The deluxe resort in Andalucia, southern Spain, was again the most popular choice in the updated poll of the Europe’s top 100 golf resorts, with Finca Cortesin given unanimous approval for its decision to became the first course in Spain to relay all of its greens with a new variety of Bermuda grass last summer.
Voted for by golfers and resort visitors, each venue was marked out of ten for the quality of its hotel and golf facilities, with Finca Cortesin scoring an impressive average rating of 9.3 to take first place ahead of some of the biggest names in European golf including Monte Rei, Trump Turnberry, Costa Navarino and Terre Blanche.
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Miguel Girbés, director of golf at Finca Cortesin Hotel, Golf & Spa, said: “There are so many outstanding golf resorts in Europe, so to be named as number one for the second year in a row is something that makes everyone at Finca Cortesin very proud.
“We’re always striving at the resort to give our guests the best possible golf experience that we can – as seen with the changes we have made to our greens – and to receive this sort of feedback makes all the hard work worthwhile.”
Jeroen Korving, managing director and co-founder of www.leadingcourses.com, said: “To be ranked in successive years as the best golf resort in Europe by the people that count most, the golfers, is a fantastic achievement and hugely deserved.
“With outstanding leisure facilities, exquisite dining options and a great golf course, Finca Cortesin has it all and offers an excellent luxury experience. It continues to please visitors day in, day out, and a big compliment goes out to the whole team.”
The accolade is the latest honour to be bestowed on Finca Cortesin following a memorable 2017 that has seen the venue cement its position among the world’s elite golf resorts.
As well as becoming a member of the exclusive European Tour Properties network last year, the resort was ranked in the best 50 hotels in the world by Condé Nast Traveler UK magazine.
Finca Cortesin’s ambitious greens project to upgrade its putting surfaces with a new type of Ultra Dwarf Bermuda grass also received worldwide praise – including winning the 2018 IAGTO Sustainability Award for Resource Efficiency and moving into the top 20 of the Top 100 Golf Courses European rankings list for the first time in its history.
Opened in March 2006 and set across a vast 532-acre estate, Finca Cortesin – regarded as one of Europe’s most exclusive modern golf and lifestyle destination resorts.
Designed by American Cabell Robinson, the resort’s championship course has hosted numerous high-profile tournaments, including the Volvo World Match Play Championship in 2009, 2011 and 2012. Complementing the world-class golf course are outstanding practice facilities including a state-of-the-art Jack Nicklaus Golf Academy.
Located in the rolling hills of southern Spain, between Marbella and Sotogrande, with the Mediterranean to one side and the tranquil Casares Mountains to the other, Finca Cortesin’s other world-class facilities include an elegant 67-suite hotel, Hotel Cortesin; a 6,000sqm Beach Club; and an award-winning spa featuring Spain’s only snow cave, and the choice of four restaurants.Visit Finca Cortesin