The Costa del Golf Tour, now considered among the main tours in Andalucía, is about to take place. The first leg of this tour, which includes some of the best courses in the country, will be at Alcaidesa on 25 May. It will be played under Stableford individual rules, where each hole is scored in relation to its par strokes (one point for a bogey, two for the par, three for a birdie and four for an eagle), and reaching the final will depend on the results across the three days of competition, although the players can register for one, two or all three legs, with the chance of playing in the final in each case.
The second leg will be at Cabopino on 30 June, and the third will take place on 7 July at El Paraíso. The grand final will be at Guadalmina, on 28 July.
The course at Alcaidesa Links Golf Resort, which is in fantastic surroundings, is close to the Sotogrande and Valderrama courses, both of which have hosted top level international competitions such as the Andalucía Masters. The complex has two courses of its own, Alcaidesa Links (the only 'links' style course in southern Europe, with no trees and undulating terrain, similar to St Andrews in Scotland) and Alcaidesa Heathland, with a total of 36 professional holes and spectacular views of the sea, Gibraltar and Africa.
The second leg of the tour will be at Cabopino, on the eastern side of Marbella, opposite the marina of the same name. It has 18 holes, is more than 5,000 square metres in size and was designed by architect Juan Ligués Creus. The course at Cabopino has stunning views of the Mediterranean.
The third leg will be held at El Paraíso, with its wide fairways surrounded by palms, pines, oleanders and olive trees, with streams and two magnificent lakes. The par 71 course extends for 6,131 metres from its magnificent tees.
The Grand Final of the Costa del Golf Tour will take place at the Real Club de Golf Guadalmina, which last year hosted the women's Open de España, part of the European Tour.
Guadalmina has two courses, the north and the south, with 45 holes in total, and it was inaugurated in 1959, which makes it one of the oldest clubs on the Costa del Sol. The fairways, wide and with almost no rough, wind their way between well-established trees, making it very attractive for the players who take part in the championship. The course was remodelled in 2002.
Registration is now open for this tour, which is being organised by SUR and its specialist publication Costa del Golf. Oferplan also has a special offer which means that people can enjoy the competition, green fee, with buggy included, on all three courses for 149 euros, or pay a discounted price of 65 euros to play at either Alcaidesa, Cabopino or El Paraíso (the normal cost would be 120 euros).
The Grand Final will be played by the best-classified golfers in the different categories.
The Costa del Golf Tour is sponsored by Acosol, Marcos 1942, Da Bruno restaurant and the Junta de Andalucía. In addition to the four courses which are hosting the events, other collaborators are Andalucía Golf Select, Copyrap, Golfriends and FC&CO.
In previous years the tour, which has been taking place for five years, has attracted nearly 1,000 amateur players, competing in men's and women's categories.