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Golf in Madrid – Where To Play In Spain’s Capital

Rob Smith
Golf Monthly

Most people looking to play golf in Spain will flock to its treasure chest of well-known courses along or close to its lovely and lively 3,000-mile coastline.

And while the various costas are home to some brilliant designs, heading inland can be rewarding in different ways.

Madrid is pretty much right in the centre of the country, and offers more than enough culture, history and tourist attractions to appeal to the most discerning traveller.

The city has a number of pedigree courses that make it a very appealing base for your next golfing trip.


Designed by Rees Jones and Seve Ballesteros in 2005, Santander is laid out on what was previously uninspiring land.

This is hard to imagine now as the result is an extremely attractive course kept in fine condition with bold bunkering and plenty of water.

This becomes particularly intrusive at three of the short holes: the 7th, which is played from an elevated tee over the lake; the 11th, where it lines the green to the left and behind; and the penultimate hole where it borders the front half of a circular green.

Subtle elevation changes add to the challenge and visual appeal, and the holes are attractively separated by olive trees.