The Costa Daurada is currently a well-kept secret when it comes to golfing holidays, but with 4 golf courses and ‘pitch and putts’ it’s unlikely to stay that way for much longer. We take a look.
The region on Spain’s east coast is ideal for golfers looking for a new destination to play this season with temperatures still reaching highs of 25°C in September and October, perfect for escaping the autumnal weather. With the summer crowds gone, guests will be able to enjoy quiet courses and beaches, whilst still receiving a warm welcome and getting the chance to taste the delicious seafood and tapas in the many autumn food festivals in the towns on Cambrils, Salou and La Pineda.
There are also bargain flights to be snapped up with Ryanair and Jet2 to Reus airport, just a 15 minute drive to the coast.
The region has an array of golf courses including one designed by noted architect Robert Trent Jones Jr. (The Bonmont) and golfing great Greg Norman (the 36-hole Lumine). Her are some of the notable golf courses in the region and where to stay when playing:
Bonmont Golf Club (www.bonmont.es)
Located between the mountains and the sea, the Bonmont Golf Club is the ideal location to soak up the autumn sunshine. Founded in 1990, the course was designed within a spectacular Mediterranean setting by the world famous Robert Trent Jones Jr. The heart of Bonmont is the magnificent 18-hole/ 72 par golf course that overlooks the coast. Located south of the pretty seaside town Cambrils, green fees for the 18-hole course start at €42, while guests can also stay in one of the on-site Jardin del Golf apartments, which can accommodate four or six people.
One night in a two bedroom apartment at the Bonmont Golf Clubis available from £168 including use of the swimming pool, terrace and air-con.
The Lumine Golf & Beach Club (www.lumine.com)
One of the finest golf courses in the Costa Daurada is the Lumine Golf & Beach Club, located above the town of La Pineda with stunning views overlooking the Mediterranean. Designed by Australian professional golfer Greg Norman, the 36-hole course was built around a natural bird sanctuary and offers a true test of golfing abilities. There are three courses within the resort, Lumine Hills, Lakes and Ruins, where they found Roman remains dating from the second century BC during the construction of the course. These ruins were left to form an integrated part of holes 1 and 9. Golfers could stay at the nearby five-star Gran Palas Hotel in La Pineda.
A double room at the Gran Palas Hotel is available from £117 for two people with breakfast. (www.granpalashotel.com)
Club de Golf Costa Dorada (www.golfcostadoradatarragona.com)
Found within a valley of olive trees, pine willows and palm trees, the Club de Golf Costa Dorada is the first club in the region and was founded in 1983. With a course that fits around the natural environment, it’s always a challenging game. The club is a short drive north from the Roman city of Tarragona and includes an 18-hole / 72 par golf course (green fees start from £58), as well as a country club that includes a restaurant, two swimming pools and golf shop. Guests could stay at the nearby Hotel Magnolia in the picturesque town of Salou.
A double room at the Magnolia Hotel in Salou cost from £59 for two people with breakfast. (www.magnoliahotelsalou.com)
Aigüesverds Golf Club (www.golfreusaiguesverds.com)
Located just outside of Reus, the Aigüesverds Golf Club is the second oldest club in the region and offers a wonderful countryside backdrop for players to enjoy. The course can provide tricky holes for guests, especially the island green on the 17th hole. As well as the 18-hole course (green fees from £42), there is also a small pitch and putt with four holes ranging between 60-80m for those who want to practice their short game. Guests could stay at the nearby Palas Raval De La Mar Hotel, located in Vila-Seca.
A double room at the Palas Raval De La Mar Hotel costs from £50 for two people including breakfast. (www.hotelravaldelamar.com)
How to get there in September / October
Ryanair flights from London Stansted to Barcelona (Reus) are available from £19.99 (one-way) (www.ryanair.com)
Jet2 flights from Manchester, Newcastle, Leeds-Bradford, Edinburgh, East Midlands or Glasgow to Reus are available from £35 (one-way) https://www.jet2.com/
More information on golf in the Costa Daurada and exclusive packages can be found at www.costadauradagolf.com
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