Santa Maria Golf

Nov 08, 2011 No Comments by

Santa Maria has been chosen by many as their favourite course on Costa del Sol, particularly with the female golfers. This might be due to the big difference in yardage from yellow to red tee. It starts already on the first tee where the gentlemen have to tee off over water and the red tee is pushed roughly 80 meters forward to the other side of the lake, this pretty much continues for the rest of the course.

The gentlemen however have nothing to complain about, because the track is relatively short, with its 5325 meters from the yellow, and the ladies have 4657 yards from red tees. The course’s first nine holes was designed by Antonio Garcia Garrido in 1991 and in 1996, the Santa Maria technical designed the last nine.

The course is very variable with many challenges. It begins with a very easy par four followed by a challenging downhill par five with a big ditch and plenty of water. It is incomprehensible that hole three is selected as the toughest hole on the course being straight uphill at 344 yards. There are several holes that are harder than this. On hole four, it is important that you make the right decision – your choice of playing an iron or going for the green at this short 250 meters par four, look out for the ditch on the left and the out of bounds on the right.  Hole five and six are straight forward and, except for the hill you have to climb between hole five and six, I see no reason to use a buggy on this course. Take your time to enjoy hole seven, a magnificent par three of around 194 meters depending on pin placement.  Hole eight, another par five, long hitters can choose to cut the corner in order to be able to reach in two, but unless you can push your second from fairway around 230 meters there is no point in trying. Final of the front nine is a great par four, once again teeing off over water whilst the ladies tee is once again on the other side of the trap.

The home stretch is where you need to go low, so no need to be discouraged if you are now up to par at this stage of the round. With four par three, four par four and one difficult par five the back nine totals a par 33, with the course being a total par of 70.

I’ve played the course many times and must note that the quality of the course only gets better and better. Unfortunately the lack of a driving range is a big downfall and has more than once kept me from returning.

Santa Maria is located 10 km from Marbella and 15 km from Fuengirola and is located in one of the most populated areas on the coast. The course is littered with quite a few buildings, and the colours of the houses are terrible, especially the ones located near holes 16 and 17.

At present, it is a difficult time for golf courses, one must really be a professional to stop the downturn that has been going on for the last three to four years. The Germans have disappeared, followed by the British, meaning that more than 50% of the Santa Maria golfers were gone.

Good service is necessary if you want to maintain the current golfers and Santa Maria does just this. The attention to service and high standard indicate that this course will survive though the difficult times.

All in all, a beautiful little course that will keep on going no matter what.

Santa Maria Golf & Country Club

Urb. Elviria, Ctra. Cádiz-Málaga
ES-29601 Marbella, Malagá

0034 952 831 036 |

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