When it originally opened for play in 1990 The San Roque Club course at Sotogrande had a huge reputation to live up to. Rumours were that each of the holes designed by Dave Thomas and Tony Jacklin had cost $1,000,000 to build.
Given that Seve Ballesteros, an undoubted master of golf’s short game, would later remould many of the bunker designs it is no surprise that the course has risen to be ranked as high as 16th in Spain.
The San Roque Club has two distinct nines with fairways on the the first half lined by mature cork trees suggesting they are narrower than they actually play.
And perhaps the stiffest challenge is the par four sixth hole where for the big hitters drives cannot extend beyond 300 yards or they encounter a water hazard and the second shot requires accurate clubbing up a steep slope to the green.
All the greens are contoured and fast and while the second nine is more open it too features water hazards and carefully positioned bunkering and the wonderful views to nearby mountains can distract the brain from the shot in hand.
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