Costa del Sol
As he passed by Costa del Sol, Santa Claus has left us a very special gift in Los Arqueros. From today, and until the 9th of January 2011, without increasing the rate, the green fee will include golf balls for the driving range, big bottle of water in the buggy, snack at Hole 19 and a free lunch (12:20 to 16:30). And to top this off, if your group is a fourball, only 3 pay!
A confirmed field size of 96 players will be back to Valderrama in October playing for a first prize of €500,000 from a €3 million prize fund in the inaugural Andalucía Valderrama Masters from October 28-31.
The field includes five invites and four players from the Spanish Order of Merit and means the cut will see the top 50 players, and those tied for 50th place, complete the final two rounds.
The spectacular Robert Trent Jones Snr layout has provided the backdrop for some of the most thrilling moments in golfing history, including Europe’s Ryder Cup triumph in 1997, when Colin Montgomerie, this year’s European Captain, provided the vital half point in his singles match against Scott Hoch, which saw Europe win 14½-13½.
After some rumours about the possibility of the event being postponed to 2011, Valderrama will be back to the European Tour the last week of October, meaning a great chance for a golf holiday to Spain that same week.
It had been a long time since we had been around El Paraiso Golf Club. This “classic” Costa del Sol golf course was founded in 1973 and is one of the few designs of Gary Player in Spain. It’s a traditional members’ course of mainly british residents in southern Spain and a good option with reasonable rates (from 35€ in low season) for those staying around the Puerto Banus, Marbella and Estepona area.
We found the course to be in great condition, even though El Paraiso had to remain closed for various weeks during the heavy rains in spring, specially the greens, making this a very enjoyable course for players of all levels. As the management (the course belongs to the members) wants to improve the course’s image and have some additional green fees available for non-members, we’ve been told that additional times will be made available in the future, specially between 10 and 12, that till now have been exclusively members’ tee times.