Al Andalus Thalassa
Golfing in Costa del Almeria
The area around the Al Andalus Thalassa Resort is blessed with many quality golf courses. All are within easy reach and are open on a pay per play basis. Club and buggy hire is readily available at all courses and tee time booking is essential.
Desert Springs is the only desert style course in Europe. Designed by Peter McEvoy to full USGA specifications, it is an 18 hole, par 72 course of 6,173 metres. The course lies in the dry rugged landscape of the Tabernas Desert and features wide fairways and fast undulating greens that are surrounded by water hazards, creeks, rocks and thousands of desert cacti and plants.
Valle del Este.
The course was designed by Jose Canales and opened in 2002. The course is an 18 hole, 71 par course of 5500 metres. It is located close to the towns of Vera and Mojacar. The course has wide generous fairways, true and fast greens and tees that are all positioned on small raised platforms. The golf course has been design to exploit the natural beauty and vegetation of the landscape with the introduction of a number of water hazards making the course a great challenge. www.valledeleste.es
El Cortijo Grande
El Cortijo course is discretely hidden in a magnificent valley in the foothills of Sierra Cabrera. With fairways lined with mature citrus orchards, olive and fig trees set within the backdrop of picturesque mountains the course offers the golfer a unique experience. The original golf course was designed by Paul Jak Polansky and opened in 1976 as a 9 hole course. Two teeing off areas per hole allows 18 holes to be played. www.cortijogrande.net
This course was designed by Ramon Espinosa and opened in 2000. It is located between Mojacar Playa and the fishing town of Garrucha. The course is an 18 hole, 72 par course of 5,975 metres which lies on either side of a hill. The course offers views of the Mediterranean Sea on the first 9 holes and views of the mountains on the second 9 holes, three strategically placed lakes create challenging water hazards. The course includes driving range, club house and restaurant, putting greens, pro shop and dressing room and shower. www.marginagolf.com
This course was opened at the beginning of 2008. It is located between the foothills of the Sierra Aguilon Mountains and Pulpi Bay. Aguilon golf course is about 25 kilometres from Mojacar and close to the beautiful holiday resort of San Juan de los Terreros. The course design is incredibly spectacular and something far out of the ordinary, with magnificent views of the Sierra Aguilon Mountains and the Almeria coast. Aguilon is a 18 holes par 70 course, 5573 metres in length, with 6 lakes, a number of ravines, one hundred plus bunkers and a green which is only assessable by crossing a ravine bridge. The golf course is magnificent and will be a unique golfing experience for golfers of all levels.
The development, the most sophisticated and modern resort in Andalucía, was officially opened on 12th July 2008. The resort covers a total of 140 hectares and has a kilometre of coastline - the only new resort in the region to do so. It is located right on the beach between the beautiful holiday resort of Mojacar Playa and the stunning natural park of Cabo de Gata. The 18-hole, par 68 golf course forms the backbone of the development and combines indigenous species of vegetation, with natural and man-made hazards, to the backdrop of a sea view.