Real Club Valderrama rated best golf club in Spain

The rankings of the best golf clubs and courses in Spain according to golfers, the Golfers' Choice Awards 2016, are known!

08 APRIL 2016, AMSTERDAM
Summary
Golfers have awarded Real Club Valderrama with the title of best golf club of Spain in 2016, with an average rating of 9,43. The Golfers' Choice rankings are compiled based on 300,000 reviews from golfers across Europe on Leadingcourses.com.

Three in a row for Real Club Valderrama
Over 250,000 golfers visit Leadingcourses.com each month. Based on their rankings, Real Club Valderrama, with an average rating of 9,43, has been voted 'best golf club overall' in Spain in the Golfers' Choice Rankings. The rankings for best golf club are compiled based on numerous aspects influencing the quality of the golf club, such as the golf course itself, the overall impression of the club, maintenance, facilities such as practice facilities, clubhouse and the perceived value for money.

Valderrama is not an easy course - nor was it intended to be. It is designed to call forth thought and precision for every shot. The course was designed in 1974 by Robert Trent Jones, Sr, one of the greatest golf course architects. Golfers praise the outstanding staff, the first class facilities and the demanding but beautiful golf course. They call playing at Valderrama an unforgettable experience. It's the third year in a row that Real Club Valderrama is rated as the best golf club in Spain.

“Valderrama has always been known for the great quality of the golf course and the tournaments that we have hosted. To lead the Golfers' Choice Awards for the third year in a row, means that our visiting golfers also value the service and experience we provide. Our team is extremely proud of this and we will keep working hard to provide our guests the highest standards of excellence both on and off the golf course.” Javier Reviriego, General Manager Real Club Valderrama

The new number number 2 in the rankings is Golf Son Gual. This golf course located in the heart of Mallorca is the realisation of one man’s dream. Adam Pamer, a self-confessed golf nut. Golf Son Gual made a big leap in the list coming from 13th place. Finca Cortesín Golf Club lost their runner-up position to Son Gual and are now third in the rankings. PGA Catalunya Resort is rated as 4th best club of Spain and Club de Golf Alcanada completes the top-5.

Valderrama also has the best golf course
When golfers only rate the course itself - so without looking at other elements, such as the appreciation for the clubhouse and practice facilities - golfers again choose Real Club Valderrama as their number 1. The fairways of Valderrama have been described by top professionals and leading golf writers as the best in Europe, if not the world. The Championship Course Valderrama receives a rating of 9,49. Tecina Golf's Tecina golfcourse located on Canarian Island La Gomera comes second in this ranking. The course is situated on the Lomada de Tecina ridge, a beautiful spot with spectacular views out over the Atlantic Ocean. The course gets a rating of 9,29. Number 3 in this ranking is Finca Cortesín Golf Course. This Andalucian golf course with more than 100 bunkers is rated with a 9,13.

Valderrama: expensive, but worth it
Even though a greenfee at Real Club Valderrama costs no less than € 330,- for 18 holes on a weekday, golfers are convinced that the price, although high, is fair. "Everything is designed to give you the best ever golf experience", says user Schonkieboy. User Jeroen says: "If you are prepared to pay quite a steep green fee, you will receive an unforgettable experience on a course with a great and rich golf history." Valderrama receives a rating of 8,70. Lorca Resort Golf & Spa comes 2nd in the ranking with an 8,62 and La Galiana Campo de Golf is 3rd with an 8,53.

Hospitality important for Valderrama
Not only the quality of the golf course, but also the service level and customer satisfaction are important for the experience of the golfer. When it comes to hospitality, Real Club Valderrama does a terrific job. They score a 9,18. Runner-up is Finca Cortesín Golf Club with a 9,02 and Valle Romano Golf & Resort completes the top-3 with an 8,69.

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Every year numerous rankings circulate, announcing the best golf courses in a specific country. TheGolfers' Choice rankings of Leadingcourses.com stand out because they are based on the opinions of actual golfers, all of them available online at any time. This makes these rankings the most up-to-date, transparent and independent in the golf industry. Rankings are only compiled if enough reviews have been gathered for that specific country. In 2016, rankings will be published for The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France, Sweden, Turkey, Cyprus, Portugal, Wales, Scotland, Morocco, Tunisia, Mauritius and the United Arab Emirates in addition to Spain.

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At the end of 2015 more than 300,000 reviews of golf courses (in eight different languages) were available on Leadingcourses.com. All reviews on Leadingcourses.com are verified and manually approved by a dedicated content team. Golfers who have reviewed multiple golf clubs receive a higher status and his or her review will therefore have more weight (and thus impact) in the overall score of a club. To avoid any manipulation of its rating, various checks and balances are in place to track and signal questionable conduct by users. A golf club is only included in the rankings if they have received sufficient reviews.

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Quotes
"The Golfers' Choice rankings of Leadingcourses.com stand out because they are based on the opinions of actual golfers, all of them available online at any time. This makes these rankings the most up to date, transparent and independent in the golf industry." Jeroen Korving, Managing Director Leadingcourses
"Our team is extremely proud of winning the Golfers' Choice Award for the third year in a row and we will keep working hard to provide our guests the highest standards of excellence both on and off the golf course" Javier Reviriego, General Manager Real Club Valderrama
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