Golf on the Costa Blanca
After last weeks review of some of the best golf the island of Cyprus has to offer, this week’s edition of the ClubstoHire.com Travel Blog focuses on the Costa Blanca. The Costa Blanca is currently serviced by a number of airports including Alicante where Clubs to Hire have a shop location in the airport. Also operating via ground handler at Murcia’s San Javier airport, the Costa Blanca is an area well serviced and for good reason too. The expenses experienced by tourists on the Costa Blanca are minimal when comparing the costs to areas like the Algarve. Your euro will get you a lot farther on the eastern coast of Spain. If you go out and experience the cities as a local, you can be sure to keep hold of an extra few euro here and there.
But first let’s take a look at the Costa Blanca area. Spanning over 200km of Mediterranean coastline in the southeast of Spain, the Costa Blanca is a very popular destination for German and British holiday makers. With city attractions like Benidorm, Alicante and Torrevieja combined with typically Mediterranean Spain weather – it is easy to understand why this region has become such a tourist destination.
Weather along the Costa Blanca
The Costa Blanca is spoiled when it comes to weather along the coastline. With average temperatures that remain in double digits the whole year ’round and rarely breach the 30° C threshold. Sea temperatures are at their best for a dip from June until October when the temperatures remain above 20° C.
Attractions of the Costa Blanca
When looking at the attractions of Costa Blanca a few separate cities must be highlighted. For example, you can’t visit Alicante without heading up to the medieval Castillo de Santa Bárbara. This castle fortress is located high in the hills and offers beautiful panoramic views of the city below. The Port of Alicante is a beautiful Marina and provides a beautifully light night time walk along the water-front. With stunning views of the architecture and landscape around, a quiet night-time stroll here is highly recommended.
Benidorm is where the family fun attractions are located. With Aqualandia, Mundomar, and Terra Mitica all in the area, there is never a shortage of water slide, roller coaster or dolphin show to keep the family entertained.
Finally Torrevieja and San Javier are for the golf enthusiast. 18 golf courses are spread between the two towns, and 5 more to the north around Alicante. The concentration of quality golf in these areas is hard to replicate anywhere else.
Golf on the Costa Blanca
As briefly highlighted earlier there is an abundance of golf on the Costa Blanca. With quality courses that stretch from Alicante to San Javier. Each providing their own test of golf, accuracy and distance are required in different measures.
Alenda Golf Club
The Alenda Golf Club is situated close to the Sierra de las Aguilas mountains and the Mediterranean sea. An ideal location that provides a pleasant climate. Designed and built by Roland Favrat with the maximum respect for the original lay of the land and the estate’s natural vegetation, avoiding any aggressive movements of earth during the construction process.
The golf course was completed in October 1999. It covers 49 hectares of land, 18 holes, par 72 and 6,257 meters in length, as well as an decent practice area.
Designed by the legend himself, Seve constructed a modern course and gave Alicante Golf a lot of balance. For example, it has so much balance the course is made up of 6 par 3’s, 6 par 4’s and 6 par 5’s. The main feature that stands out around this track is the amount of water. If you can keep it dry, you’ll keep a respectable score but the dangers are out there to swallow strokes.
The course has two unusual features. An S shaped lake that surrounds the 9th green and Roman ruins on the 14th that you have to hit over to reach the green.
Las Colinas Golf & Country Club
The course at Las Colinas is designed by the renowned North American landscape architect, Cabell Robinson. He was also responsible for other internationally recognized golf courses such as La Reserva in Sotogrande, Finca Cortesín on Costa del Sol, Praia d’El Rey in Portugal and Royal Golf d’Evian in France.
Las Colinas Golf & Country Club has climbed into the top 100 courses in Europe. Fairways are generally wide and forgiving and are laid out on the floor of a valley. The surrounding forested hills provide a feeling of seclusion which can help you to concentrate on that 71 shot target.
Roda Golf & Beach Resort
Roda Golf & Beach Resort is located just 2 minutes from the beachfront and vibrant coastal town of Los Narejos, 5´ from San Javier international airport and 45´ from Alicante airport. The 18 hole par 72 course was designed by Dave Thomas. It covers a distance of 6,177m (white tees) across undulating terrain surrounded by Mediterranean vegetation.
The above pictured 7th hole provides a knee shivering address on the tee box as you hit 174m to the center of an island green. If you are unlucky to leave a few in the water, don’t worry about it. You’ll only have water on 4 of the back 9 holes to deal with as you approach the greens. Thanks Dave!
Golf along the Costa Blanca can not be underestimated. The golf on offer (like everywhere) ranges from the average to the sublime. A little research before you go can give you a good idea of the do’s and don’ts.