Open

OPEN COURSE

The Open Course is the most well-known of Real Club de Golf El Prat’s five loops having hosted European Tour and Challenge Tour events – most notably the Spanish Open in 2011 and 2015. Comprising the “Abajo” and “Arriba” nine-hole layouts, it is the most demanding course at our club and visitors will end up in trouble if they have a bad day with their driver.
And that is very evident on the first hole of Abajo with a daunting fairway bunker that runs along much of the right side of this delightful 400-metre par 4.
However, even if your tee shot is good, golfers will find the most important shot on this layout is always the approach as the tricky greens are both very well protected and elevated. It is important to take advantage of the four par-fives – the longest of which is the 10th on the Open Course, or the first on the hillier Arriba measuring 5,321 metres off the tips.
But you must also pay extra attention to the ninth, a par-four stroke index one that is a long and uphill and therefore requiring a powerful drive. A good long iron must follow before reaching the long green that is defended by a bunker on the right and a slight hollow on the left.
The 430-metre par-four 17th hole is equally as testing with a hazard running to the left and a sand trap that catches out many golfers. A semi-blind green approach also calls for precision to avoid more bunkers, while the speed of the greens can catch out even the most confident of putters. Making par is quite a challenge on both of these holes.

Course distance: 6.672 meters

HOLE BY HOLE

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DistanceParHandicap
41643
39543
38743
36243
34243
33243
31443
Long par-four requiring a powerful drive, taking care not to go off the fairway to the right as a hazard runs the length of the hole. The second shot requires a long iron to reach a broad green with a large bunker to the left and a waste area to the right. Making par is quite a challenge!

Long par-four requiring a powerful drive, taking care not to go off the fairway to the right as a hazard runs the length of the hole. The second shot requires a long iron to reach a broad green with a large bunker to the left and a waste area to the right. Making par is quite a challenge!

DistanceParHandicap
525513
501513
470513
458513
447513
442513
416513

Uphill par-five, the green can be reached in two shots by hard hitters. Good drive required to get past the waste area to the right, and a good second shot will usually leave players with a blind approach given the huge bunkers on the right side of the green. The green runs diagonally, making for a hard putt if your approach passes the flag.

DistanceParHandicap
188315
172315
155315
140315
122315
105315
93315
A magnificent and difficult par three with a slight downhill slope. A long iron will be needed to reach a huge green, protected to the right by bunkers and to the left by a grove of trees. Make sure your two putts come very close to the flag due to the green’s dimensions.

DistanceParHandicap
40247
37847
35647
33547
32847
31247
30447

Par-four requiring power and accuracy. The tee shot is flanked by bunkers to the right and left, and you need a mid-iron for the second shot to land you in a crosswise green that is protected by an array of bunkers in front and a dense forest behind. But to do so, your approach shot must be high and well-placed for the ball to stay on the green.

DistanceParHandicap
425411
393411
376411
352411
344411
326411
300411
Par four with a slight dogleg to the left. The tee shot must be deep, followed by a mid- or short iron to an elongated green flanked to the right by two bunkers

DistanceParHandicap
42849
41249
38749
36549
35749
33949
32849
One of the course’s hardest par fours. The tee shot is long and downhill, protected by a bunker to the left and thick rough to the right. The approach leads to a slightly upward sloping green flanked by two bunkers to right and left, requiring height and accuracy with a mid- or long iron.

DistanceParHandicap
49855
48355
46855
44955
42855
38755
37755
A great par five, where a good deal of strategy is needed. The tee shot to the right has to avoid the bunker on the left side. The second shot requires a long iron or wood to place the ball 50 or 60 yards from the green in order to approach it from above. The green is defended by bunkers to the front and back, and slopes from back to front.

DistanceParHandicap
146317
141317
126317
119317
106317
98317
90317
Short par three with a broad green, where a good shot with a short iron can help you shave a point from your score. It’s best to not to miss the left on your approach.

DistanceParHandicap
42641
40941
38641
37241
34741
32341
30141
Tremendous par four to finish. Perhaps the hardest hole in the course. The long, uphill hole requires a strong drive hugging the right side of the fairway, then a long iron to approach the long, crosswise green defended by a bunker on the right and a slight hollow on the left. Making par is quite a challenge!

