Esteponas Finest

Dec 25, 2011 No Comments by

Atalaya Golf & Country Club has two 18 hole courses located in the most exclusive area of ​​Marbella. Atalaya Old Course opened in 1968 and was designed by the architect Bernhard von Limburger, one of Germany’s finest golfers. Von Limburger,  was at his best with the design of the Old Course, which is a typical parkland course that is easy to walk. Intuitively it seems fairly easy but it is not!

The course is 5860 meters from the yellow and 5034 meters from red tees. At the par 4 and par 5 holes, you can use your driver, because the fairways are reasonably wide and planted with Bermuda grass. One thing is important though- hit the fairway! The Greenkeeper is very clever so you are instantly punished if you don’t.

Semi Rough is difficult but fair but you easily lose at least one stroke if you get into the rough and we  lost several balls in the tall rough. The greens are a chapter in themselves,  very undulating and almost always surrounded by deep bunkers, but they have a true roll keeping the golfing experience very real.

Because the course is over 40 years old there is well established natural features and flora with over 20 feet tall eucalyptus and olive trees and an abundance of mimosa.

Atalaya New Course

After the huge success of  the Old Course they decided to make New Course in 1993. It was designed by Paul Krings and the challenge here was a big one with the terrain combining mountainous areas with the flat areas.

The course is relatively short – par 71 – with 5044 meters from the yellow tees and 4356 meters from the red tee. Unlike the Old Course, I would recommend that you leave your driver at home. You must  be extremely accurate of the tee in order to avoid trouble, use your irons and study the course guide thoroughly. You need to keep your wits about you if you want  to return to the club house with your head held high, as the new course is short but tricky. An important thing on this course is to enjoy nature and the scenery. You have several holes overlooking the Mediterranean and the Rock of Gibraltar.

I would definitely choose the Old Course which I think is a great golf course while the New Course is a harder and more complicated level. What is common for both thought is they are in really good condition.

Atalaya Golf & Country Club has one of the coast’s largest and best driving range of 90,000 sqm, and there are chipping areas and putting greens.

The clubhouse is a typical Andalusian building with restaurant, caddy master and golf shop. The restaurant is typically Spanish with reasonable prices. By the first and the tenth tee on the Old Course is a nice “Ryder Cup Bar” where you can buy sandwiches and hotdogs.

Great facilities all round and always well worth a visit.

Atalaya Golf and Country Club

Ctra. De Benahavis Km. 0,7
ES-29680 Estepona, Malagá

0034 952 882 812 |

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