Golf Río Real is in a superb location, just 3 km from Marbella city centre. It is built on terrain which slopes gently down to the sea, so many of the holes provide magnificent views of the Mediterranean.
One of the finest golf courses in Marbella complemented with a top class boutique hotel with only 30 rooms.
Heard that there were maintenance work at the course four days before the round. Contacted Golf in Spain to make them change the booking to another one. Rio Real did not respond on the request. Apparently they have 20 holes so they can change the course to 68, six par 3's! You will find out when you arrive and then its too late. I have played Rio Real many times over the years but not any more. You do not travel more than 2000km to play golf and accept a treatment like that!
We play Rio Real every year on our annual trip to Costa Del Sol. It has never let us down, always in top condition and a warm welcome to boot makes this a definite on the itinerary. Signature hole? - not certain, but the 11th hole alone has become a firm favourite amongst all on the trip. Fair to all handicappers, some big wide open fairways mixed in with some tighter holes makes for good holiday golf.
Played here April 13. Having not played here for a number of years was pleasantly surprised - course was in excellent condition; green were lush and receptive and tee's were in good condition bearing in mind the high season - only complaint about the course was the loose mowings on some of the fairways but apart from that thoroughly enjoyed the round. Food excellent and reasonably priced in the bar too - well worth a visit
Having played Rio real twice each year over the last 20 years, I couldn't recommend a more wonderful course. Beautiful condition on every visit, amazing scenery and great golfing experience. Can't wait for my visit in 2013.