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Written by: International Marbella
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Golf superstars will again negotiate a route between the notorious corks, oaks and glorious mansions bordering the course as it has been confirmed that the host of the Spanish Open 2016 will be Valderrama Golf Club hosted by the Sergio García Foundation, from April 14-17. It marks the return of the European Tour to one of its most iconic venues, the backdrop of unforgettable moments in the history of European golf.

Bringing the Spanish Open back to the Costa del Sol is the opening of an exciting new breath of life for not only the infamous course but also for Marbella & Sotogrande. The sale of the emblematic Valderrama golf course to the development company Zagaleta is the fusing of two prestigious Spanish giants. A new mega-project, taking in 200 hectares of rolling virgin hillside, in the Castellar municipality, is the perfect sign that the Spanish property market is finally booming again.

The extremely professional and successful Developers Zagaleta Limited, based in London, are the new landlords of the Valderrama group including the golf club in San Roque. The Valderrama purchase itself is reported to be €40 million, while the total investment, building another Championship golf complex ‘of the highest level’ is set to reach around €240 million.The project, called ‘Valderrama 2’, is set to include a hotel and possibly some residential homes built to the standard of those in the La Zagaleta Country Club where homes start from around €4 million and which address is without doubt one of Europe’s finest today.

Valderrama’s short life has been one well lived. Little over four decades old, and only 30 years in its present incarnation, it has rarely lacked drama, intrigue or allure. Its stature is down to the zeal and finance of one man, Jaime Ortiz-Patino. The Bolivian industrialist whose dream became reality in owning one of Europe’s finest golf courses and in association with a golf course manicured to fabled levels, Royal Club Valderrama arguably become and is the most sought-after green fee ticket in Continental Europe. A club which in the past quickly became renowned for its immaculate conditioning, it had little trouble in attracting the jet-set; -membership was under 300 and members were happily writing out cheques for over € 1 million in today’s money to join. The greatest milestone in the club’s history was the hosting of the first Ryder Cup played outside the Great Britain in 1997. Under the captaincy of Seve Ballesteros, Europe recorded a victory over the United States, despite a final-day fightback from Tom Kite’s team, which included debutant Tiger Woods.

Tickets for the Spanish Open Tournament are available at including Any One Day Tickets from Thursday to Sunday which cost €15.00 per day if purchased before the week of the event and €20 per day if purchased during the tournament week. Read more

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