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Opened in 1974 and originally known as Las Aves

Valderrama has been consistently ranked as number 1 in Continental Europe since the late 80’s and has been included in the Top 100 in the World since 1990.

The Par 71 Championship Course measures 6418 meters from the professional tees. The fairways have been described by top pros and leading golf writers as the best in Europe, if not the world. It is not an easy course – nor was it intended to be. It is designed so as to call forth thought and precision for every shot.

The course was designed in 1974 by Robert Trent Jones, Sr, one of the great golf course architects, and was originally known as Las Aves (Sotogrande New). In 1984, Mr. Jaime Ortiz-Patiño, acquired the golf course and committed to bringing the course to an extraordinary level, never seen before in Europe. Robert Trent Jones willingly agreed to come back and redesign his original layout of ten years earlier.

Valderrama has since risen in the Golf World rankings to become the No.1 golf course in mainland Europe, a position proudly held since 1989.

The Origin: Las Aves

1975

The Origin: Las Aves

In 1975 Robert Trent Jones designed Las Aves Golf course owned by former U.S. Army military officer Joe McMicking and originally operated as a golf facility.

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Valderrama is founded

1985

Valderrama is founded

In September of 1985 the new club is a reality, redesigned by Robert Trent-Jones Senior,

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1988: THE ERA OF THE VOLVO MASTERS

1988

1988: THE ERA OF THE VOLVO MASTERS

On October 1988 begins the era of the Volvo Masters, the grand finale of the European Tour

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THE 1997 RYDER CUP

1997

THE 1997 RYDER CUP

The ever-remembered 1997 Ryder Cup was held in Valderrama, the first one outside the British Isles.

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American Express Championship

1999

American Express Championship

Valderrama reached an agreement to celebrate for two years (1999,2000) the final of the world champions series

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Andalucia Masters

2010

Andalucia Masters

After a short break, the European Tour returned to Valderrama with the Andalucía Valderrama Masters.

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A New era for Valderrama

2011

A New era for Valderrama

In May 2011 the Visconde de Pereira Machado was elected President of the Club and Valderrama since then has gone through a complete renovation.

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