Finca Cortesin: Top 100 Golf Resorts in the World
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Number of Rooms67
Amenities23,000 sqm of gardens/luxurious spa offering Thai massage/4 swimming pools/tennis and paddle tennis courts/a 6,000 sqm beach club/on-site restaurants
Number of courses1
Course designersCabell B. Robinson
A five-star resort tucked just outside the dreamy Spanish coast city of Malaga, you’d be forgiven if you “forgot” to make a tee time at Finca Cortesin and instead spent your time hanging out at the property’s immaculate hotel, which routinely ranks as one of the 50 best in the world. But you should make a tee time at Cabell B. Robinson’s rugged design, a visually stunning and essentially Spanish track that runs from the hills out to the ocean. The Solheim Cup’s visit here in 2023 is just the latest pro golf excursion to Malaga, which has also hosted the DP World Tour’s Match Play Championship on a handful of occasions. After your round is done, hang out at the delicately maintained gardens, or spend some time overlooking stunning blue water at the property’s own private beach club (or four separate swimming pools). It’s all stunning at Finca Cortesin, which is sorta the point. It’s simply one of the most luxurious golf destinations on earth … hopefully the folks at The White Lotus don’t get any ideas.
It would, of course, be heretical to spend time in Malaga without enjoying a traditional Andalusian meal. Fortunately those staying on site don’t need to travel beyond the resort walls to find it. At El Jaidin, chef Lutz Bosing offers his own modern twist on traditional Spanish cuisine that leaves us with only suggestion: bring your appetite.
The hotel at Finca Cortesin is strong enough to attract the attention of travel enthusiasts the world over. Sixty-seven luxury suites are shaped into traditional Andalusian architecture, bringing the property’s mediterranean chic to life.
Tired of golf? Pop on down to the 6500 sqm private beach club attached to the resort property and spend your day lounging in the pristine sand and crystal clear waters of the famed Strait of Gilbraltar.
3 things to know
Best time to goThere’s certainly no bad time to visit, but if you’re looking for an ideal time, May or June is probably best. Those months are warm and comfortable without falling victim to peak summer heat (in the 90s!) or crowds.
Best non-golf amenitySpend an afternoon in Malaga visiting the Picasso museum — dedicated to the city’s patron saint of modern art.
Insider TipTapas are more than just a style of food — they’re a way of life. Spend an evening trolling through town in pursuit of light bites, good conversation, and perhaps even some live music. And keep an eye out for wine from the northern region of Priorat; it’s some of the hottest in the world for wine connoisseurs.