Exploring the best golf courses in Marbella

Bathed in sunshine and boasting breathtaking landscapes, Marbella, Spain, stands as a true heaven for golf enthusiasts worldwide. Nestled within the expansive Andalucía region, known affectionately as the “Costa del Golf,” this area is dotted with over 100 golf courses. Specifically, Marbella is home to 21 esteemed courses, attracting thousands of members annually who seek to experience golfing excellence. In this guide, we highlight seven of the best golf courses in Marbella.

Aloha Golf Club

Exclusive to members, this prestigious course is nestled in Nueva Andalucia, with the striking La Concha mountain as its backdrop. Crafted by the renowned Javier Arana, hailed as one of Spain’s greatest golf course architects, Aloha has been the proud host of the PGA tour on three occasions in the recent past. It’s celebrated as one of Spain’s most meticulously maintained private golf courses, setting a high standard for golfing excellence.


Zagaleta Country Club

Encompassing more than 2,000 acres, the exclusive Zagaleta Country Club is celebrated for its two exquisite golf courses, aptly named the Old Golf Course and the New Golf Course. The Old Course presents a championship-level experience set against a park-like landscape, complete with wooded hills and panoramic views of Marbella, lush valleys, and the shimmering sea. Introduced in 2005, the New Course is a par 70 challenge, featuring varied elevations that promise an invigorating round of golf.


Rio Real Golf Course

Established in 1965 and crafted by the esteemed Javier Arana, Rio Real stands as one of the most venerable courses featured. The Royal Spanish Golf Federation has lauded it as one of Spain’s premier courses, celebrating its aesthetic appeal, strategic layout, and distinguished reputation. Conveniently located a mere five minutes from the town center, its design is harmoniously integrated with the meandering River Rio, adding a unique challenge and beauty to the course.

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Villa Padierna

Perfectly positioned between Marbella and Estepona, Villa Padierna is set within a serene coastal enclave, surrounded by majestic mountains. The resort boasts three diverse courses, totaling 54 holes, designed to cater to a range of golfing abilities. From the demanding Alferini, through the stimulating undulations of Flamingos, to the brisk and enjoyable Tramores, the resort offers a rich variety of golfing experiences, ensuring every golfer finds their perfect match.

Finca Cortesin

Acclaimed as one of Spain’s premier golf destinations by Golf Digest, Finca Cortesin captivates with its challenging 18-hole championship course, masterfully designed by Cabell Robinson. Amidst a picturesque setting of olive and cork trees, the course provides an unparalleled golfing experience. Exceptional service is a hallmark here, with members and guests enjoying first-class amenities including chilled water and fresh fruit during play. The resort also boasts a Michelin-starred restaurant, adding a touch of culinary excellence to the golfing experience. Finca Cortesin is a celebrated venue for numerous prestigious professional golf tournaments, further cementing its reputation in the golfing world.

Las Brisas

The Real Club de Golf Las Brisas, a masterpiece created in 1968 by the legendary Robert Trent Jones Sr., stands as a cornerstone of the Marbella golfing landscape. Esteemed for its history of hosting two world championships and reputed to be a favored retreat for the Spanish royal family, this club epitomizes exclusivity. Admission is a meticulous process, requiring an interview and demonstration of a maximum handicap of 24 for men and 32 for women. Those privileged to gain membership enjoy not just the challenge of the course but also its botanical garden ambiance, impeccable service, and the exquisite culinary offerings of its restaurant.

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La Quinta

Co-designed by Ryder Cup champions Manuel Piñero and Antonio Garrido, La Quinta made its debut in 1989 with an 18-hole course, later expanding to a 27-hole complex. Nestled in Benahavis, affectionately known as Golf Valley, this course offers an engaging experience for both amateur and professional golfers. Set against the stunning backdrop of the Sierra Blanca mountains and offering views of the Mediterranean Sea, the course is segmented into three nine-hole areas. The ‘A’ course, or San Pedro, features expansive fairways that encourage bold drives. The ‘B’ course, The Ronda, presents a shorter but tighter challenge with demanding greens, while the ‘C’ course, Guadaiza, boasts the longest layout, designed to meet tournament standards. La Quinta has the distinction of hosting the Spanish Open on the Ladies European World Tour, showcasing its caliber on an international stage.

Los Naranjos

Designed by the esteemed Robert Trent Jones Sr.,Los Naranjos Golf Club has been a cornerstone of professional golfing triumphs and is celebrated as one of Spain’s finest. Its strategic layout and meticulous maintenance make it a sought-after destination for golfers seeking both challenge and beauty.

Each hole offers a unique test of skill amidst lush landscapes and carefully crafted fairways. Surrounded by towering trees and vibrant foliage, Los Naranjos invites players of all levels to immerse themselves in the natural splendor of Marbella.

Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a casual player, Los Naranjos Golf Club promises an unforgettable experience that combines the thrill of the game with the tranquility of its surroundings. Discover a world where golf becomes more than just a sport—it becomes a cherished tradition and a pathway to peace and relaxation.

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