Thursday, January 14, 2016

Spanish second home on golf course - The upmarket golf end of Costa del Golf

Golf, Spain and the second home market
The turn round is definitely under way and there are now a steady flow of '50 something' people now asking about owning second homes on prestige golf courses in the Costa del Sol. For most the combination of cheaper homes and wanting a Country with location safe from terror has seen the return of the Brits to Southern Spain and why not as prices here in Spain whilst a little bit stronger than they were 18 months ago are still low. In up-market more exclusive areas where values have held a little better property can be purchased around 35% to 40% lower than you would have paid in 2008.
For the Sotogrande area golf is one of the major attractions and within 7 minutes drive of my office in the Port you can find 7 top courses including 5 which are in Spain's top 10 rated. The best thing for people who live here is that the courses are not over crowded and over played. A number of times during the year I play with friends of mine in Marbella 45 minutes east of Sotogrande and need to book tee times well in advance and spend 5 hours playing 18 holes. The Sotogrande area is more of a second home owners golfers paradise as opposed to golf tourism on mass. There are 7 Courses that surround us that most golfers here regularly play if not as a member then as part of a community that interact and invite each other to enjoy each others golf venues and the courses include
Valderamma (memories of Seve Ballesteros Ryder Cup 1997)
Sotogrande Real (often rated number 4 in Spain recently undergone multi million euro makeover)
La Reserva golf (very exclusive beautifully maintained and maybe toughest course in Spain)
San Roque golf estate (2 championship 18 hole courses former home of European Tour Qualifying School)
Almenara Golf resort (High standard pay & play course 27 holes surrounding NH Almenara hotel)
Alcaidesa Golf club (Nearest course to a links with stunning beach and sea views & cliff top fairways)
La Canada Golf (the local municipal golf course held record for producing more Pro's than any other club in Europe)
In the course of a normal year apart from regularly playing my own club San Roque I, like many others are fortunate to enjoy a great golfing social community that means we often play these other courses with members at very attractive members rates. It really means that living here full time or part time you are spoil't for golf
Photo Alboaire golf apartments
Golf here is a changing scene particularly with second home owners appearing in different seasons always looking for a round. I have a friend from Scotland Edd who arrives and stays in his apartment every other month for 5 to 10 days its always good to play with Edd and the mates he brings from Glasgow. Another friend David from London arrives at his golf penthouse in school holidays our families get together for beach dining and fun. Dave often looking to push his luck in playing as much golf as he can get away with . There are also the local societies and once a month the Sotogolfo's meet to play golf drink beer dine and drink more wine and beer, the fun of this monthly event is not one my wife cares to know about when i arrive home slurring
People enjoy Sotogrande because it is scenic and totally uncongested, No Marbella bottle necks traffic jams here. I wake in the morning usually to bright sun and it takes me 8 minutes to travel the 8 kms to my club.Having said that there are of course many who live on the golf course.
I am always happy to chat to anyone who wants to know more about living in Spain and about the golf opportunities here very club is different and I can assist with neutral information about clubs and style of memberships as well as buying property on a golf course or close by. There are many different second home options from large apartment developments to luxury multi million pound villas
Photo on right Lake Almenara golf club
Photo below Alboaire golf apartments in the heart of San Roque old Course
Francis Payne
Tailor Made estate agent


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  2. Amazing view. The Golf course in the only Spanish which is the location of impressive climatic views. Thank you for the details about the Spanish Golf course.

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