What a little gem this course was. Having played in the Costa del Sol for a number of years and also having a place just round the corner on nearby Mijas Golf, I was surprised to have never really heard of Santana Golf Club. Due to strict rules placed by the local Mayor, there are no signs or advertisements in place, which is a huge shame. Even when arriving at the main gates it didn’t feel like there could be a course hidden away.
The club itself has very much a family run feel to it, everyone is so friendly and makes you feel very welcome…even the parrot in the car park talks to you on arrival!
Even though we had a buggy, Santana is one of very few courses on the South Coast of Spain that you could easily walk. It’s pretty flat and there aren’t long walks from green to tee.
Being about a 10-15 minute drive inland, there aren’t the sea views that you get on a lot of the courses, but that does not matter. They have used the space very well with plenty of trees lined down the holes so that it doesn’t feel field like and lots of colourful shrubbery to make it very pleasing to the eye.
Quality wise, I have no complaints at all, from tee box to green everything was very well manicured and the rough was long enough to be penal but not ridiculous so that you spent ages looking for a slightly wayward shot. Very typical of courses in Spain, the greens were very receptive.
For anyone in the mid to low handicap range, playing off the whites like we did is recommended as you might find it fairly short. Saying that, the white tees would be good for any level of player as there are no long carries, it just makes the par 5’s and 3’s quite long.
I know that everyone has their own personal preference and there will be some that disagree, but I really would suggest a visit to Santana Golf Club as I think it is fantastic value for money and a little hidden beauty.
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