Since my FAM trip to Las Colinas Golf & Country Club in 2018, I saw many great achievements at the Spanish golf resort.
Las Colinas Golf & Country Club won 3 categories in the World Travel Awards competition in 2021:
- World’s Leading Golf & Villas Resort;
- ‘Europe’s Leading Resort Villas’;
- ‘Spain’s Leading Villa Resort’ at the World Travel Awards.
It is the only facility in Valencia to have Toptracer equipment installed, making it exclusive to the Spanish region.
For the above-mentioned reasons, I was surprised to hear about Las Colinas Golf & Country Club looking for a new golf director. As a result of this became Alfonso Castiñeira the new golf director.
It is certain that his predecessor Jon Brook set a high bar for his successors.
Las Colinas Golf & Country Club – Who is Alfonso Castiñeira?
He is a former Alps Tour professional who was, most recently, employed as director of golf at the Troon-managed Santa Maria Golf Club in Panama City. It is one of the most exclusive clubs in Panama with a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course (see picture below): par-72, 7,153-yard, opened in 2012.
This Panamanian golf club will be the host venue of the 9th edition of the Latin America Amateur Championship (LAAC) from 18-21 January 2024.
One of Castiñeira’s first tasks at Las Colinas Golf & Country Club will be putting the finishing touches to the resort’s program for the 2023 golf season.
It is shaping up to be the most wide-reaching and inclusive ever the venue focuses on bringing all members of its golfing community together.
Las Colinas Golf & Country Club has put in place an action-packed calendar for the year ahead for players of all ages and abilities, with plans including
- new academies for juniors, seniors, and ladies;
- an increased events program for its popular Ladies Golf League and
- more mixed competitions, with the climax coming in December with the second staging of the Las Colinas Trophy.
At the heart of the schedule is Las Colinas Golf & Country Club’s acclaimed 18-hole championship golf course a regular host venue of the DP World Tour Qualifying School.
This golf course will benefit from a further period of investment with a continued focus on sustainability.
In addition to completing a two-year bunker renovation program using the ‘Better Billy Bunker’ sustainable system.
They will also continue on the course
- to plant native trees and shrubs and convert the turf to a native plant area,
- changing to drip irrigation for trees in the process to reduce the amount of water needed per year as well as
- cutting energy costs.