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Real Club de Golf de Sotogrande
This course was opened in 1964, but regularly features in Europe’s top 10 courses. It is situated close to the beach next to the River Guadiaro and Sotogrande marina. It is a private club, although green fee paying visitors are welcome and advised to book in advanc).
The fairways are immaculate and include numerous mature trees of pine, cork, oak, palm and eucalyptus. There are also plenty of water hazards, particularly at the 7th, 12th 13th, 14th, 16th and par-3 17th. These lakes, together with the strong winds create a challenge for all levels.
The Andalucia Masters 2023 Tournament took place at the Real Club de Golf de Sotogrande from 19th to 22nd October 2023.
Real Club de Golf Sotogrande that was the first European work of Robert Trent Jones.
Late in his career, Robert Trent Jones was proud to say that the sun did not set on his courses, since the legendary British-born American golf course designer left his signature on courses in 35 countries around the world. Real Club de Golf Sotogrande that was the first European work of Jones.
The perfect integration of the course between the dunes and cork oaks in the area, the variety offered by its varied holes and the demands of its layout have served to test the best players on the continent, both in the historic Sotogrande Cup, through which have passed many of the best amateurs in Europe and in the elite tournaments that have hosted the Real Club de Sotogrande.
"Robert Trent Jones' design was a great novelty in European golf, it was the first to be planted with Bermuda 419 and equipped with automatic irrigation. From the beginning it excited the best players for its enormous tees, very wide fairways, white bunkers with spectacular shapes, fast, large greens, and lakes that affected up to seven holes. It was and still is an excellent test of golf where players of all levels have fun," explains Patrick Allende, course director since 2021 and greenkeeper since 1995.
Despite the passage of time, this course maintains its absolute validity thanks to the painstaking work of the greenkeeping team and the remodelling carried out during 2015 and 2017 by architect Roger Rulewich, a close collaborator of Robert Trent Jones, and David Fleury, with the essential supervision of Allende. The recovery of Bermuda grass on tees, fairways and roughs, and of Agrostis A4 grass on the greens is perhaps the most striking aspect of a deep restoration work.
"The greens had lost a significant part of their surface, it was necessary to recover them to return the course to its original character. The restoration was carried out with great fidelity to the original design, in fact, the drawings made by hand by Jones were taken as a reference," says Allende.
"The greens incorporated the latest USGA construction specifications and it was one of the first courses in Europe to install the Sub air extraction system through the drains. In addition, 37 km of drains were constructed throughout the course and 75,000 tons of silica sand were used, allowing us to carry out much more efficient and environmentally sustainable maintenance," adds the course manager.
Address: Paseo del Parque s/n, Sotogrande. 11310 San Roque, Cádiz.
Directions: from both Marbella or Algeciras turn off at km. 133 and take the exit marked Sotogrande-Guadiaro-Castellar. Map