February 9, 2023 | María Sánchez Burguete
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Ballesteros, Nicklaus, Norman and Langer, among others, present in Madrid

Historic moments, memorable victories, legendary winners… On their own merits, the golf courses of the Community of Madrid have established themselves as regular stops on the DP World Tour, Challenge Tour, Ladies European Tour and even the World Cup.

The Club de Campo Villa de Madrid, the Real Club La Moraleja, the RACE or the Real Sociedad Hípica Española Club de Campo (to name just a few) have the highest standards of quality, design, maintenance and facilities. Proof of this is that legendary players such as Seve Ballesteros, Jack Nicklaus and Bernhard Langer have tee’d the ball, walked its fairways and kicked on its greens.

The performance offered by the more than 19 courses in Madrid has left its stamp of excellence in both men’s and women’s international tournaments. We have seen players of the stature of Seve, Colin Montgomerie, Sam Torrance, Lee-Anne Pace or Luke Donald, European captain of the 2023 Ryder Cup, lift trophies. More recently we have the Spanish Open victories of Jon Rahm (2018 and 2019) and Rafa Cabrera-Bello (2021) at the Centro Nacional and Club de Campo.

International circuits trust in the fields of the Community of Madrid

Jack Nicklaus, Seve Ballesteros, Robert Von Hagge, José María Olazábal or Javier Arana have left in Madrid a great legacy in the form of designs that have established themselves in the international circuit calendar. The best players in the world have enjoyed, and continue to enjoy, the excellent preparation of the terrain and unbeatable playing conditions for the practice of golf.

Since 1972 Madrid has hosted 14 men’s national Opens, seven of them at the Club de Campo with illustrious winners such as Rodger Davis, Eduardo Romero, Colin Montgomerie, Seve Ballesteros, Padraig Harrington, Jon Rahm and Rafa Cabrera-Bello. In October of this year, the 15th Open will be held in the capital and the 8th at the CCVM.

The historic Madrid Masters was held between 2008 and 2011, was part of the then European Tour and was the successor to the Madrid Open. The Real Sociedad Hípica Española Club de Campo (RSHECC) proclaimed the winner in 2010 to the English Luke Donald, European captain of the Ryder Cup 2023.

The Challenge Tour, the second division of the DP World Tour, also landed in Madrid with the Challenge de Madrid at El Encín (2013 and 2015) and at La Herrería (2016). Nacho Elvira from Madrid took the honors in 2015 on the Alcalá de Henares course.

And the international flag bears the name, for obvious reasons, of the World Cup of Golf, held on course 2 of La Moraleja in 1992. The American team formed by Fred Couples and Davis Love III was proclaimed winner, while the Spanish team, represented by Miguel Ángel Jiménez and Pepín Rivero, achieved a meritorious sixth position.

In the women’s section, special mention should be made of the debut last May of the Ladies European Tour at the RACE with the celebration of the Comunidad de Madrid Ladies Open in which Ana Peláez from Malaga won. In addition, his triumph was another first for him, his first win on the circuit a year after his turn to professionalism.

Since the Open de España joined the Ladies European Tour in 2002, Madrid has hosted one edition, the 2013 edition at the Club de Campo. On this occasion, South Africa’s Lee-Anne Pace lifted the trophy.

As we can see, the best players in the world have enjoyed the quality of its design, facilities and performance. And the fact is that Madrid’s fields are already guaranteed hosts.

Next stop, the Spanish Open at the Club de Campo Villa de Madrid from October 6-9.

Come and play in Madrid!

María Sánchez Burguete
Responsable Contenidos Redes Sociales
Asociación de Campos de Golf de Madrid
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