Urb. San Roque, N-340, Km. 127, Sotogrande-San Roque, Cadiz, 11310, Spain
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Golf Course Says
Located in the foothills of the Sierra Bermeja, San Roque's Old Course is one of the best in Spain and is ranked 35th in Europe by Golf World magazine. The front 9 gives superb mountain views, winding through a cork oak forest before heading back to the clubhouse via the demanding and seemingly endless par 4 8th. The back 9 is laid out across rolling hills and includes lots of shots across water that will really test your judgement and your nerve. The closing holes incorporate the resort's shimmering lakes to present a finish as beautiful as it is challenging. Highly recommended. The only way to guarantee a game (and reduced green fees) here is to stay at the lovely San Roque hotel.
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Golfalot Review of San Roque Club Old Course
San Roque Old Course is one of the best courses in Spain and has regularly hosted tour events including the Spanish Open and the European Tour School. The Old Course is reasonably undulating right from the off and the first 8 holes are tighter with lots of changes in elevation. The downhill second requires a very precise tee shot to avoid the bunker on the left and the tree on the right of the fairway. Take them on and you have a much easier second and that is the way with this course all the way round.
The greens have some big slopes on them, none more so than the par-5 5th so accurate approach play is required. The 6th is a classic hole where you hit down short of the pond and then up to a tiered green so 4 is always a good score. The fairways are tight and the cork tress surrounding them do not give you many options if you miss the fairway, so practice your low punch shots before you go.
The par-5 9th is a relatively gentle finish and starts a run of great holes around the clubhouse on the top of the hill. 10 is an excellent dog-leg par-5 followed by the dog-leg 11th over a stream to a green guarded by a pond. More water comes into play at 12 off the tee before you cross the road for 3 holes around the houses. These are more gentle but very good fun and the views are great too.
Coming back across for the final 3 holes and the water comes back into play at 17 and then at 18 where many a tour card has been lost. You have to take on the pond on the inside of the right to left dog leg and then hold your nerve with your approach as there is another pond to the right of the last.
The clubhouse is resplendent inside and offers excellent changing and resturant facilities. There is also excellent practice facilities including a 2 tier driving range, chipping green and 2 putting greens. Given it's location there is usually a wind blowing at San Roque Old Course which helps cool the temperatures, but can turn a very demanding course into a monster. A definate one to play.
|Martin Hopley||12/08/2011 16:51:54|
Played San Roque Old Course in July 2011 and I was expecting a lush soft course at that time of year but I was pleasantly surprised. Yes they water it every night, but the fairways were closely mown and the greens were firm and fast with many subtle undulations. The bunkers were a little firm with quote coarse sand, which made fairway bunker shots easy, but greenside bunkers a bit of a lottery.
The front nine was a little tighter off the tee and accuracy is more important than distance as the cork trees on either side of all the holes will usually leave you snookered if you are at all wayward. The start of the back nine was my favourite part of the San Roque Old course with three great dog-legs at 10 and 11 and then a water laden 12th. The holes around the hourses from 13-15 require a little bit of local knowledge but then the last 3 build up to a grandstand finish with the 18th teasing you to take on the pond off the tee. I played it 3 times and it was honours even!
The practice facilities were fantastic especially the short game areas and the bar area beside the clubhouse was beautiful to sit in the shade with the cool breeze blowing through. The wind plays a big part here and anything more than a zepher makes San Roque Old Course a very tough test, but means that the course plays differently every day.
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