The Old Course


The Old Course

First opened in 1968, Atalaya´s Old Course is one of the finest courses on the Costa del Sol. The wide generous fairways undulate gently between mature trees and flowering shrubs providing shade and all year colour. The frequently elevated greens can make club selection interesting and their subtle contours need careful judgement to sink those all-important putts.

Ideal for walking, the Old course offers magnificent views of La Concha and the Mediterranean, as well as lakes and streams populated by many species of water birds, including our two resident pairs of swans.

The Old Course was designed by Bernard von Limburger, one of Germany´s foremost golf course architects, responsible for 74 European courses. Building on this heritage, we manage a multi-year investment strategy to maintain and improve the presentation and playability of the Old Course. Each year Atalaya hosts a number of professional tournaments, whilst always offering a fair test of golf for players of all levels.

A well-stocked café welcomes you at the beginning of your round, complemented by an adjacent comprehensive short game practice area, whilst the Atalaya Golf Academy, located alongside the 13th hole, offers a complete range of practice facilities.

Course Map


Front Nine

Hole 1 - El Ciego

Par 4.
TEE 64/59 HCP 10
TEE 54/51 HCP 2

Dog-leg left. Keep your tee shot down the right side of fairway. With a short to medium iron second, a high shot is required to clear the front bunker.

Hole 2 - Las Adelfas

Par 5.
TEE 64/59 HCP 14
TEE 54/51 HCP 11

Straight away par five. Keep the second shot to the left side avoiding fairway bunkers. Birdie chance with a good pitch.

Hole 3 - El Diablo

Par 3.
TEE 64/59 HCP 4
TEE 54/51 HCP 16

A three here is like making a birdie. Aim for the left half of the green. Anything right gets swallowed up by a deep greenside bunker. Water awaits the miss-hit shot.

Hole 4 - Las Tortugas

Par 4.
TEE 64/59 HCP 2
TEE 54/51 HCP 3

Slight dog-leg left. A slight draw off the tee leaves a short to mid iron second. Be up with the second shot, as anything short will spin down the slope. No bunkers on this hole.

Hole 5 - El Engaño

Par 4.
TEE 64/59 HCP 16
TEE 54/51 HCP 14

Dog-leg left. Again the draw shot is required with a three wood leaving a mid to short iron second to a slightly elevated green. Deep bunker right of the green.

Hole 6 - El 007

Par 4.
TEE 64/59 HCP 8
TEE 54/51 HCP 10

Dog-leg right. You can hit a lot more to the left on this hole than you think. If you are too straight, a fairway bunker catches your shot. The second shot is a short iron, but don’t be greedy if the pin is right. A large bunker awaits anything short.

Hole 7 - El Enano

Par 3.
TEE 64/59 HCP 18
TEE 54/51 HCP 18

A short hole, but play smart if the pin is placed on the right side.

Hole 8 - El Largo

Par 5.
TEE 64/59 HCP 12
TEE 54/51 HCP 8

Another genuine par 5. Normally the second has to negotiate the large cross bunker which might be in range. The third shot is paramount here as this is a potential three putt green, so double check your yardage.

Hole 9 - Hasta Pronto

Par 4.
TEE 64/59 HCP 6
TEE 54/51 HCP 6

Aim left of the right fairway bunker. After a good tee shot you are left with a tricky short second shot. If the pin is left you have a good birdie chance. If the pin is right, hit the percentage shot. A deep bunker guards the right side.


Back Nine

Hole 10 - La Buena Suerte

Par 4.
TEE 64/59 HCP 17
TEE 54/51 HCP 17

This dog leg left hole plays downhill all the way and longer hitters can leave their driver in the bag. Avoid the bunker at the top of the hill for a short iron shot to the green. Water awaits to the left of the green and a deep bunker to the right, placing accurate shot making at a premium.

Hole 11 - La Trampa

Par 3.
TEE 64/59 HCP 13
TEE 54/51 HCP 15

A tough par 3. When the pin is in the front, accuracy is imperative as the green narrows at this point. When the pin is in the middle or back be sure to take enough club, as a deep bunker awaits anything short.

Hole 12 - El Arroyo

Par 4.
TEE 64/59 HCP 1
TEE 54/51 HCP 5

Good tee shot required. Aiming just inside the right fairway bunker normally leaves a long iron second. A fairway bunker awaits the miss-hit shot and a bunker guards the left side of the green.

Hole 13 - Pata de Perro

Par 4.
TEE 64/59 HCP 5
TEE 54/51 HCP 1

A dog-leg right. The fairway bunker is a consideration. If you keep left the second shot plays longer. All the trouble is at the front of the green, so club up!

Hole 14 - El Eterno

Par 5.
TEE 64/59 HCP 3
TEE 54/51 HCP 4

Genuine par 5. A good shot and a long iron or wood will leave you in good shape, short of the stream which crosses the fairway about 70 meters short of the green. A short iron third to a long narrow green. A deep bunker guards the right side of the green and is definitely not the place to be.

Hole 15 - Los Bunkers

Par 4.
TEE 64/59 HCP 9
TEE 54/51 HCP 7

Treat this hole with respect. Make four and go to the next. After a good drive you are left with a short iron. Anything hit left half of the green can finish in the deep bunker left of the green.

Hole 16 - El Tropezon

Par 3.
TEE 64/59 HCP 7
TEE 54/51 HCP 12

Long par 3 requiring a strong, accurate tee shot. Well bunkered left and right. Green slopes left to right.

Hole 17 - La Cabaña

Par 5.
TEE 64/59 HCP 15
TEE 54/51 HCP 13

Good birdie hole for the long hitter to get home in two. Fairway bunkers protect the second shot. Green slopes left to right.

Hole 18 - Hacia Arriba

Par 4.
TEE 64/59 HCP 11
TEE 54/51 HCP 9

Slight dog-leg right. Aim centre with slight fade for best position. The second shot is uphill, so take one club more. Green side bunker left catches many shots. Aim for the right side of the green.