ANYONE with half an interest in sport will remember the fantastic last few holes of the Ryder Cup in 1997 when Colin Montgomery played the best round of his life.

That was at Valderrama, which is now viewed as one of the must play golf courses in Europe, beautifully maintained, but sometimes thought to be a touch too hard at times.

There are five other golf courses around Sotogrande, the first being Real Club de Golf de Sotogrande, also known as the Old Course, which was the first course built.

Well maintained, it is said to be a dream to play after its trickier sister Valderrama.

It was here that the so-called Bermuda grass was first introduced into Spain.

The others include La Canada, La Reserve, San Roque, as well as Almenara, which is up in the hills and where celebrities Glenn Hoddle and Glen Johnson have homes.

“There are few places with such a high concentration of golf courses,” says Ian Bateman, of Holmes estate agents. “When you add the fabulous tennis facilities and polo club, with its 11 full size courses, the facilities in Sotogrande are second to none.”

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  1. Unfortunately i have ‘half an interest’ in the other half of sport. Golfs ok to play. Boring to talk about. And the third level of hell when other people talk about it.
    But hey to each his own.

    I think a good follow up to this story would be “non golfers fight for their fair share of water – leaving golf courses high and dry”.
    Where i live the townhall has banned people digging wells on their property, and existing wells to be registered and usage monitored. Something about the reservoirs not being enough any more. yet there are numerous golf courses everywhere. hum.

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