There are few better ways to relax than to indulge in your favourite pastime and if that happens to be golf you’re in luck, as there are amazing courses to try out in almost every holiday destination in Europe. Nowhere is this more the case than Barcelona.
The capital of Catalonia is home to numerous courses, so if you’re a fan of the sport make sure you check out at least one. Whether you want a relaxing jaunt around the holes with your friends, or the chance to really test out your skills on a new course, you’ll be well catered for.
Here is just a sample of some of the courses you could visit during your stay in accommodation in Barcelona.
Real Club de Golf El Prat
This was the first Greg Norman-designed course to be built in continental Europe and not only does it look good but it is also immensely enjoyable to play. You can tee off from any hole you like and there are five nine-hole courses to choose from.
You will find it on the edge of Barcelona in Terrassa, where it was relocated to following the expansion of the city’s El Prat airport. The rolling green hills give it the look of paradise – but if you want the chance to experience it for yourself you will need to apply in writing to visit and present a letter of introduction from your golf club.
Sant Vicenc de Montalt Golf Club
This is one of the newer additions to Barcelona’s golf scene and is made up of 18 holes. You can expect a your skills to be put through their paces when you come here as the course is particularly challenging, with a par of 70.
If you have not brought your own clubs with you, make sure you hire the full range – you’ll have plenty of opportunity to use them all. Spending the whole day out here soaking up the sun as you go for a birdie is likely to be a high point of your holiday.
Llavaneres Golf Club
This club was established in 1945 and the course was designed by the renowned FW Hawtree, with help from Magi Sarda, Ramon Espinosa and Alfonso Vidaor. This makes it one of the oldest private clubs in the whole of Catalonia.
Back then it had nine holes, but as the popularity of both the sport and the club increased it was extended to 18 holes. It is quite short and is best suited to those with a high handicap. Alternatively, you could just practice your swing in the driving range.
St Cugat Golf Club
If you thought Llavaneres Golf Club was old, you will certainly want to visit this esteemed course, which was founded in 1914. Despite it being in Spain, you might find it seems strangely familiar to the courses you play at home, as it was built by English people who were working on the Barcelona to St Cugar railway at the turn of the 20th century.
There are some beautiful fairways, bunkers and greens to navigate here that will keep you busy as you soak up the sun. Although some parts are challenging, it also has much to offer beginners, so is a great place to visit if you’re with a group of friends who have a range of ability levels.
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