The Old Course at San Roque is one of the more mature courses to be played in southern Spain. Established in 1990, San Roque has been around long enough to see the explosion of Andalucian golf courses as the game’s popularity has grown and grown. Now headed for its 25th anniversary, San Roque remains a charming place to enjoy a round of golf.
Alongside Valderrama and Real Club de Sotogrande, San Roque makes up part of the Golden Triangle of Golf. The course is located in the midst of a natural wonderland, with this hilly enclose benefitting massively from the presence of cork trees and the waterway that flows through it. In particular, the greenside views from the tenth hole of the reams of cork trees just behind that stretch on for miles is a wonderful sight to behold. You may find it soothing before you take up the putter.
Playing San Roque’s Old Course is a thoroughly enjoyable experience. The matured fairways ensure a better standard of play than could be reasonably expected from the younger courses, offering a round that is challenging but fair. It plays at 7100 yards from the back tees, and the wonderful Mediterranean climate helps make this course playable all through the year.
The greens on the Old Course are probably what San Roque is best known for. They are big targets, but winding up on the far end from the pin leaves a very good chance of a three putt, unless great care is taken. The contours of the greens are very intricate, and if you can read them here, you can read greens anywhere. That is the standard that San Roque reaches.