Santa Clara, golf & country club on your doorstep
Cross the coastal road from the beachside serenity of your luxury home at La Morera Playa and you come to your ‘local’ golf club within a matter of a few minutes. Also very close by are the beautiful Río Real and Marbella Golf Club resorts—but Santa Clara is all told about five minutes away and one of the most emblematic courses in the Marbella area.
There is a highly esteemed golf academy, a pro shop and the facilities and ambience of a five-star clubhouse, complete with the fine dining and wonderful views of the Kayena Restaurant, but pride of place goes to the rolling parkland beauty of the 18-hole, par 71 course, which extends for almost six kilometres (5.891 metres, to be precise) along the undulating hills that flow down towards the sea.
Designed by Enrique Canales and inaugurated in 1998, both the course and its attending clubhouse have become Marbella icons in a relatively short period of time. The scenery alone is a worthwhile experience, along with sea and mountain views, but players love the rewarding challenges of its water hazards, gentle but sloping gradients and bunkers that lead the way to the larger greens.
Reaching the highest point of elevation on the eighth hole, your breath is taken away by the sparkling sea below as you head for the ninth and towards the distinctive terracotta architecture of a clubhouse complex that exudes a truly refined and welcoming ambience. To enjoy a meal here after a game while surveying the scenery before you is one of the true delights of life in Marbella – and one that owners at La Morera Playa have on their very doorstep.