Jack Nicklaus’s golfing legacy in the Iberian Peninsula

Jack Nicklaus, fondly known as “the Golden Bear,” has left an indelible mark on the world of golf, not only through his legendary playing career but also through his remarkable venture, Nicklaus Design. With 15 golf courses across the Iberian Peninsula bearing his hallmark, Nicklaus’s influence on golf architecture is vividly present in Spain and Portugal.

Renowned as one of the greatest golfers in history, Jack Nicklaus amassed an unparalleled record of 18 major championships over his illustrious career. However, his legacy extends beyond the greens to his contributions as a golf course designer. Nicklaus Design has crafted over 425 exceptional courses across 45 countries and 40 American states, embodying the essence of strategic, challenging, and visually stunning golf experiences.

Jack Nicklaus’s philosophy in Spain and Portugal

Nicklaus’s design philosophy is beautifully showcased in 15 golf courses across the Iberian Peninsula. Take Monte Rei in Portugal, a testament to elegance and luxury, offering golfers an unparalleled experience amidst breathtaking scenery. Or consider the Barceló Montecastillo Golf & Sports Resort in Spain, with its championship layout that has hosted prestigious events and attracted golf enthusiasts from around the globe.

The Condado de Alhama course is a prime example of Nicklaus Design’s strategic approach, blending natural landscapes with design elements that provide a challenging yet rewarding round for players of all levels. Similarly, La Torre Golf Resort and Mar Menor Golf Resort offer unique challenges amidst stunning surroundings, inviting golfers to test their skills against meticulously crafted holes.

Moving further, El Valle Golf Resort and Hacienda Riquelme Golf Resort showcase Nicklaus’s ability to integrate golf courses seamlessly into their surroundings, creating an oasis of tranquillity and enjoyment for golfers seeking a respite from the everyday hustle.

Also in Spain, Las Saurines de La Torre Golf Resort and the Villaitana courses exemplify Nicklaus’s versatility as a designer, with layouts catering to seasoned professionals and casual players alike. Real de Faula and Club de Golf La Moraleja continue to uphold Nicklaus’s legacy, offering world-class facilities and unrivalled golfing experiences.

Not to be overlooked, Soto de Mozanaque golf courses epitomize Nicklaus’s commitment to excellence, delivering a challenging yet fair test of golf amidst picturesque Spanish landscapes.

But it’s not just about the golf courses. Under the visionary leadership of Howard Milstein and Phil Cotton, the Nicklaus Companies are dedicated to promoting excellence in golf and preserving its rich traditions. With a portfolio of services ranging from course design to lifestyle product licensing, Nicklaus Companies continues to elevate the golf experience worldwide, staying true to the high standards set by the Golden Bear himself.

At Tee Times Golf Agency, we proudly offer packages that include golf courses with the Nicklaus Design seal. Thousands of fans seek Nicklaus courses to play in their Spain and Portugal golf holidays.

Jack Nicklaus’s influence extends far beyond his playing days, with Nicklaus Design leaving an indelible mark on the golfing landscape of the Iberian Peninsula. Nicklaus’s legacy inspires golfers and enthusiasts through meticulous craftsmanship and unwavering dedication to excellence, ensuring that his impact on the sport will last for generations.

Photo by: Monte Rei Golf & Country Club

Commitment to golf and tourism will shine at the 2024 IAGTO European Convention

The golf tourism industry is set to converge again at the prestigious 2024 IAGTO European Convention (IEC) in the vibrant city of Malaga, Spain, at the FYCMA Exhibition Centre. From May 13th to 15th, industry leaders, golf enthusiasts, and key stakeholders will gather on the sun-kissed Costa del Sol to explore new opportunities, foster partnerships, and celebrate the ever-evolving landscape of golf tourism.

Among the participants stands Tee Times Golf Agency, a stalwart full member of IAGTO (International Association of Golf Tour Operators) since 1997. Our presence at the convention underscores our enduring commitment to the industry.

