We’ve played El Chaparral several times before but enjoyed it so much that it was a course we wanted to play again.
If you’re driving, it’s easily found just off the N340 coastal road that runs all the way to Marbella. The car park has very tight sheltered bays, so large wide cars could be a struggle but at least you don’t need to run the car for 10 minutes before getting in because of the heat.
They have a great driving range along with a putting green of which we didn’t get to use on this visit, so give yourself some time to have a practice.
We were running a little late because of a slightly delayed flight but they accommodated us well so we had time to grab some lunch first. This may not be possible in peak months but because we’re in July, not too many people are as stupid as us to play in this kind of heat. If you’re late then you do run the risk of missing your tee time and no refunds are available.
Stomachs lined, buggy loaded, so off to the first tee. El Chaparral is extremely undulating with tight tree lined fairways. If you’re looking for a challenge then we cannot recommend this any higher, but be warned…make sure you have plenty of golf balls!
In peak season they will come round with drinks and snacks, but if you’re playing when it’s quiet, make sure you’re stocked up on fluids as you will need them in the heat. Unfortunately, one of the group learnt the hard way and suffered very badly from sunstroke…amusing for the rest of us for a few seconds, but extremely debilitating if it happens.
We offer some great deals if you want to add this course to any golf package and would say that it’s a must when visiting the area.