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Valderrama Golf Club, Andalucia, Spain


Golf Entertainemnt: One of the Greatest Golf Courses in the World!


December 2009



Valderrama Golf Club is located in Andalucia, the southern-most part of Spain. The climate is ideal for year-round golf. The golf course was designed in 1974 by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. Ten years later, Jaime Ortiz-Patiño along with Robert Trent Jones, Sr. made improvements to the course, and the course re-opened in 1985. Their mission in re-designing the course was to make it a challenging test of golf to the avid professional and everyday golfer alike. The course does not play easily; it is a challenge which requires thought and precision on each hole and any wayward shot is badly punished.

The golf course is made up of a combination of Bentgrass G2, Bermuda, and Rye. It is said to have the best fairways in Spain. For a course that has not been in existence for very long, it has very quickly achieved recognition. It has been host to the European Tour’s grand finale, the Volvo Masters, and was host to the Ryder Cup in 1997. It also hosted the first two World Golf Championships – The American Express Championship.

In addition to being an excellent golf course, Valderrama Golf Club Rock of Gibralter has also been a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary since 1997, continuing to keep the environment in mind. The golf course property and the region is home to many habitat types, including protected cork oak forests, dense woodland sanctuaries, long-abandoned olive groves, and several small meadows. From the twelfth green there is an uninterrupted view of the Rock of Gibraltar and the strait Chaffinchbeyond. Valderrama has 40 acres of wildlife sanctuaries on the golf course, which are made up of dry grassy banks, mixed woodlands, and damp valley floors. These habitats around the course are home to animals such as badgers and Striped-neck Terrapin turtles, in addition to many birds including the Woodchak Shrike, Eagle Owl, Golden Oriole, and Chaffinch (left), among many others.

Valderrama is the epitome of all things Spanish, with breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea and surrounding mountains. Though Valderrama is a private members' club, a limited number of starting times are offered for visitors most days of the year.



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