When you think of the snow-capped mountains of Andorra, you might not instantly think of heading there for a round of golf, but during the green summer months Andorra has some great opportunities for keen golfers.
Despite its mountainous terrain, there are two courses in Andorra that cater for both from people that putt for pleasure, to those that take their swing seriously. Andorra is home to Europe’s highest golf course, Grandvalira Golf Soldeu, so if you like to accompany a round with some stunning views then it’s worth checking out.
Here’s our brief guide to the greens of Andorra.
How many courses in the world can only be accessed by an 8-seater gondola ride? For golf enthusiasts this course should definitely be on your bucket list, the highest golf course in Europe. It’s positioned at an altitude of 2,250m and was designed by British architect Jeremy Pern, regarded as one of the finest designers in the world by the Peugeot Golf Guide.
This is a 9-hole course with a par of 33 set over an impressive 16 hectares and has a total length of 2,590m. Aside from its design, the stunning and dramatic views from the course should be reason alone to give it a try. On the way round there are bunkers and two water hazards to navigate, plus there is a driving range and putting greens to practice on before you head out.
If you love golf, but feel that the course may be a little above your reach then you could always go for one for their golf experiences with a two-hour lessons including green fee, clubs and balls included from €200 (2018).
You'll find the course situated between the villages of Arans and Ansalonga, just past the town of Ordino in the direction of the Arcalis ski resort. This 9-hole, par 3, pitch and putt course would be a wonderful way to pass a morning or afternoon.
Each hole can be played in both directions, allowing for a maximum par 54 course for those wanting to make the most of it. Being a pitch and putt course, you don't have to be a golf pro to enjoy, but it does have challenging holes and water obstacles for you to navigate with holes ranging from 42m to 120m.
They also have a large driving range, a putting green and an approach area that allowing you to warm up before heading out onto the course. Open from 09:00 until 21:00, other facilities include a snack-bar, terrace with barbecue and a golf pro-shop. Don’t worry about taking your clubs, as they have equipment rental there as well.