Flat, long seaside challenge
After three days of playing very steep undulating courses, Parador was a very welcome change. Parador is very much a pay-and-play course, but don't let that kid you into thinking it is a run-of-the-mill municipal course...not in the slightest!
At 6490 yards off the yellows, it was the longest course I have played this year. The three par fives are long, and the 12th is over 500 yards, if you par them it's like a birdie. Also, two of the par three's are over 200 yards, this is a serious golf course. Tight with very small greens. The fairways were very good and the greens fast. We went out at 8.30 am everything had been watered, and the bunkers raked.
The young pro's in the shop could not have been more helpful. There is safe storage in the pro shop, but you are allowed to take buggies where you like. (within reason). For me, Parador offers a decent track, with level surfaces. There are undulations but nothing compared to many other Spanish courses.
With a buggy, you'll pay about 75 Euros, but you need to book as they were very busy, the day we played. We got around in 3 and a half hours as a 3-ball. Members here often play off the reds, and they are very fast players, so be warned, if you can't keep up, let them through.
You are playing alongside the beach, so the winds can change and when they do, you lose yardage. This is a very relaxing course, with friendly staff and a great 19th hole. This course also suits lady players better than some of the others we played.
All in all a course I would revisit, the only downside was the amount of aeroplane traffic overhead, but other than that a very nice golfing memory of Spain.
Well worth a visit
It's better known as Parador,it's approximately 1mile from Málaga airport and is the oldest course on the costa del sol,it can be called a links as about 6 holes run along the beach.it is a very flat course so is very easy to walk if you wish.The tees,fairways and greens are in excellent condition ,I will definitely be playing here again