Two great finishing holes Top a fitting finale the 18th and above the 17th green
After drying out on the back nine at PGA Catalunya Resort and in the bar of course! We are heading back towards Barcelona airport, but not before we stop off to play the back nine at the FW Hawtree-designed Golf Girona.
I think you will agree, why waste time in an airport terminal when there’s a chance to have the sun on your back and a fairway underfoot? And if you’re going to trace my footsteps you will be more than happy you decided to stop off to play this stunning track.
A gentle downhill par-3, 162-yard tenth hole gets the back nine underway, but the show really starts when you hit the back tee at the 390-yard 11th which offers you some stunning views. I am starting to get slight pangs about leaving this beautiful part of Spain.
I think Frederick has produced a great track and as we meander round this tranquil part of the world there is not another soul in sight. The sun is out, the birds are in hearty voice and the flowers are in full bloom displaying a spectrum of colours. I must admit, I am not even worried about winning our little Holland v Great Britain match – well, I am – but I think Golf Girona has instilled a new found peace. At least until I check in at the airport!!
The 13th has to be one of my favourite holes along with the 18th. From another elevated tee you play to the fairway below and are funnelled through trees down the right-hand side and a bank on the left to a green that has a beautiful lake as a backdrop with some old stone buildings thrown in to add to the aesthetics.
The 18th is a short par-5 measuring 487 yards and you really need to go and play this from the back tees – it’s a spectacular view and fitting as this course’s finale. Two good shots will see you home but beware as this is quite a long thin green with trees either side and a bunker front-right protecting it.
I would highly recommend that you take the time on your way back to the airport to take this great course in. I am sure when Frederick Hawtree finished with his work here, he was extremely happy with this masterpiece. And when you are taking in the stunning vistas from the veranda that surrounds the clubhouse, I think you will agree with me it’s the perfect crescendo to a great golf tour.
Elevated tee at the 12th holeThe 13th green with lake beyondLooking down on the 14th green