|Location||Sotogrande, Andalusia, Spain|
|Designer / Opened||Robert Trent Jones, 1985|
|Holes / Par||18 Holes, Par 71|
|HCP L / G||32 / 24|
|Length (mt)||6356m / 5994m / 4861m|
Also known as Real Club Valderrama, Valderrama Golf Club is one of the most-prized golf clubs of Europe. A living memento of the professional mastery of the professional mastery of Robert Trent Jones, Valderrama Golf Club was constructed and launched over four decades ago, in 1974. Since then, the course has undergone periodic changes and has managed to preserve its signature classic appeal over the course of the time.
Aside from the renovations, the club has also acquired multiple identities till date. Initially named as Sotogrande New, the course was named Las Aves in 1981 before it gained its current identity 'Valderrama Golf Club' in 1984. However, despite it all, it has managed to bag a consistent increase in its popularity among the golfers from Spain , Europe as well as from across the globe.
Ranked as the 8th in Continental Europe, 2nd in Southern Spain and 3rd among the best golf clubs in Spain , Valderrama Golf Club is affectionately rendered as 'The Augusta of Europe' among golf communities. The course features some exceptional fairways that are considered as the best fairways of entire Europe.
The course features some of the most complex holes that throw an incredible degree of challenges and require utmost accuracy, focus, and precision on the player's part. Each hole is specifically named. While all of them vary on their attributes and the degree of intensity, the 4th hole, named La Cascada is indeed the most prized cynosure on the course's profile.
With its strategically placed sand traps, bunkers, slopes, greens, and alleyways, as well as the hazards that infuse a dab of a mysterious appeal - Valderrama is an ideal course to enjoy golf at its best, for visitors, spectators and golf players alike. Valderrama Golf Club hosts a number of events and championship tournaments throughout the year.
Valderrama hosted the American Express Championship where Tiger Woods, the uncrowned king of golf outclassed Miguel Angel Jimenez in a sudden-death play-off. The nail-biting match turned out to be a treat to watch, where Jimenez started off setting a grip on the game only to be overruled by Woods, who elegantly inched his way forward and ended up making his first 14 holes in 7 under par.
Not forgetting the tumultuous surprises that Valderrama throws as the game proceeds, Woods seemed to have lost as his full hit nine iron third came spinning back from beyond the flag and into the water hazard by the green. Having made a strategic yet risky move taking the eight, the feat turned out to be his ticket to acing the American Express Championship.
Valderrama Real Club, investing to maintain is status of Spain best golf course
The plan to improve Valderrama Real Club golf course is almost finished , which will consolidate its position as one of the best in the world. This legendary golf course holds currently 23 high-level international competitions.
The Valderrama Real Club will host the Andalucía Valderrama Masters-Fundación Sergio García, from the 19th until the 22nd October, sponsored by the Tourism and Sports Counseling of Andalucía. The exhausting renovation just finished, putting the golf course among the bests in the world. This deep improvement began in 2013 and took a large investment.
The last phase in the renovation and improvement of this legendary golf course, where the best players in the world want to compete , has been a great success, as explained by its general manager, Javier Reviriego: “We finished the renovations of the first nine holes in February and we’re planning now to intervene in the next nine holes during the winter, thus ending an important renovation process which was created with the single purpose of maintain the golf course status as one of the best courses in Europe.”
“The pre-field was also renovated and a new area with silica sand was added, improving the game conditions. In the “rough” zones, the bad grass was eliminated and the famous blockheads were prune, which allowed better light and air circulation, improving the health of the plant.
With the conclusion of this first phase, now we’re focusing on doing similar work for the next nine holes, finishing our plan to make Valderrama increase even more substantially its level of excellency, the thing that made it so famous all over the word”, states Reviriego.