The Royal Golf Society of Neguri was founded in 1911 with the establishing of an 11-hole course, located on land in the municipality of Leioa.
Half a century later, land in Punta Galea, in the Guecho area of Bilbao on Spain’s north coast, was acquired and an 18-hole course built.
Located 60m above sea level, it was designed by the revered Spanish architect Javier Arana.
The front nine sees nine holes located on the clifftop overlooking the Cantabrian Sea, with strong north-west winds a constant theme on the opening half.
Not unlike another Arana design – El Saler near Valencia – the back nine has a very different character given it is dominated by maritime pine lining each hole.
In summary, a brilliant, compact routing which flows really well to make it a perennial favourite. Neguri is characterised by intriguing green complexes and a very tough set of par 5s.
• A comprehensive review of Neguri will appear here in Spring 2020.