Courses along the Atlantic: golf paradises that you may not know in Huelva and Cádiz

Spain is the second country in the world in terms of golf tourism. Only the United States receives more annual visitors in order to practice their favorite sport. However, within such a uniform «Marca España» there are a huge variety of routes, which require more than one trip to get the most out of all types of design.

Islantilla Golf, in Lepe
Islantilla Golf, in Lepe

In the simplest analysis, inland and coastal areas can be distinguished. And once there, in the first ones are located the mountainous, the plateaus and the “parklands”, very well cared for with vegetation and water traps in which one does not miss not being on the coast. Then, in those bathed by the sea, in principle the marine climate itself already makes a distinction: those of the Cantabrian Sea, the Atlantic or the Mediterranean have nothing to do with it.

It is precisely in the latter where there is greater confusion among foreigners, since Spain is often assimilated with the Mediterranean and they think of a single style of golf, when it is not so: the clubs of the Costa Brava do not have much to do with those of La Blanca, the Balearic Islands or the Sol. And continuing with the false associations of ideas, they tend to assimilate the style of Andalusian golf with that of the famous Malaga coastline, when it is not the case. The Almeria and Granada fields have more desert characteristics while the people of Cádiz and Huelva they already belong to the most typical Atlantic model.

This consideration makes them a little more unknown to the general international public, which translates into less saturation of players and greater use by local fans. Specifically, Seville and Madrid are the main users of the thirty coastal facilities that are deployed from Guadiaro to Ayamonte to the delight of thousands of golfers, who feel in glory practicing in unique conditions. They enjoy the heat of summer but with a ocean breeze that greatly reduces the thermal sensation and allows them to enjoy generally wider, flat and undulating routes than those of their eastern neighbors. There is no doubt that Cádiz and Huelva they are two privileged provinces in this sense.

Alcaidesa Links (San Roque), in front of Gibraltar
Alcaidesa Links (San Roque), in front of Gibraltar

Although geographically Guadiaro still belongs to the Mediterranean, the proximity of Gibraltar and the Strait means that the characteristics described are already glimpsed in Sotogrande or Alcaidesa (San Roque), which are already accentuated as you turn to the west. There are typical resorts such as Sancti Petri (Chiclana) or Costa Ballena (Rota) that these days are struggling to regain lost normality. Thus, the latter has resumed its normal gambling activity, waiting for the normal occupation to return in the coming weeks; yes, social life has been greatly diminished in terms of tournaments: they no longer have award ceremonies or subsequent celebratory meals.

The situation is similar in Huelva, where clubs like Isla Canela (Ayamonte), Islantilla or El Rompido (Cartaya) they have had to adapt to the new situation. In this last complex they have chosen to offer discounts of up to 45% to those who stay there. It is not a bad option for those who have not yet decided their destination and want to know a different and surprising one.

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