Royal Sotogrande opened in 1964 and is still one of Europe’s top 10 courses .Although this is a private club, green-fee-paying visitors are welcome although they should book in advance. It is often referred as the “old” course to differentiate it from its younger neighbour, Valderrama. The Robert Trent Jones design features mature trees pine, cork, oak, palm and eucalyptus, and plenty of water hazards, namely at the 12th, 13th, 14th, 16th and 17th. the fairways are immaculate but watch out for the rough. There is also a short par 3 course.