Famed for its 100 miles of glorious golden beaches from which its name derives, Daurada being Catalan for golden, the Costa Daurada is the little known gem of Spain’s golfing Costas. Not  surprising when you learn that all but one of its golf courses were constructed long after Spain’s greatest golfing conquistador, Severiano Ballesteros, ceased being the World number one! In fact it wasn’t until the 45 hole Lumine Golf Club was opened in 2008 that the Costa Daurada began to interest the golfing world.

This captivating Costa came to prominence during the package holiday boom in the 1960’s with Salou being the most popular resort and the slightly more sophisticated Sitges a close second. Whilst the focus is very much on sun, sea and sand and in our case, golf, the hinterlands of the Costa Daurada conjures a compendium of culture, cuisine, history and nature. Hemmed in by the Sierra de Prades mountains, the Costa Daurada enjoys its own micro climate, even in November and February golf can be played in a short sleeved shirt.

Tarragona is the provincial capital, so blessed with the remnants of its Roman past that it has been deemed a Unesco World Heritage site. Reus, is the second city, birthplace of the celebrated Spanish architect, Antoni Gaudi, but now better known as being home to one of the two main airports of the region, the other being Barcelona.

This is one of Spain’s most important wine growing regions, producing 95% of the countries Cava including the renowned labels of Freixenet and Cordorniu, a tour of the vineyards and bodegas being a delectable diversion from golf.

Most of the courses are in the vicinity of Salou which makes an ideal base from which to explore the area. Yes, Salou can be brash and it has its fair share of “British” pubs, showing British T.V. serving British food and beer, but equally there are a plethora of quality restaurants and hotels. Cambrils offers a sedate, sophisticated alternative to Salou, known as the culinary capital of Costa Daurada, the resort is centered around the fishing port and retains much of its traditional charm.

The golf courses of the Costa Daurada are of the highest echelon. Bonmont, designed by the revered Robert Trent Jones Jnr, has played host to the European Tour twice in the form of the Catalan Open and has thrown up two worthy winners in Olazabal and Paul Lawrie. Whilst the Greg Norman designed, Lumine Golf Club, is regularly used a qualifying course for the European Tour School.

The accommodation options selected by World Golf abound, whether you wish to immerse yourself in authentic Spain from the luxury of a boutique hotel located in an 18th century building adjacent to a Medieval castle in the midst of a postcard perfect fishing town, a self catering townhouse in the middle of a golf course or a modern hotel by the beach, within walking distance of the pulsating center of Salou, the Costa Daurada has it all!

Reachable from most UK airports, within two hours flying time and with a multitude of flights into Reus or Barcelona, the Costa Daurada is an ideal destination for a midweek golfing getaway or long weekend. However, such is the diversity and lure of this precious part of Spain that a flying visit would be just scratching the surface of this….