Golfing in the Empordà

So the summer season is drawing to a close and most of the tourists have gone – but not all of them! This month of October is prime time for those who love to get out on the golf course. At this time of year the weather tends to be ideal for playing a round (not “playing around” – although maybe a bit of that too!). So without further ado, let’s introduce you to the golf courses of the Costa Brava, starting south and working our way northwards towards the French border.

In the interests of avoiding repetition, clubs and trolley are available to rent on all of these courses and all have driving ranges. With the exception of the two Par 3 courses, the handicap limit is 36 and a handicap certificate from your home club may be required. All are open all year round and have restaurants on site and visitors are welcome.

Because the green fees vary according to the day of the week, season of the year or number of holes played etc, rather than try to include so much info in a short blog, instead click on the name of the golf club to go to there website for each individual golf course where you will be able to obtain up to date and correct green fee information.

Club de Golf Costa Brava

Par 73 Location: Santa Cristina d’Aro
Difficulty: Easy
Terrain: Flat
Discounts: Juniors 50%

The fairways on the front 9 on this course are tree-lined and very picturesque but also relatively challenging before the easier back 9 where the course opens out more. The clubhouse is a traditional Catalan masía that dates from the mid-17th century.

Empordà Golf Club

Par 71 / 72 Location: Gualta
Difficulty: Moderate – hard
Terrain: Undulating with water hazards
Discounts: Juniors U-17

This is a really a course to suit everyone as there are 36 holes in all with four categories coded by colour with 9 holes each: Red, Yellow, Green and Blue. You can play any 9 holes you wish or choose to combine any two to make up your 18 holes. Advance booking is essential.

Club Golf d’ Aro-Mas Nou

Par 72 Location: Platja d’Aro
Difficulty: Moderate – hard
Terrain: Undulating with water hazards
Discounts: Juniors under 18; Seniors over 55

Only a couple of kms north, situated in the hills above Platja d’Aro, just about every hole on this course offers fantastic views over the Mediterranean below. As well as the driving range, other facilities include a putting green, chipping green, pitching green and a practice bunker. Buggies and electro-trolleys are available for hire.

Par 3 P&P Gualta

Par 54 Location: Gualta
Difficulty: Easy. No minimum handicap required
Terrain: Flat with water hazards
Discounts:

This picturesque Par 3 course, with its lakes and trees, combines the design and features of an 18 hole course with the shorter distances of a Par 3.

Mas Pagès Golf

Par 54 Location: Sant Esteve de Guialbes
Difficulty: Challenging
Terrain: Undulating
Discounts:

As Par 3 courses go, this one is a little more challenging than most, with deep bunkers and sloping greens. The views here are spectacular, especially in winter when the snow-capped Pyrenees can be clearly seen.

Torremirona Golf Club

Par 72 Location: Navata-Figueres
Difficulty: Moderate – hard
Terrain: Flat – undulating, with water hazards
Discounts: Juniors U-13: free Students U-21: 60%

Apart from the beautiful vistas of both the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean, there is one feature of this course that may be of interest to some of you that none of the others offer: dogs on a leash are allowed! Along with the fact that U-13s can play for free, that makes this the most family-friendly course around.

Golf de Pals

Par 73 Location: Pals
Difficulty: Moderate – hard
Terrain: Flat with water hazards
Discounts: Juniors U-18

This one is the longest established course in the region and, despite being virtually on the coast, is characterised especially by trees and the bunkers that defend the greens. Here you can choose to pay for 9 or 18 holes or, if feeling really enthusiastic, go for a day pass. Caddies can be hired and the usual choices of trollies or buggy can be rented.

PGA Golf de Catalunya

Par 72 Location: Girona
Difficulty: Hard
Terrain: Hilly with water hazards
Discounts: Juniors

Located just south of the city of Girona, this club contains two Par 72 courses, along with the usual driving range, practice greens and bunker. Here you can opt to play 9, 18 or 36 holes, with the green fees varying depending on the season and whether you play the Tour Course or the Stadium Course. Caddies are available on request.

Golf Girona

Par 72 Location: Girona
Difficulty: Moderate – hard
Terrain: Undulating with water hazards
Discounts: Juniors and Seniors

Although located just north of Girona city in hilly terrain, with the views onto the Gavarres mountains and valleys below you won’t feel like you’re near a city at all! There is the usual putting green and practice bunker here and tuition can also be arranged.

Peralada Golf

Par 71 Location: Peralada
Difficulty: Moderate – hard
Terrain: Flat with water hazards
Discounts: Juniors U-18

Situated right in the heart of wine country, this flat and relatively open course suits players of all levels. All the usual practice facilities and buggies and electro-trollies are available

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