Half of Andalucia's more than 100 golf courses are located in the Malaga province. More than 40 of the golf courses in the Malaga province is located on the Costa del Sol and the area is therefore often referred to as "Costa del Golf". Most of the courses have excellent facilities. Add to this the wonderful climate, allowing golfers to enjoy the whole year, including the winter months when most of the European countries are suffering low temperatures, rain and snow. In summer time you definitely want to book early, as so many people want to play and some courses limit the hours of play during the hot daytime.
Most of the golf courses are very popular all year round, so if you plan to go on a weeks golf holiday in the Malaga province, you need to plan and to book tee times well ahead to be able to play the number of times you want to on your vacation. An alternative is to let golf holiday tour operators organize you golf holiday. Without planning in advance or without letting someone organize things for you, you may end up without being able to get any tee times during your stay.
The Marbella area has the highest number of golf courses in the Malaga province followed by the Mijas area with the second highest number.
The "Golf Valley" behind Puerto Banus in the Nueva Andalucia urbanisation, not far from Marbella, is very popular with many challenging courses, on of them (Dama de noche Golf Course) even alows you to play in the evening thanks to artificial light system.
Among the most challenging courses on Costa del Sol are the Seve Ballesteros designed Alhaurin Golf Course, located just behind Mijas, with beautiful views, but remember to bring plenty of golf balls if you are not an expert golf player. Valderama Gold Club in San Roque is one of Europes toughest courses.