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La Galiana Alicante » Las Colinas Situated in 10,000 hectares of Mediterranean woodland, this resort lies in a secluded valley in the southern part of Alicante between the town of San Miguel de Salinas and the coast, with sea views of the Mediterranean and Mar Menor. You enter through a dramatic gorge, preserving the tranquillity and natural beauty of the valley revealed within. With low-density housing, it is an eco friendly development surrounded by hills as it blends naturally into the landscape - indeed a world apart. The more elite golfer can take on a challenge of the 6337 meters from the back tees, but with five different tee platforms on each hole, golfers of all skill levels will enjoy their game here. Castellon » Mediterráneo This is a benchmark course in Valencian golf. It has achieved international fame as it is the place where Sergio Garcia, one of the finest players in the World began his training. Amateurs visiting this course may even have the chance to coincide with one of Sergio Garcia’s training sessions, which is another attraction offered by this club. In the professional category it has been chosen for the Castello Masters, the OKI Castellon Open de Espana Senior Tour, the Ladies European Tour and four Tours, which serves as the ‘final course’ for Spanish golf. The course was substantially remodelled to host the Castello Masters Costa Azahar 2008, a European Tour event by Sergio Garcia. 66 Valencia » La Galiana Have you ever 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: Opened in 2011, there will be no members at La Galiana. Instead, anyone can book green fees for the 18-hole, par 72 course. 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. Castellon » Panorámica German Professional Bernhard Langer won the Augusta Masters in 1985 and 1993. During this high point in his sporting career, he flew over the 80 hectares of terrain where he would later design the Panoramica golf course. 70 bunkers accompany players along the 18 holes from tee-ground to final green. The lakes are also combined with both wide and narrow fairways. It is a course designed for all types of players regardless of their handicap. But, there are same demanding holes. For example, the 5th, a par 3 at 133 metres, with an island green where the water will frighten away the indecisive players and rewards the brave. Also of note is the 11th, a par 5 at 502 metres. Along the last 200 metres before the green, the entire left-hand is guarded by a lake.