Eight Marbella golf courses are to start using recycled water as a greener alternative to maintaining their courses and greenery. La Siesta, Cabopino, Artola, Santa Maria Golf, Marbella Golf, Santa Clara, Rio Real and Greenlife are the eight courses, which have signed up to the recycled water plan to irrigate courses and maintain greenery. The plan comes as part of a five-year expansion project with the Vibora water treatment plant. The expansion, costing €9 million, is funded by owners Acosol and involves not only an expansion of the plant itself but also a 13.5 kilometre extension to the water transportation network. The network reaches between Arroyo de la Miel and Cerro del Aguila, Mijas, and plans are for the recycled water to also service local parks and recreation sites. Around 70 percent of Malaga’s golf courses have opted for the greener alternative of using recycled water according to Acosol. Spain has reclaimed third position in the world tourism rankings, overtaking China, and now sits just behind France and the USA. Marbella is one of Spain’s tourism favourites and golf courses are one of the main attractions of the area. Marbella is also one of Spain’s property hotspots with many keen to buy a second home or a luxury property in the area. Puerto Banús remains one of the favourites for visitors but Marbella as a whole has high tourism figures each year. With buyers and investors flocking back to Spain and it’s property market, the country and areas such as Marbella can expect visitor figures to soar this year as many seek to take advantage of the property market’s relatively low prices.