Golf Platja de Pals
Built among a huge pine-tree forest in front of Pals Beach, it’s the oldest golf course on the Costa Brava. It was designed by the British planner F. W. Hawtree, who created a course that would thrill all kinds of players, from amateurs to experienced ones. The first holes require precision, with short distances, narrow fairways, slight doglegs, deep bunkers that protect the greens and century-old pine trees that surround the fairways. After Hole 12, the distances are longer and offer a more continental style, with wider fairways and larger greens.
The course has 5 par-5s, 9 par-4s and 4 par-3s, thus being one of Catalonia’s few par-73 courses. Two lakes come into play during the round. In Hole 8, the water appears after the second stroke and follows the fairway all the way to the green. In Hole 9, the player must avoid the lake to reach the fairway and reach a flat yet small green, surrounded by deep bunkers.
Throughout its 50 years of history, Golf de Pals has hosted numerous Spanish and international professional and amateur tournaments.
Worthy of a mention is that the European Golf Tour started in Golf de Pals in 1972 with the 46th Spanish Open. This prestigious competition has only taken place in five other Catalan courses: Sant Cugat, Cerdanya, El Prat, PGA Catalunya and Vallromanes.