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As good as it gets

Dec 30, 2011 No Comments by

Located in the foothills of Benahavis this relatively new golf course is a treat awaiting golfers off all standards, our fourball are greeted in the car park by the caddie master, our clubs  are loaded on to the awaiting buggies, effortless  sign in and away we go.

The first is a gentle introduction and a relatively straightforward par 4 a decent tee shot leaves a wedge to a narrow target guarded by a bunker at the front of the green. The second is a par three of 130 metres downhill  anything short is lost but again with only a wedge in your hand anything more than a par is a big disappointment.

I like course designs that allow a player to feel comfortable and to “build a score” from the first hole, there is nothing worse than being three or four over after two holes !

The third is your wake up call, a par  here feels like a birdie, your drive has to be long and straight leaving a mid iron over water to an undulating green.

Fourth hole another par three  looks innocuous enough but attention and concentration needed. Club selection vital ,  slightly uphill and normally plays one more club than your eye selects.

Hole 5 downhill par 4 dead straight and another hole that any medium handicapper would expect to par.

3  par 5s follow, hole 6 is a beast, i defy anyone to get on in two! Toughest par 5 on the coast ! If you drop a shot here hole 7 is a great chance to get it back.  Downhill all the way and any player brave enough to take the “tiger line” over the left hand tree in the fairway can reach the green with a long iron. The eighth is another great hole, accuracy from the tee essential but two good hits will set up another birdie chance.

last hole of the nine is the third par three and is surrounded by water and normally requires  a gentle draw with a mid iron.

On to the back nine and hole 10 is a sweeping dog leg right with water on the right side of the green this is another hole that offers up birdies to golfers of all standards.

11 is another tough hole, uphill and always playing its full distance. An elevated green makes club selection tricky. The 12th and my least favourite hole is an uphill par three that offers nothing aesthetically.  lets move on ! after the tedium of the 12th comes the signature hole 13  any  right handed draw gives you an outside chance of knocking it on in two but realistically a good wedge approach will be needed to secure par, great hole!

14 is straightforward enough, slightly uphill to a narrow target, well protected by bunkers, but a dropped shot on this hole is normally down to carelessness rather than difficulty.

Home stretch  15 last of the par threes and a very inviting hole 5 or 6 iron required huge target 16 is an elevated per 4 with water awaiting any right handed fade  a fairway wood leaves a 9 iron.

Most matchplay games would normally be decided around now in the round and 17 is  a flat par 4, narrowish with fairway bunkers awaiting any  errant tee shots   your approach is normally mid iron.

And on to the last ! downhill par 5 offering birdies and bogeys in equal amounts  a great finishing hole to a great golf course.

To summarise : apart from the first class service one would expect from anything “Marbella club”, this course is in fantastic condition. Right now the greens are as good as anything on the coast  and the setting, the service, the food are all of an equal standard. Its not cheap neither should it be, but for a memorable golfing experience go to Marbella golf and country club.

Marbella Club Golf Resort


Bulevar Principe Alfonso von Hohenlohe
ES-29600 Marbella, Malagá

0034 952 822 211 | hotel@marbellaclub.com

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