Real Club Valderrama Best Golf Club Spain 2017

Sotogrande based golf club tops ranking for the fourth year in a row

25 APRIL 2017, AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS
Summary
Golfers have awarded Real Club Valderrama with the title of Best Golf Club of Spain in 2017, with an average rating of 9,41. The Golfers' Choice rankings are compiled based on 350,000 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 9,41 - has been voted Best Golf Club in Spain in 2017 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 fourth year in a row that Real Club Valderrama is rated as the Best Golf Club in Spain.

'Over the last few years we have been working hard to improve the condition of our golf course. We have just finalized a very meticulous investment plan to upgrade our facilities and this award is a great incentive for the entire Valderrama team. We pride ourselves in offering some of the best manicured greens and fairways in the world but knowing that visitors also value the guest experience we provide is certainly a great motivation for all of us. We will not take this recognition for granted and we will continue to improve both the facilities and the service we provide.' Javier Reviriego, General Manager Real Club Valderrama

Finca Cortesín Golf Club regained their runner-up position in the ranking of Best Golf Club in Spain, after losing it to Golf Son Gual last year. The Casares based golf club recently was chosen as Best Golf Resort in Europe and does an excellent job according to the 9,07 rating Leadingcourses.com users give it. The highest new entry in the 2017 ranking is Valderrama's neigbour La Reserva Golf Club in Sotogrande, which completes the top-3 with a rating of 9,01. Golf Son Gual loses two spots and moves to the 4th place and PGA Catalunya Resort goes from 4 to 5.

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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 9,53. The numbers 2 and 3 in the ranking of Best Golf Course are the same as in the Best Golf Club ranking. Number 2 Finca Cortesín Golf Course is rated with a 9,23 and La Reserva Golf Course comes in third with a 9,13. Both La Galiana Campo de Golf and the Stadium Course at PGA Catalunya Resort win one place and move to respectively 4th and 5th.

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At the end of 2016 more than 350,000 reviews about golf courses (in nine different languages) were available on Leadingcourses.com. All reviews on Leadingcourses.com are verified and manually approved by a dedicated content team. Golfers who review multiple golf clubs receive a higher status and his or her review will therefore have more weight (and thus more impact) in the overall score of a club. To avoid any manipulation of the rating, various checks and balances are in place to track and signal questionable conduct by users.

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"We pride ourselves in offering some of the best manicured greens and fairways in the world but knowing that visitors also value the guest experience we provide is certainly a great motivation for all of us. We will not take this recognition for granted and we will continue to improve both the facilities and the service we provide." Javier Reviriego, General Manager Real Club Valderrama
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