Finca Cortesin
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Finca Cortesin | NCG Top 100s: European Golf Resorts

As host to the 2023 Solheim Cup, Finca Cortesin has been thrusted onto the world map, and what an amazing golfing resort it is. It is one of the leading Spanish resorts, and sits on the glorious Andalucia coastline of the Mediterranean Sea. The championship golf course, stunning accommodation and Oriental Spa provide guests with an incredible stay at the Andalusian resort.

The golf course played host to 24 of the world’s greatest female golfers in September 2023, with the European team retaining the trophy after a 14-14 draw. It was the first time that the tournament ever finished as a draw, and home favourite Carlota Ciganda was a key component for Team Europe. With the best of the best playing on the golf course, it was showcased to the world.

Cabell Robinson, the world-renowned golf course architect, was the brainchild of the championship course at Finca Cortesin. The 18-hole lay-out measures at more than 7,000 yards, and offers incredible views of the Estepona Mountains. There is also a Jack Nicklaus Academy at Finca Cortesin, with stunning practice facilities and the opportunity for tuition from a range of PGA-qualified professionals.

Finca Cortesin is also the home to an Oriental-inspired spa, with the intention of providing guests with a relaxing and tranquil visit. The Spa boasts individual treatment rooms for both facial and body treatments, as well as a fitness centre and an indoor heated salt-water swimming pool.

The accommodation at Finca Cortesin is second to none. There are 67 suites in the 5-star hotel, ranging from Junior Suites right the way up to the exquisite Cortesin Suite. There are also a range of private residences - villas and houses - that can sleep up to ten people in the utmost luxury.

Visit Finca Cortesin’s website here.

Finca Cortesin Overview | NCG Top 100s: European Golf Resorts

Solheim Cup Host

Finca Cortesin was already well known before being awarded the Solheim Cup. However, the sport’s premiere women’s match play event brought the Spanish resort to the forefront of the golfing world.

The golf course, which begins with a risk-reward par-4, provided some incredible moments throughout the course of the weekend, as home favourite Carlota Ciganda was able to help Team Europe retain the trophy, as the score finished level at 14-14 for the first time in the tournament’s history.

The course is one of Europe’s longest layouts, measuring over 7,000 yards from the tips, and it is also one of Cabell Robinson’s finest designs. With views of the Estepona Mountains as you stroll up and down over the hills, each of the 18 holes provides a different challenge, and it is a course that you won’t forget in a hurry.

Nicklaus Academy

As one of several venues around the world, the Nicklaus Academy has a home at Finca Cortesin. Led by 18-time major champion Jack Nicklaus, revolutionary methods are put into practice to help golfers of all levels.

The coaching studio at the Nicklaus Academy will provide swing analysis, thanks to some very high-tech pieces of equipment. Swing Catalyst Video Analysis, Swing Catalyst Balance Plate, K-Coach, Foresight CGQuad, Foresight Essential Skills and FSX 2018 are all used to help keep golf fun, and to help you improve your swing and your game.

Private lessons at the academy can give you one-to-one tuition and instruction while using all of the aforementioned technology. The Nicklaus Academy also provides on-course lessons to help with your course management, and to teach what shots to play from different positions. The academy also offers clinics and club fitting, all in the hope of helping your game.

5-Star Hotel

Opened in 2008, Finca Cortesin is the home to a 5-star hotel. Built around a pair of courtyards, the hotel boasts 67 spacious and exquisitely designed suites in a range of sizes. There are six different types of suites, while there are also private villas which can be rented out for the duration of your stay on the Andalucian coast.

The Junior Suite is the basic offering at Finca Cortesin, but even that comprises more than 50 square metres. The bathroom is finished in marble, and there is a bathtub and separate walk-in shower. Each of the Junior Suites, along with the rest of the suites at the 5-star hotel, has a private patio or terrace.

There are then Executive Suites, Garden Suites, Family Suites, Pool Suites and the most luxurious of all the offerings in the hotel, the Cortesin Suites. The Cortesins are the best of the best that the resort has to offer when it comes to accommodation, with each suite featuring two king-sized beds, the same marble touch in the bathroom, and four-metre high ceilings, meaning the suites are light and airy.

Away from the hotel, there are also two private residences that can be rented out as well. The Villa, La Reserva offers a stunning four-bedroom accommodation that sleeps up to eight people. A new project has been introduced at Finca Cortesin, with 16 stunning private residences to be built. These will all have five bedrooms and sleep up to ten people, in the utmost luxury.

The Oriental Spa

Unlike the spas and wellness centres at most European resorts, the spa at Finca Cortesin is designed with an Oriental infusion, with the special intention of providing guests and residents with high quality Asian treatments.

The Spa stretches over an expanse of more than 2,000 square metres, and boasts individual areas within it for facial and body treatments. There are also thermal baths and a snow cave in the Spa, along with a heated salt-water swimming pool. The Thai Spa has ten treatment rooms, and a double bed suite for couple’s treatments. 

FAQs about Finca Cortesin

Where is the Finca Cortesin located?
Finca Cortesin is located in the southern part of Spain, in the region of Casares Del Sol. The region of Marbella is about 30 minutes up the road, while the border with Gibraltar is approximately 25 miles to the south.

What is the nearest airport to Finca Cortesin?
As is the case for La Reserva Club de Sotogrande, the nearest international airport to Finca Cortesin is not in the same country. Instead, Gibraltar International Airport is the nearest, around 45 minutes from the resort. The nearest major airport on Spanish soil is Malaga Airport, which sits an hour away to the north east.

What golf facilities does Finca Cortesin offer?
Finca Cortesin has a world class driving range and clubhouse set-up, which was enhanced in preparation for the leading women’s match play competition. 

Extensive practice facilities are available for players on the date of play, with complimentary practice balls and fresh fruit provided to ensure you go to the first tee well prepared for the unforgettable round that lies ahead.

What are the green fees at Finca Cortesin?
You can play the 2023 Solheim Cup venue and follow in the footsteps of some of the best female golfers in the world. During the high season, a round at Finca Cortesin will cost €370, while it will set you back €290 during the low season.

Does Finca Cortesin offer golf lessons?
The Nicklaus Academy at Finca Cortesin will provide lessons and tuition for all sorts of golfers. From private lessons to playing lessons on course, the academy also offers both clinics and club fitting to individuals to hone the game before going out onto the golf course.

What accommodation is on offer at Finca Cortesin?
Finca Cortesin is the home to a stunning 5-star hotel which has been inspired by traditional Andalusian architecture. There are 67 exquisite suites in the hotel, while there are also a range of amazing four- and five-bedroom private villas and houses for the most luxurious of stays at the resort.

What other resorts and courses are nearby?
The 2023 Solheim Cup host venue is in an incredible region for golf. Dona Julia and Estepona are two golf courses within ten minutes of Finca Cortesin, while the #3 resort on the NCG Top 100 European Golf Resorts list is just 20 minutes away.

La Reserva Club de Sotogrande sits 12 miles to the south of Finca Cortesin, with 1997 Ryder Cup host Valderrama and Real Club de Sotogrande in the same area of the country as well.

Visit Finca Cortesin’s website here.