From Spain’s number one ranked golf course (*by Top 100 Courses.co.uk) to the world’s best restaurant and more than 3.5 million bottles of wine produced annually, the Costa Brava is a surprising region ideal for a golf break.
Here are 10 reasons you should think about a golf holiday in Spain’s Costa Brava…
- Flanked by the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean Sea, Costa Brava has 13 golf courses and 10 Pitch & Putt courses.
- Costa Brava is home to Spain’s No. 1 golf course – designed by the European Tour’s Neil Coles MBE and golf legend, Angel Gallardo. Since 2012, PGA Catalunya Resort’s acclaimed Stadium Course has been ranked Spain’s no.1 course by Top100golfcourses.co.uk.
- The San Pellegrino listing of the World’s Best Restaurants for 2013 revealed El Celler de Can Roca, in Girona, as the Best Restaurant in the World. The Catalan family-owned establishment is run by three brothers – Joan, the head chef, Jordi, the head pastry chef and Josep, the sommelier.
- Food lovers may also be interested to know that Costa Brava is home to Spain’s highest concentration of Michelin starred restaurants – the province of Girona itself boasts 20 reputed establishments.
- The land on which the Stadium Course at PGA Catalunya Resort is built was originally intended for the Circuit de Catalunya Formula 1 and Moto GP race track.
- Golfers wanting to play in Costa Brava can now arrive by high-speed rail thanks to the new AVE link that connects the region to Europe’s major cities.
- Catalonia comprises 2020 hectares of vineyards within the Alt and Baix Empordà regions. With 423 vine growers and an estimated annual production of approximately 50,000 hectolitres of wine, 3.5 million bottles of wine and cava are produced each year.
- Since 1998, The European Tour has held Qualifying School events at Costa Brava’s leading golf venues, including PGA Catalunya Resort, Club de Golf Peralada, Empordà Golf, Torremirona Golf Club and Golf Platja de Pals.
- The site of one of Costa Brava’s oldest courses, Platja de Pals, was originally all dunes before it was covered by an immense pine forest with over 1,000,000 trees, which helped craft the foundations of the course as it stands today.
- PGA Catalunya Resort’s 2,000 square metre approach-play practice area is the country’s largest putting and chipping green and the only one of its kind in Europe. It features Bent, Bermuda, Paspalum and Poa grass types, as well as different sand bunkers, including Augusta National supersand, St Andrews links, Hawaii volcanic, Pebble Beach and PGA Catalunya Stadium Course sand, enabling golfers to replicate shots from iconic courses around the world.
For more, visit: http://en.costabrava.org
See Spain at high speed
The new high-speed train line has opened up many opportunities for Franco-Spanish tourism and enables visitors from across Europe to experience the Costa Brava, its famous gastronomy and cultural heritage, as well as its quality golf courses.
It used to take two hours to travel by train from Barcelona to Figueres. However, with the new link, the trip’s only 53 minutes long. To get to Girona, it’s just 37 minutes, and if you’re planning a trip to Madrid you can be there in 3h 32 min.
The new high-speed rail link complements flights into the region’s two airports (Girona-Costa Brava and Barcelona International), the cross-border motorway network into France and the international ports of Palamós and Roses.
Ryanair, www.ryanair.com operates flights into Girona from several major UK airports, golfers should be aware of the cost of transporting golf clubs on budget airlines, see our previous article on Ryanair golf club carriage fees for more, and our guide to saving money taking your clubs