Desert Springs

Desert Springs

Desert Springs

Desert Springs | NCG Top 100s: European Golf Resorts

Desert Springs is a unique venue on the NCG Top 100 European Golf Resorts list. Located in the Almanzora, the desert climate of the region means that it is the sunniest and warmest place in Spain throughout the winter months, making it perfect for winter golf. Located less than an hour from Almeria International Airport, Desert Springs is the perfect place for some winter sun, while also getting a few rounds of golf under your belt.

The resort is host to a range of sporting activities, with the cream of the crop being the Indiana Golf Course. The Par 72 Indiana Course provides a stern test for all golfers, who can enjoy the weather and the surroundings while playing at Desert Springs. 

Prior to a round, golfers can work on their game at the outstanding Desert Springs Golf Academy, which features a driving range, short game area and more, with lessons on offer from qualified PGA professionals. Golf is not the only sport on offer at Desert Springs, with the likes of cricket, football, rugby, tennis and triathlon camps held year round.
Desert Springs is also somewhat unique when it comes to its accommodation options, as there is no hotel on the resort. Instead, the accommodation is formed from a collection of apartment buildings, townhouses and villas. All apartments feature a private balcony, while the townhouses and villas provide privacy for bigger groups choosing this resort as their annual holiday.

With something for everyone, Desert Springs should certainly be on the list of those looking for some winter golf. Thanks to its climate and location, who wouldn’t fancy a week’s getaway in the south of Spain in December or January?

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Desert Springs Overview | NCG Top 100 European Golf Resorts

The Indiana Course

The Indiana Course at Desert Springs has been inspired by the desert courses of the United States. Peter McEvoy was the man to design the Indiana, which from above shows the stunning contrast between the luscious green grass of the desert surroundings that it finds itself in.

Although the course is unique for the region, it was still constructed to USGA specifications, and it has gone on to become a part of Q School for the DP World Tour, as one of the early stages. Over 600,000 cacti and desert plants grow around the fairways to provide that desert look on the Indiana.

The course opens with a stunning par-5 which bends round to the right. The par-3 14th hole is the signature hole on the Indiana Course at Desert Springs. It is only 160 yards from the back tees, but the hole is played over a glorious blue lagoon. The closing hole then comes back up the same fairway as the 1st, before turning away from the opening tee box.

Desert Springs Golf Academy

Along with the stunning golf course, Desert Springs is also the home to a Golf Academy, one which both DP World Tour and Ladies European Tour use frequently.

There is a 20-bay driving range with astroturf mats, as well as a 2000 square metre grass practice area. Target greens and both fairway and greenside bunkers are also available to practise in. The Desert Springs Golf Academy’s short game area is home to two putting greens and a chipping area as well.

Two Huxley all-weather practice areas and a GASP studio allow the team of qualified professionals at the Desert Springs Golf Academy to help golfers of all ages and abilities. The Gasp Studio is one of the most advanced video teaching systems in the world.

Apartments, Townhouses & Villas

Desert Springs is quite unique compared to the majority of golfing resorts in that there is not a hotel on site. Instead, the accommodation is in the form of apartments, townhouses and villas, but there is something for everyone. 

All the apartments come in a series of buildings, known as Las Sierras. Each apartment comes with its own covered terrace or balcony, and designed stylishly and in a contemporary fashion. Apartments at Las Sierras have a communal swimming pool, as do the townhouses. The townhouses are available in both two- and three-bedroom options. 

Desert Springs also then has a wide range of villas for guests and families to choose from. All villas at Desert Springs are three- and four-bedroom buildings, all set in tranquil gardens to wander around during the daytime. 

FAQs about Desert Springs

Where is Desert Springs located?
Desert Springs is situated on the southeastern coast of Spain, on the Costa Almeria. The resort has views over the Mediterranean Sea, with the coastline just a couple of miles away. Desert Springs lies halfway in between the cities of Almeria and Cartagena.

What is the nearest airport to Desert Springs?
Almeria Airport is the closest airport to Desert Springs, located 50 miles to the south west of the resort. Meanwhile, Malaga Airport, the third busiest airport in the country, is around 185 miles to the west, but operates several flights per day to the United Kingdom.

What golf facilities does Desert Springs offer?
As well as the stunning golf course, Desert Springs is also the home to a Golf Academy. There is a covered driving range as well as a large grass practice area, a short game area and all-weather studios.

The colonial style clubhouse provides everything for the golfer and non-golfer. Breakfast, tapas and a "deck menu" are available in the Patio Andaluz courtyard by the Santa Rosa mirror pool and the 18th green.

Does Desert Springs offer golf lessons?
There are lessons available from the Desert Springs Golf Academy. The team of PGA-qualified teaching professionals are on hand to help players of all ages and abilities reach their full potential in the game of golf. 

What are the green fees at Desert Springs?
At its most expensive, a round on the Indiana Course at Desert Springs will cost golfers €120. That is for a round during the spring and autumn months. The price comes down in both the summer and winter months of the year. 

What accommodation is on offer at Desert Springs?
The resort does not have a hotel, with accommodation at Desert Springs coming in the form of apartments, townhouses and villas. Apartments and townhouses range from one- to three- bedrooms, with the ability to sleep six people. Meanwhile, the villas go as high as four-bedrooms, 

What other resorts and courses are nearby?
There are a couple of resorts on the NCG Top 100 European Golf Resorts list that are within a two hour drive from Desert Springs. La Manga and Las Colinas are the two closest resorts on our list to Desert Springs.

There is also a range of golf courses in the local area, including Valle del Este, Lorca and Aguilon.

Visit the Desert Springs website here.