Atalaya Golf and Country Club Estepona-Malaga
Atalaya Golf and Country Club Estepona-Malaga, Estepona, Spain
9 reviews of Atalaya Golf and Country Club Estepona-Malaga
Played Old and New Course in March 2016 on our annual 20 man trip.
The Old Course was better than I remembered. Well presented in every aspect, some really nice holes, greens ran true and at a decent pace for time of year. Pretty forgiving so anyone looking for a good holiday course venue, this probably ticks the boxes.
The New Course is a much shorter and tighter affair, and to be honest a little claustrophobic, verging on the point of dangerous, in places. Risk reward holes are a plenty - I'd say there are probably four driveable par 4s for the big hitters off yellow tees. It was well presented, but definitely in the shadow of it's older brother and, if I'm honest, despite having my best round of the week here, probably wouldn't rush back.
Off course, we were very well looked after both in the pro shop and in the club house. I also have to say the local members that we spoke to were extremely friendly, which is a credit to them as we all know that isn't always the case!
In summary, Old Course a definite, New Course I wouldn't rush and play.
I've played most of the courses in the area extending from Malaga to Estepona. I've just returned from a break during which I played 5 courses including Atalaya Old Course. This one really took me by surprise. The immediate impression on arrival was how well presented everything was. I had been expecting a mid-price look and feel, but it was all much better than that. The bar, shop and service from staff were perfect. The course and practice area visible from the terrace were clearly very well looked after. The opening hole requires no more than a drawn rescue and a wedge, so the first impression there was that it might be a little too forgiving. However, that soon changed. The fairways were often wide but this was offset by quite a few tricky greens. The course is on the more forgiving side but it's no pushover. For me it was the perfect holiday course - very pretty, playable enough for the golfer who'd been in a bar the previous evening, and very reasonably priced. I look forward to returning, and will also try the New course.
My phone won't let me add star ratings so I'll add them here: Clubhouse 4, green conditions 4, challenge 3, value 5, staff service 5. Overall I would give 4.
Played Atalaya Old at the beginning of March for the first time as part of our annual trip to the Costa.
Decent enough practice facilities, welcome was ok though not as good as others we visited over the week. We weren't impressed with the starter who was absolutely drenching the tee with a hose pipe before we teed off, so much so you were stood in standing water - not great when your hitting an iron!
The course was ok. A fairly easy walk, wide open fairways, greens ran true enough though not the best we played on by a long chalk. Tee beds were cut very unevenly, bunkers were ok and generally tidy. It was generally a decently presented course.
Quite a few short par 4s, some really nice holes, but also some holes that were pretty quickly forgotten.
We were well looked after in the bar afterwards.
All in all, it's worth a visit, but I think there are better courses about for the same money.
Played the old course late August after a torrential down pour.
My only complaint was that the main restaurant did not open until 12.00 midday so whilst waiting for the rain to clear we had to try and find sheler under parasols at the half way hut!
Once the rain had cleared the course was in excellent condition with it draining very quickly.
The first is a short downhill par 4, not a particularly difficult course easily walkable. An enjoyable holiday track, that is not too expensive we paid about 60 euro.
Played the new course saturday and sunday. Enjoyable layout with some shortish par 4 holes. Makes you feel great to almost drive some greens (we can dream can't we) Pleasing to the eye but steep to climb in some places. Plans in the clubhouse to re-vamp the layout and eliminate the longish walk to 1st tee. handicap of 10 plus should definately include it in their itinerary.
Played both courses in January 2003 and was very impressed with the layout and quality of both courses. The starter was very friendly and changed our tee time at the last minute. The only downside was the obvious ability of some of the golfers on show who clearly were not club golfers.
Played both courses, Old and New on 2nd and 3rd May 2003. The New is set up like an English parkland course, very pretty and playing about 5,800 yards off the yellow was fun and enjoyable, expecially coming in with 36 points. The Old was a lot more hilly but still walkable, only managed 34 points here, but cannot believe it is nearly 1 1/2 miles to and from clubhouse and 1st tee. 5 hour rounds on both. They should really buck up on standards, 3 players in front of us with only 2 bags, driving 160 yards off the tee then waiting till the greens cleared to play a 210 approach shot, which was not made, hence 5 hours a round. Subsidised green fees if staying at the linked hotels. Worth a visit.
Atalaya Old is an extremely attractive, flat and enjoyable test of golf. There is absolutely no point whatsoever in hiring buggies as they are only allowed to be driven down the concrete pathways at the edge of each fairway; consequently, assuming your ball is in the middle of the fairway, you are constantly walking from side to middle and back again. When booking start times, always try to get the first time out, around 8 am, as the rate of play is generally dreadfully slow. In April our fastest round was 4 hours 20 mins, our slowest 5 hours.
Atalaya Old is a longish course by Spanish "holiday course" standards and as such will be best enjoyed by mid to low handicappers, but playing off the forward tees it is also an enjoyable outing for the less serious among us. There is a little corner arond 12 and 13 where water plays a relevant part but otherwise it is fairly open and very playable by all. It is fairly flat most of the way but being open the sun will tire you so buggies are worthwhile. A pretty and picturesque parkland course worth including in your plans.
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