Since 1988, Valderrama has been considered the number one course in Continental Europe, and it is included in all rankings of the 100 best courses in the world.
It is par-71, measuring 6.390 metres from the “Championship Tees”. Its paths are considered the best in Europe (and in the world) by experts and professional players. It is not an easy course because it needs great precision and strategy to play successfully.
It was designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. in 1974 and originally named “Las Aves” (today Sotogrande). In 1985 it was bought by Jaime Ortiz-Patiño and his objective was to bring it to the best level ever. Robert Trent Jones Sr. then had to return to redesign and improve the original course.
The course was renamed “Valderrama”, the name of the property on which it stood.