INSIDER'S GUIDE: World Cup Golf 2004 Seville

The golf world will have it's eyes on Sevilla come November 18-21 as the city prepares itself for the World Cup. The Real Club de Golf de Sevilla is the host, with an excellent course designed by José Maria Olazábal in 1992. The course has matured nicely and the club promises to be a great venue for the event.


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The jewel of the club is it's 18-hole course designed by José Maria Olazábal, but it's also home to some impressive sports facilities including 5 tennis courts, 8 Astroturf paddle tennis courts, 2 squash courts, 5 swimming pools (one heated) body building and cardiovascular room, aerobics room, saunas and a multi-purpose sports court for fútbol, basketball or handball (more information on facilities).

The 2,000-suare meter club house offers its users lounges, a games room, a restaurant, a cafeteria, locker rooms with saunas, golf club storage facilities, offices and a Pro shop. The Children’s Club Restaurant offers self-service meals for adults and youngsters alike. The Club House Cafeteria serves tapas, portions and one-course meals which vary weekly while in the Club House Restaurant you can enjoy à la carte meals or choose from the different seasonal menus.

The Real Club de Gold de Sevilla is located outside of the city in the town of Alcalá de Guadaira, some 2km from the SE-30 ring road. It can be reached easily and quickly from any part of the city. The Club is 12km away by motorway from Seville’s first-class International Airport so getting there only takes a few minutes. It's fairly convenient to the Santa Justa train station, home to the Madrid-Seville high speed train (AVE) that links the two cities in only 2 ½ hours.

For more information, including prices and greens fees, visit the official website of the Real Club de Golf de Sevilla.

The course description comes to you courtesy of Worldgolfchampionships.com, where you can find plenty of information on this year's World Cup and more.

No. 1
Par 4 358m.

An easy hole to begin the round. We will drive off towards the left of the fairway to avoid the two bunkers on the right. We might try for a birdie since the second shot will be with a wedge.

No. 2
Par 4 409m.

This is one of the course's most difficult holes where we must first hit a long drive so as not to use an excessively long iron on the second shot. The position of the flag is a decisive factor in the hole's difficulty.

No. 3
Par 3 155m.

The tee is in an elevated position and the green surrounded by water. This is the round's most difficult par 3 since we will be using a medium iron.

No. 4
Par 4 393m.

A downward-sloping hole that requires a good drive and a very accurate medium iron in order to reach the green, well-protected by 3 bunkers. The green is a pronounced oval with three platforms.

No. 5
Par 5 465m.

An upward sloping, straight hole. The ball must fall between the water to the right and a bunker to the left. This is a recovery par 5 since the green can be reached in two shots.

No. 6
Par 4 400m.

A difficult hole with a left dogleg. The drive's descent is not easy since the hole is protected by water to the left and two bunkers to the right. It requires a highly accurate iron for the second shot towards a green with two platforms and well-protected by its four bunkers.

No. 7
Par 3 186m.

A slightly upward-sloping hole that requires to be played with a long iron. The entrance to the green is protected by three bunkers.

No. 8
Par 4 344m.

As the second shortest par 4 on the course, this is a relatively easy hole without any great obstacles. The fairway is protected by one bunker to the left and another the left of the drive's descent. A good shot off the tee turns this into an easy par 4 with a real chance of attacking the flag.

No. 9
Par 5 495m.

The left is out of bounds for the whole of its length. Attempting to reach the hole in two shots is highly risky due to the water protecting the green both to the front and to the right.

No. 10
Par 4 363m.

A right dogleg the drive must be accurate since the fairway is protected by two bunkers to the right and two to the left. The green is protected by water to the right and a bunker at the back.

No. 11
Par 3 175m.

A highly complicated hole with a small green protected by five bunkers. It must be played with a highly accurate medium iron due to the green's platforms.

No. 12
Par 4 346m

Right dogleg. This hole offers breathing space presenting no great difficulties but the position of the flag must be borne in mind in order to avoid three-putts.

No. 13
Par 5 472m.

An easy par 5, easily reached in two shots but where the out of bounds to the left must be avoided.

No. 14
Par 4 de 400m.

This is a highly complicated hole, requiring a straight drive between two stands of trees and a highly accurate second shot to the green, well-protected by water both to its front and its left.

No. 15
Par 4 399m.

This hole is long and difficult. It requires a long, accurate drive since the descent of the drive to the left is protected by a lake while to the left are two bunkers. After a good shot, the drive does not present any great problem.

No. 16
Par 5 478m.

With a long, accurate drive, the green can be reached in two shots, if we risk hitting the ball over the water that protects the green's entrance.

No. 17
Par 3 187m.

This is a difficult par 3 where the slope of the green and the two bunkers at its entrance must be borne well in mind.

No. 18
Par 4 388m.

This is a difficult hole to finish off the round. The drive's descent is protected by a large lake to the left and two bunkers to the right. The lake bordering the green increases the difficulty of the second shot.


The following sites have much more information on the events and have helped me piece together this page:


Thanks to Antonio Doblas for contributing to the above information. He's an official tour guide here in Sevilla and an expert on all the sites and culture. Check out his tour information on his website. He can make your stay a lot easier by getting you to the best sites while giving you great historical and cultural background to each one!

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