CÁDIZ, A GOLFER'S SANCTUARY
Cádiz is synonymous with quality tourism on all levels. The touristic development of the province began at a time when sustainability was starting to take off, and this has made its coastline one of the most protected in Andalusia.
Its long beaches merge with horizontal buildings that are in harmony with their surroundings, and attract quality tourists from the domestic market, but also from across Europe. One type of guest that, when autumn arrives and the cold grips their country and sunlight lasts but a few hours a day, will escape to the south of the continent to enjoy much milder climates than their own.
In addition, the more pleasant temperatures allow the tourist to enjoy playing their favorite sport: golf, for example. In this respect, Cádiz is also a winning horse of its own. With more than 30 golf courses, it is one of the best equipped provinces for this sport.
One of the pioneering golf courses in Cádiz was the Sotogrande Golf Course, the first one designed by Trent Jones, which was built in 1964, and integrated in the Sotogrande Urbanization project. An absolute quality benchmark, it was also the first to incorporate Bermuda 419 grass and automated irrigation. It is a par 72 with wide fairways and elevated greens, which is chosen annually as a venue for numerous tournaments.
Another very important course is the Real Club de Golf de Valderrama, built in 1974, also designed by Trent Jones, and considered one of the best European golf courses. It has hosted major championships such as the Andalusia Masters, the Volvo Masters, and even the famous Ryder Cup, among many others.
But if there is one area where golfers come eagerly with their clubs, it's Chiclana. This is a municipality where golf has been entrenched firmly thanks to the numerous quality golf courses in the area. From the Campano Golf Club, located in a unique natural space, among pines and olive trees, and with 18 holes par 72; to the La Estancia Golf Club, designed in 2004 by Alan Rijks; or the Sancti Petri Hills Golf, designed by the well-known golfer Manuel Piñero, whose prime location on the beach of La Barrosa makes it a wonderful place to indulge in this healthy hobby.
The proximity of all these courses is what every demanding golfer dreams of a getaway that provides the opportunity to play a different golf course every day.
The cherry on top of the experience is the premium hotel selection on offer throughout Chiclana and, especially in the Novo Sancti Petri urbanization.
Among these hotels, one of the most emblematic complexes in the area is Valentin Sancti Petri, a 4-star, 553-room complex located by the sea. Golfers who stay at the resort value its magnificent surroundings, with more than 25,000 square meters of terraces and gardens, and 4,000 hectares of pine forests, which are especially prized.
This atmosphere invites you to relax after an exhausting day on the green and is completed with the chance to taste the exquisite gastronomy of Cádiz in any of its restaurants. You can enjoy other sports such as cycling, and, in summer, make the most of the services of its beach club restaurant VAVÁ Playa La Barrosa, a magical place that has become one of the most important benchmarks of leisure and gastronomy on the coast of Cádiz.
It is also common that golfers who come to Chiclana choose, on some days, to go a few kilometers further and try other renowned courses such as Sherry Golf Jerez, with an American-style course designed by Stirling & Martin; or Villanueva Golf, with 18 holes and par 72, located in Puerto Real, among many others.
Cádiz is an embarrassment of riches, backed by a long track-record and high-quality, making it an authentic sanctuary for Spanish and European golfers. If you're considering a golf getaway, look no further than Valentin Sancti Petri!