Published on : Wednesday, February 22, 2017
With over 70 golf courses, the Costa del Sol has undeniably become a leading destination for golfing enthusiasts in Southern Europe. The province of Malaga boasts some magnificent facilities, offering simply stunning weather, with temperatures of around 20ºC even in the depths of winter, making this destination a major international golfing hotspot throughout the year.
This directly influences the emergence and attraction of talented golfers, who see the ‘Costa del Golf’, as it’s become known, as the ideal place to develop their projects.
The Costa del Sol offers so many incentives for the sport of golf. In fact, eminent golfing pros repeatedly choose to come and settle in the province of Malaga, including the winner of the 2005 US Open, Michael Campbell, whose golf academy attracts multitudes of keen golfers every year.
The explosion of golf as a sport on the Costa del Sol has allowed major academies to set up in Malaga, making the most of its excellent quality courses.
The Michael Campbell Golf Academy is located within the luxurious Villa Padierna Resort, less than 10 minutes from Marbella and Puerto Banús, while the esteemed Jason Floyd, whose career has been linked to players on the European and PGA circuits, chose Estepona for his training project.
Golf is in excellent health in the province of Malaga, and thanks to the arrival of major names who have chosen this destination to set up large academies, we have also seen the emergence of home-grown talent here as well.
One such example is Miguel Ángel Jiménez (who also owns his own academy, in Torremolinos), who has been notching up professional titles and prizes all around the world for over two decades now. And in recent years, Azahara Muñoz and Noemí Jiménez have emerged as leading lights among the Costa del Sol’s very own crop of women golfers.
In fact, women’s golf is starting to receive increasing media coverage. The best example was the latest edition of the Spanish Women’s Open, organised by the Aloha Golf Club in Marbella, which was a huge hit. As was the Spanish Open organised by the Sergio García Foundation, the leading European golf tournament held in Spain, hosted by the prestigious Real Club Valderrama as part of the European Tour.
And it’s not just players who are drawn to the Costa del Sol; also the great designers of the biggest courses in Europe and the US.
The renowned Robert Trent Jones has close ties with the province, having designed the Mijas Golf Club, Marbella Golf & Country Club, La Duquesa (Manilva), Real Club de Golf Las Brisas (Marbella) and Los Naranjos (Marbella).
Another British designer, Tom Simpson, who was the inspiration behind the courses at Turnberry and Muirfield, also left his mark in the province, remodelling the Parador de Golf de Málaga. These are just a few examples. It is abundantly clear that the Costa del Sol, as well as being a seductive tourist destination, is also a magnet for talent.