The stunning openin hole More beautiful views from the 3rdDon't miss the fairway at the 10th
Next up was the Ria de Vigo Golf Club designed by Ramón Espinosa, which sits in the hills above the town of the same name. It has one of the best opening holes I’ve ever played – more for the views and design than its difficulty – and the course is set in some of the best countryside in Galicia, offers some amazing views across the river to the city of Vigo.
The potential here is blinding: if this course could attract funding for some much-needed shaping, manicuring and reseeding, this could become one of the best courses in the region, with views arguably unrivalled anywhere in Spain.
The 372-yard, dogleg left tenth is a great driving hole from an elevated tee, to a very narrow fairway that is protected by a steep bank that goes up on the left and a drop of 30ft down another bank on the right. Perfect!
The 350-yard twelfth is an intriguing hole with two options for tackling it: you can play up the right-hand fairway and play it as a dogleg left leaving a medium iron in, or drive over the ravine to the left-hand fairway and have a wedge into a very small narrow green.
Like the first, the 549-yard, par-5 fourteenth offers some great views from the tee across to Vigo, but make sure you concentrate here. If you hit a good drive and use the slope to your advantage you can be hitting as little as a 6/7 iron into this very narrow but wide green.
Another dogleg right at the 15th hole with the Ria de Vigo as a backdrop.