The Volvo World Match Play Championship visits Spain's newest posh resort: Finca Cortesin in the Costa Del Sol
It may be golf’s off-season to some, but there’s a pretty strong field in tow this week on the European Tour. Pros like Anthony Kim, Sergio Garcia and Retief Goosen are competing at one of the most impressive new resorts I’ve seen in my golf travels this year: Finca Cortesin Golf Resort in Spain’s Costa Del Sol for the Volvo World Match Play Championship.
The resort is set up into the hills a couple miles from the Mediterranean coast and just minutes from such prestigious older courses as Valderrama and Sotogrande Real Golf Club. Finca’s golf course is a Cabell B. Robinson design that is an entirely different style compared to the tight, cork forest confines of Valderrama. Finca is a penal, mountain course where sight lines are difficult in many points, and missing the fairways can result in watching your ball sail down into a canyon.
That’s opposed to Valderrama, where you hit your ball into the cork forest and spend about eight shots trying to get it out.
The golf course is very good in its infant years, but the Andalucian-themed hotel which is only about a year old, is absolutely world class, and should even blow these well-traveled tour pros away as they check it out for the first time.
One great touch is that every guest is offered a welcome drink and an assortment of olives and cheeses in the bar area. I don’t understand why every five-star joint that charges such high nightly premiums doesn’t do the same. It’s a wonderful touch and couldn’t possibly do much damage to the bottom line.
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