Costa Brava’s oldest golf club, Golf de Pals (pictured above by Harold Abellan, Arxiu Imatges), has been given a fresh makeover as part of a €250,000 investment. After becoming the first course in the region in 1966, Golf de Pals has hosted several national and international competitions, including the first Spanish Open on the European Tour in 1972.
As the venue for the Spanish Amateur Championships (1970, 1994 and 2002), Women’s Amateur Championships (2000 and 2010) and the Spanish Professional Championships in 1984 and 2002, the course has become a firm favourite, especially for its attention to accuracy and strategy.
Winding its way through woodland, it’s not always obvious that the golf course enjoys direct access to the Beach & Golf Resort La Costa and is the only resort on the Costa Brava with direct access to the sea.
But while its traditions have been recognised recently with the award of the 2020 Plaque of Merit in Golf by the Royal Spanish Golf Federation, there is now an extra fresh feel with a brand new pro shop and some key improvements to the course.
Around €100,000 was spent on the new pro shop to improve the retail experience and there was also significant investment in replacement tee areas and irrigation updates, to take the maintenance standards to a new level too.
A spokesperson for Golf Costa Brava said: “Although we are proud of Golf de Pals and its long history dating back to the 1960s, it shows it is a club which is also keen to add some modern touches too..”
First-class golf experiences north of Barcelona
Situated 100 kilometres north of Barcelona in a region nestling between the foothills of the Pyrenees and the waters of the Mediterranean, the Costa Brava boasts an array of first-class golf experiences. The association features seven golf clubs and nine varied 18-hole layouts from some of the game’s most well-known and accomplished designers, as well as a highly-rated par-three course.
Club Golf d’Aro Mas Nou www.golfdaro.com
Club de Golf Costa Brava (www.golfcostabrava.com
Empordà Golf (Forest and Links courses) (www.empordagolf.com
Club de Golf Peralada www.golfperalada.com
PGA Catalunya (Stadium and Tour courses) www.pgacatalunya.com
Golf de Pals golfdepals.com
Torremirona Golf Club www.golftorremirona.com
Gualta Par Three www.gualta.com