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.

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Thanks / Gracias

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


Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Golf courses near Puerto Duquesa

While the La Duquesa Golf & Country Club offers an excellent golf course, there are plenty of other courses along the coast which are worth playing.

Listed below are my three favorite golf courses near Puerto Duquesa:

Montenmedio

Montenmedio is about an hour and a half drive from Puerto Duquesa. The club’s web site contains detailed directions, but essentially you take the main road (N-340) heading West and continue until you get to a gated entrance with a small sign to Montenmedio (sorry I can’t be more specific!). It’s a beautiful drive and you’ll go past Tarifa and the stunning Atlantic Coast beaches (see Day Trips from Puerto Duquesa). How about combining morning golf and a late swim in the sea before heading home? Tiring, but exhilarating.

The course itself is described concisely on the Montenmedio web site: “Ringed by majestic trees, Montemedio’s 18 hole par 72 course is 5,930 meters long, covering gently rolling terrain. The unbeatable quality of its tees and greens blend in perfectly with their natural surroundings, guaranteeing excellent play.”

Green fees vary according to the season, but you’re looking at about 100 euros per person based on two sharing a buggy. Thankfully for lazy players like me, you are allowed to drive right up to your ball, which makes things a little more manageable.

The club house is a beautiful building and worth wandering round. Lunch and dinner are served daily and the food is very good. You can also stay overnight if you don’t fancy driving both ways in a day.

Alcaidesa

A little nearer Puerto Duquesa – only a 15 minute drive heading West – Alcaidesa is perched on the cliff tops overlooking the sparkling Mediterranean sea. For views and setting alone, it wins hands down. The English version of the Alcaidesa web site gives an excellent overview of the course and some photos highlighting the magnificent views.

Green fees are roughly the same as Duquesa and, again, vary according to the season. The club house serves a range of snacks which are passable although nothing special.

Estepona

This course, a 15 minute drive East from Puerto Duquesa, is a great option for the novice player who doesn’t want to feel pressured, which can easily happen when playing one of the better known, busier courses. Green fees are very reasonable and, depending on the season, you can usually drive right up to your ball in the buggy. The only thing to note is that the course does have a number of power lines across it – if this sort of thing puts you off, then it’s probably not the course for you. Full details are available on the Estepona Golf web site.

If you need to hire a car to get to any of these beautiful golf courses, please see the Puerto Duquesa: Basics section.

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