Played by NCG: Parador de Malaga Golf Club
Reason for a Parador de Malaga Golf Club
It is the oldest course in Andalusia, dating back to 1925, and is a challenge for the experienced golfer but also accessible to those new to the game. Several of the holes run alongside the shore of the Mediterranean Sea. That, coupled with breathtaking views of the mountains, means you will be hard pressed to find a course in a more stunning setting.
Where is Parador de Malaga?
Parador de Malaga is ideally located near to Malaga Airport and is just a stone’s throw away from the hustle and bustle of Malaga’s vibrant city centre. There is a hotel on site and a restaurant serving delicious Andalusian dishes.
What to expect
The Old course will be a tricky test of your skills as it contains elements of both parkland and links to keep you on your toes. There are various lagoons dotted around the course to snare any wayward shots and getting caught in the dry, sandy rough can easily add shots to your scorecard.
My best bit
The fairways are in top condition and the layout offers you plenty of opportunities to reach for your driver and give it a smash. When you head into the back nine you will start to wind your way down the coast. Get your phone out and get your mate to snap the obligatory picture of you lining up a shot with the sea and mountains as the backdrop.
What to look out for
All that walking about in the blazing sun works up an appetite (and a thirst). Make sure you take a break and hit the snack bar halfway round. They whipped up delicious Spanish ham sandwiches for me and my playing partners to scoff during our back nine. The only problem was that my mind was fully focused on feeding my belly rather than rescuing an already dire round.
When I go back
I will have hopefully improved my short game and putting. The unfamiliar rough grass and nippy greens did catch me out. I would love the chance to have another stab at tackling them after having done a few practice drills.