The golf courses of the Costa Daurada

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Roman ruins next to the fairway at La Lumine Golf Course

On the “Ruins” course at The Lumine Golf & Beach Club

One of the most popular destinations for British holidaymakers is the Costa Daurada  (or Costa Dorada) south of Barcelona. It became more accessible when flights airlines started flying into Reus as well as Barcelona meaning holidaymakers could get to the beaches even faster. As the number of holidaymakers grew so did the number of golf courses and, today you will find twelve through the Costa Daurada and seven south of Barcelona.

Across the entire Costa you could play 135 holes of golf without repeating a hole and those are spread over 18 hole and one 9-hole course. British golfers have been known to co-ordinate visits so that they can play them all on one trip – a sort of unofficial Cost Dorada golf crawl!

On the 10th at the “Hills” course at the Lumine

Near the tourist magnet of Port Aventura you will find three but what a three! These make up the The Lumine Golf & Beach Club and they are close to the beaches at Vila-seca. But the key feature for non-golfers (and maybe golfers as well) is that the resort was constructed around a natural bird sanctuary and in the grounds there are the Roman remains dating back to the second century BC. It is a complete fallacy to say that during these excavations the remains of ancient, clay-formed golf balls and shattered clubs were found, presumably after a couple of Romans had a particularly bad round!

The 36 hole course is made up of here individual ones are called Ruins, (you can guess where that is located) the Hills and the Lakes and together they make up one of the best golf attractions in the area. Many of the facilities have been updated in the last year or so. The European Tour Qualifying School Final Stage will take place here from the 11th-16th of November.

Camp GolfCosta daurada

the Camp Golf Costa Daurada – the oldest club in the region

The oldest golf course in the area is the Club de Golf Costa Daurada near Salou. By oldest I mean 1983 so you can see that golf has existed as an attraction for less than thirty five years. It can be found in a valley of olive trees, pine willows and palm trees and was designed to blend in its wits environment. It has an 18-hole course with a 72 par for a round. Green fees start from about £50 and the course has a country club that includes a restaurant, two swimming pools and golf shop.

Views from the Bonmont Golf Course

the views from the Bonmont

The Bonmont golf course was designed by one of the world’s leading golf architects, Robert Trent Jones Jr. and is located south of Cambrils between the mountains and the sea. Founded in 1990, the course was designed within a Mediterranean setting and, at the heart of it, is an 18-hole / 72 par golf course that overlooks the coastline. Green fees for the 18-hole course start at £45, while guests can also stay in one of the on-site Jardin del Golf apartments. the Club has offers throughout the year even in August when you can get accommodation and playing packages at less than if you booked separately.

Looking over one of the lakes on the Aiguesverds course

Located just outside  Reus, (the airport into which many people fly if they are holidaying in the Costa Daurada and which has many UK regional airport flights)  the Aigüesverds Golf Club is the second oldest golf club in the region and provides countryside backdrop for players to enjoy. This course is considered by many to be tough and there are a number of tricky holes as the professional will tell you. As well as the 18-hole course which is a par 71, (green fees from £42,) there is also a small pitch and putt with four holes ranging between 60-80m for those who want to practice their short game. There is also a children’s golf school here during the summer months.

The La Graiera Golf Club (the only club not to have an English website version) – greenfees are €42 per a round of 18 holes – opened in 1992 so this year it has celebrating its silver anniversary. One of the longest courses in Spain at 6,226 metres, it is at Calafell just about 50 kilometres from Reus. It is par 72 course but there is no accommodation at at the club but plenty nearby.

Looking over the Panoramica Club. Image courtesy of the club

Bernard Langer designed the course at the Panoramica Golf & Country Club which is in Sant Jordi. Opened in 1995 it has been used as a course for the European Ladies Championship and is asserted by many to be one of the best maintained courses in the region. The American style course is a par 72. ike many of the others it also has accommodation in  the grounds.

Regular visitors will know there is much more than golf as an attraction in  the Costa Daurada. When the beaches, the golf, PortAventura, the vineyards, the olive groves and the heritage sites have been visited then you can say that you have really visited the Costa Daurada.

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