In the last “forgotten” corner of the Mediterranean coast of south-eastern Spain on a plateau overlooking the Almanzora Valley, with easy access from the international airports of Almería (40 minutes) and Alicante (one hour, 50 minutes) Desert Springs has constructed Europe’s first ever Arizona-style desert golf course. Here the talk is of water courses, hardpan, armadillos and cactus and there is, of course, about one-half the green planted area you’d find on a regular course. But this is the desert where Clint Eastwood and Sergio Leone made “A fistfull of dollars” and a host of other westerns, so a tough golf course fits in perfectly. Not that Desert Springs is especially tough. It just looks, well, rugged with those towering outcrops of sandstone rock. Eventually there will be two courses on the site. For the time being be among the first to enjoy the original. Desert Springs is certainly that and it offers a challenging round of golf.
HOW TO GET THERE
From the motorway Almería-Murcia take the exit to Cuevas de Almanzora. After 6 kms. turn right following the roat through Vera. After 3 kms. there is a crossroad. Take left to Palomares. The course is 5 kms. from there.