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What to Expect at Valderrama Golf Club in Costa Del Sol, Spain
Designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., the Valderrama Golf Club seems to be simply effortless! Navigating the subtle doglegs on parkland terrains which gently undulate through the cork forest, you will find that the Valderrama Club is simple to play on!
Once the course was simply understated but after Ortiz-Patino bought the course because of the untapped potential hidden in the course, it became one of the finest golf courses of Continental Europe because of the complete overhaul it went through! It was the venue of first Ryder Cup of Continental Europe in 1997 and it hosts the Volvo Masters on a regular basis.
But what to expect at Valderrama Golf Club? No. 1 sets the prime example. It is, off the tee, a subtle dogleg blocked with cork trees if you find the fairway's right side. On No.2, if you again find the right side, you will be left with no other choice but to take short-iron over the trees just to get onto yet another tiny green! On the 8th hole par 4, the course is the narrowest and very uncomfortable. Be patient at 'El Binker' (the 8th hole) and eventually you can open up your shoulders on some spots.
The second nine remains more undulated compared to the front side because of the vantage points which are numerous and the points at situated at enough height to have a look at the Mediterranean. No. 10 and 14 at par 4 have steep elevation and at No. 11, you will need a blind shot to a green which is elevated. From there, most of the drives end up with a sloping valley landing.
No. 4 at par 5 is the "La Cascada". A lot of renovations had to be made to build this hole. The green here is too small but has a number of troubles all around it. The main trouble being the waterfall on the right which causes problem once the ball enters the pond after bouncing off the rock!
Since Valderrama Golf Club is a private one, it opens its windows for a limited time between noon and 2 pm for the outsiders. The fee you need to pay as an outsider is € 275-320. The guests are not allowed to get anywhere they want. They have limited permissions and if you want to visit the golf museum, you need to ask for it ahead of time!