Father’s Day may be over, however, there is still time to treat your dad to a belated gift and tickets for a Spanish golf holiday provide the perfect summer treat! Your dad has worked hard and deserves some time to relax in the sun, whether that’s with a round of golf, goofing around on a jet ski or enjoying a cold Spanish beer on the beach.
If your dad is older, a golf holiday is an excellent way to get away for some bonding time; if young kids are still living at home, a family holiday to Spain will mean that dad can spend quality time with the whole clan, then hit the golf course for some relaxation while the children play in the crèche or on the beach.
Andalucía and the Costa del Sol
The appropriately named Costa del Sol (“sun coast”) stretches along Spain’s south-eastern coast and enjoys over 320 sunshine days a year; the perfect weather makes this area the heart of Spanish golf. There are over 50 golf courses in the area for all skill levels, and some all-inclusive resorts such as the Atalaya Park Golf Resort offer their very own 18-hole courses and driving ranges. Less serious golfers can enjoy a game of minigolf in addition to the area’s famous beaches and watersports. As you head north into Andalucía towards the famous Alhambra palace and Sierra Nevada Mountains, the green fairways roll on and on.
Barcelona and the Costa Brava
While southern Spain hogs the limelight, this sunny stretch of Mediterranean coast is home to some of Europe’s best golf experiences – three of the area’s courses have hosted European Tour events, and two rank in Spain’s top 10 golf courses. The popular Costa Brava is an excellent destination for golf holidays due to its proximity to major international airports, short flight times to the UK and the presence of excellent beaches and the cultural buzz of Barcelona.
Murcia lies on the south-eastern corner of Spain, just east of the Costa Almeria, and is home to the world-famous La Manga golf club. La Manga is a coastal spit of land that separates the Mar Menor lagoon from the Spanish mainland; the calm, warm waters and easily accessible islands of the Mar Menor make it an internationally renowned watersports centre. After a relaxing morning of golf with dad, go sailing, rent some jet skis or visit the San Pedro del Pinatargo Nature Reserve to see flamingos, storks and traditional windmills.