Valderrama Golf Club
|Location||San Roque, Cádiz, Spain|
|Owned by||Club de Golf Valderrama, S.A.|
|Tournaments hosted||Andalucia Masters
Ryder Cup (1997);
WGC-American Express Championship (1999, 2000)
|Designed by||Robert Trent Jones|
|Length||6,390 m (6,990 yd)|
The Valderrama Golf Club (Spanish: Club de Golf Valderrama) is one of the best known golf clubs in Europe. It is located in the resort of Sotogrande, San Roque in the Andalusia region of southern Spain, a few miles from Gibraltar, and has a single 18-hole course, along with a 9-hole par 3 course.
Valderrama was constructed in 1974 as "Sotogrande New," to the designs of leading American golf course architect Robert Trent Jones. Renamed "Las Aves" in 1981, it was acquired by Jaime Ortiz-Patiño in 1984. The golf course was redesigned and expanded by the original architect and became "Valderrama."
By 1999, Valderrama was rated the top course in mainland Europe by Golf World magazine.
The fourth hole, La Cascada, is the course's signature hole. It is a par 5 with a pond to the right of the two-tiered green. The practice ground was called the best in Europe by Nick Faldo.
Events staged at Valderrama
- Ladies Spanish Open: 1982
- Volvo Masters: 1988–1996; 2002–2008
- Ryder Cup: 1997 (the first ever held in Continental Europe)
- WGC-American Express Championship: 1999, 2000
- Andalucía Masters: 2010–2011