Club Golf d’Aro, Spain

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Club de Golf d’Aro (a.k.a Mas Nou Golf Club) lies between sky and sea, 300 meters above the tourist resort of Platja d’Aro, overlooking the Costa Brava coastline at the top of the Gaverre Mountains. One of the oldest courses on the Costa Brava (built in 1990) the course was designed by D Ramon Espinosa, featuring a par-72, 18-hole championship course of around 6,800 yards and a 9-hole (pitch and putt) course, both of them in the heart of the resort and enjoying spectacular views of the Costa Brava, Les Gavarres, Montseny and the Valle de La Selva.

This course has literally been built by slicing off the very top of a mountain, an undulating golf course with strategically placed bunkers making it a challenging but interesting layout, as do the ravines falling down both sides of some fairways, an opportunity to use every club in your bag. More than a thousand olive trees, pines, cork oaks and two artificial lakes were employed in the design of the course. Distance is not the main obstacle to score well on this spectacular course; you need to plan carefully your shots so that you may have any hope of playing just the one sleeve of balls.

In 1992, the European Association of Architects ranked this course as the best in Europe. Golf d’Aro hosted the Martini Open in 1990, the European Tour Catalonia Open in 1992 and the Catalonia Ladies Master in 2006.

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