Hola, Sweet Spanish Dreams!


This week we are in Madrid! 

Three courses in the heart of Madrid – we invite you to look at Golf Santander, Centro Nacional and Golf Retamares – three of the best that this vibrant capital city has to offer.

Golf Santander was jointly designed by the late Seve Ballesteros with Rees Jones.  Developed and owned by the banking conglomerate The Santander Group, the course weaves around the countryside and head offices of Santander Madrid.  A long challenge with great bunkering and some water holes to negotiate.  Has been ranked in the top 50 in Europe and 3rd best in Spain.  In Seve’s words… ‘there are 18 highly versatile holes where the numerous tees produce very demanding holes for the professional and players of all kinds” – only a Spaniard could have expressed as such!

Retamares was established in 2007, and designed by another Spanish golfing great, Jose Maria Olazabal.  A host to a number of European tour events for men and women, the course is tree lined, in an open parkland style.  The Club de Golf Retamares is a family sports club founded in 1993, with the course stretching over 72 square kilometres of land with spectacular views of the mountains and the capital, Madrid.  In recent years, the Retamares philosophy has been given a more social and family slant.  As a result, the Junior Retamares Open By IMG Academy tournament was organised from 2015 until 2019, and the Boys & Girls clubs tournament in 2015.

Centro Nacional was the host venue for the 2009 Madrid Masters, a great walking course through open parkland fairways.  Designed by the amateur Spaniard turned golf architect, Javier Arana this is the third course in our Madrid line up.  Promoted as the National Golf Centre – training and range facilities here are excellent.

For the golf traveller, Madrid’s golf courses opened their doors, and fairways last week, all to strict COVID-19 protocols – enjoy our Madrid trilogy – so aptly captured on this video click here