Spanish golf greens with sea views

In the south of Spain, the mild climate along the coast allows for year-round golfing; here well-kept greens, shaded by palms and eucalyptus, look out over the blue of the Mediterranean and across to Africa.

Offering the highest concentration of golf courses in Europe, the province of Andalusia in southern Spain is a micro-universe of gently undulating green with a climate that's the envy of many a northern European country. It's a small corner of paradise, apparently designed especially for golfers. With the sea as backdrop and palm trees shading the greens, the golf courses along the coast must be some of the most beautiful in the world. A far cry from the crazy golf and putting greens of the traditional English seaside, they boast mimosa, eucalyptus, olive, citrus, pine and other native trees and shrubs. Set alongside sand dunes and the clear waters of the Mediterranean, with blue skies overhead, what else do you need to tempt you to pick up your clubs and head for the green?

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Islantilla Golf Resort, Huelva
The Islantilla Golf Resort, at Isla Cristina, Huelva has hosted a number of international events / © Federacion Andaluza de Golf 

La Duquesa Golf, Malaga
La Duquesa, in Manilva, Malaga, is part of a resort offering a range of other activities including tennis and squash / © Federacion Andaluza de Golf 

Cabopino Golf, Marbella
The beautiful rolling green of Cabopino Golf, Marbella / © Federacion Andaluza de Golf 

Santa Maria Golf and Country Club, Marbella
In addition to the magnificent golf facilities, the Santa Maria Golf & Country Club, Marbella, boasts two bowling greens / © Federacion Andaluza de Golf 

Santa Clara Golf Club, Marbella
Santa Clara Golf Club is just along the coast on the east of Marbella, / © Federacion Andaluza de Golf 

Los Flamingos Golf, Malaga
Los Flamingos, en Benahavis, Malaga, is the official venue for the Spanish Women's Open / © Federacion Andaluza de Golf 

Añoreta Golf Course, Malaga
Añoreta Golf Course, Malaga, offers spectacular views out over the Mediterranean / © Federacion Andaluza de Golf 

Guadalmina Golf Course, San Pedro de Alcantara
Founded in 1959, the Guadalmina Golf Course in San Pedro de Alcantara is the oldest golf course on the Costa del Sol / © Federacion Andaluza de Golf 

Novo Sancti Petri golf course, Cadiz
The Novo Sancti Petri golf course, in Chiclana de la Frontera, Cadiz, was designed by Seve Ballesteros / © Federacion Andaluza de Golf 

Alboran Golf,  Retamar, Almeria
Alboran Golf,  Retamar, Almeria  boasts an 18-hole, 72-par championship course with 66 bunkers / © Federacion Andaluza de Golf 

Alcaidesa Links Golf Resort, Cadiz
Designed by Peter Ellis and Clive Clark, the links course at Alcaidesa Links Golf Resort, in La Linea de la Concepcion, Cadiz, offers spectacular views of Gibraltar and across to Africa / © Federacion Andaluza de Golf 

Marina Golf Mojacar, Almeria
Marina Golf course is alongside the Marina de la Torre urbanisation, close to the beautiful coastal town of Mojacar, Almeria / © Federacion Andaluza de Golf.  

Doña Julia Golf, Costa del Sol
Doña Julia resort, in Casares, on the Costa del Sol, features indigenous trees as well as a number of lakes and rivers / © Federacion Andaluza de Golf.