Valderrama

Hole

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

out

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

in

Yards

389

399

173

535

380

163

460

344

441

3284

389

547

212

402

369

225

422

510

454

3530

6814

Hndcp

13

7

17

3

11

15

1

9

5

18

10

2

14

6

16

4

12

8

Par

4

4

3

5

4

3

4

4

4

35

4

5

3

4

4

3

4

5

4

36

71

Valderrama has evolved into one of the premier tests of golf in Continental Europe. Indeed it has been compared to that hallowed layout in the USA where the Masters is played, Augusta, and is sometimes referred to as the Augusta of Europe. The tournament played every year at Valderrama is actually called the European Masters. The two courses may share their unique status, incomparable conditioning and a secure reputation among those who have played there, but they are distinctly different. Valderrama was originally called Las Aves and was the second 18 hole layout in a 36 hole complex designed by one of the greatest of his time, Robert Trent Jones, Sr. After being acquired by Senior Ortiz-Patino when the original owner, McMicking, died in 1990, Mr. Jones, Sr. was brought back to re-design the course, this time with fewer limitations than had existed before. More land was acquired! The major change was that the outgoing and incoming Nines were reversed, No.1 became No.10 and vice a versa. Also the name of the course was changed to the current Valderrama. It is the superior course in Southern Spain, featuring multiple changes in elevation and unique vegetation. Numerous eccentrically shaped Cork Oak trees as well as the indigenous Olive trees line the fairways and sometimes intrude on preferred lines to the pin. Most recently Seve Ballesteros was asked to re-design the par-5 Seventeenth. Seve reduced the distance from tee to green and a pond was brought into play challenging the player to go for broke. Valderrama is a thinking player's course where finesse, not power, pays the greatest dividends. The Ryder Cup was played here September 26 - 28 of 1997 and the course frequently hosts The World Championship Stroke Event in the fall.

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