Santa Clara Golf Club
Santa Clara Golf Club, Marbella, Spain, 29603
4 reviews of Santa Clara Golf Club
Revisited Santa Clara for the first time since 2010 on our annual trip. Not presented quite as well as on our last visit, though heavy rain had been in the area the previous few days which probably didn't help. A good course fair for golfers of all handicaps, would definitely return in the future.
Played the course twice - sunday and monday. Nicely busy but not crowded. Super course, challenging and varied. Condition was good but a bit 'end of season' (it was October!). The clubhouse facilties are excellent, and the course a friendly gem. Downsides where the heavy work being done to deepen the 'branca' storm drains to prevent the flooding they had earlier this year - but this is only a temporary thing. More worrying was the constant reminder of crime issues out on the course with thieves hiding in the bushes at the far reaches. Spain is in such a mess, it is so sad. Would we return....definitely.
Our annual trip to the Costa saw our group play Santa Clara for the first time this March, and I have to say it was enjoyed by all. As seems to have been everywhere, the course had suffered from an awful lot of rain over the previous 3 months or so, but in fairness it was only really noticeable on 3 holes, with the short par 4 16th the most affected. The practice facilities are superb - huge putting greens and a massive driving range are literally behind the starters hut at the 1st. The Clubhouse was very plush, and the staff in the well stocked pro shop and the bar were exremely helpful. Some really good holes around this place, with risk reward opportunities a plenty. The 3rd is a super hole you'd play totally differently on a 2nd visit, the 7th was a brute with no run on the fairways, the 8th, 9th, 10th and 12th holes absolute gems. I'm not sure which is the signature hole, but the 18th to me was the best hole on the course - good drive required through trees over the water, followed by wedge to an "island style" green.. Greens were true and pretty slick considering the weather they'd had. Bunkers were in good condition, fairways were cut as tight as conditions would allow, rough was fair. Great use of natural features abound on the course. I would agree with the previous poster about the beginning of the course, which is very clostraphobic as holes 1, 9 and 10 in particular are almost on top of each other. The 18th didn't affect the 10th fairway at all for any of us so I can't really comment, but that area around the 1st is probably the only thing that let it down a bit. I would definitely return in future and feel that it provides a very fair test of golf to all handicappers, and would have no hesitation in recommended others to pay it a visit.
Really enjoyed this course. Unlike many others which feel squashed alongside the motorway this was a more open and interesting course looping inland around a series of hills. Much wider than many local courses but still with ravines and significant slopes some of which can be used for advantage. Definately a big hitters course - a 200m par 3! First impressions are good - a large well stocked club house with bar above overlooking extensive practise facilities including a golf academy. The driving range backs onto the first tee so easy to warm up and then go straight out. Highlights - 7th and 8th, feels like you are hitting into a mountain and then fantastic views over the sea with a long par 5 down a valley. 11th again takes you to a green on top of a hill. Incredibly exposed with the wind being a significant influence. Down sides. The tees for 1st and 10th are next to each other, and along side are the 9th and 18th. This makes for a very conjested area with balls flying everywhere. The 18th and the couple of holes before look like they were remodeled and it is almost impossible not to encroach on the 10th fairway.
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