Beaches, gastronomy, sophistication

Golf in Costa Brava

Costa Brava on the Catalan coast north of Barcelona is Spain’s gathering place for golfers who appreciate sophistication, class and an international atmosphere.

‘Costa Brava’ means the rugged or wild coast. Along this jagged Mediterranean coastline, bordered by the Pyrenees, you can find some of Spain’s top courses. And you’re never very far away from the urban delights of both Barcelona and the smaller but equally historic Girona. Unspoiled beaches await you for those non-golf times of the day.

The climate in Costa Brava resembles that of the French Riviera. It’s not as warm as the Costa del Sol in the south of Spain, but in the summer months this can be a bonus. The average summer temperature approaches 28°C while the coldest winter months average around 7°C. The courses are usually playable all year round, but during winter you might have to bundle up a bit if the temperatures drop. Spring and fall are the really busy times of year, when northern Europeans descend on the area, looking to extend their seasons.

Some of the most notable aspect of the courses on the Costa Brava, is that the terrain is usually gently undulating, i.e. perfect for golf. Beautiful and characteristic umbrella pine trees give a sense of natural grandeur.

There are eight clubs with 10 courses in the region. Historical tracks such as Golf Platja de Pals mix with slightly more recent additions, such as PGA Catalunya’s two courses from 1999.

Costa Brava has a lot to offer outside of golf, not the least of which is culture and fantastic beaches. But maybe of most interest for hungry golfers: gastronomy. Girona is known for its Michelin-starred restaurants, notably El Celler de Can Roca, which won the title of the world's best restaurant in 2013.

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