GUADALMINA CLUB DE GOLF (SUR)
Marbella, Málaga (Spain)
18 Holes • Length 6.060 m • Par 72
In 2004, the Board of Directors through the Manager, Ignacio del Cuvillo, contacted and hired Stirling & Martin Golf Architects to make a complete transformation on the design on the South Golf Course, originally designed by Javier Arana back in 1959.
The main objective was to eliminate all the dangerous situations to the housing built around the golf course, especially on holes 1, 2 ,3, 4, 5, 13, 18. Second, was to increase the beauty of the course by making the river come more into play (holes 6, 12, 15, 16, 17). Third, was to increase the playability and safety by eliminating all the blind shots, (2, 4,10,18), and in general changing the strategy of play on all holes. Fourth, alter the greens, that were all flat, very small and boring.
The full redesign also included 72 new tees platforms, total renovation and relocation of bunkering, modification of all the green surroundings and greens surfaces, new shaping on fairways and rough areas, and a new irrigation, pumping station and controller system.
Guadalmina Sur, after the full renovation is one of the most successful and profitable golf courses in the Costa del Sol.
In 2008, Don Juan Carlos I, King of Spain, gave the title of Real Club de Golf de Guadalmina, recognizing 50 years of social and golf history and for the strong support for the development of touristic promotion on Costa del Sol.