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The Valderrama Royal Club (Spanish: Real Club Valderrama) is one of the best known golf clubs in Europe. It is located in the resort of Sotogrande, San Roque in the Andalusia region of southern Spain, and has a single 18-hole course, along with a 9-hole par 3 course. Valderrama was constructed in 1974 as "Sotogrande New," to the designs of leading American golf course architect Robert Trent Jones.

Renamed "Las Aves" in 1981, it was acquired by Jaime Ortiz-Patin o in 1984.

The golf course was redesigned and expanded by the original architect and became "Valderrama."

By 1999, Valderrama was rated the top course in mainland Europe by Golf World magazine.  The fourth hole, La Cascada, is the course's signature hole. It is a par 5 with a pond to the right of the two-tiered green. Before the 2016 Open de Espan a, three national teams of four players tried to complete La Cascada in the fastest time. The French team of Raphae l Jacquelin, Alexander Levy, Gregory Havret and Romain Wattel took four shots to complete the hole in 34.87 seconds, breaking the previous Guinness world record by half. 

Back in 1933 Norberto Goizueta discovered Guadalmina, from his boat “Serva La bari “ and with his family. Initially Guadalmina was an agricultural land, and later in the following years, Norberto and his sons changed the corn and peat, for a completely new variety of grass.

This is the story of a Family and a Golf Club, in 1965 Guadalmina hosted the Spanish Championship, and later in the history of the Club many other important tournaments were hosted in Guadalmina, like European Tour Qualifying School in 1995 and 1996, or the Spanish PGA Championship in 1998.  

In 1973, the second course "Guadalmina North" was completed under the supervision of Folco Nardi and in 1989 the golfing offer at Guadalmina was completed with the construction of the par three course. Coinciding with this date constitutes GUADALMINA GOLF SA., and by the contribution of the land for the Golf Courses. becomes the owner and operating of the sports and social facilities 

The driving range and the practice areas, like the chipping and putting green make of Guadalmina a great reference of the Golf in Spain and Andalucía.  

Today Guadalmina offers 17 different nationalities and more than 2.000 members, and probably the best social life along the Costa del Sol.

Los Naranjos is a typical Robert Trent Jones Sr. design with generous fair-ways and strategically placed bunkers and water hazards. The greens, with Penn A4-grass, are spacious and slightly undulated. The tees are long and have four markers: red, yellow, white and black with course lengths starting from 5.131 metres and reaching 6.532 metres at its longest. Since the opening in 1977, Los Naranjos has been the host of several mayor  competitions, including the Spanish Open, and is ranked one of the best golf courses in Spain. In 2005 and again in 2008 Los Naranjos was voted  Course of the year  on the Costa del Sol. 

A number of important tournaments, both professional and amateur, have been held at Los Naranjos over the years.

  • In 1988 The Marbella Ladies Open, part of the European Ladies Tour, was played with Laurette Maritz from South Africa winning with a score of 283.

  • In 1989 the Spanish PGA Championship was played with José Rivero and Severiano Ballesteros on 278 strokes. Rivero won the Championship at the first hole of the sudden death play off.

Other important championships played at Los Naranjos include the European Senior Amateur Championship, the Spanish Junior Championship