Our membership in IAGTO, spanning nearly three decades, exemplifies our dedication to excellence, offering golf packages for the best golf holidays in Portugal and Spain. And not only affords access to a global network of industry players but also positions us as frontrunners in driving innovation and best practices within the sector.

2024 IAGTO European Convention

At the heart of the convention lie two days of meticulously scheduled meetings, allowing delegates to forge meaningful connections and explore collaborative ventures. Tee Times Golf Agency’s involvement ensures we remain at the forefront of these discussions, leveraging our expertise to chart new pathways for sustainable growth and development.

Beyond the confines of formal meetings, the convention offers many networking opportunities, including the IEC Golf Tournament and celebratory dinners. Of course, our active participation in these events strengthens our industry relationships and reaffirms our status as pioneers in the field.


Founded in 1997, IAGTO has played a pivotal role in shaping the golf tourism landscape worldwide, providing its members (with more than 2300 accredited golf tour operators) unparalleled resources and support. Tee Times Golf Agency’s longstanding membership is a testament to the enduring value of IAGTO’s initiatives and underscores their shared commitment to driving the industry forward.

As the curtains rise on the 2024 IEC, Tee Times Golf Agency stands poised to impact the future of golf tourism. Our unwavering dedication and extensive industry knowledge ensure that we will continue to be a driving force in shaping the landscape of golf travel for years to come for Portugal and Spain.

Photo by: IAGTO.

Renovated steps for San Roque New Course

San Roque is one of the most sought-after destinations for enthusiasts seeking the pinnacle of Spain golf holidays through Tee Times Golf Agency‘s packages and offers. Recently, Berwick Real Estate, a Spanish capital company under the umbrella of Grupo San Pablo, emerged as the concessionaire of San Roque II, the renowned “San Roque New Course”, following a competitive bid process orchestrated by the San Roque City Council.

The San Roque New Course, initially crafted by Perry Dye in collaboration with the legendary Severiano Ballesteros, was the prestigious venue for the Open de España in 2006. Now, under the stewardship of Berwick Real Estate, this golfing gem is poised to undergo significant refurbishments and enhancements.

San Roque New Course and a millionaire investment

Embarking on their new venture, Berwick Real Estate aims to elevate the San Roque New Course to unprecedented heights. The company, backed by a group with substantial interests in sports and real estate, envisions a transformation that transcends mere upgrades. They plan to infuse the course with modern amenities and facilities, ensuring players and visitors an unparalleled and exclusive experience. This is a millionaire investment, as we anticipated several weeks ago in our publication: Golf in Spain investments: 100 million euros for the San Roque II Municipal Golf Course

In the coming weeks, the San Roque New Course will witness the introduction of temporary clubhouse facilities, locker rooms, and practice areas—a testament to Berwick Real Estate’s unwavering commitment to maintaining uninterrupted access and player comfort during the renovation phase. These interim provisions will serve until the luxurious hotel infrastructure is completed, redefining hospitality standards in the region.

Carlos Roca, a key figure within the new management team, emphasizes talking with the prestigious site www.golfindustria.es. Their dedication to preserving the cherished essence of San Roque New Course while simultaneously enhancing its appeal. He articulates a vision of constructing a premier golf resort on the municipal-owned property, positioning San Roque as Europe’s foremost golfing destination.

The aspirations extend beyond mere excellence on the fairways; San Roque New Course is poised to become a hub of sporting achievement, attracting top-tier professionals and tournaments. Ander Martínez, President of the PGA of Spain, expresses optimism about the course’s potential to host prestigious events, signalling a promising partnership between the PGA and the visionary promoters of San Roque’s resurgence. Imagine the thrill of witnessing world-class tournaments on this course.

The dawn of Berwick Real Estate’s tenure heralds a new era of golfing excellence at San Roque New Course for those looking for the best Spain golf breaks. As the landscape evolves to meet the demands of modern-day enthusiasts, the spirit of tradition and innovation intertwines, promising an unrivalled golfing experience for generations to come.