Having just returned from a 3 day golf break in Spain, my first short golf break abroad, my advice to anyone planning a similar trip is to research, research some more and then do a little more research on the courses you want to play.
Golf is very popular in Spain and the late spring / early summer is a great time to visit as prices are lower than peak season and weekend budget flights are widely available. The weather is just about right, circa 30 degrees and clear blue for the duration of our break and nowhere is too busy. Pick a weekend outside of school holidays around this time of year and you could grab a 2 night break (2 or 3 rounds of golf) and a little spending money for 'refreshments' at the 19th hole for well under £400.
Bear in mind that green fees in Spain are on the whole significantly more than you would expect to pay for an average course in the UK, so long as you are prepared for that the courses on offer can be fantastic! That is where the preparation comes into play. We did a 'small' amount of research on the courses and decided we definitely wanted to play Las Colinas as is touted as the venue of the forth coming Spanish Open. At 75 Euro per round, it doesn't come cheap, but it looks to be a top course and it's not every weekend you get to play golf in Spain! To balance out the cost of the golf we looked for a cheaper course and stumbled over the Las Ramblas course. Both courses were within a few miles in the Campoamor region however they could not be more different!
We arrived at Las Ramblas on the Friday afternoon and were greeted with an elevated first tee leading to a fair way and green meandering its way through the rocky hillside and dense forests. As for the green? who knows, but the course starter assured it was around 400 yards 'over the line of the pole on the horizon' - who knows! As it happens the entire course was set out like this with unsighted greens of nearly all holes (par 3's excluded), very little in the way of rough, so if you were not lucky enough to stay on the undulating fairways, chances are you were in dense woodlands or worse off the side of a cliff! Challenging would be an understatement.
The following day brought he championship course of Las Colinas and the difference was noticeable from the moment we arrived. A course planner lay in the buggy awaiting us, however largely this was not needed as all of the holes were well sighted. Las Ramblas boasted it 'only' had 9 bunkers on the whole course as did not need them (very true), however it was not uncommon at Las Colinas to have 9 bunkers on one hole! A stunning course and highly recommended for anyone planning a golf trip in Murcia / Alicante. Read more on the Costa Calida here
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The moral of the story, is to research your planned courses well in advance, there is no doubt that on the whole golf courses in Spain are fantastic, however like any golf course, some lend themselves well to visitors and some are tailored to regulars and members! There certainly is a mixed bag of courses available and no doubt a combination to suit everyone's tests. For me, I like to know where I am hitting the ball!