A question of golf

When autumn starts to brush gold and russet tints through the leaves, it's a perfect time to head for the greens of Spain's fine golf courses, where the days are still long, and the weather still good, but without the excessive summer heat.

That Spain is a favourite destination for golf lovers is well known. The country owes this reputation to two main factors: the climate and the world-class quality of the greens. And who would know the golf facilities better than the locals? Here we bring you a top ten list of golf resorts and hotels for golf enthusiasts chosen by the Spanish users of Trivago, the hotel price comparison site.

Grand Hotel Residencia (Maspalomas, Gran Canaria)

The chance to play a round of golf just a few metres from tall sand dunes, surrounded by palm trees, and with fine mountain views is one of the attractions offered by this five-star hotel located in Maspalomas on Gran Canaria. The perfect temperatures and proximity to eight high-class golf courses make the complex an ideal location to take time out and work on your handicap. In addition, complete golf days can be organised on your behalf, from reservations to transportation, as well as small international tournaments.

Mas Salvi (Pals, Girona)

This seventeenth-century farmhouse is set in the protected area of Carmany dels Pals, in north eastern Spain, among the Mediterranean forests and meadows typical of the Costa Brava. The facilities are a blend of traditional and modern and offer easy access to three golf courses and a pitch and putt. Golf lovers can opt for two- to five-night packages, which include evening meals at the restaurant, access to the heated pool, sauna and jacuzzi and even a massage session. There are other sports on offer, too, as well as courses in tennis or golf, guided hiking and excursions in the region.

Dorint Royal Golf Resort & Spa (Camp de Mar, Mallorca)

This five star hotel is located just a few metres from the sea. There are discounts and deals that include tee time on the nearby Andratx golf course, or others located in the region. Two special packages include accommodation in deluxe rooms and golf from dawn till dusk. Other sports and activities are available in the Sierra de Tramontana, and the spa and wellness facility offers the perfect place to relax at the end of the day.

Jardin Tecina (Playa de Santiago, La Gomera)
On the cliffs of the island of Gomera, this four-star resort is surrounded by gardens and greens with over 50 species of plants. Here you can play golf looking out over the ocean and the neighbouring island of Tenerife. Golf is available year-round, but there is a special promotion that includes hotel, unlimited golf with buggy and ferry between La Gomera's port of San Sebastian and Los Cristianos on Tenerife.

Club Maritimo de Sotogrande (San Roque, Cadiz)

At Sotogrande you not only get the chance to show your skills at the exceptional Valderrama Golf Club – which has hosted such important tournaments as the 1997 Ryder Cup and a number of Volvo Golf Masters – but as it's the Club Maritimo (the marine club) you'll have plenty of opportunity for water sports and to enjoy the pleasures of an excellent port-side restaurant. The hotel offers different packages that combine accommodation with golf as well as other sporting activities such as sailing, jet skiing, quad biking and hiking.

La Calderona Spa Sport and Club Resort (Betera, Valencia)

Synonymous with luxury, this five-star resort is also a sports club which offers exceptional facilities: a two-storey gym, indoor swimming pools for year-round swimming, tennis courts, squash courts, football and golf, too, with 1,800 square metres of putting green, where you can practise your approach and putting.

Abama Resort (Guia de Isora, Tenerife)
Boasting a golf course with more than 6,000 metres of play, 22 lakes and impressive waterfalls, the Abama Resort offers a number of different deals for three, five or seven nights. Non-players can substitute golf for spa sessions. There's a golf club and school where novices can start to learn the sport. The resort also organizes international tournaments, including the Abama Pro-am.

InterContinental Mar Menor Golf Resort & Spa (Torre Pacheco, Murcia)
This five-star spa hotel is set at the heart of the Mar Menor Golf Resort, surrounded by the 18-hole, par 68 Mar Menor Best Golf, a course that forms part of the Nicklaus Golf Trail in Murcia, southern Spain. All the courses on the trail are easily accessible via a complimentary bus service from the hotel.

Islantilla Golf Resort (Marbella, Huelva)

Located on the beaches of Islantilla, a few miles from Islacristina, the Islantilla Golf Resort enjoys a privileged climate of over 300 sunny days a year. The 27-hole golf course is split into three different nine-holes circuits, enabling guests to mix and match in different combinations. The resort is famed for its golf school, as well as offering packages that combine accommodation and golf facilities.

Golf & Spa Barcelo Jaca (Jaca, Huesca)

In the mountainous inland city of Jaca you get to enjoy the beauty of the Pyrenees as well as the fine 18-hole golf course. Discounts on green fees and other packages and options allow you to combine adventure, nature and golf in the verdant natural setting of the Badaguas valley. Resort facilities include spa and hydrothermal circuit with a range of beauty treatments.