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Monte Mayor Golf Club, Marbella.

The Monte Mayor club opened in 1989.

An 18-hole fantastic and challenging course, designed by José Cancedo, it was stated to be “one of the most spectacular on the Costa del Sol”

The course was set in a valley on the slopes of Monte Mayor in an area outstanding natural beauty.  The ruins of a tenth century Moorish Fort sits on the summit of Monte Mayor. Professional Alex Cejka held the course record of 66. The club professional was Harro Rijnders and the green-keeper Gonzalo Ortiz.

Signatures Holes were; the par three third measuring 165 meters from the yellow tees (193m from the white tees). Considered as one of the best par 3s on the Costa del Sol. Very intimidating, but a well struck shot slightly to the right of the pin would bring the best result.

The par five fourth hole, 419 meters (yellow) 425 meters (white). A drive, then a choice – go for the green – or lag up on to the plateau. You then crossed over a lovely rustic bridge with a glorious water-fall cascading over natural marble stone.

The par four thirteenth, 284 meters (yellow) 291 meters white). From the elevated tee there were breathtaking panoramic views over the course and to the coast.

Below is the scorecard (in metres).

Hole White  Yellow Red Par SI Hole White Yellow Red Par SI
1 481  471 426 5 3 10 391 369 331 4 2
2 362 348 315 4 13 11 256 242 219 4 9
3 193 165 125 3 7 12 337 317 280 4 6
4 425 419 385 5 5 13 291 284 262 4 16
5 106 100 74 3 17 14 334 322 300 4 10
6 359 353 319 4 1 15 337 337 316 4 4
7 352 316 282 4 14 16 479 474 458 5 8
8 311 302 264 4 18 17 312 279 246 4 11
9 175 116 109 3 15 18 149 138 99 3 12

 

Monte Mayor Golf Club, Marbella. Course plan.

Course plan.

 

The following is an extract from a statement that appeared on the club website in November 2011. “Sadly, Monte Mayor Golf & Country Club has been commercially closed. We want to thank you all for your sincere support.”  

The pictures below show two different phases. The course and clubhouse as it was, and how it looks after three years of neglect. 

 

Monte Mayor Golf Club, Marbella. Course in 2008.

The first hole from the tee (2008).

 

Monte Mayor Golf Club, Marbella. The third hole (2008).

The par 3 third hole from the tee (2008).

 

Monte Mayor Golf Club, Marbella. Course (2008).

Which tee? (2008).

 

Monte Mayor Golf Club, Marbella. Clubhouse and terrace (2008).

The clubhouse and terrace (2008).

 

Monte Mayor Golf Club, Marbella. The derelict clubhouse (2014).

The derelict clubhouse (2014).

 

Monte Mayor Golf Club, Marbella. The Course (2014).

The overgrown eighteenth green (2014).

 

Monte Mayor Golf Club, Marbella. The overgrown course (2014).

The overgrown course (2014).