One of the vibrant cities in Europe is Barcelona. While the city offers many reasons to visit, one reason to enjoy the Barcelona area is a day playing Club de Golf Valleromanes.
Vallromanes is a municipality of the region of Vallés Oriental located 25 km north of the municipality of Barcelona , in Catalonia. It contains several upscale neighborhoods located around the Golf Club of Vallromanes and nearby areas. Vallromanes (the town), with green areas, shady oaks and lovely houses, is a peaceful spot. The area is so quiet and tranquil that it attracts campers and visitors to a growing spa industry. A square is the center of the village offering what retail there is, a couple of small grocery shops and restaurants. The dominant feature is the parish church dedicated to St. Vincent.
We stayed at one of the spas, the Hotel Can Galvany. The hotel name comes from the old Can Galvany Country House. The modern addition houses the hotel and restaurant. In there you find stately suites, bedrooms, restauarant and lounge and the communal services. The original rustic Country House now contains an intimate Spa & Wellness Center.
Club De Golf Vallromanes is about five minutes away from the hotel. A large sign announces your arrival as you drive up the driveway that separates the golf course. From the driveway you see an impressive stone manor overlooking the golf course. But it will not prepare you for the site that greets you after rounding the corner to the reception desk. An old tower, the remains of the original castle, introduces you to Tavernera. The ancestral castle, is first mentioned in 1108. The first owners were the Montornès. From the 17th Century, the Counts of Darnius occupied the house named Tavenera. The tower was rebuilt in 1718 as the center of the manor. Ceramic pictures of the Counts of Darnius decorate the face of this remarkable fortified farmhouse. Inside this proud edifice contains everything a modern golf club should offer.
Club De Golf Vallromanes is, for most local players, one of the best golf clubs in the area. After originating for members only, the club, while still private, now welcomes visitors. This 18-hole par 72 hosted, among other tournaments, the Spanish Open in 1985. That tournament was won by the Spanish golf titan, Seve Ballesteros.
Designed by the prestigious British architect, Mr. F.W Hawtree, Valleromanes opened in 1972. The course is a wonderful example of a Hawtree parkland design. At around 6200 meters, the course is perfect for all kinds of players, ages and handicaps. It can be from comfortable to demanding depending on the flag positions. Wide fairways and demanding greens force players to use their imagination and skill. Still, to paraphrase an old adage, it never will spoil your walk.
I have some favorite holes that I’d like to mention. The two finishing holes on each nine are savory. The ninth hole is a downhill par 5 is that has OB on the right and a grove of trees that are no fun on the left. Your approach shot will present a green guarded by two forward bunkers, left and right. The hole demands a strategy depending on your ability. Do you go for a low score or not? Is the risk worth the reward? The green is welcoming but tiered. It will accept a fairway shot, but being above or below the flag can turn an eagle or birdie into bigger numbers. There is a lake on the right, but only THE most wayward of shots will find it. A fun hole as well as scenic.
The 18th hole is a wonderful par 4 to finish your round. Big hitters will play a fairway wood to not drive the ball through the fairway on the right. Trees and, closer to the green, water protect the left side. The fairway slopes left to right. Pulled left tee shots into the open woods could end up in the fairway…maybe. The green, as we said has water on the left front and large bunkers to the rear. Approach shots call for some strategy, but once on the surface, this green rewards good putts to score well.
Another favorite is the 15th. Here you can grip it and rip it. From an elevated tee the fairway takes a massive dive deep and to the left. Yes, there is OB on the left and a deep forest on the right. Yes, there are a couple of stray trees that stick out to guard the left side at the dogleg. And, yes, the small, remodeled green is well protected with bunkering. It’s can be tough to score on, but seeing your tee shot clear the hill and ramble on to the bottom of the fairway is a thrill for golfers of all shapes. Want the feeling of being John Daly? This is the hole. Remember: No guts-no glory!
Remember, Club De Golf Vallromanes is a private club offering first class facilities. Proper dress and decorum need to be observed. The staff is professional and courteous. you won’t get the feeling you’re an “outsider.” The lounge is a great place to start and finish your round. Enjoy its delicious “menu de dia” along with a refreshing drink. In season, you can relax on the summer garden terrace.
Barcelona has many private and resort courses to choose from. Club De Golf Vallromanes is a private club with class, grace and a classic golf course design. After spending a weekend there, you’re so relaxed, you’ll feel like one of the members.
Club De Golf Vallromanes is another reason to visit Barcelona.