The children have returned to school, the tourists are gradually decreasing in numbers and you don’t need to cross the road to walk in the shade anymore.
Of course there are plenty of other reasons to be cheerful now that the autumn months are upon us in Marbella, for September and October also herald the start of a very popular pastime on the Costa del Sol, or should we say, the Costa del Golf. Yes, the golfing season is now in full swing in Marbella and along the coast as hundreds of golfing enthusiasts arrive in force at Málaga airport armed to the teeth with an assortment of clubs, tees and golf balls. Those with a fondness for the fairway or a penchant for putting are spoilt for choice in Andalucía, as there are dozens of world-class golf clubs within swinging distance of all towns. In fact, it is quite possible to play on a different course every day for two months on the Costa del Sol, should you have the stamina and free time that is. Perhaps for this reason golfing is arguably more ingrained in the culture of everyday people in Spain than elsewhere on the continent. Residents in the popular village of Benahávis, for example, get a day’s free golf every week if they are born in the village, and the sport in general is played by people of all ages and abilities. Climate has a lot to do with the popularity of golf, and this region offers almost guaranteed sunshine the whole year around. This has made the Costa del Sol one of Europe’s top golfing destinations, both for recreational players, world-class pros and even Hollywood actors such as Hugh Grant, who escaped for a golfing holiday on the Costa del Sol a few years ago. Not surprisingly then, many of the best courses have hosted international competitions over the years, including the European Tour Volvo World Matchplay Championships held at the Finca Cortesín Golf Course since 2009 and the Ryder Cup famously hosted by Valderrama Golf Club in 1997, which also held the Volvo Masters ten years later. With all this in mind, why not see if a spot of weekend golfing tickles your fancy?