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La Cañada Golf Course
Ctra. de Guadiaro, km. 1
Guadiaro, San Roque, Cádiz 11311, Spain


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In the fifties the area of Guadiaro was farming country but then came Sotogrande and some farm workers, moving with the times, became greenkeepers. Their work at Sotogrande kindled an intense interest in the game and they developed a small nine-hole golf course on a mountainside. With local kids gathering in their droves to whack golf balls around this primitive “golf course” the tiny village of Guadiaro was able to boast of more golfers than any other village in the entire country. ... [more]
In the fifties the area of Guadiaro was farming country but then came Sotogrande and some farm workers, moving with the times, became greenkeepers. Their work at Sotogrande kindled an intense interest in the game and they developed a small nine-hole golf course on a mountainside. With local kids gathering in their droves to whack golf balls around this primitive “golf course” the tiny village of Guadiaro was able to boast of more golfers than any other village in the entire country. Major improvements were guaranteed when Jamie Ortiz Patino talked the municipality into donating a parcel of the land and then arranged for the doyen of golf course architects, Robert Trent Jones, to design a nine-hole golf course. La Canada was the result and some ten years later, with financial help from both the First Tee programme and Jimmy Patino, a second nine-holes, designed by Dave Thomas, was added. When a clubhouse became a reality La Canada was really on the golfing map but, remaining true to the spirit of their origins, it was decided that local golfers would still get priority with tee times.

MEMORABLE HOLES

La Canada is something of a hidden gem and the final three holes are a pure joy. The 16th travels dramatically downhill as it wends its way among a tapestry of trees until it reaches the green. The par-3 17th will doubtless cause havoc to many a player’s card. Although measuring just 135-metres this short hole provides the original “all duck or no dinner” tee shot. The ball has to carry a chasm and then a lake as it wings its way to its intended destination. An ability to blank out the potential for disaster will be the biggest requirement of the tee shot.

Just when you think it can get no more difficult the 18th tee provides a spectacle which is sure to cause a further tightening of the tummy muscles. The ground immediately in front of the tee drops off into a huge abyss which is filled with an eye-catching selection of trees. The drive, on this 338-metres hole, has to carry about 180-metres before it arrives out onto the fairway; anything less will require a re-load and three off the tee, and so on! The buggy-path brings you right around the edge of the gorge which must be the final resting place of countless thousands of golf balls. The fairway slopes severely from right to left as it rolls down onto a plateau from where you can see the green surrounded by a necklace of mounds while over the back does not look in the slightest bit inviting.

Although not of 24-carat quality, the variety of the holes, and dramatic views of the countryside, makes La Canada a delight to play. It could be suggested that the course keeps its best until last and, with golf being a game of memories for most of us, those final three holes are sure to provide moments of exhilaration, or possibly despair, which will last for some time.

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Type:Public
Driving Range:none
Short Game Practice:yes with sand bunker
Water Hazards:Moderate
Sand Bunkers:Moderate




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Recent Scores

Date Golfer Score
10/19/18 Mario Beauregard 83
9/16/18 majormolar 88
9/14/18 Jason Petrucci 90
7/4/18 Mackenzr 85
7/2/18 Mackenzr 79
6/22/18 Mackenzr 88
6/20/18 Mackenzr 81
6/18/18 Mackenzr 85
6/15/18 Mackenzr 89
6/11/18 Mackenzr 91
6/8/18 Mackenzr 88
6/6/18 Mackenzr 91
6/4/18 Mackenzr 83
5/21/18 Mackenzr 87
5/18/18 Mackenzr 91
5/14/18 Mackenzr 86
5/11/18 Mackenzr 95
4/16/18 babsbanfield
2/15/18 Mackenzr 255
2/14/18 Mackenzr 227
2/12/18 Mackenzr 172
2/9/18 Mackenzr 132
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Recent Reviews

  robertbraybrook - 10/16/14
Played 22nd Sept. Course undergoing green maintenance but was reflected in the price. The course was in very good condition. The greens were still reasonable. The scenery is very good too. staff are very friendly and amenable. 18th is best hole, followed closely by 17th. However as a single player with a buggy it took 4 1/2 hours to complete the round which was very poor. Reason, there were 3 '4 ball' groups in front who could not play golf and would not allow me to go through. There should be some marshalling taking place to stop this happening. Having said that enjoyed the day, scored well and would go back.
  Waggy40 - 9/21/12
Good all round course
  kayeff - 1/6/11
Just a quick update... there is a driving range here.
  Hammers123 - 11/3/13
  seajon - 6/18/11
  andy.moffat - 4/11/11
  golfgolfo1 - 9/3/10
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