Campo de Golf El Saler
Campo de Golf El Saler, Valencia, Spain
7 reviews of Campo de Golf El Saler
Played El Saler in 2008 disappointed very good layout, championship course without a doubt,but very poor condition, greens good but tees and fairways were the worst of the 5 courses we played.Welcome was very poor,not an impressive set up at all, not worth 90euros.Just keep going for 30mins to El Bosque a real jem.
What a dissapointment. After being told that this was the second best course in Spain I wish that I had stayed at home.
The club is located adjacent to the coast road and first impressions are low key. I was expecting something akin to the Belfry and got a rather scruffy series of square buildings.
It had rained very heavily about three days before and we were told that the course was damaged. Just 6 holes were open. After teeing off the ragged tee boxes we also found that two of the greens were temp as well.
I would have thought that a course of this supposed presige would be able to cope and be putting things right (I played near Alicante the day after and saw all of this).The greens were poor - suffering from a fungus, but also ridged and pitted with one green poorly relaid.
Pro shop small and hire clubs for colleagues very average.
Even allowing for the weather I have played numerous courses in Spain all of which were in better condition and more of a challenge. Off the main fairways the course environment was scruffy and that is my lasting memory. Save your money and play elsewhere.
One of the very best courses in spain, along with El Bosque and La Sella in Denia.
Pine groves on the front nine and sand dunes the back, this is a very testing course. The par 3 17th and the 18th 2 of the best.
Mr Smith below seems to have been very unlucky, as we found the course to be in superb condition when we played last week. The greens were true and no sign of wear and tear on the fairways. Only the yellow teeing areas were a bit cut up, although the championship tees were immaculate (no surprise there).
The course itself is hard work: a combination of links and parkland golf you have to think carefully before every shot. Greens and fairways slope away at the edges, meaning your target is much smaller than it appears at first, and bunkers, trees and bushes lurk behind humps and hollows. Stray off line and you get punished - this course was built to test the pros so don't expect to get away with it! Apart from a couple of downwind holes, the driver is best left in the bag, which makes for some very long second shots.
At 88 euros a round it's not cheap, but that's to be expected from a course rated in the top 100 in the world. Take plenty of balls, and enjoy the challenge!
Played El Saler 1/03 as part of a party of 8.
The actual course design is very good, with some very interesting holes..but it was in poor condition.
Many of the fairways had 'divot' marks across them, as if the grass had been treated and had yet to recover.
There were many unrepaired pitch marks & dead grass on the greens.
We also played Alcadesa and Alicante (where we stayed), and these were both in better condition. The former, in particular was a well designed course.
The views at El Saler are special, and the place is worth a visit, but not the 'great course' we all read about...well it wasn't when we were there!
The 'parador' hotel where we tried to get some food was average at best.
A very tricky course, indeed 'one of the great tests of Spanish golf'. Some very tight holes, easy to lose the odd ball. Greens, bunkers both in excellent condition. Well worth spending a few minutes on the practice green to try to get the pace of putts before playing.
I first played this course in 1989. It is superb. It is half links and half woodland. It is right on the coast near to Valencia. When the wind blows it is as tough as many of the Scottish courses. Super greens. The hotel adjacent is top class. Well worth a visit.
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