During the last edition of the International Golf Travel Market (IGTM) that took place in Marrakech in October, the prestigious International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO) nominated the best 15 golf destinations for 2020 and, of course, the Costa del Sol was one of the chosen destinations.
More than 700 golf operators from 64 countries were in charge of voting for their favourite destinations and also voted for the 2020 IAGTO Golf Travel Awards, where Finca Cortesín, located in Malaga (we told you all about Finca Cortesín here), won the Best Golf Experience in Spain.
Finca Cortesín is one of Spain and Europe finest golf courses to play at. Home of the Volvo World Match Play and designed by Cabell Robinson, it was first opened in 2006 and in only 13 years, it has ranked itself as a total must when on the area.
The golf course also features a luxurious 5-star resort, with spa, pools and a beach club – it has been awarded multiple times by Condé Nast Traveller, Tatler, CNN and Virtuoso, to name but a few.
But Finca Cortesín is only one of the more than the 70 golf courses and golf resorts you will find in the Costa del Sol-Costa del Golf area, that covers the whole coastline of Malaga and the first 30 km of Cadiz, that include Sotogrande and San Roque – where Sotogrande and Valderrama golf clubs are located.
The history of the Costa del Sol-Costa del Golf started in the late the ’50s, although the first golf course first opened in 1928 – the Parador de Golf, near Malaga Airport.
During the ’60s, a large number of golf courses and golf resorts opened their doors and the term ‘Costa del Golf’ was added. It is now the European region with the highest density of golf courses and one of the most visited, too.
An official report, dated 2017, shows that visitors score their overall experience with a 9.24/10 and 98% of them would recommend the Costa del Sol – Costa del Golf to anyone. The most valued aspects of the destination were it’s fantastic weather, that allows players to play all year round; the complementary offer besides the golf courses and the highest density of these, which allowed them to experience several courses during their stay; the high quality of the services, restaurants, hotels, golf courses and so on and the excellent value for money.
If you are a keen golfer and would like to play in any of the courses in the Costa del Sol – Costa del Golf area, do not hesitate to contact us. We will be delighted to help you organise the perfect golf stay, as well as allowing you to discover some of the best restaurants, museums and activities of the area.
Meridional Events is your local DMC and your key partner for all Corporate and MICE events in Andalusia and the South of Spain including, of course, golf. Our main areas of operation include Malaga, Marbella, the Costa del Sol, Seville and Granada. Do not hesitate to contact us for further information.