The resort is on the Andalucia coast in Southern Spain.
The lake provides a test for golfers on the third hole (left), while the par-five fifth (center) may tempt players to go for the green in two. The par-3 sixth (green at the bottom of the photo) features a large, flat green.
The par-3 12th features deep bunkers and a large but challenging green.
Finca Cortesin’s signature hole is the par- 4 13th, lined with Acebuches trees.
The event will take place September 18-24, beginning with the two-day Junior Solheim Cup (past Met Area participants: Sarah Brown and Stephanie Kim, 2009; Karen Chung, 2011 and 2013; Nicole Morales, 2013; Katie Li and Megha Ganne, 2021), followed by two practice days and then Friday and Saturday team play (four morning Foursomes and four afternoon Four-Balls each day), ending on Sunday with 12 singles matches. In fact, though, the matches could be held tomorrow, since the golf course is always in immaculate condition – the greens quick, the fairways groomed, the wall-to-wall Bermuda grass providing an excellent playing surface while adding to the challenge of the sloping fringes and even moderate rough. The greens were converted in 2017 to environmentally-friendly Ultradwarf Bermuda, providing year-round consistency.
With all that said, the golf course will not be the first thing I think about when I recall my recent visit to Finca Cortesin. There is something timelessly gracious about the resort from the moment you pass under the white archway into the entry area. A finca is an estate with a manor or farmhouse in a rural setting; the owners of Finca Cortesin have paid meticulous attention to the details that create a sense of comfort and ease. There are small surprises everywhere: a wooden farmhouse door; lacquered hats on display molds on the shelf of an alcove; a quiet library off the lobby for reading or just thinking; a Moroccan-themed lounge opening onto a courtyard; a weathered metal washtub on a table in a corridor – remarkable grace notes in a five-star accommodation that is just fifteen years old.
“We never like to use the word luxury,” says Francisco de Lancastre David, the general manager of golf and leisure operations, “but for us it's understated luxury -- simple and approachable, and obviously providing the service that you expect in a resort like this, but always in a very understated way. Because at the end of the day, we feel our clientele has been everywhere, they've traveled to the best hotels in the world, the best resorts in the world, the best golf courses in the world. And our differentiation is that when you come here, you have a lot of space [to relax]. You have a great product, but everything is understated.”
Exactly. Finca Cortesin doesn’t try to do everything, it simply tries to do the things it does exceptionally well. The world will get a glimpse during the Solheim Cup, when only the teams and a few official representatives will get to stay at the hotel, but the full experience is available to all who visit. It casts a glow that has staying power, and beckons you to return again and again.