RECESSION-HIT Andalucia may be struggling with huge debts and record unemployment figures, but the region continues to benefit from its role as a popular destination for golfing holidays.

The area generates €400 million a year – more than any other region in Spain – through the golf industry, according to a survey by auditors KPMG.

The region has more than 100 registered golf courses, with Malaga and Cadiz provinces having the highest concentration of greens.
One million foreign golfers visited Spain last year, accounting for around 35% of golf tourists in Europe and boosting the Spanish economy by €1.2 billion.

The Canary Islands generated the second highest income, approximately €177 million, followed by the Balearics with €161 million.