In the USA, the belief is the best (quality of) golf across the pond is found in northern Europe.
Of course, the history and traditions of golf are firmly established in bonny Scotland but so is the damp climate which goes for the rest of the UK, and the rest of the northern European countries where golf is one of their premier sports.
In fact most of the very best courses in Europe are to be found where the sun shines most of the year, far away from waterproof and sweater weather and where rich cultural heritage, wonderful gastronomy, fine wines regale in abundance….that is the Iberian Peninsula, shared by Spain and Portugal.
With the main advantage of great weather 300 plus days of the year Spain and Portugal have learnt from the mistakes made by others. Controlled development, concentration upon quality and also protection of the environment are major factors in the progress of both countries whose standards are now the benchmark for others to be judged by and to follow.
But which is better? Perhaps neither, perhaps both have similarity and variety to offer the discerning golfer.
The best of the best is found along the coastlines; 325 miles in Portugal and over 1,000 miles in Spain.
Starting from Lisbon, the capital of Portugal on the shores of the Atlantic, head south along this shoreline to The Algarve where the Atlantic meets the Mediterranean Sea, head east crossing from Portugal into Spain along the Costa del Sol heading north-east along Costa Tropical, Costa de Almeria, Costa Calida, Costa Blanca, Costa del Azahar, Costa Dorada and Costa Brava passing by Valencia on route to Barcelona and finally to the French border.
That’s a lot of Coast, a lot of Costas, a lot of sun and a lot of wonderful golf courses.
The Iberian Peninsula is quite literally, a foodie’s delight. One’s palate will be flooded with taste sensations to be savoured. Meals are never rushed in either Spain or Portugal, whether lunch or dinner. The siesta is sacred when everything focuses on two of life’s greatest pleasures of all — eating and drinking well.
For golfers wishing to take pleasure playing top quality golf courses, fantastic food and wine, Spain and Portugal create the perfect environment. Friendly, relaxed and laid-back lifestyles that abound in both countries, perpetrated by the wonderful warm, sunny climate, are there for all to enjoy.
320+ Days of Sun…Average Year Round Temperature 19 degrees C…Great Golf Courses, Gastronomy, Wine and Culture…..That’s Costa Calida
Over 250km of the coastline in Spain is the Costa Calida (means warm coast) stretching from Almeria in the south to Alicante in the north and comes from the warm water temperatures which are on average five degrees higher than in the surrounding Mediterranean.
With over 30 golf courses in the two regions of Murcia and Costa Blanca South that make up the coastline of Costa Calida there are courses to suit all abilities and budgets.
La Manga prestigious 3 manicured courses (West course voted in top 100 in the world 2016), Las Colinas (voted best golf course in Spain in 2015 and 2016) are just two of the many golf courses where you will find a warm welcome, attention to detail, challenging golf and great 19th holes to talk about the “what ifs” if the day.
With so much to do and see the best way is to find a specialist company that will manage your entire experience from arrival to departure including golf, accommodation, gastronomy and culture.
Club Blue Olive is based in Murcia right in the heart of all that is wonderful about this part of Spain.