The Spanish town with the most golf holes per thousand inhabitants


Miguel Angel Barbero



One of the few positive consequences of the global drama of the pandemic is that people have become aware of the importance of sport for your health. With mobility restricted in most countries, exercise at home or in the few places outdoors where it is allowed has become a routine routine in the last year. And the hope is that this habit will already become final when all this unfortunate situation passes.

Many of those who have resumed or discovered the sport in these months have opted for golf, because being an individual activity that takes place in nature and in which there is no physical contact, it makes it one of the safest to avoid contagions. Hence, former golfers who had abandoned practice or players who were approaching for the first time, have acted the miracle of filling the golf courses in these tough times. In Sweden, for example, the record for annual departures per player (23) has been broken and the number of players has increased by 11.2%, which particularly affects the Spanish market due to the tourist component it carries.

For the first time in the last decade the number of federated in the RFEG has increased (271,788) and the challenge for players from now on is where to put their skills to use. There are 427 federated facilities in Spain and, regardless of holiday considerations, each golfer is looking to play in the one closest to his home. In all the provinces there are public, private, mixed fields and practice fields and in all of them the double task of maintaining form and fighting against contagions can be carried out.

An interesting way to choose the place to go is to check the golf holes that each municipality has. And at this point the hotel consultancy Holidu has carried out a curious study in which it catalogs the most golfing places on the Iberian Peninsula, with a clear domain of the Costa del Sol. The list is as follows:

1. Benahavís (Malaga): 9.2 holes for every 1,000 inhabitants. This small Costa del Sol town has 72 holes thanks to the double courses of Villa Padierna and La Zagaleta, which together with its small population makes it possible to have the highest number in the country.

2. San Roque (Cádiz): 5.4 holes for every 1,000 inhabitants. As in the previous case, a small town in demography benefits from the many routes that exist in its municipality. In his case, the seven courses in the Sotogrande area provide him with a total of 171 holes, all of them of great quality and spectacular views.

3. Marbella (Malaga): 2 holes for every 1,000 inhabitants. For the capital of the Costa del Sol, the largest number of courses in the area (17) is related to the largest population in the city and with a number of holes (306) often doubled in each club. The offer is unmatched, as is the quality of most of the facilities.

4. Mijas (Malaga): 1.7 holes per 1,000 inhabitants. With nine courses, the municipality benefits from having the La Cala complex, which has three 18-hole courses that add up significantly to the 153 total, with a more mountainous configuration than the previous ones.

5. Estepona (Malaga): 1.7 holes per 1,000 inhabitants. To complete the route between Malaga and Cádiz, there is nothing better than Estepona, with 126 holes spread over seven courses of a marked coastal character and with outstanding international recognition.

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