Santa Maria Golf Course Costa Del Sol

by : Grahame Simpson

Santa Maria Golf Course is one of the most visited courses on the Costa del Sol, Spain. It is managed so well that it can be enjoyed by its regular members and overseas visitors. The course spreads out from the clubhouse which was once to be a 19th century finca before the land was turned into this lush green course and some controlled villas and town houses around the boarders.

Santa Maria is an interesting and enjoyable course to play and offers a varied eighteen hole challenge. Apart from the dog legs the green and flag can be seen from the elevated tees and from the 15th you can see all the last holes stretching out into the distance.

The course follows the contours of two valleys and challenges the golfer with four lakes, streams and many bunkers as well as its natural vegetation running along the side of many fairways. Antonio Garcia Garrido designed the first 9 holes in 19991 with the clubs technical team adding the second nine in 1996.

Santa Maria Golf Course is about 1 km from the Mediterranean Sea by Elvira, 10 minutes from the famous Marbella and has a location of seeming far away in the mountains but actually always close to the sea.

I have had the pleasure to play this course on more than one occasion and for more information on this course including tips on some of the holes please visit Santa Maria Golf Course

Santa Maria Golf Course starts its course with a tee shot over the lake and the same lake comes into play on the 18th.

There are six holes before the first par 3 which is tester, you play off an elevated tee to the green 195 meters away and it is sometimes hard to judge the club if there is some wind.

The 11th hole is a spectacular hole and the tee is the highest point on the course. It is a sharp dogleg to the left and it's important not to over hit the tee shot into the lake. The green is nestled by a stream that flows into the lake.

There are three par 5`s with the 13th usually being the unluckiest for golfers. It is 466 meters dog leg to the left where you need a good tee shot to get over the valley and also to stay clear of the left. The fairway too the green and the green itself are not as tight as it appears but bunkers do protect the green at the front.

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Always enjoy your golf.


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