Finca Cortesin, The Andalusian Pearl

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The prestigious Andalusian Tour will host the Solheim Cup in 2023. Another homage to this luxury resort that combines the art of living in all respects.


By Miguel Tasso

For Belgian visitors, the place exudes a special aroma. It is true that Nikola Colsaerts won here one of the greatest victories of his career, during the 2012 Volvo World Match. His portrait, trophy in hand, still hangs on the club wall.

In truth, we no longer need to introduce Finca Cortesin, unanimously recognized as one of the most luxurious resorts in Europe with a luxury hotel, a fantastic spa, gourmet restaurants and of course a manicured and challenging course. In southern Spain, on the road to Casares, between Marbella and Sotogrande, there is no more precise address for Epicurean golfers.

In 2023, the Andalusian club will be in the spotlight more than ever. It will host the Solheim Cup, the equivalent of the Women’s Ryder Cup. “It is a great honor to be the host of an event of this dimension that will be broadcast to the four corners of the world, and in particular to the United States. Our training course fits well in the match play format and it will be a great show.”Francisco de Lancaster, general manager of golf explains.

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Designed by Cabell B. Robinson with the help of landscaper Gerald Huggan, the “championship course” is truly amazing with elevated, mixed tees, steep walks, cleverly placed bunkers, few water hazards, and of course, undulating greens. It fully stands for American “target golf”. To get a good card, you have to take risks and be strategic.

Pyramids of balls await golfers in the driving range. © d

Some of the holes are unforgettable. Number 3, for example. It has 5 spaces of about 500m where you have to balance your shots to get to a green area surrounded by a lake on the left and bunkers on the right. No. 7 is the longest 4 feet on the Costa del Sol (452 ​​m). A real challenge, especially when the wind is from the front. Par 3 at 200 metres, No. 10 is absolutely stunning with the Estepona Mountains as a backdrop.

The green, shaped like a Spanish guitar, becomes a puzzle of the hit game depending on the position of the flag. No. 13 (4 ft by 323 m) is the most beautiful, with a high start and a charming green coloration featuring canopy pines. Real postcard! Finally, No. 18 (5 bar 5 by 519 metres) is the “finishing hole” par excellence.

Finca Cortesin is not a closed club, like Valderrama or Real Sotogrande. Sure, the green fee lives up to the quality of the places (between 260 and 320 euros, depending on the season). But that is the price of the real experience. Once in the parking lot, the player is invited to leave his bag with the service assistant. He will find him a little later already on his carriage, in the clinic. This one, with its pyramids of balls, offers a view of the entire area!

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Our priority is to allow our visitors to experience a magical moment. Flights are scheduled every 12 minutes to avoid traffic jams (maximum 100 players per day). The buggies are equipped with the latest generation of Global Positioning System (GPS). Fruit and water are distributed to the players along the path. Five connection points are placed on each hole to allow all players to enjoy the moment, whatever their playing level.summarizes Francisco de Lancaster.

Keen to respect the new environmental rules, Finca Cortesin is also acting as a precursor in keeping its track. Thus, the water needed to irrigate the green and waterways is recycled to meet all environmental standards. New Economic Bermuda Grass is part of the same vision. Even the machines used for cycle maintenance are hybrids. How can we be surprised, with such an ecosystem, that fauna and flora reign in this resort like no other?

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