Dona Julia, Estepona
Situated between Marbella and Gibralter, Dona Julia is an excellent course to include in any itinerary. It was designed by Antonio Garcia and he has blended a challenging course into the natural landscape of the Casares Mountains offering magnificent views of the Mediterranean sea and the African coast.
The course was opened in 2006 and has been redesigned to become a par 71 course stretching over 6700 yards.
Tame The 660 Yard 8th Hole At Dona Julia
Eleven holes are played from elevated tees offering great views of the sea which can challenge the concentration and take your mind off the golf. The other major defence of the course are the huge greens which look easy to hit but getting the ball close to the pin is quite a challenge. The front nine holes are reasonably flat winding their way through indigenous trees and lakes. It’s the back nine that takes some playing as there are more lakes, water features and vegetation to contend with.
It is usually in very good condition as are most of the courses that are managed by Aymerich management group. The course is spread out over quite a large area so that many of the holes are secluded and you are not conscious of other players. One of the nicest aspects of playing here is that you can see whats in front of you. The elevated tees enable you to see all the prospective hazards and its up to you to negotiate them.
The finishing holes are amongst the toughest on the region. Its easy to think you have got the course beaten until you reach the par 5 seventeenth. This dog leg left has water on the right hand side of the fairway and the green is protected by bunkers and more water. The eighteenth is a cracker of a par three where you have to hit a long iron or fairway wood onto a green that is protected by water on both sides. Getting a three here makes the after round drink taste so much sweeter.
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- No. of Holes: 18
- Par: 72
- Length: 6737 yards
- Designer: Antonio Garcia Garrido
- Year Opened: 2001