DistanceParHandicap
53254
51954
50554
42454
40754
37154
35254
The beauty of this spectacular par five with a dogleg to the right is exceptional. From the tee on high, players must cross a riverbed and then, depending on the tee shot, get over or around a huge pine tree on their second shot. The approach to the green involves a steep incline that players must bear in mind to avoid getting trapped in one of the many deep bunkers along the way.

DistanceParHandicap
166316
157316
149316
133316
126316
121316
100316
Magnificent par three demanding a strong, high tee shot to pass the front bunker defending the narrow green, set slightly higher and in diagonal to the tee.

DistanceParHandicap
33748
33348
31148
30948
29348
27148
23648
Course designer Greg Norman’s preferred hole. A demanding uphill par four with a dogleg to the left, where players need to be on their game to avoid the seven bunkers that surround both tee and green. The tee shot must search the fairway taking into account the steep right-left slope, and the second shot has to combine the adequate line and distance to reach the green. Recovering from failure to reach the green is quite a challenge.

DistanceParHandicap
204312
187312
179312
166312
146312
136312
126312
This long par three requires a long, accurate tee shot to avoid the bunkers that line the long green. No half-measures here, but veer too far away from the centre line and you will be hard put to save par.

DistanceParHandicap
352410
330410
301410
283410
275410
258410
250410
This par four (dogleg left) enters the wooded section of the course. The tee shot requires more accuracy than distance, the main goal being to avoid the bunkers on the right side of the fairway. Once you reach the fairway, the approach shot to the green is tense because of hazards on either side, but with a short iron you should have a good chance to trim down your score.

DistanceParHandicap
304418
291418
278418
253418
240418
227418
214418
This par four has one of the course’s toughest opening shots. The forest and bunkers on both sides of the narrow fairway (dogleg right) make it essential to choose your shot and club very carefully. After a successful tee shot, the approach to the high, narrow green that spreads diagonally has to be very accurate despite the short distance.

DistanceParHandicap
43046
40946
38246
36146
35246
32546
31846
The tee shot is of the essence on this par four. If you reach the steep downward sloping section of the fairway, the second shot has to be very short. Otherwise the distance will be considerable, and a highly accurate shot will be needed, bearing in mind the array of bunkers and the lake to the right that defend its dual-platform green.

DistanceParHandicap
39742
37442
36542
35642
34942
32342
29642
Tough uphill par four where the tee shot once again is key. The bunker on the right of the drive’s descent is one of the most frequented areas of the course as players are forced to avoid the hazard running along the entire left side of the hole. The semi-blind green approach requires a high, well-directed flight to avoid the bunkers at the front and rear of the green, leaving a long putt on its fast surface.

DistanceParHandicap
496514
488514
474514
468514
442514
433514
413514
This par five is a hole where orderly play has its reward, but any mistakes, particularly on the left side, can create havoc. The setback of the tees calls for great care on the opening shot, while the second shot presents a wealth of bunkers to the right of a narrowing fairway and a hazard to the left. The narrow, elevated green requires precision to avoid having the ball roll off. Heavy hitters can reach the green in two.

HOLES123456789IDA101112131415161718VTATOTV.C.V.S.
Negro41652518840242542849814642634545321663372043523044303974963218667276.00134
Blanco39550117237839341248314140932845191573331873302914093744883088637275.00135
Amarillo38747015535637638746812638631115051493111793012783823654742944605572.80130
Naranja36245814033535236544911937229524241333091662832533613564682753570571.20126
Azul34244712232834435742810634728214071262931462752403523494422630545175.50133
Rojo3324221053123263393879832326443711212711362582273253234332465510973.40128
Rosa314416933043003283779030125233521002361262502143182964132305482871.30126
Par453444534365343444453672
HCP616141012281843119715175113

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1

DistanceParHandicap
41643
39543
38743
36243
34243
33243
31443
Long par-four requiring a powerful drive, taking care not to go off the fairway to the right as a hazard runs the length of the hole. The second shot requires a long iron to reach a broad green with a large bunker to the left and a waste area to the right. Making par is quite a challenge!

