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Three of the most magnificent golf courses in Malaga

April 17, 2013

With the British weather currently leaving much to be desired, it's little wonder that keen golfers are packing up their clubs and heading for the Costa del Sol to work on their swing in the sunshine. One of the most popular resorts on Spain's 'Sunshine Coast' is Malaga, which is best-known for being a family-friendly destination, yet what many people don't realise is that there are an abundance of fantastic golf courses to be discovered in this area too.

What's more, not only are these golf courses bathed in the wonderful Mediterranean sunshine, they're magnificently designed too, and attract even the most discerning golfers to take flights to Malaga from all across Europe. Here are just three of the finest golf courses to visit in Malaga -- though you're sure to soon find your absolute favourite.

Monte Mayor Golf & Country Club

Designed by the celebrated Spanish architect José Gancedo, the 18-hole course at the Monte Mayor Golf & Country Club really is a sight to behold. Set in the secluded green valley of Monte Mayor, in the shadow of the historic Monte Mayor Castle, the course follows the natural topography of the land and offers a challenging game for more experienced golfers, including numerous professionals.

However, although the elevation changes that run throughout the course may test your skills to their limit, you'll have plenty of fun at the Monte Mayor Golf & Country Club, and don't forget to pack your camera for those incredible views over Malaga.

Las Brisas

Although Las Brisas is one of the oldest golf courses in Malaga, there's no doubt that it remains one of the finest. Designed by Robert James Blake, whose expertise is behind some of the most acclaimed courses on the Costa del Sol, Las Brisas was one of the first golf courses in Europe to use bent grass and has played host to numerous major golfing events over the decades.

Robert James Blake's courses are recognised for utilising bunkers and water in exciting and challenging ways - and Las Brisas is no exception. The uphill holes are enjoyably tricky, and even if you don't manage to end your game with a new personal best score, you'll still have an unforgettable afternoon in the colourful, floral surroundings of Las Brisas.

Finca Cortesin

One of the newest golf courses around Malaga is Finca Cortesin, and it hasn't taken long for this unique course to become a firm favourite among the golfing elite, both locally and internationally. At 7000m long, Finca Cortesin is one of the longest golf courses in Europe, and meanders through a stunning, peaceful valley that at times, feels almost entirely remote.

The designer of Finca Cortesin, Cabell Robinson, succeeded in his intention to create a golf course with 'championship quality', and just a year after opening the course hosted the World Match Play. However, you don't have to be a world-class golfer to enjoy Finca Cortesin, a pristine, imaginative course with plenty of risk and reward for those that dare to take on its most hazardous holes.

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