Following a move earlier this year, described by some as strange for the golf nation of Spain, when the regional government of Andalusia approved sweeping new laws regarding the development of golf courses, that is now being reflected in other regional governments of the country.
The regulations, approved during February after considerable months of debate, dramatically limit the number of properties that can be constructed on a golf course. Furthermore, any new courses are required to use recycled water for irrigation.
The move has been seen as a method to stop the huge level of golf courses being progressed in the country. In the past eight years, more than one hundred courses have been built in Spain. Most of these have included high density residential development mainly targeted towards the foreign buyer. It prompted one media editor, Juan Area of El Observador, to say that even though he does not have anything against golf, he thought they were just too many golf courses.

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In Andalusia, the golf courses there are account for more than one third of the total in Spain with over 118 now fit for play. Nine new courses were opened in the past four years alone, according to the Royal Federation of Golf in Spain.
However, few believe that the development of golf courses in Spain will come to nought. Without doubt, it still provides the strongest demand for the golf market in Western Europe. The Golf Advisory Practice of KPMG, which tracks the market, state that since the year 2000 the number of players affiliated with clubs in Spain has more than doubled to approximately 300,000.
Despite the decrease in property development, there are still many projects in the advanced stages of planning with many of these located in inland areas where there are relatively few golf courses.

It is thought that although there is an element of control, the powerful influence of developers with money will override any hindrance and in the medium to long term, will have no impact on reducing golf course development.
This is excellent news for Spain as a country and for the inland areas where these types of development will bring new life and employment. There is no doubt that the influence of town halls will also continue to ensure that the envisaged projects will continue to fruition.
With regard to the Costa del Sol, the spread of golf courses inland is an example of how important the development of golf courses is. Golf tourism is a section that generates much needed funds during the winter months. It also keeps Spain as a tourist destination for those European and Scandinavians living in northern climes all year round very much in mind. After all, tourism does represent a huge contributor of funds for the coffers of the country. It therefore makes absolute common sense that the continuation of golf course development and property progresses without further hindrance.


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