Famous for its excellent beaches and sun drenched fairways the Costa Blanca is fast becoming one of the most popular places to play in Spain.
Traditionally the main golf area has been around Villamartin but with the new courses opening in the Alicante area there really a superb choice of courses, all of which are maintained to the very highest standard.
Flights are available with scheduled, charter and low cost airlines running frequent flights to Alicante from most UK airports.
A very pretty site heralds a pleasant day's golfing in rather open countryside, where the garrigue shrub is the main and most attractive form of vegetation. The course is not hilly, and the length will appeal to big-hitters, who can try and reach two very short par 4s (the 11th and 13th) from the tee and pick up points on the par 5s.
The Sanz and Garcia layout has nothing exceptionally imaginative about it, but their aim was to appeal to all types of players, so the functional side of the course is a positive point. The greens are good but have a few bunkers, and the opportunities are there to card a good score, always a welcome treat for the wounded ego!
You can certainly find more challenging courses than this in the region, but Campoamor is a great place to sharpen up your game without too many mishaps.
La Finca golf course is situated at the foot of Mount Escotera, in the municipality of Algorfa, right in the heart of the Segura region. Designed to host top tournaments, La Finca golf course has the greatest variety of greens of any course on the Costa Blanca, ranging in size from very large to very small.
In addition, the course has a reserve hole so that, in the event that one of the holes has to be closed off unexpectedly, players are still able to complete a full 18-hole round.
Several lakes with running water and reed beds along the course add beauty and difficulty to the game, and have made the course the home of a wide variety of migratory water birds, such as ducks and egrets, while the interior of the course is home to olive and palm trees, thus creating a beautiful backdrop of vegetation with a distinctly Mediterranean flavour.
Located between two ravines on the shore of the Mediterranean, next to a luxury housing estate, this course requires the player to use great precision when hitting the ball, as both fairways and greens are narrow and demanding. This 18-hole course is on mountainous ground which makes the course very interesting for players who like to take a few risks.
It is worth mentioning the many trees that surround the course, and the water hazards. There are slopes all along the course and although some of them are very difficult, they make the game more attractive and interesting. The most spectacular is the 4th hole a par 5 named 'la plataforma', hole of absolute precision, that has two water hazards before you even get to the green.
The course is not too long and has wonderful views. Accuracy is required. But in our opinion, due to the terrain it is necesary to use a buggie.
Although yet to forge a great international reputation, Villamartín is well worth going out of your way for. While not a terribly long course, the layout has personality and has been cleverly adopted to the terrain thanks to Paul Putmans keen imagination.
In our opinion, the back-tees are for the best players only. A number of short par 4s are fun to play, and the water is only really in play on three holes (especially the 9th). High-handicappers, who tend not to like water, can preferably admire the trees, which although rarely in play, are very much a part of the course.
This is a most versatile and generally well-prepared course, easy to play with the family or with players of all different levels.