Malaga to host golf tournaments in bid to promote Costa del Sol as tourist destination

Azahara Muñoz won the Women's Open last year
Azahara Muñoz won the Women's Open last year / SUR
  • Both amateur and professional golf competitions will take place in the province to show the sport's importance in the area

The province of Malaga will play host to a series of amateur and professional golf tournaments this year as it attempts to consolidate the sport as a key part of tourism in the Costa del Sol.

Among the tournaments to be contested in the province are the European Tour, the second most important competition after the PGA, the Andalucía Valderrama Masters, the Open de España Fememino, which is part of the Ladies European Tour schedule, and the Challenge de Andalucía Match Play.

Such tournaments bring in around 900 million euros a year through direct and indirect income, making them a major factor, according to the president of the Turismo Costa del Sol, Elías Bendodo, "in helping us to manage the seasonal nature of tourism in the area."

He also added that, through working with the Sport Destination brand it has aided them in their bid to make the Costa del Sol an ideal destination for the celebration of a wide range of sporting events.

The Andalucía Masters will take place between 19 and 22 October, after the competition's re-inauguration last year after a five-year absence.

Englishman Andrew Johnston won the event last year, with Sergio García finishing in third position.

The Open de España Femenino will be held for the second consecutive year in the province, although the date and location of the tournament has yet to be confirmed.

The golf season began in January with amateur Andalucía Cup male and female competitions which were won by Dane Marcus Svensson for the men and Ivon Reijers from Catalunya in the women's event.

The Open de España for disabled people was also contested on 1 February, and was won by Juan Postigo from Cantabria.