Elevating environmental excellence: Finca Cortesin flies flag for sustainability in Spain

Solheim Cup venue demonstrates high standards across key sustainable
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Marbella, Spain 26 July 2023 – Finca Cortesin, host venue of the 2023 Solheim Cup, has further demonstrated strong commitment and performance in sustainability by achieving the third party verified, GEO Certified® label for sustainable golf.

Since opening in 2006, the venue has developed world-class facilities and a championship golf course that complement the area’s local culture, landscape and ecology. Spanning over 240 hectares, Finca Cortesin continues to place great emphasis on the preservation of its property through sustainable turfgrass management.

Employing a combination of cultural and mechanical practices, the resort maintains impeccably healthy and resilient playing surfaces, capable of withstanding droughts and diseases, having installed Bermudagrass on the greens in 2016. This has since helped the resort to reduce on-course water consumption by 30%.

Pioneering water management practices have also become a hallmark of Finca Cortesin’s commitment to environmental stewardship. By using 100% recycled water from the nearby village of Manilva, the resort was awarded ACOSOL’s seal of quality for recycled water management in May 2022, making it the first golf course in Spain to receive this accolade.

Vicente Rubio, President of Finca Cortesin, said: “Our GEO Certification stands as a resounding testament to Finca Cortesin’s unwavering commitment to sustainability. At every step, our resort prioritizes the preservation of the environment and the well-being of our planet. We approach each decision with a profound respect for nature, recognizing that our actions today shape the future of our ecosystem. Our dedication to sustainability permeates every aspect of our operations, from naturalization efforts that foster native habitats to meticulous turfgrass management practices that prioritize water conservation.”

Suzann Pettersen, European Solheim Cup Team Captain, and a Sustainable Golf Champion, reinforced the significance of this to the event and to golf in general: “It is so important that golf’s major venues and events are leading sustainability efforts to reduce negative impacts and maximise positives for the environment and communities. Personally, I recognize the role golfers and golfing events play so to see Finca Cortesin being recognised at the forefront of action and providing solutions to these, and other related issues is the right thing to do, very encouraging and setting a great example for other future Solheim Cup venues.”

Speaking about Finca Cortesin’s commitment to sustainability, Carole Kerrey, Credibility Manager at GEO Foundation for Sustainable Golf, said: “We are thrilled that Finca Cortesin is flying the flag for sustainable golf. Over recent months they have worked hard on the process, providing so much data, representing so many best practices, and with some fantastic strategic projects and highlights. The accredited third-party verifier was very impressed by what they have achieved since opening, and their plans for the future. To see a resort that operates at the highest level do the same for sustainability is a real example of what can be achieved at venues like this across the world.”

Beyond the golf course, Finca Cortesin has established a range of exciting initiatives including the creation of beehives to support vital pollination; offering guests the opportunity to try honey produced from the colonies.

Furthermore, Finca Cortesin also recognizes its role and responsibility in supporting the local community, extending a significant programme of social benefits above and beyond the valuable, skilled employment the facility provides.

Notable collaborations including partnerships with Malaga University, providing educational programmes, and internships for unemployed individuals through a relationship with City Hall. Additionally, the resort actively supports organizations like Katrama, dedicated to raising funds for Saharan children living in Casares.

Finca Cortesin named Best Golf Resort in Europe by LeadingCourses.com

Leadingcourses.com has published the 2022 edition of the 100 Best Golf Resorts in Europe, naming Finca Cortesin Hotel Golf & Spa as the Best Golf Resort in Europe in 2022. For an astonishing fourth time, Finca Cortesin has been awarded this ranking with a whopping overall score of 9.4. This score is based 50% on the ranking of the golf club on Leadingcourses.com (9.2) and 50% on the Booking.com rating (9.6) for the resort itself from unbiased user reviews.

It is amazing for Finca Cortesin to be named above so many other great European golf resorts at the top of the rankings. The next closest resort in Spain to be named was PGA Catalunya, situated down in 19th, whilst other key names to be listed within the top 10 include Trump Turnberry Resort (2nd), Gleneagles Hotel (5th), Costa Navarino (7th), and Dundonald Links (9th).
The resort is extremely proud of this accolade and determined to maintain its position at the top. It must be stressed that this ranking wouldn’t have been achieved if it wasn’t for all the staff at Finca Cortesin providing memorable experiences for all, whether it be on the golf course or within the hotel and Spa. We would also like to extend our thank you to those who shared their reviews as we continue to provide exceptional service and experiences to all our guests. We look forward to welcoming both old and new faces to Finca Cortesin throughout the remainder of 2022 and beyond.

Summer golf tournaments have arrived at Finca Cortesin!

Finca Cortesin is pleased to announce its schedule of summer golf tournaments. Experience our world-class golf course, its immaculate conditioning and our world-class hospitality, all whilst competing for great prizes.

For entry details and further tournament information for each event, please see the details below.

