Real Club Valderrama

Valderrama, constructed in 1974 as “Sotogrande New” by architect Robert Trent Jones, was subsequently renamed by new owner Jaime Ortiz-Patiño in 1984, and then expanded and meticulously redesigned by Trent Jones.

  • Ranked #5 Golf World Top 100 Continental Europe
  • Venue for Ryder Cup 1997 (the first ever held in Continental Europe)
  • Home of 14 Volvo Masters 1988-1996 & 2002-2008
  • Amex World Championships 1999-2000
  • Andalucia Masters 2010-2011
  • Open de Espana 2016

Having hosted the first ever Ryder Cup to be held in Continental Europe in 1997, where Seve Ballestros captained his team to victory, Valderrama was rated the top course in mainland Europe by Golf World magazine in 1999. It has consistently ranked as #1 in Continental Europe and has been included in the Top 100 in the World since 1999.

Although a private members’ club, a limited number of visitor green fees are available. Visitors are welcomed not just tolerated. There’s generally a light footfall, resulting in a course that is always presented in immaculate condition.

The fourth hole, La Cascada, is the course’s signature hole and the famous par-5 17th features a green with bunkers at the back, and slopes down to an emerald lake. While it is a favourite viewing point for spectators it has often proved to be the bête noire for players.

The club was renamed Real Club Valderrama in 2014 after being awarded the ‘Royal’ title by King Juan Carlos.

Real Club Valderrama remains the Real deal. Ignore the buggy option and connect with the quality and beauty of the course on foot.

Read Real Club Valderrama – a review

Valderrama takes the best of Finca Cortesin, La Reserva and Sotogrande, shapes it beautifully and adds even greater use of the Alcornoques trees to complete the near perfect test of golf. See full review

Course Data

Opened – 1985
Designer – Robert Trent Jones
Handicap – Men 24, Ladies 32
Par – 71
Greens – Bent grass G2
Fairways – Bermuda
Length (m)Course RatingBogey RatingSlope RatingLikely score
to par
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Course Rating
Playing difficulty for scratch golfers; likely strokes taken
Bogey Rating
Playing difficulty for bogey golfers; likely strokes taken
Bogey male golfer has a handicap of 20, female 24
Slope Rating®
Relative playing difficulty for bogey v scratch golfers
Minimum slope = 55, maximum = 155, average = 113
The higher the slope the more difficult the course for bogey golfers
Likely score to par
For a bogey golfer, based on the course par and its bogey rating
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Services & Facilities


Golf Shop Golf shop
Locker Room Locker room
Bar Bar
Restaurant Restaurant
Cost of a Large Beer Large beer €5.4
Cost of a coffee Cafe con leche €2.55

On Course

Buggy Bar Buggy bar


Driving Range Driving range
Putting Green Putting green
Chipping Area Chipping area
Resident pro Resident golf pro


Buggy Rental Buggy
Trolley Trolley rental
Power trolley Power trolley rental
Club Rental Club rental

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Location Information

Real Club Valderrama, Avda Los Cortijos s/n 11310 Sotogrande, Cadiz, Spain