Finca Cortesin

Location: Casares, Spain
Designer: Cabell Robinson

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Finca Cortesin is ranked number 40 in the Golf World Top 100 Courses Europe, and number 8 in the Golf World Top 100 Resorts Europe

Finca Cortesin is a vast 532-acre golf resort located in southern Spain, between Marbella and Sotogrande. Set among the rolling hills, the resort is surrounded by the Casares Mountains, and is only a short distance from Valderrama, the former Ryder Cup venue. The location makes it an ideal contender for a golf break to southern Spain.

Finca Cortesin was designed by Cabell Robinson, and is 7,380 yards off the back tees, making it one of the longest and best golf courses in Europe. It’s a tough test of golf with over 100 white sand bunkers dotted across the fairways. 

The opening hole is relatively gentle in comparison to the rest of the layout, long par threes, run-off areas,  lakes and the sand traps all contribute to a golf course that really forces you to think your way around as well as use every club in your bag.

The first few holes are overlooked by large Spanish properties, but the back nine provides some of the most stunning views towards the Casares Mountains. The course is immaculately manicured with fast, undulating green complexes, 

The fact that the Volvo World Matchplay Championship was played here three times (2009, 2011 and 2012) really is a testament to the quality of the course and its facilities.

In 2017 the resort upgraded all of its greens to include a brand new, environmentally friendly form of Bermuda grass.

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There are top of the range practice facilities available to all players here, including complimentary practice balls and fresh fruit to ensure you are ready for your round. 

Finca Cortesin is home to the Nicklaus Academy, a first-class tuition facility featuring a state of the art swing studio. Designed to give immediate feedback, the instructors will help you make improvements to your game before you head out onto the golf course.

The on-site hotel provides over 60 spacious rooms for golfers to stay in, a beautiful spa with three swimming pools, a Michelin-starred restaurant, and even a beach club. Inspired by traditional Spanish architecture, the exclusive resort provides contemporary yet traditional Mediterranean feel, incredible cuisine and a sense of tranquility.

Sarah Pyett