Name: Summer Pairs Tournament
Date: July 29th 2022
Entry Fee (per person): 250 euros (includes Greenfee / Buggy Hire / Post-Event Cocktail)
Format: Pairs Betterball Stableford 18 Holes (Shotgun Start from 9.30am)
Handicap Limit: 28 HCP Ladies / 24 HCP Gentlemen
Entry: email proshop@golfcortesin.es to request an entry form

Whether it is your partner or regular golfing friend, the Summer Pairs Tournament is the perfect event for you both to enter. Offering 18 holes of world-class golf, you can compete for some great prizes in a pairs betterball format.

Players wishing to enter the tournament can download an entry form here or by requesting one via email proshop@golfcortesin.es.

Name: Finca Cortesin Summer Tournament
Date: August 12th 2022
Entry Fee: 250 euros (includes Greenfee / Buggy Hire / Post-Event Cocktail)
Format: Individual Stableford 18 Holes (Shotgun Start from 9.30am)
Handicap Limit: 28 HCP Ladies / 24 HCP Gentlemen
Entry: email proshop@golfcortesin.es to request an entry form

Do you like to test your own game against a competitive field? Then the Summer Tournament is calling! Designed for those looking for solo competition and a chance to compete on our championship golf course, the competition is one of the resort’s most popular events each year, so make sure you get an entry form completed as soon as you can to secure your spot.

Players wishing to enter the tournament can download an entry form here or by requesting one via email proshop@golfcortesin.es.

Name: Father & Son Tournament
Date: August 19th 2022
Entry Fees (per couple): Greenfee / Buggy Hire / Post-Event Cocktail included
• 250 euros (child aged 12-17)
• 300 euros (child aged 18+)
• 100 euros (9 holes, child aged under 11)
Format: Greensomes 18 Holes (Shotgun Start from 9.30am)
Entry: email proshop@golfcortesin.es to request an entry form

Introduced this year for those who share a love of the game within the family, the Father & Son Tournament is a great way to spend time with your children on the golf course in a friendly but competitive environment. It helps to build bonds and develop their instincts for tournament golf, all whilst having a fun-packed day out on the golf course!

Players wishing to enter the tournament can download an entry form here or by requesting one via email proshop@golfcortesin.es.

Experience the 2023 Solheim Cup venue at the Trofeo Rolex de Golf!

Date: June 30th 2022
Venue: Finca Cortesin
Entry Fee: 250 euros (includes Greenfee / Buggy Hire / Post-Event Cocktail)
Format: Individual Stroke-Play 18 Holes (Shotgun Start from 9.30am)
Handicap Limit: 24 HCP Ladies / 18 HCP Gentlemen
Entry: email proshop@golfcortesin.es to request a place in the competition

On June 30th, you have the chance to experience our world-class golf course, its immaculate conditioning and our world-class hospitality, at the Trofeo Rolex de Golf 2022.

Created by Rolex to bring together lovers of the sport across the most spectacular golf courses in Spain every year, the Trofeo Rolex de Golf forms part of Rolex’s wider aim to support the most important competitions and bodies in the world of golf, as well as the most prestigious players and courses in the world.

Ahead of next year’s duel between Team Europe and Team USA, you can experience first-hand the championship golf course that they will play on and its immaculate presentation, all whilst competing for a spot in the Rolex National Final.

All participants will also receive a free cocktail at the end of the competition, followed by a prize-giving ceremony that will take place from 2.30pm onwards.

Entry is open to golfers over the age of 18 with a handicap of no more than 18 for Gentlemen and 24 for Ladies. The winners of the local competitions will automatically qualify for the National Final that will be held at the Club de Campo La Zagaleta in Malaga later in the year.

Players wishing to enter the tournament can request to reserve a place by emailing proshop@golfcortesin.es. The deadline for entry will be 48 hours before the day of the event, and with a maximum field size of 72 players, early entry is highly recommended to secure your spot.

Q&A with Finca Cortesin Touring Professional Noemi Jimenez

You have recently signed a new sponsorship agreement with Finca Cortesin. How important is it for your career to have the support of the resort and what does the sponsorship enable you to do?

Finca Cortesin has supported me ever since I turned professional in 2015 and I am extremely grateful and honoured to represent such an amazing place, not only golf and hotel wise, but also what the resort represents and the high level of customer service that they provide. I always recommend the resort to the people I play with on the Ladies European Tour and in any pro-am or event that I play. It means a lot to me and my brand to be linked with such an outstanding golf club, and even more so now as the host for the 2023 Solheim Cup.  The sponsorship, apart from elevating my brand, also enables me to travel to tournaments and not to have to worry about the financial side of my career. I feel like they are a family of mine already. 

Can I take you back to the time when you first visited Finca Cortesin and played the golf course? What were your first impressions?

Yes, it was some months before I first signed with them, and I was so excited to play there, because they are such a prestigious golf course and resort, and I knew I was going to have a great time. And I certainly did. 

Life has changed for all of us over the last 12 months because of Covid 19. How have things changed for you as a professional golfer and what do you think life will be like on the Ladies European Tour when it resumes?

