Looking for a new and warm golf adventure
...consider Spain’s Costa Blanca

Story by: Rick Stedman

The picturesque and hilly Altea Golf Club course features pine tree-lined fairways, and plenty of scenic backdrops like the imposing Sierra Bernia Mountains.

Donning a pair of golf shorts and enjoying the sunshine and mild temperatures are daily occurrences for those visiting Spain’s Costa Blanca region. Located on the east coast, the Costa Blanca region stretches 125 miles and includes 24 golf courses that make up the Costa Blanca Golf consortium.

This incredible stretch of sand, sea, and sun is open for business 365 days a year, and that includes golf as well. The city of Alicante on the Mediterranean Sea is the central point of the Costa Blanca where the average year-round temperature is 65-68 degrees F. In addition to the expansive golf options, this area features numerous quality beaches on par with southern California, Baja Mexico, or Florida.

Stay and play options

Hospitality and affordability are two hallmarks of a stay-and-play adventure on the Costa Blanca. Several hotels offer reasonable packages that include golfing at multiple courses. Hotel amenities include fine restaurants, spas, swimming pools, and great resources for exploring the surrounding area. Hotel Alicante Golf and Dna Monse Hotel Spa Golf are two properties that offer expanded golf deals.

Hotel Alicante Golf features an 18-hole course right on the property. Alicante Golf Course was designed by legendary Spanish golfer Seve Ballesteros. The par-72 measures 6,842 yards from the tips and features five large lakes and wide fairways. “If you enjoy playing a variety of courses, we can also arrange bookings for other area courses, too,” said Celia Trives, Sports & Holidays director at Hotel Alicante Golf. “There are several other quality courses less than 25 minutes away.”

Additional courses to experience

    This incredible stretch of sand, sea, and sun is open for business 365 days a year,  
    El Plantío Golf Resort features a stellar 18-hole track along with an executive par three, nine-hole course. The layout of the entire complex is in harmony with the surrounding terrain.
  • Altea Golf Club has been in existence for nearly 45 years, and the popularity of this busy nine-hole course hasn’t slowed over the years. According to General Manager Pablo Rivas, Altea averages 30,000 rounds a year. The picturesque and hilly course features pine tree-lined fairways, and plenty of scenic backdrops like the imposing Sierra Bernia Mountains, and the Mediterranean Sea. Hole 19 is Altea’s pub and restaurant where they serve incredible paella.
  • Lo Romero Golf offers a fabulous track and pristine setting, but it’s the magnificent 18th hole island green that gets all the attention. This is an exciting and enjoyable way to end a round of golf!
  • Bonalba Golf Resort features an enjoyable par 72, 18-hole course that stretches to 6,667 yards. This well-manicured course offers a peaceful and tranquil setting adjacent the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Vistabella Golf opened in 2009 and offers large and undulating greens. This track was designed by Manuel Pinero, who teamed with Seve Ballesteros in the 1985 Ryder Cup.

Unique hotels in Spain

Bring a large tee when visiting Lo Romero Golf.

Renowned for their high standard of service, Paradores Hotels can be found throughout Spain, and are unique in that some of these luxury hotel accommodations are set in castles, palaces, fortresses, and other historic buildings. There are 95 state-run Paradores Hotels throughout the country, offering more than 10,000 hotel beds. Six of those resorts offer golf on or near the property, including Parador El Saler in Valencia.

There's a lot to appreciate about Spain, like the weather.

On the drive up to the El Saler, the hotel has a Frank Lloyd Wright appearance outside, and the advertised high quality standards and amenities inside. El Saler Golf Course is a magnificent wind-swept 18-hole masterpiece, and one of Spain’s top tracks. Designed by Javier Arana, the course opened in 1968 and stretches to 6,950 yards. The course record still belongs to Bernhard Langer who, in 1984 shot a 62 on the last day of the Spanish Open.

Those looking for a European adventure may want to consider a visit to the Costa Blanca region of Spain, which offers plenty of golf and entertainment throughout the year. It is easily accessed by train and bus from the rest of Spain, and Alicante's airport is a major destination from all over Europe. Flights from New York to Amsterdam are roughly six-hours, then a two-hour connecting flight gets you to Alicante before the sun sets. For more information on the region, visit http://www.costablanca.org/ESP/.

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