Green surrounded by cork oaks at Real Club Valderrama

        Green surrounded by cork oaks at Real Club Valderrama

Real Club Valderrama

Sotogrande Alto, Costa de la Luz, Spain

Real Club Valderrama is a 6400 metres (7000 yards) par 72 with no hole of less than championship quality but it can be fully enjoyed by players of all handicaps thanks to Robert Trent Jones Sr, who designed the course in 1974. At Jaime Ortiz-Patiño’s urging he came back to redesign it with additional land when the new Club was formed in 1985. Thereafter, it took only a few years to win recognition in the "Golf World" rankings as the number 1 golf course in mainland Europe, a position held since 1989. Real Club Valderrama is now in the Top 50 World Rankings.

On the PGA European Tour, Real Club Valderrama hosted the first nine editions of the year end final Volvo Masters (1988-1996.) It hosted the Ryder Cup in 1997 and has hosted the first World Golf Championships - American Express Championship in 1999 and the second in 2000. It also hosted the Andalucia Masters three times (2010, 2011, 2017) and the Spanish Open in 2016.

The amenability of the golf course to the handicap golfer and its deliberate severity to the championship player owe much to the extensive range of tees. The tees are differentiated not just by distance but by careful siting. The fairways are widely considered the best in Europe, while the greens have been compared by Davis Love III and many others with Augusta.

Real Club Valderrama has two prevailing winds: the Poniente from the land, which in summer can be very hot, and the Levante from the Mediterranean, which brings a cooler sea breeze. The changed conditions when one is blowing add variety to a golf course that is already rich in shot values.

El Puerto - the 15th hole at Real Club Valderrama
El Puerto - the 15th hole at Valderrama, par 3, 206m

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El Bunker - the 8th hole at Real Club Valderrama
El Bunker - the 8th hole at Valderrama, par 4,320 m

El Muro - the 9th hole at Real Club Valderrama
El Muro - the 9th hole at Valderrama, par 4, 403 m

Los Gabilones - the 17th hole at Valderrama, par 5, 490 m
Los Gabilones - the 17th hole at Valderrama, par 5, 490 m

El Vallejo - the 6th hole at Valderrama, par 3, 149 m

Facts & Figures

18 holes, Par 71 / 72

Professional 6392 metres,
VC 76.1, Slope 147, Par 71

Club Championship 5921 metres,
VC 73.6, Slope 142, Par 71

Executive 5520 metres,
VC 71.4, Slope 136, Par 72

Seniors 5043 metres
VC 68.3, Slope 128, Par 71

Ladies Professional 52322 metres
VC 76.3, Slope 142

Ladies Club 4874 metres,
VC 73.2, Slope 133, Par 71

Real Club Valderrama Scorecard

Greens: Agrostis Stronolifera G2

Green Collars: Perennial Ryegrass

Fairways: Bermuda Tifway 419

Tees: Bermuda Tifway 419

Rough: Perennial Ryegrass & Bermuda Tifway 419

Inauguration: June 1985

Designer: Mr. Robert Trent Jones Sr.

Course type: Private, with limited tee-times for visitors

Practice areas: Driving Range, chipping area & putting green

Total holes: 18 + 9 (Par 3 course)

Buggies, Caddies, Restaurant, Electric trolleys, Trolleys

Pro-shop, Locker rooms & valet parking

Men 24, Ladies 32

“Real Club Valderrama is private member’s club that welcomes visitors at certain times of the day. The Club has strict etiquette rules and a dress code policy. Visitors must follow these rules at all times”
• The use of mobile telephones and cameras is strictly forbidden in all areas of Real Club Valderrama
• Handicap is limited to 24 for Gentleman and 32 for Ladies. Certificate may be requested
• Visitors may only use the driving range 45 minutes before play
• Visitors are allowed to play Real Club Valderrama golf course between 12:00 and 14:00 hours, throughout the week
• A strict 15 minute interval between groups is applied. Flights must be formed by four players. All threesomes, pairs and individual bookings will be reallocated to complete the foursome
• Operations staff will require all groups to maintain adequate Pace of Play
· Visitors may only play twice in a given month or seven times in any one calendar year
• Golf carts are not allowed near the tees or greens. The use of buggies is always subject to golf course conditions
• The dress attire must be in full harmony with the game of golf. The use of Tshirts, jeans, athletic apparel, bathing suits and shorts above knee length is strictly forbidden. The use of golf shoes with soft spikes is also mandatory
• No outside food or drink allowed
• Domestic animals are strictly forbidden on all Club premises

Open for members and visitors Thursday and Friday night from 20.00h to 22.00h and on Sunday for buffet 13.00h-15.00h. Dress code: 1 November - 31 May: jacket and tie; 1 June - 31 October: long sleeved shirt as an alternative to jacket and tie. Ladies should be smartly dressed.

PGA European Tour Events:
Estrella Damm Andalucía Masters: 02nd to 17th October 2023.
Andalucia Masters: 2017 (Winner: Sergio Garcia)
Open de España: 2016 (Winner: Andrew Johnson)
Andalucia Masters: 2011 (Winner: Sergio Garcia)
Andalucia Masters: 2010 (Winner: Graeme McDowell)
WCG-American Express Championship: 1999 (Winner: Tiger Woods), 2000 (Winner: Mike Weir)
Ryder Cup: 1997 (first ever held in continental Europe)
Volvo Masters: 1988-1996; 2002-2008
Ladies Spanish Open: 1982

Other Notable Tournaments:
LIV Golf Tournament: 30th June until 02th July 2023.

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