Designed by Scottish architect Tom Simpson, famous for his golfing layouts at Tumberry and Muirfield, the Costas oldest course was opended by the Spanish Royal Family in 1925. The course is part links with seawater lagoons, and part parkland with the the fairways forming avenues between the trees which are home to flocks of colourful parakeets.

The Parador Malaga de golf hosted the turespaña Masters open de España in 1992 and 1999, which were won by Vijay Singh and Miguel Angel Jimenez. The course measures 6024 metres in length and is suitable for players of all levels of ability, though some holes present a rel challenge.

At the 12th, for example, a perfect drive is required in order to reach the green in two and avoid the eucalyptos grove on the right. Guests staying at the joining parador, part of the state-owned hotel chain, can play 50% green fee between November and February.

How to get there: Going on the highway from Marbella, go past Torremolinos and take the exit baring the name of the golf course. If you are going on the coast highway, turn off at the Churriana interchange

General Information:

Number of holes: 18
Designer: Tom Simpson
Nearest town: Málaga, 6 Kms
Nearest airport: Málaga, 2 Kms