Costa del Sol shines as Europe’s winning golf destination
Golfing hotspots don’t come much better than Spain’s Costa del Sol – or the Costa del Golf, as many players refer to it. Players have been flocking to the area’s sun-kissed fairways for nearly a century after the Real Club de Campo opened its doors in 1925.
These days, golfers visit Spain from around the globe, with golf tourism bringing the country an income of nearly €11.2 billion per year, according to research by the IE University from Segovia.
“Golf tourism is hugely important to the Costa del Sol and to Spain as a whole. From the jobs it creates to the non-golf spending by players and their families, it plays a key role in supporting both regional and national economic success.”
Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director, Taylor Wimpey España
There are plenty of good reasons why the Costa del Sol is such a winning golf destination. Firstly, it has the greatest concentration of golf courses in Europe, with over 70 courses. This plethora of facilities means that there are courses for all abilities, from those just getting into golf to professional players. Between its golf academies, friendly local competitions and international championships, the Costa del Sol has something for everyone when it comes to playing golf.
The region is also welcoming to players of all ages, as well as all handicaps. There are over 350,000 registered junior golfers (those under the age of 18) in Europe, according to the European Golf Participation Report 2021. England is home to 45,304 of them (accounting for 7% of all English golfers) and Spain to 33,751 (accounting for 12% of all golfers in Spain). With an emphasis on training and practice facilities as well as courses, the Costa del Sol has plenty to offer younger players.
There is also a huge range of golf properties in the Costa del Sol, with leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España among those offering high-quality homes with outstanding access to some of the region’s most popular courses. Properties range from townhouses to light and airy apartments, many with spectacular views over the fairways and out to sea.
The homes at Green Golf are one such example. The south- and southwest-facing homes are flooded with natural light and look out over the course at Estepona Golf, with panoramic views also encompassing the sparkling Mediterranean Sea. The three-bedroom townhouses are split across three floors, with large terraces and a lovely on-site pool and communal gardens. Prices start from €348,000 plus VAT.
For buyers who prefer apartments, Sunny Golf has two-bedroom homes at Estepona Golf available from €245,000 plus VAT. In addition to spectacular views, the private gated community provides communal gardens and pool, surrounded by spectacular scenery.
Despite its reputation as a leading golf destination, the Costa del Sol also has plenty more to offer. The versatile destination is packed with beautiful beaches, bustling cities and shopping hubs, museums, art galleries and other cultural attractions, opportunities for other sports (on both land and water) and some outstanding eateries. It has a great family vibe, with entertainment that can keep family members of all ages happy, as well as the abundant sunshine that gives the area its name.
This versatility is reflected on the property side of things, as well. The apartments at Solemar at Casares Beach, for example, offer the best of both worlds in terms of golf and beach access, being just 0.75 km from the fine sands of Playa Ancha, while the renowned Finca Cortesín golf complex is less than 10 minutes away by car. The Casares, Estepona and La Duquesa golf courses, amongst others, are also within easy reach.