For those who have fancied playing golf in the sun but been put off by courses being restricted to club members or only available at the most inconvenient times now there is a new championship course that promises golf for everyone, every day of the year: La Galiana (www.lagalianagolf.com), near Valencia, opened on 1 February 2011.
There will be no members at La Galiana. Instead, anyone can book green fees for the 18-hole, par 72 course, starting from 45 euros (£39). There will also be annual passes available from 2250 euros (£1943) per person, to encourage local residents to take up the sport and make use of the facilities all year round.
Those new to golf can book individual or group classes from 25 euros (£21) for half an hour, or two-month intensive courses from 200 euros (£173). La Galiana also offers special packages for corporate groups and a Golf Clinic which can be booked by groups of friends or families wanting to spend a fun day playing golf together.
La Galiana enjoys a spectacular setting in a valley surrounded by pine and orange groves, isolated from residential areas. More than 5000 local species of plants and trees have been used for the landscaping, and water consumption will be minimised through a sophisticated rainwater collection and drainage system.
The Region of Valencia, home to renowned golfers like Sergio Garcia and major tournaments like the Castello Master Costa Azahar, is a popular golfing destination for players of all abilities, with a choice of 28 golf courses. Golfers – and their companions – can enjoy, not only great golfing facilities, but also the region’s complementary offer of beaches, culture, vibrant cities, great cuisine and a year round mild climate.
For more information on this and other golf courses in the Region of Valencia go to www.comunitatvalenciana.com.