The recent decision to make more than half of the staff at Baviera golf course in Caleta de Vélez redundant has thrown doubt over the future of the facility.
The announcement was made by Baviera's management last Saturday and leaves just seven people employed at the course.
As well as the redundancies, the management also announced that the golf course would only be open from Monday to Friday and closed at weekends with immediate effect and until further notice.
The news comes two years after owners of the course, Grupo Vero, voluntarily declared Baviera bankrupt.
According to staff, however, the management is looking for investors and there has been an interested party. Reports also suggest that the company is working well and is making a profit, with between 25,000 and 27,000 rounds of golf played each year.
Popular golf course
The course is popular among foreigners and local residents alike and enjoys easy access from the A-7 motorway, as well as the coast.
Baviera first opened in 2001 and was designed for players of all ages and abilities. Among its facilities are an 18-hole course, a large car park, changing rooms, a club house and restaurant.
Blow for tourism
Baviera is the only golf course in the Vélez-Málaga area and one of just two in the Axarquía - the other being Añoreta in Rincón de la Victoria. Uncertainty over its future will come as a blow to town halls and tourist agencies in the east of Malaga area who are keen to attract tourists to the area throughout the year and not just during the summer months.