Valle de Este Golf
Based in Vera, Costa Almeria
Valle del Este Golf
Valle de Este Golf is a paradisiacal setting in which to enjoy your favourite sport on a carefully-maintained golf course with a unique design and natural resources which cannot fail to please.
Wide fairways, elevated tees, receptive greens with a wide range of flag positions, as well as strategically-positioned water hazards and bunkers to make each hole an authentic challenge regardless of your standard of play.
Is it a tough course? With wide fairways, large, receptive greens and 5,720 metres from the competition tees, it would not really seem to be. The strategic positions of the tees and the obstacles in the landing areas, however, make each hole a real challenge, whatever your level of play.
The landscape, the desert of Almeria with occasional glimpses of the Mediterranean and the folds of the terrain make it a visual marvel.
The small, circular, elevated tees and the desert which needs to be cleared at each hole make every pin a challenge.
The fairways on some holes may remind you of some Arizona’s finest courses, but with the singularity of the local vegetation. There are also strategically-located water hazards to stretch players to the limits of their resources.
The greens, fast and clear thanks to their size, boast a wide range of flag positions, with differences of up to 4 clubs.
Good players can reach the 3 par-5s on this 71-par course in two good shots, but remember that mistakes cost dear on this course. Beginners and average players should have no trouble reaching the green in 3 or 4 shots.
The 4 par-3s are totally different. Hole 2 is a long hole with a small rise and very generous green which calls for the best long iron or fairway wood. Holes 6 and 14 should not present any great trouble with a medium-short iron.
The one to command at Valle del Este is hole 12. With just 152 metres from the rear tees or 138 from men’s, the distance is not really a big problem, but the river crossing it sure is! The views, the two small rear bunkers, clearing it all, simply one of the best par-3s in Spain.
There are no 440-metre par-4s at this course, but you will not miss them. Tee positions are everything. Less aggressive play from the tee normally brings its reward. Hole 3, for example, a fantastic 345-metre par-4 which forces you to think right from the tee. A fairway surrounded by water with several landing areas and a spectacular green protected by a waterfall running down its right-hand side, which needs to be cleared.
The unbeatable weather, which means you can play in light clothing all year round, and the state of the course, thanks to fantastic maintenance, make Valle del Este an unforgettable experience.
The Valle del Este Golf course opened in 2003 and was designed by Jose Canales.
18 holes, Par 71
The total length is 5720 m
Handicap; Men; 28 Ladies; 36
Facilities; Restaurant, bar, pro shop, driving range (floodlit and partly covered), 2 putting greens, 1 chipping green, 2 short-play greens, golf school, paddle club, swimming pool, spa, rental clubs, trolleys and buggies.
Need accommodation? Photos and a description of the Hotel Valle de Este can be seen here
Valle del Este Golf; Urb. Valle del Este, Autovia E-15, Salida 529, 04620 Vera, Almeria, Spain.