Sotogrande is replete with stunning golf courses - but that is just one reason you should be weighing it up for your next holiday.
Sotogrande is the largest privately owned residential development in Andalucia, at over 6,000 acres. Alongside golf is polo, beach clubs, a tranquil marina, and top class restaurants.
There are many outstanding hotels and private villas for rental, depending on what takes your fancy.
Getting there is easy, as Gibraltar is a short flight from the UK - served by Monarch. The region also tees up weather, the beach and a distinct local culture to boot. It’s the perfect escape.
And to make sure you are playing the best courses when you visit this pocket of the Costa Del Sol, we have highlighted five of the best.
La Reserva Club de Golf
Boasting spectacular views over the region, this immaculate track has superb greens, which roll fast and true. Players must have their irons dialled in as greens often slope towards run-off areas. The excellent clubhouse is based is in a typical Andalusian style.
Green fees: €235-270
A snaking, narrow course that will test even the best drivers. A round of golf full of character, with elevated tees, sunken greens and more intricacies to get your teeth into. Two large lakes feature on this tough test.
Green fee: €65
Real Club Valderrama
Host of the 1997 Ryder Cup, this club is nicknamed the “Augusta of Europe”. Based on a hill above a village, Valderrama is always in perfect condition, and makes the most of its beautiful surroundings. It also boasts one of the toughest finishing stretched you will encounter.
Green fees: €350-370
The first public golf course on the Costa del Sol, La Canada is a hilly, sloping outing with decent greens and lots of trees. The putting surfaces are undulating, which will pose some nervy putts.
Green fee: €49-56
Real Club de Golf Sotogrande
Located close to the beach, this is one of the older clubs in the area, opening in 1964. The course is very long, and has large greens with severe undulations. It was the first club in Sotogrande to use Bermuda grass on the fairways.
Green fees: €220-250