The 60 ha large course by Javier Arana radiates a rather jovial mood in country-style. Palm trees, stone pines and eucalyptus give the flat courses their shadow. All in all rather easy to play, the course definitely also has some tricky parts, which call for precise playing. You actually have to play over the Rio Real four times.
Certainly one of the nicer golf parkland courses in Marbella. The fairways are indeed (as typical for golf courses of the urbanisations) partly relatively close to each other. Now in midsummer no problem, since I had virtually no flights "fore" and behind me, but it could rain in the busy season in this densely populated Agglo balls from left and right. The course is interesting, unfortunately, 3-4 holes are close to the main road Calahonda-Marbella and it gets loud, so nothing for lovers of peace during the round of golf. I give Rio Real 3 stars because: 1. There are super golf courses. They earn 5 *. High class and probably high priced championship courses and infrastructure (and I do not mean "exclusivity"), care, layout and service. 2. There are very good golf courses. The earn 4 * (beautiful nature and care, great layout, service, infrastructure and length in the nature admitted, price performance is also correct) 3. Then come many golf courses. There are people who rate a parkland golf course with 4 and 5 stars, which (in my opinion, of course) can not be. At least I have not seen anyone yet. Just because you can not run a golf course or have to hit blind tee-offs or have to run up the mountain sometimes, some people complain.
But in a similar league, I would hire Rio Real at Los Naranjos.
For the same price and 4 * (again in my eyes) -> La Alcidesa links
The Rio Real Golf Club really liked us in February, the condition was excellent, the greens very fast and undulating, which made the putting like to art until you get used to it. The place is great to walk on, I do not understand the people who have to drive with the e-cart, one is not faster and half the fun is lost (apart from the fact that the running in golf so much of the actual sport accounts). There are 3-wheeled trolleys to borrow, as well as electric trolleys. The place also starts pretty well. The first holes are accompanied by a ditch that sometimes comes into play and needs to be dubbed. The third track, a short Par3 is frontal about it, balls in the ditch are unfortunately lost, an entry prohibited. Then it goes under the highway to the two lanes, which lead first to and then away from the sea, the 5 also leads back across the ditch on the green. Followed by the train 7 & 8 two doglegs, especially the 8 hangs extremely to the right and all balls can be found on the lower right side. The first 9 ends with a par 5, which is wrongly stored at Birdie with a par 4. The second 9 start again at the clubhouse, first a dogleg uphill and then probably one of the most beautiful holes, a raised tee over the road to the fairway in front of the hotel followed by a punch over the ditch on the green. The place was well visited in February, unfortunately, it lacks a Marshall, which sometimes drives slow flights, so we played a round behind 4 Russian flights that did not come to fringe, it jammed on every track and overall we stood 5 hours around the place. That was the exception, one Sunday we were for example in two in 3.5 hours, otherwise just always 4 hours. We liked the place very much, he was a hotel guest with 65, - € also relatively cheap to play. The clubhouse with good food offers after the round a beautiful sun terrace to relax, I recommend the hot chocolate for the small appetite. And the club sandwich for the big one! The Proshop is small, but quite well sorted. All employees are super nice and friendly, if they can send the Marshall over the square and drive it sometimes (as usual on the Canary Islands) everything fits! Overall, a place that you should definitely play here - and please, go on foot!
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