With a number of prestigious golf courses across England and Scotland Macdonald Hotels are already popular with golfers looking for short breaks here in the UK but did you know they also have resorts in the Costa Del Sol? With a choice of four locations in the region of Marbella, all Macdonald Resorts are easily within an hour from Malaga airport and within minutes of the region’s most popular golf courses.
Enjoying an average of 325 sunny days a year there’s no wonder southern Spain is a popular choice with golfers, especially during the winter months when they can swap winter mats for palm-fringed tees. There’s an abundance of award-winning courses and the golf team at Macdonald Resorts can help you choose the best courses to suit your group, book all of your tee times and arrange your accommodation.
Their largest resort, Macdonald Doña Lola is the most popular due to the wide choice of apartments, beachfront location and leisure facilities including swimming pools, tennis courts and a gym.
The accommodation is within spacious self-catering apartments with a choice of one, two or three twin or double bedrooms. There’s also a fully equipped kitchen and large dining, living and outdoor balcony area but if you’re not up for cooking then the resorts have restaurants and bars on site, many with regular happy hours and great value golfers menus.
Getting there is easy too, the Midlands are served well by budget airlines flying direct into Malaga from Birmingham and East Midlands airports plus Manchester and Leeds Bradford. There’s total flexibility on your resort arrival date too meaning you can choose the flights to meet your needs and budget.
Winter Golf Break – 3 nights from £169pp
Enjoy a 3-night stay at Macdonald Dona Lola Resort, complimentary buggy hire and one round of golf at each of these courses.
CALANOVA GOLF CLUB
Located in the stunning ‘golf valley’ close to the town of La Cala de Mijas and just a few minutes from the lovely local beaches, the Manuel Pinero designed Calanova course is a great course to play during your Macdonald Resorts golf break and is suitable for golfers of all playing abilities.
The course is one of the newest on the Costa del Sol and was first opened in May 2006. It’s an 18-hole, par 72 courses which is well maintained, and of which has been designed with USGA rules and regulations in mind.
A great characteristic of the Calanova course is that it has over 500 sqm of greens, meaning easier approach shots. This also means that there is the possibility of a wide range of pin positions from the simple to the extremely challenging.
Another feature of the Calanova golf course is that the tee positions are spread over several different platforms giving players the opportunity to play the course over a range of distances. Some of the elevated tees also make for some spectacular tee shots where players can visualise the flight of the shot before playing their shot.
Due to the beautiful natural landscapes, almost every golf hole will provide you with lovely views to the La Cala de Mijas mountains and the Mediterranean Sea.
CABOPINO GOLF CLUB
Located just a stone’s throw from the popular tourist destination of Cabopino Marina between Marbella and Mijas Costa, the Cabopino golf course is one not to be missed.
The course has been expertly crafted by golf course designer Juan Ligue’s Creus and offers spectacular views to the Mediterranean Sea and surrounding pine forests and lush green landscapes.
Measuring a total of just under 5,600 yards and Par 71, the course has some fantastic holes to challenge you including the spectacular Par 4 3rd hole, regarded as one of the best on the Costa del Sol. Jaw dropping views are on offer from this hole that presents you with a tee shot that drops around 200 metres to the fairway! In total, there are three Par 3’s, two Par 5’s and the remaining Par 4’s. The fairways are generally narrow, but the large greens offer you a great opportunity to be brave with your approach shot.
The tenth hole at Cabopino offers wonderful views to the back nine holes and the Mediterranean Sea beyond…