Welcome to my Puerto Duquesa blog

I've been visiting Puerto Duquesa three or four times a year for the past 20 years and have seen the area change enormously in that time. Where once there were dirt tracks and open countryside, there are now two lane motorways and apartment complexes. And whilst the area has changed and grown dramatically, it has still retained its small town, or should that be 'small marina' feel, which keeps me, and thousands others, coming back year after year.

Since I am currently in the USA it is a slightly odd time to start a blog about Puerto Duquesa, but the reason for doing so is simple - I may actually have some time to write some stuff! Most of the things I'm going to write about are things I like doing in the area or places I like going. Clearly I am not going to be able to cover everything, but hopefully I can give you a taste of what makes this such a special place and give you some ideas for your next trip.

If you can't immediately find what you are looking for, please scroll down and look in the blog archive (click the triangles to expand the list of articles). You might also want to start with these articles: Puerto Duquesa: the basics, Favourite (best?) restaurants in Puerto Duquesa, Puerto Duquesa beaches and Holiday accommodation in Puerto Duquesa. Want to get to know the area? Try A walking tour of Puerto Duquesa.

I welcome contributions, comments, criticisms and...well...praise.

If you want to link to me or you want me to link to you, that'll work too. If I think you're a good local company and you're prepared to part with a few euros, you might be lucky enough to advertise on the blog (which, fyi, is page rank 3 on Google - just type in puerto duquesa at google.com).

Thanks / Gracias

Chris (chris@cdgsmith.com) (March 2007)

Monday, March 19, 2007

La Duquesa Golf & Country Club

The Costa del Sol – or rather Costa del Golf – is home to some excellent golf courses. La Duquesa is one of them. Set on a spectacular hillside with views of the sea and the surrounding country it’s a challenging (or as my friend put it ‘bloody difficult’) course which is great fun to play. As of 19 March 2007, the green fees were 65 euros for 18 holes and 45 euros for 9 holes, plus the cost of a buggy should you require one. Usually there are out of season and twilight deals available which can bring the cost down.

The course was designed by Robert Trent Jones and is a good length, with some excellent par 3s (most notably hole 17 which sees you driving off a small cliff to the green only 100 or so yards away). Personally I’ve always found the par 4s a little long, but then that only goes to show that I’m not really a particularly successful golfer.

Food and drink in the Club House has recently improved, although I have yet to try it.

For reservations: 952 89 04 25

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