Hotel almenara ****
The Hotel Almenara is located in the unique surroundings of Sotogrande, overlooking the Mediterranean and is surrounded by some of the best golf courses in Europe. It is easily accessible from the airports of Malaga and is located just 30 minutes from Marbella.
Positioned in the heart of the Almenara golf course, the hotel has 148 rooms, each with exquisite decoration based on natural materials that maintain a warm and genuine local colour. The layout of the rooms around the main building have views of the green, the gardens or the Mediterranean sea.
Elysium Sotogrande Spa, offers a refreshing and relaxing reward for the body and mind. The center features the most innovative treatments and the most varied activities designed for health and beauty. The hotel has two restaurants with different atmospheres. Gaia international cuisine and the more informal Veinteeocho with fabulous views over the golf course and the Mediterranean.
In the main building there is a cozy bar called Pentagram and just minutes from the hotel is the restaurant and bar Cucurucho Beach Club. Besides these facilities, the Hotel has a Golf Academy "Sotogrande Golf Academy" and the beach club "Trocadero Sotogrande" will make sure your stay is unforgettable.
The Golf Courses
The golf course at Almenara was designed by Dave Thomas. The 27 holes wander among exceptional landscapes and around two large lakes surrounded by pine and oak trees. A number of high quality courses are situated close by including the Valderrama, which is considered to be one of the finest golf courses in Europe.
The first hole is a gentle par four that needs attention because water runs down the side of the course. The second hole is a par 3 with a large green with water running along the right-hand side. The third and fourth are both par 5's, whilst the 5th is a short par 3 which is guarded by water to the front.
The 6th is a par 4 that offers a narrow fairway with a lot of water to punish any wayward tee-shot. Hole 7 is similar to the 6th with a tight fairway and narrow green. Hole 8 slopes to the left and has a large unguarded green. The 9th runs mostly uphill and requires the golfer 'to club up'.
The Pine Trees
The 1st has out of bounds on the left and a large bunker to catch your second shot and makes scoring that more difficult. The 2nd is a short hole that requires an accurate tee-shot to be in with a chance of a birdie. The 3rd is a relatively straight-forward hole, whilst the 4th is an uphill short par 3.
The 5th is a difficult tee-shot that requires pin-point accuracy from start to finish. Hole six is a par four that is uphill all the way until you reach a tiered green. The 7th is a short par 3 that requires you to 'club down' because the large green is downhill.
The dog-left 8th is relatively easy once you have reached the 'corner' and is a short hole thereafter. There is no need for the driver on the 9th hole and is a good hole for a birdie or par.
The 1st hole is a slight dog-left with out of bounds all the way up the hill. The 2nd is a par 3 with a large green but make sure you stay on the green otherwise you will be pitching uphill. The 3rd hole is straightforward; just don't go right on your approach to the green. The 4th is a long one with water hugging the right-edge fairway all the way to the green.
The 5th is a dog-right hole that requires an accurate tee-shot followed by a short iron to the elevated green. The impressive 6th hole is almost surrounded by water and it is important to stay left from the tee. The large green is well protected so you will need nerves of steel to carry the water if you come-up short. The par three 7th strikes fear into those who don't like to see their balls get wet.
The par 5 8th is a left-dogleg which offers an easy par; so long as you avoid the bunkers on the right. The 9th is a straightforward drive onto a narrow fairway followed by an approach shot onto the large green.
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