El Prat (Rosa)

El Prat (Rosa)

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There are 45 holes at El Prat and although the Valles nine is generally used for practice, even its holes are full length and proper golf.

Our choice for our Continental Top 100 is the Rosa combination, which sees the Bosque (Bosc) team up with the Arriba (Dalt).

The names in brackets are because, in addition to the crazy amount of golf here, the five loops also have two names; one in Spanish, one in Catalan.

That isn’t the combination used for the Spanish Open when it is played here, which underlines the strength in dept of the holes here.

The Open combination incorporates the Arriba loop but the Abajo instead of the Bosque. It is understandable why the Abajo is selected as the accompaniment to the Arriba for the Open combination and it starts as it means to go on with an exacting two-shotter.

El Prat is a historic club but these are new golf holes, because it was initially located next to Barcelona’s airport.

It is longest of the loops at 3,800 yards and is stiffened further by lots of large clover-shaped bunkers, but there is some respite in the likes of easy-to-like short holes at the 3rd and the 8th.

El Prat is a historic club – and also where Pablo and Alejandro Larrazabal learnt the game – but these are new golf holes, because it was initially located next to Barcelona’s airport.

When it was forced to move owing to the addition of runways, the members opted for a plot of gently undulating, forested land near Terrassa north of the city.

Greg Norman and his design team designed the new holes and as is his tendency, what he created was unremittingly difficult.

All the loops are exacting, but the Rosa have just a little more charm. The Bosque nine is in our view the best balanced of all the options here.

The Arriba is set down on more open terrain which also has more undulation in it and that has helped Norman create lots of clever holes that ask strategic questions.

It sits on relatively flat land and weaves in and out of a mature pine forest. When it plays through the tree-lined phases it feels exceptionally tight at times but there are plenty of sets of tees to select from so it is possible to avoid having to hit driver constantly.

The Arriba is set down on more open terrain which also has more undulation in it and that has helped Norman create lots of clever holes that ask strategic questions.

Highlights include the tough short 2nd with accompanying panorama of Barcelona’s rooftops, a glorious view of the Montserrat mountain from the 8th tee, the cute, short par-4 6th and the more demanding two-shotter at the 7th, with the sole water hazard tight to the green. Chris Bertram

 

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