It has changed a lot for everybody and really it is quite difficult for us now because we have to be constantly in bubbles when we go to tournaments, and doing PCR tests. We can’t visit the cities that we’re playing in, so it is challenging mentally when you’ve been on the road a few weeks. But we have to be grateful just to have tournaments because we live for that and, honestly, I have to thank my sponsors, and especially Finca Cortesin, because they are a huge help during the time when you’re not competing. We need to live from something, and sponsors like them mean a lot. 

Finca Cortesin will become the first course in Spain to host the Solheim Cup in 2023. What was your reaction when you first heard the news and what will staging such a prestigious event do for golf in the region?

I had no idea that this was happening because Vicente and James didn’t mention anything to me, so it was really a surprise when the announcement was made. However, I knew something like this was going to happen sooner or later because Finca Cortesin represents so many values that tournaments like the Solheim Cup have. I am very happy that Finca Cortesin is the first golf venue in Spain to host such a great event because of the huge love and respect I have for the resort. It really deserves it. Golf is going to grow a lot in this area thanks to this because it is really an amazing event in an amazing venue, and I can’t wait for it to happen.

Hosting the Solheim Cup is part of Finca Cortesin’s long-term commitment to promoting women’s golf. How important is to have one of Europe’s top resorts leading the drive to raise the profile of ladies’ golf and attracting new players into the game? 

It is very important; things like this are what we need to promote women’s golf. This is like a dream come true, and Finca Cortesin has shown me how much they support women’s golf and professionals like myself, so I only have kind words for them. This is going to help the golf game itself so much and especially women’s sports. 


Finca Cortesin Hotel, Golf & Spa, host venue of the 2023 Solheim Cup, has further enhanced its position at the forefront of women’s golf in Spain and Europe by finalising new 12-month sponsorship agreements with Ladies European Tour stars Noemi Jiménez and Laura Gómez.

The exclusive resort in Andalusia has extended its long-term partnership with Jiménez, 27, for a sixth year while entering into a new relationship with Gómez, 24, one of the rising talents of the ladies’ game in Spain.

Finca Cortesin – which will become the first venue in Spain to host the Solheim Cup, the biggest team competition in women’s golf – is committed to growing the ladies’ game both on a national and international level.

In addition to representing the resort worldwide, Jiménez and 2019 LET Access Tour Rookie of the Year Gómez – who were both born in Marbella – will also be at the forefront of the venue’s drive to promote women’s golf across the Andalusia region, including hosting a clinic for players of all abilities at Finca Cortesin on Global Women’s Golf Day 2021 at the start of June.

Jiménez said: “It’s a tremendous privilege for me to represent one of the best golf resorts in the world. Finca Cortesin shares my passion for increasing the popularity of women’s golf and raising its worldwide profile, and no one was happier than me when they were awarded the 2023 Solheim Cup.”

Gómez said: “To receive the backing of a resort as prestigious as Finca Cortesin is a great personal honour for me and will be a major help in achieving my ambition of becoming an established member on the Ladies European Tour.”

Vicente Rubio, president of Finca Cortesin Golf Club, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting two of the leading talents in Spanish women’s golf. Noemi and Laura are a key part in our plans to introduce golf to a new audience of female players, which includes supporting local tour professionals and amateur clinics as well as high-profile events of the stature of the Solheim Cup.”

Spain will become the sixth different European nation to stage the biggest team competition in women’s golf when the Solheim Cup heads to Andalusia in two years’ time, with the biennial contest between Europe and the United States set to take place from September 18-24, 2023.


Finca Cortesin is celebrating the prestigious honour of being chosen to host the 2023 Solheim Cup – the first time that Spain has staged the match between Europe and the United States.

Spain will become the sixth different European nation to stage the biggest team competition in women’s golf when the event heads to Andalusia in 2023, with the exact dates to be confirmed.

Regarded as one of the best courses in Spain and among the premier resorts in Europe, Finca Cortesin has a proven track record for hosting high-profile tournaments including the Volvo World Match Play Championship in 2009, 2011 and 2012, with the star-studded line-up including Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer, Sergio Garcia and Luke Donald.

Vicente Rubio, president of Finca Cortesin Golf Club, said: “Hosting an event of this magnitude and worldwide importance is a tremendous honour and one that makes us all feel very proud and privileged.

“With the layout that Cabell Robinson has created and different challenges that it presents, the course lends itself perfectly to an event of this nature. With the work that has taken place over the last few years, it has never looked in better condition and every player is guaranteed an experience that they will never forget.”

Spain has staged 75 events on the Ladies European Tour and its development tour, while the region of Andalusia had the honour of hosting the 1997 Ryder Cup at Valderrama.

Ladies European Tour chief executive Alexandra Armas added: “Spain is a passionate golfing nation with knowledgeable fans and a history of developing generations of talented golfers while Andalusia’s strong cultural heritage will make for a unique experience for players, guests and supporters alike.

“We are delighted to announce Spain as the host nation for the 2023 Solheim Cup when it returns to European soil.”

Voted recently as Europe’s number one resort by users of the respected website Leadingcourses.com, the resort’s 18-hole championship course was designed by Cabell Robinson and is the first venue in Spain to feature a new, eco-friendly variety of Bermuda grass on all its greens.

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