Valderrama has been ranked the number one course in continental Europe since 1988 and is on many golfers’ bucket lists. It was opened in 1974, before being remodelled and reopened in under the ownership of Jaime Ortiz Patiño in 1985. It came to the attention of the world when it became the home of the Volvo Masters from 1988 to 1996 and again from 2002 to 2008, hosting the Ryder Cup in 1997, the AMEX World Championships, the Andalucia Masters and the Spanish Open.
It is a 6,356 meter 18 hole, 71 par undulating parkland course with a huge number of native cork trees which punish any mistakes. It was designed to require thought and precision and offer a real challenge, with extraordinary facilities and great service.
The layout is described as challenging but enjoyable and as a perfect golf course, with immaculate fairways and true, fast greens – a real golfer’s paradise. Looking at the TripAdvisor reviews, almost everyone loves the course and feels that the quality justifies the cost of the green fees. Reviewers call the greens the best they have ever played, and being “one of the most amazing golf experiences”, others call it “1st class” and “perfect in every respect”.
It is an exclusive member’s club, but visitors are allowed to play the course with limited tee times from 12 to 2pm each day. Guests must meet the maximum handicap (24 for men, 32 for ladies) and are not allowed everywhere, only the bar and pro shop and the driving range 45 minutes before start time.
Staff are friendly and service is good, so although there are restrictions, visitors are made to feel welcome. However, check the rules of etiquette and dress code before you arrive as they are rather strict. Green fees are the highest in the area, at 350€ during the week and 370€ Friday to Sunday.
What you need to know about Valderrama Golf Club
- 18 hole, 71 par
- 6,356 meter course
- Designed by Robert Trent Jones Senior
- Address: Av. Los Cortijos, S/N, 11310 San Roque, Cádiz
- Phone number: +34 956 791 200
- Layout Difficulty: 4 (1easy to 5 hard).
- Par White: 5.921m par 71
- Par Yellow: 5.520m par 71
- Par Red: 4.874m par 71
- Maximum handicap – Men 24, women 32
- Website – valderrama.com
- Telephone + 34 956 791 200
- Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Insider tip: Staying within the fairways will make it easier but the putter will be the most important club in the bag!
Where to stay?
Valderrama is located in Sotogrande, just over 30 minutes to the west of Marbella. Sotogrande is a very exclusive, expensive location, famous for its four excellent golf courses, polo fields, marina and luxury villas.
Sotogrande itself does not have that much to offer as a base for a golf holiday, as it is very quiet and doesn’t have much of a centre, so we recommend Estepona, just a 15 minute drive away from Valderrama and the other Sotogrande golf courses, but with much more to offer the holiday golfer.
Estepona has 350 bars and restaurants, pretty squares and pedestrianised streets filled with delicious places for a cold beer, some tapas or something more substantial. There are also a host of great beachside restaurants and a busy marina area with late night options including an Irish Pub and a live music venue.
Check out our Estepona vacation rentals on our website, or ask us if you are looking for something specific. We offer golf accommodation and extras to make your golf holiday easy and hassle free such as hiring golf clubs and cars, arranging private transfers for your group, or stocking your fridge with all the essentials to start your holiday right. We also have a really easy booking system where you can book golf and accommodation in one place, plus get the best prices for green fees. Check out our Live Golf accommodation and golf packages on our website, or contact us to find out more.