Southern Spain and golf go hand in hand, particularly as the searing heat of summer gives way to long, comfortably warm autumn days that are ideal for spending on the fairways. Many golfers return to Spain year after year, enjoying the country’s wealth of magnificent and challenging courses. And, according to Turismo Costa del Sol, 98.7% of those who play in the Costa del Sol would recommend it as a golfing destination.
The report from Turismo Costa del Sol provides detailed insights into golf along the ‘Costa del Golf’, an area spanning Malaga and Sotogrande and so-named due to its plethora of high-quality golf courses and resorts. It asserts that golf tourism is responsible for nearly 17,700 direct and indirect jobs in the area, while generating €775 million in direct and indirect income. The cost of the average golf trip is over €1,800, with an average stay of 12.31 days.
The leading source of international golf tourists in the Costa del Sol is the UK, followed by Scandinavia, France and Germany. Interestingly, it is not retirees who are packing the fairways – though many certainly enjoying regular golfing in Spain – but those who class themselves as employed or self-employed. The group makes up 79.8% of those playing in the Costa del Golf. Nearly 40% do so while travelling with friends and over 33% as a couple.
“Little beats golf in the sunshine when it comes to combining physical exercise with the mental health benefits of being surrounded by nature. At Estepona Golf, which is home to our brand-new development of 69 frontline golf apartments, players and homeowners alike can enjoy the rolling green countryside, with stunning views out to the Mediterranean Sea and the Sierra Bermeja Mountain range. It’s a very special kind of serenity.”
Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director, Taylor Wimpey España
The new development from leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España at Estepona Golf is aptly named Sunny Golf. The first phase will include 36 bright, spacious apartments and penthouses, with various layouts encompassing two or three bedrooms, two bathrooms, open plan living space and integrated kitchen. Every home includes a large southwest- or west-facing terrace (buyers can select their preference), while ground floor homes also have private gardens and penthouses have solariums. Each property provides spectacular views over the golf course, with some also providing views of the coastline and the mountains.
The gated residential complex comes with its own communal pool and gardens. Each home at Sunny Golf also has a private parking space, with preinstallation of a charging point for an electric vehicle, along with air conditioning/heating, solar panels, thermal insulation and soundproofing, natural ventilation system, resulting in level B energy certification. Prices start from €230,000 plus VAT.
The Costa del Sol is home to more than 70 golf courses, of which Estepona Golf is one of the most popular and picturesque. In addition to its impressive 18-hole course, the resort is home to a two-storey clubhouse with restaurant, bar, pro shop and terraces with breath-taking views over the golf course, the Mediterranean Sea and the Sierra Bermeja.
With average temperatures of 23°C and eight hours of sunshine per day in September, and 19°C and seven hours of daily sunshine in October, autumn is a lovely time of year to visit the Costa del Sol. Golfers who can’t wait for Sunny Golf to complete (the first homes are scheduled for delivery in June 2024) can pick up key-ready homes at Harmony (prices start from €410,000 plus VAT) or Natura (from €559,000 plus VAT) at La Cala Golf to start enjoying immediately.