Sinking your tee into the ground for your first game on one of three exceptional courses, take a moment to soak up your surroundings and you’ll no doubt come to the same conclusion as we have – Villa Padierna is a golfer’s paradise.
Many avid golfers know the bliss of escaping Old Blighty’s glorious wind and rain by hauling their clubs to sunny Spain in search of golfing gratification. Most of those many are also familiar with the convenience and satisfaction that staying in a resort with its own golf course brings. Far fewer, however, have experienced the fulfilment of being welcomed by a palace in the sun, home to not one, not two, but three world class 18-hole golf courses. If you aren’t in this lucky minority, then take it from us, very few places in the world can even compare.
As soon as you lay your eyes on its terracotta Tuscan-inspired architecture, complementing its mountainous backdrop and beautifully arranged gardens, you already know this is going to be a hotel of distinction. The Costa del Sol’s only six star hotel, its rooms are suitably regal in style, befitting their palatial exterior. But however opulent a resort’s style and furnishings may be, its substance is only as reputable as its staff, and Villa Padierna’s are clearly doing something right in their recruitment and training processes. Their professional efficiency and conscientious attention to detail makes what could easily feel like a large impersonal hotel feel much more like a smaller intimate resort. There’s a total of six restaurants to dine in, offering a wonderful variety of Spanish and international cuisines, and when you’re not eating, sleeping or golfing, there’s also a range of other leisure facilities, such as tennis courts, indoor and outdoor pools, a Roman amphitheatre and a spa. But, without further ado, let’s get down to what you’re here for – the golf.
Flamingos Golf Course
This par 71 course is the most commercial of Villa Padierna’s three courses. It has generously sized greens with narrow fairways on the first part of the course, requiring a little more precision than the second part, this is a perfect all-rounder, suitable for groups of varied abilities. The bunkers are filled with crushed white marble sand and the fairways are covered in Bermuda grass. Designed by renowned architect Antonio Garcia Garrido, Flamingos Golf has hosted prestigious tournaments such as the European Seniors Championship, multiple times, and the Spanish Women’s Open.
Tramores Golf Course
Nestled between two valleys with stunning Mediterranean Sea views, Tramores is a par 65, ideal for beginners or a laid back leisurely game. The course is very fast and technical and also home to Villa Padierna’s Michael Campbell Golf Academy, providing a great opportunity to improve your short game in less time than on a traditional golf course.
Alferini Golf Course
The third, final and longest course at Villa Padierna, Alferini has the most challenging and perhaps the most rewarding design of the resort. At 6641m, this par 73 course is ideal for large competitions and tournaments, as well as providing a pleasant, relaxing day. The course is completely integrated into the landscape, reflecting the work that has been done to preserve the resort’s natural environment.
Whether you’re staying in the palace itself or one of the resort’s chic and stylish luxury villas with a private pool, Villa Padierna is guaranteed to give you that hole-in-one feeling that we all hope for in a holiday. Even if it didn’t have three wonderfully varied golf courses, this would still be one of the best hotels in Spain, but the fact that it does have three courses is a very big bonus indeed. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – Villa Padierna is a golfer’s paradise.