Real Club de Golf El Prat is regarded as the best golf course in Barcelona and among the finest in Spain, having hosted more than 250 top-level national and international championships, including the European Tour Spanish Open on 10 occasions. Just 35 minutes from the centre of Barcelona and one hour away from Costa Brava and Costa Daurada, golf club El Prat is steeped in history with its roots dating back to 1912. Some of the biggest names in golf such as Spanish legends Severiano Ballesteros, José Maria Olazábal and Sergio Garcia, eight-time Major winner Tom Watson, and Tommy Fleetwood have featured there in various European Tour tournaments, while Masters champion Garcia and European Tour star Pablo Larrazábal are both members. El Prat is the only Catalan Club together with PGA Catalunya to boast 2 championship courses and one of the Spanish golf course designed by the legendary Greg Norman. The layouts play over an exciting mix of five highly acclaimed configurations – the Open, Blue, Yellow, Pink and Green – as well as being home to a modern and lively clubhouse and extensive practice facilities, as well as a 300m driving range and a host of specialist short-game areas. The multi-award-winning El Prat was recently named as one of the 125 Platinum Clubs of the World – Five-star Private Club alongside other Spanish top Clubs such as Real Club Valderrama, Real Club de Golf de Sotogrande, Real Club de la Puerta del Hierro. And the prestigious club has carefully chosen a selection of hotel partners to create a variety of stay-and-play packages to provide golfers with the chance to enjoy some of the most sought-after hotels in Barcelona.
Conditions of access to the course
- The license is compulsory
- Min. index for men: 36
- Min. index for women: 36
- Architect : Greg Norman
- Characteristics : 18 trous - par 72 - 7,083 yards
The eye of the professional
The Pink course comprises the “Bosque” and “Arriba” nine-hole layouts.
This is one of the most enjoyable layouts – and course designer Greg Norman’s favourite. It starts with a narrow and very technical first nine holes and a demanding second nine where recovery shots play a key role in ensuring a good score. The long par-three 6th and the always-fearsome 17th are the most outstanding holes on this course.
The daunting par-three 6th leaves few players unscathed. The high, volcano-shaped green bounces any shot that is not spot-on to the surrounding waste bunker. This hole, one of the course’s most memorable, will leave lasting memories.
The 17th is a tough uphill par four where the tee shot is once again key to posting a good score. The bunker on the right of the drive’s descent is one of the most frequented areas of the course as players are forced to avoid the hazard running along the entire left side of the hole. The semi-blind green approach requires a high, well-directed flight to avoid the bunkers at the front and rear of the green, leaving a long putt on its fast surface.
Perhaps one of the course’s most complicated holes is the 8th, which is again surrounded by trees on both sides. It takes a long, well-centred tee shot to minimise the distance of the approach shot to a small green well defended by three bunkers and the surrounding pines.