Real Club Valderrama
- 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.
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
Designer – Robert Trent Jones
Par – 71
Fairways – Bermuda
|Length (m)||Course Rating||Bogey Rating||Slope Rating||Likely score
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How difficult is this course compared with others?
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Playing difficulty for scratch golfers; likely strokes taken
Playing difficulty for bogey golfers; likely strokes taken
Bogey male golfer has a handicap of 20, female 24
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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