf course is further afield and the first one in Europe to be set in a desert environment. Located in Almería, Desert Springs was designed by Peter McEvoy to take full advantage of its natural features including cactus, springs, rocks, water hazards and dry riverbeds. It is not an unusually difficult course to play but it is different to any other golf course on the Costa or indeed Europe. There are three lakes and water hazards that come in to play on the closing holes.

All golf courses come highly recommended for a healthy change of scene. If one requires a car for the trip away then CarGest, the leading car hire in Malaga not only offers cars but also golf club hire as well. Full details can be found on their website.

 

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