Located opposite Marbella’s Hotel Don Carlos, Santa Maria’s 18 holes layout of a projected 27 follows the contours of two valleys in which the natural vegetation, streams and four lakes form natural hazards.
The first nine holes are shorter but trickier than the back nine, which are flatter and have wide fairways. Players will find several holes particulary memorable: at the 7th the green is surrounded by bunkers and at the 11th there is a lake and a waterfall by the green.
Other features of Santa Maria are its magnificent clubhouse, its tennis courts and swimming pool, lawn bowls and, for those wishing extra tution, the Diego Morito Golf School which has one of the best reputations on the coast.
How to get there: Turn off about 10 kilometres east of Marbella. If you are going towards Málaga you will have to take the overpass by the Hotel Don Carlos.
Number of holes: 18
Designer: Antonio García Garrido
Nearest town: Málaga,47 Kms
Nearest airport: Málaga, 39 Kms