Real Club de Golf El Prat is regarded as one of the finest golf clubs in Spain, having hosted more than 250 top-level national and international championships, including the Spanish Open on 10 occasions.
Real Club de Golf El Prat, also considered one of the best Golf courses in Europe, has been recognized as the Nº4 best Golf Resort in Spain and the Nº1 Golf Resort in Barcelona by Today’s Golfer Magazine in 2020.
The world-renowned course, which is just 35 minutes from the center of the vibrant Catalan capital Barcelona, is steeped in history, with its roots dating back to 1912, while it is one of the few clubs to have been granted “Real” or Royal status by King Alonso XIII after his visit.
Set across the 518-acre estate of BonVilar, El Prat makes clever use of its 45 Greg Norman-designed holes, over an exciting, varied mix of three highly acclaimed courses: the Pink, Yellow and Green. The current 45 holes were designed over an exciting mix of five highly acclaimed loops: Abajo, Arriba, Piscina, Bosque and Valles.
With 280 hectares, Real Club de Golf El Prat is one of the largest clubs in Spain with a driving range capacity up to 60 players; two putting greens for training, as well as a fantastic approach and bunker area. The Clubhouse, modern in style but without losing its essence, has two restaurants where guests can enjoy local food.
The Blue course
The Blue Course comprises the “Piscina" and "Bosque” nine-hole layouts and, while considered to be the easiest at our club, still manages to provide a truly enjoyable challenge to visitors.
The front nine, which starts on Piscina is more forgiving, but that is compensated by a back nine that winds between trees and requires a more thoughtful strategy.
You need to be especially attentive on the 15th, 16th and 17th, as their length and playing strategy will have a significant impact on your final result. The 15th is a 214-metre par three downhill that demands accuracy and length of the tee as it is protected by a bunker to the left and thick rough to the right
Course distance: 6.466
The Pink course
Ranked the fourth best in Spain by Golf Digest magazine – comprises the Arriba and Bosque nines. 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.
Course distance: 6.465 meters
The Yellow Course
is made up of Piscina and Abajo. The front nine is easier than the second, so you need to use that to your advantage before facing the nine longer and
more demanding closing holes. It is an open course and therefore requires you to control the effect of the wind that can cause plenty of problems on blustery days. The eighth, 16th and 18th holes will have a big to say on how you score. The 498-metre par five stroke 16th calls for some careful thought and avoiding the bunker on the left side with your tee shot is a must. The second shot ideally needs to leave you 50-60 yards from the green to attack it from above. Even from here there is plenty of trouble with bunkers front and back and a green that slopes menacingly back to front. The 18th is a fantastic 426-metre par four finishing hole and one of the hardest on the course. This long, uphill hole demands a strong drive that should hug the right side of the fairway, leaving a long iron approach to a long green that is guarded by a bunker on the right and a hollow to the left.
Course distance: 6.673 meters
The Green Course
The Green course is composed of holes one to five of “Abajo”, the nine of Vallés Golf plus six to nine of “Abajo”. The club’s only par-71, it includes nine longer and more challenging holes and another nine that are easier and more strategic. The Green Course stands out for its short par-threes and very diverse par-fours, where all the clubs in the bag will come into play. It is important to make a good start, so you have a margin for error when facing the 16th and 18th. The first of the par threes is Abajo’s magnificent 188-metre third hole that gently slopes downhill. It requires a long iron in order to reach the huge green that is protected by bunkers to the left of a cluster of trees. But there is still plenty to do on this incredibly tricky green, so make sure your putt goes very close to the pin to avoid posting a card-busting score.
Course distance: 6.466 meters
The prestigious Club is home to a modern and lively clubhouse and top-quality practice facilities, as well as a 300m driving range and a host of specialist short-game areas.
Real Club de Golf El Prat has played host to some of the biggest names in the game with top stars such as Spanish legends Severiano Ballesteros, José Maria Olazábal and Sergio Garcia, eight-time Major winner Tom Watson, and Tommy Fleetwood having featured there in various tournaments, while Masters champion Garcia and European Tour star Pablo Larrazábal are both members. The multi-award-winning El Prat was recently named as one of the 125 Platinum Clubs of the World – Five-star Private Club – in recognition of attaining a standard of excellence by an international panel of experts, historians and connoisseurs in a confidential ballot, as well as being granted the Golden Plaque of the Royal Order of Sporting Merit. It is listed 16th in Golf World magazine’s coveted ‘Top 100 Resorts in Continental Europe 2018’ rankings and 19th in National Club Golfer’s ‘Top 100 Golf Resorts in Continental Europe 2018/19’.