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Length and difficulty of golf courses on the Costa del Sol in Spain

This Web site reviews about 50 golf courses on the Costa del Sol, Spain. For each course, there is a simple graphic showing:

  • Length: In meters off the Mens Yellow tees. Ladies Red tees are usually about 15% less length. Mens White "Competition" tees are usually about 10% more length.
  • Difficulty: This is a calculated value that shows what an 'average' golfer playing off 18-handicap can expect to play to on the course. For example if the difficulty is 24, it means the 18-handicap golfer gets an additional 6 shots on this course to play to their handicap. If the difficulty is 16, the 18-handicap golfer should play 2 shots better on the course to play to their handicap. This calculation is based upon course and slope ratings.

Example

See the example graph to the right. Each dot represents one golf course. You should hopefully understand the length of each course (the X-axis on the graph below). The difficulty rating (the Y-axis) may require a bit more explanation.

In the example, the Valderrama course is the yellow dot, the Guadalmina North course is the brown dot. Valderrama is only about 50 meters longer than Guadalmina North (about 1% longer). But Valderrama is a significantly harder course than Guadalmina North. An 18-handicap player going around Valderrama can expect to score 22 over par. The same 18-handicap player going around Guadalmina North can expect to score about 15-16 over par.

These graphics are interactive. Move your mouse over any dot and it should change colour to red. That means you can then click to go to our Web page covering that course.

Detailed data

The table below shows the raw data (length and difficulty) we use for each course we review. For the courses in italics, no official difficulty rating is available, so we used our judgement to assign one. The table also includes an indication of price for each course as a 'dollar figure' between $ and $$$$. These prices are indicative only and explained here. You can also download this table as a pdf.

Length (descending) Difficulty (descending)
Rank Length Course Rank Difficulty Course
1 6379 Villa Padierna - Alferini ($$$) 1 24.0 Villa Padierna - Alferini ($$$)
2 6307 Mijas - Los Lagos ($$) 2 22.6 Las Brisas ($$$$)
3 6134 San Roque - Old ($$$) 3 22.5 San Roque - Old ($$$)
4 6116 Los Naranjos ($$) 4 22.2 La Reserva ($$$$)
5 6079 San Roque - New ($$$) 5 22.1 Valderrama ($$$$)
6 6048 La Reserva ($$$$) 6 21.6 Guadalmina - South ($$$)
7 6047 Alcadeisa - Heathland ($) 7 21.5 Sotogrande ($$$$)
8 6017 Aloha ($$$) 8 21.2 San Roque - New ($$$)
9 6003 Rio Real ($$) 9 21.2 Marbella Club ($$$)
10 5996 Almenara - Lagos & Pinos ($$) 10 21.1 Finca Cortesin ($$$$)
11 5960 Guadalhorce ($$) 11 20.9 Los Naranjos ($$)
12 5935 Parador Málaga - Amarillo & Blanco ($$) 12 20.6 Rio Real ($$)
13 5926 Almenara - Pinos & Alcornoques ($$) 13 20.6 La Cala - Europa ($$)
14 5912 El Paraiso ($$) 14 20.6 Guadalhorce ($$)
15 5910 Almenara - Alcornoques & Lagos ($$) 15 20.4 Calanova ($)
16 5887 Las Brisas ($$$$) 16 20.2 La Quinta - Guadaiza & Ronda ($$)
17 5884 Finca Cortesin ($$$$) 17 20.1 Doña Julia ($)
18 5874 Sotogrande ($$$$) 18 20.1 Mijas - Los Lagos ($$)
19 5868 Valle Romano ($$) 19 20.0 El Paraiso ($$)
20 5860 Atalaya - Old ($) 20 20.0 Lauro - A & B ($)
21 5820 Guadalmina - South ($$$) 21 19.9 Almenara - Lagos & Pinos ($$)
22 5816 Lauro - A & B ($) 22 19.9 Valle Romano ($$)
23 5773 Calanova ($) 23 19.9 Atalaya - Old ($)
24 5771 Lauro - B & C ($) 24 19.9 Los Arqueros ($)
25 5763 La Duquesa ($) 25 19.8 La Cala América ($$)
26 5763 Torrequebrada ($$$) 26 19.7 La Cañada ($)
27 5724 Marbella Club ($$$) 27 19.6 Aloha ($$$)
28 5712 Alhaurín ($) 28 19.5 Almenara - Alcornoques & Lagos ($$)
29 5662 La Cala - Europa ($$) 29 19.5 Alhaurín ($)
30 5654 Doña Julia ($) 30 19.4 Almenara - Pinos & Alcornoques ($$)
31 5654 Santana ($$) 31 19.4 Alcadeisa - Heathland ($$)
32 5638 La Cañada ($) 32 19.3 La Quinta - Guadaiza & San Pedro ($$)
33 5603 La Quinta - Guadaiza & Ronda ($$) 33 19.1 Torrequebrada ($$$)
34 5600 La Cala - América ($$) 34 19.1 Parador Málaga - Amarillo & Blanco ($$)
35 5582 Alcadeisa - Links ($$) 35 19.0 La Duquesa ($)
36 5562 Mijas - Los Lagos ($$) 36 19.0 Santa Maria ($$)
37 5556 Estepona ($) 37 19.0 Mijas - Los Olivos ($$)
38 5556 Santa Clara ($$) 38 18.9 Santa Clara ($$)
39 5501 Valderrama ($$$$) 39 18.9 El Chaparral ($$)
40 5497 Marbella Country Club ($$) 40 18.9 Lauro - B & C ($)
41 5456 Villa Padierna - Flamingos ($$$) 41 18.8 Monte Mayor
42 5448 Guadalmina - North ($$$) 42 18.6 Cabopino ($)
43 5412 La Cala - Asia ($$) 43 18.5 Miraflores ($)
44 5402 El Chaparral ($$) 44 18.4 Estepona ($)
45 5341 La Quinta - Guadaiza & San Pedro ($$) 45 18.3 Alcadeisa - Links ($$)
46 5325 Santa Maria ($$) 46 18.3 Marbella Country Club ($$)
47 5321 Los Arqueros ($) 47 18.2 Villa Padierna - Flamingos ($$$)
48 5289 Parador Málaga - Blanco & Rojo ($$) 48 17.6 Santana ($$)
49 5236 Monte Mayor 49 16.9 La Cala - Asia ($$)
50 5194 Cabopino ($) 50 15.8 Parador Málaga - Blanco & Rojo ($$)
51 5076 Miraflores ($) 51 15.6 Guadalmina North ($$$)
52 5044 Atalaya - New ($) 52 15.0 Atalaya - New ($)



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