The Real Club de Golf Guadalmina is a 36 hole complex comprising of two 18 hole courses (North and South), a 9 hole pitch and putt course, a driving range, practice area and golf academy. It is one of the oldest and best-established clubs on the Costa del Sol, with a nice atmosphere.
It is located in a busy, urban area, close to San Pedro and Nueva Andalucia, which is very convenient for holiday golfers wanting accommodation and golf close together. However, some golfers complain of the noise and difficulty to navigate the course due to the surrounding houses and streets, so this isn’t one for those in search of rural peace and quiet.
Highlights of this course are the holes played right beside the Med, particularly the 10th hole, which some use as their starting point due to its location and views. The course hosts many important championships and hosted the Ladies Spanish Open in September 2017.
Greenfees are 94€ for the North course and 154€ for the South course.
Guadalmina South is the oldest course on the complex, opening the first nine holes back in 1959, with the second 9 built in the late 1960s. The club itself describes the fairways as narrow and the course as difficult, suitable for experienced players with lower handicaps. However, other reviewers consider fairways to be medium width, with straight holes, gentle doglegs and no blind shots, so you’ll have to make your own made up on that one.
The website CostadelSolGolf.com agrees that it is a tough course due to domed or undulating, elevated greens, dense grass on the fairway and bunkers. They do not recommend the course for anyone with a handicap over 25, but say it’s a real pleasure for low to mid handicap players.