by Chris Chaplow
A round up of news items of interest to visitors and residents of Sotogrande. Latest items added to the top, older items archived for future interest. Page last updated 20-11-2022.
Sat December 3rd - Santa María Polo Club
The ‘Nuevo Hogar Betania’ association in La Línea will hold its first charity Christmas market at the Santa María Polo Club in Sotogrande, San Roque. The event will be held on Saturday 3 December and aims to raise funds to finance projects they have planned and continue to help those most in need. Attendees will be able to enjoy the different stalls of handicrafts and traders who will offer their creations and products from 11:00 until 22:00 hrs. The younger members of the family will be able to enjoy sports activities and face painting. There will also be a play area and live music performances, all accompanied by food and drink. The market is open and free to attend.
Christmas Fair - Sat and Sun November 26th and 27th - Hacienda Almoguera, Los Barrios
Lots of new and delicious gourmet stands; Asian curries and sushi, local cheeses and charcuterie, honey, and homemade cakes and pastries will be present along with the “granja escuela’s” farmer’s market that will include organic fruit and vegetables, bread, wines and Kombucha. Stands for the Christmas shopping; clothes, decoration, jewellery, ceramics. The 15th Christmas Fair at Hacienda Almoguera, which will take place on the 26th and 27th November 2021 from 11am until 8pm. Please bring non-perishable food and second-hand clothing for the Food Bank and Red Cross collections. Google Map Location
Andalucia Masters underway at Valderrama - 13th to 16th October 2022
Adrian Otaegui (Spain) has won the Andalucia Masters 2022 with an astonishing 19 under par over the four-day tournament. On the final day he gained three strokes. Having birdies on 4th, 5th, 9th, a bogey on the 11th and then to the delight of the spectators a long birdie putt on the 18th. This secured him a six stroke lead and his fourth DP World Tour title.
Dubai polo team won the 2022 Copa de Oro
Dubai polo team won the 2022 Copa de Oro in the six team High-handicap, beating Marqués de Riscal by 12 to 9. This was a double win for Dubai who also won the silver cup. The Dubai team was captained by Camilo 'Jeta' Castagnola, and supported by Carlos Maria Ulloa, Matt Perry and Rashid Albwaedy. The medium and low handicaps of the Gold Cup were won by Ayala and Estancia Lamar respectively. More info >
Aramco Team Series Golf - Ladies European Tour event
World number three Nelly Korda played an excellent final round of 67 (-5) to win the Individual title at the Aramco Team Series in La Reserva Sotogrande by three shots. The champion began the final day seven shots behind the overnight leader, her sister Jessica Korda, and dropped a shot on the second hole.
Incredibly the Olympic champion soon found her feet rolling in three birdies on holes seven through nine and again on holes 12 through 14, and again on 16. Despite making a bogey at the last, Korda sealed victory with a total score of 13-under-par at La Reserva Club de Sotogrande.
Three players finished in a share of second place with Jessica Korda, France’s Pauline Roussin and Spain’s Ana Peláez Trivino all on 10-under-par.
France’s Emma Grechi and Slovenia’s Pia Babnik finished in a tie for fifth at the end of day three on nine-under-par with USA’s Alison Lee, Dutch star Anne Van Dam, Belgium’s Manon De Roey and Sweden’s Linn Grant one shot further back.
Estrella Damm NA Andalucia Masters 2022
Tickets for the Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucía Masters, which takes place from the 13th to 16th of October 2022 at Real Club Valderrama. Tickets available from the European Tour website https://experiences.dpworldtour.com/edam/ The ticketing offer allows choosing between individual tickets for each day, four-day passes or weekend passes, with preferential rates for federated golfers and free entry for children aged twelve and under.
Last year, Rydercupper Matt Fitzpatrick won his seventh DP World Tour title in style as he overturned a three-stroke deficit in the final round of the Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucía Masters played at the Real Club Valderrama. In 2021 there were 36.000 spectators over the four days. Read about last year in the Sotogrande 2021 news archive or read reports of all the major tornaments at Valderram since 2003.
Sotogrande polo tournaments
The 51st edition of the International Polo Tournament - the principal three summer tornaments are being organised by the Alaya Polo Club in San Enrique instead of the traditional Santa Maria Polo Club in Sotogrande in 2022 and for the next five years. Most of the matches including the finals are still taking place at the Santa Maria Polo Club - Los Pinos fields in Sotogrande. More info and fixtures> The Copa Bronce is from 25th to 30th July 2022, Copa Plata from 1st to 13th August 2022 and Copa Oro from 15th to 27th August 2022.
Sotograde Summer 2022 music concerts
Sotogrande Music Festival
Seven summer concerts over August and September 2022 at the , Los Pinos fields. Tickets are all general entrance at one price in the range 20 to 50 euro each.
Carnival Night in Sotogrande on 6 August 21.00 hrs, tickets 25€ will include performances by La Brigada, Tino Tovar, Los Sumisos and Martínez Ares.
India Martínez's concert on 12 August 22.00 hrs, tickets 25€ as part of her 90 minutes + tour.
Vanesa Martín concert on the 20 August 22.00 hrs, tickets 30€ the Malaga-born singer will present her latest album, "Siete Occasions Sí".
Ara Malikian is in concert on 2 September, Ara a Lebanese violinist of Armenian origins concert is part of his World Tour.
Miguel Poveda's concert is on 3 September 22.00 hrs tickets 35€ the Barcelona-born singer will present his latest work, “Diverso”.
Lola Índigo is in concert on 9 September, a performance by the Madrid singer.
Raphael's concert on 10 September 22.00 hrs tickets 50€ will present his "Tour 6.0 Pa'alante", in commemoration of his six decades on the stage.
Concerts scheduled for Summer 2022 also include second Trocadero Flamenco Festival a series of 14 concerts in July and August 2022. More details on our Torcedero Flamenco Music Festival page.
MIM Sotogrande Club Maritimo hotel opens
The MIM Hotel group owned by footballer Leo Messi, has reopened the Hotel Club Marítimo located in the Sotogrande Marina. The four star hotel which opened in 1990 has 45 rooms and views of the Marina an outside terrace restaurant and first floor restaurant.
Aramco Team Series Golf - Ladies European Tour event
The Aramco Team Series also returns in 2022 with five events on the calendar in Asia, London, Sotogrande (18 to 22 August 2022) at La Reserva Club. 36 teams of 4 players are battling it out over three days at La Reserva Club to become the fourth Aramco Team Series champions. Using a unique scoring system, and allowing an amateur to contribute to the final result of a professional tour event with a total prize fund of $1m, the Aramco Team Series adds excitement to the Ladies European Tour. In 2022, the team event will be held over two days, with individuals making the cut for a final shoot out on the 3rd day.
The 2021 series event at La Reserva Golf Club was added to New York and Jeddah after the event could not be played in Thailand due to Coronavirus. It is good that the Sotogrande event has officially added to the series in 2022.
Ladies European Tour - Race to Costa del Sol
The Race to Costa del Sol, the official ranking of the Ladies European Tour, offers a bonus (funded by the Costa del Sol tourist board) of €250,000 to top first three seasons players. The venue is Alferini Golf, the most challenging of the three courses of Villa Padierna on November 24-27.
More detailed report of Ladies European Tour in Golf News