Golf clubs in Benahavis
With 320 sunny days days per year, golf is played all year round under blue skies in Benahavis. It is therefore not unusual to play in polo shirts in the middle of “winter”. The golf courses in Benahavis – which are all spectacular – were all designed by renown golf architects, such as Robert Trent Jones or great champions like Severiano Ballesteros or Jack Nicklaus. Courses are all rather hilly, and one obliges you to go round with a buggy. If you are not in good shape, we would advise you to take a buggy anyway when going for a round of golf.
Several clubs have more than 18 holes, such as Los Flamingos (54), La Zagaleta (36), Atalaya(36), and La Quinta (27).
The low season on the Costa del Sol is not winter, but July and August, since that is when it gets really warm, so the green fees go down considerably during this period.
Do remember to take plenty of golf balls as well, as some golf courses are not at all forgiving.
The Benahavis Golf Club does not have a proper course, but was created in order to give the Benahavis inhabitants the pleasure to play on the existing courses.
Atalaya Golf & Country Club
Atalaya Golf & Country Club has been one of the most popular clubs on the Costa del Sol since opening in 1968. Located between Marbella and Estepona, it is the course you pass on the left when driving up to Benahavis village. It is suitable for all levels of play, from total beginners to international pro´s, due to the flexibility of its tees. The old course is one of the more forgiving golfcourses in Benahahavis, the new course is more hilly. Atalaya also has one of the most extensive driving ranges in Spain, where tuition is offered in several languages.
Between San Pedro de Alcantara and Estepona, take the Benahavis exit, and drive direction the village of Benahavis, 2nd street on the left leads you right to the clubhouse.
El Higueral Golf
El Higueral is part of the Marbella Club Golf Resort. A beautiful 9 hole ( soon to be 18 holes ) golf course built around a group of appartments, along the Guadalmina river. It is one of the walkable courses on the Benahavis territory, which does not mean it is an easy course as there is quite a bit of water, plenty of trees and canyons on one side.
Very reasonable prices, but no clubhouse as such, although they do serve drinks and snacks.
It is on the road to Benahavis, just across the bridge halfway.
Telephone: 951 896 052
Mobile: 639 793 542
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El Paraiso Golf
Designed in 1973 by Gary Player, El Paraiso is one of the most established courses on the Costa del Sol.
El Paraiso is built only partly on Benahavis territory, the rest is on Estepona soil.
Situated 14 km. from Marbella in a valley surrounded by hills with magnificent views of the coast. El Paraiso was carefully designed to achieve a peaceful atmosphere thanks to an abundance of trees and plants and strategically positioned lakes and bunkers. Competitions are held weekly.
Between San Pedro de Alcantara and Cancelada, in direction Estepona, take the Hotel and Golf El Paraiso exit, just before Cancelada.
Telephone : +34 659 66 66 65
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La Quinta Golf
Situated in the “Golf Valley”, the Club commands fine views of the mountains and the Marbella coastline. It consists of three combinable courses. Although apparently easy, the courses are in fact very demanding, due to the design of the fairways and the excellent quality of the greens.
From San Pedro de Alcantara approximately 2 Kilometres on the Ronda road, at the exit of the tollroad, on your right.
Tel: +34 952 762 390
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These two golf courses, designed by the American Bradford Benz, offer golfers splendid views over the Mediterranean and Gibraltar. This is probably Europe’s answer to Augusta, as play is limited to members and their guests.
Located in a fabulous resort of almost 900 hectares, at the start of the road from Marbella to Ronda, La Zagaleta Country Club is one of the most exclusive in Europe. The surroundings of the golf course are second-to-none, as the fairways are set in a nature reserve which is home to numerous species of autochthonous flora and fauna.
The Club is strictly private, for the use of members and their guests. As well as the golf course and other sporting facilities, La Zagaleta has a 24-hour security service, a heliport, three fishing lakes, hiking tracks, riding stables and a magnificent Club House.
From San Pedro de Alcantara approximately 5 Kilometres on the Ronda road.
Los Arqueros Golf
Los Arqueros, the first golf course designed by Severiano Ballesteros on the Costa del Sol, is located in Benahavis and only 5 km from the village centre by the new bridge over the Guadalmina river. Approximately 5 Kilometres from San Pedro de Alcantara on the Ronda road. Los Arqueros is a challenging course which will be enjoyed by all players, from the lowest to the highest handicaps. The variation in its holes and the magnificent views of the sea and the mountains, will make your visit to Los Arqueros an unforgettable experience. In my personal opinion the most difficult course in Benahavis.
From San Pedro de Alcantara approximately 5 Kilometres on the Ronda road.
From Benahavis take the new bridge over the Guadalmina river and then left at the first roundabout.
Telephone : (+34) 952 784 600
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Los Flamingos Golf Club
Set in beautiful natural surroundings, on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, where playing golf once again becomes a unique experience, Flamingos Golf Club offers an exquisite atmosphere, the most advanced facilities and a personalised service that allows you to enjoy and appreciate every little detail.
In its short history, Flamingos Golf Club has already attained well-deserved international renown for the high level of quality it offers and for having been, for three consecutive years, the venue for the European Senior´ Final, ‘The Daily Telegraph European Seniors´ and the “Match Play Championship’.
The club currently has three courses, ‘Flamingos Golf’, ‘Alferini Golf’ and ‘Tramores Golf’, the last being a par63, but the other two are best suited for long hitters, having respective lenghts of 5714 and 6641 metres.
The Resort´s crowning glory is its prestigious 6-star Hotel Villa Padierna.
Between San Pedro de Alcantara and Estepona, take the Cancelada exit, and go right up past the row of townhouses. The golfcourse is about 800 mts away.
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Marbella Club Golf Resort
This golf course combines all the conditions required by professionals and amateurs alike in order to play at the highest level. An exceptional location. A course closer to the ones you will find in the States, and at least as good. Perfect greens and fairways.
In Cancelada, between San Pedro de Alcantara and Estepona, cross the town, and a road will lead you past the Marbella Club golf resort.
On the Benahavis road, take the road opposite the new bridge over the Guadalmina river, the course is at the end of the road on your right.
Tel +34 952 880 608
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Benahavis Golf Club
The Benahavis Golf Club was founded in 1991, aiming to get people from Benahavis to play at the local golfcourses at a reasonable price. Over these years , quite some improvements have been made, so now the village has its own driving range and regular tournaments ( even on exclusive courses like La Zagaleta ) on the golfcourses of the Benahavis territory.
Membership is only availabable to people living on Benahavis and surrounding villages territory, and there is a maximum of 120 members.
The subscription can be paid at a branch of Cajamar or Unicaja in Benahavis. In addition the club now requires the following details for every member :
A photocopy of NIE or passport
Proof of empadronamiento (registration) at the town hall
Spanish Golf Federation licence number, this is required for insurance and handicap purposes. If not in receipt of this we shall provide the necessary forms.
Your current handicap and certificate if available.
The president of the Benahavis Golf Club is Chico Sr. from the equally named bar “El Chico”. You can get more information there.
The local driving range ( next to the football pitch and the municipal swimming pool, opposite the school ) is open for everyone, and lessons ( both in English and Spanish ) are free for the local kids under 13. A Spanish and English golfpro are there to teach you all aspects of the game.
Wednesdays and Fridays the driving range is only open for youngsters under 13 from 4 to 6 PM.