2

DistanceParHandicap
525513
501513
470513
458513
447513
442513
416513

Uphill par-five, the green can be reached in two shots by hard hitters. Good drive required to get past the waste area to the right, and a good second shot will usually leave players with a blind approach given the huge bunkers on the right side of the green. The green runs diagonally, making for a hard putt if your approach passes the flag.

3

DistanceParHandicap
188315
172315
155315
140315
122315
105315
93315
A magnificent and difficult par three with a slight downhill slope. A long iron will be needed to reach a huge green, protected to the right by bunkers and to the left by a grove of trees. Make sure your two putts come very close to the flag due to the green’s dimensions.

4

DistanceParHandicap
40247
37847
35647
33547
32847
31247
30447

Par-four requiring power and accuracy. The tee shot is flanked by bunkers to the right and left, and you need a mid-iron for the second shot to land you in a crosswise green that is protected by an array of bunkers in front and a dense forest behind. But to do so, your approach shot must be high and well-placed for the ball to stay on the green.

5

DistanceParHandicap
425411
393411
376411
352411
344411
326411
300411
Par four with a slight dogleg to the left. The tee shot must be deep, followed by a mid- or short iron to an elongated green flanked to the right by two bunkers

6

DistanceParHandicap
42849
41249
38749
36549
35749
33949
32849
One of the course’s hardest par fours. The tee shot is long and downhill, protected by a bunker to the left and thick rough to the right. The approach leads to a slightly upward sloping green flanked by two bunkers to right and left, requiring height and accuracy with a mid- or long iron.

7

DistanceParHandicap
49855
48355
46855
44955
42855
38755
37755
A great par five, where a good deal of strategy is needed. The tee shot to the right has to avoid the bunker on the left side. The second shot requires a long iron or wood to place the ball 50 or 60 yards from the green in order to approach it from above. The green is defended by bunkers to the front and back, and slopes from back to front.

8

DistanceParHandicap
146317
141317
126317
119317
106317
98317
90317
Short par three with a broad green, where a good shot with a short iron can help you shave a point from your score. It’s best to not to miss the left on your approach.

9

DistanceParHandicap
42641
40941
38641
37241
34741
32341
30141
Tremendous par four to finish. Perhaps the hardest hole in the course. The long, uphill hole requires a strong drive hugging the right side of the fairway, then a long iron to approach the long, crosswise green defended by a bunker on the right and a slight hollow on the left. Making par is quite a challenge!

10

DistanceParHandicap
53254
51954
50554
42454
40754
37154
35254
The beauty of this spectacular par five with a dogleg to the right is exceptional. From the tee on high, players must cross a riverbed and then, depending on the tee shot, get over or around a huge pine tree on their second shot. The approach to the green involves a steep incline that players must bear in mind to avoid getting trapped in one of the many deep bunkers along the way.

11

DistanceParHandicap
166316
157316
149316
133316
126316
121316
100316
Magnificent par three demanding a strong, high tee shot to pass the front bunker defending the narrow green, set slightly higher and in diagonal to the tee.

12

DistanceParHandicap
33748
33348
31148
30948
29348
27148
23648
Course designer Greg Norman’s preferred hole. A demanding uphill par four with a dogleg to the left, where players need to be on their game to avoid the seven bunkers that surround both tee and green. The tee shot must search the fairway taking into account the steep right-left slope, and the second shot has to combine the adequate line and distance to reach the green. Recovering from failure to reach the green is quite a challenge.

13

DistanceParHandicap
204312
187312
179312
166312
146312
136312
126312
This long par three requires a long, accurate tee shot to avoid the bunkers that line the long green. No half-measures here, but veer too far away from the centre line and you will be hard put to save par.

14

DistanceParHandicap
352410
330410
301410
283410
275410
258410
250410
This par four (dogleg left) enters the wooded section of the course. The tee shot requires more accuracy than distance, the main goal being to avoid the bunkers on the right side of the fairway. Once you reach the fairway, the approach shot to the green is tense because of hazards on either side, but with a short iron you should have a good chance to trim down your score.

15

DistanceParHandicap
304418
291418
278418
253418
240418
227418
214418
This par four has one of the course’s toughest opening shots. The forest and bunkers on both sides of the narrow fairway (dogleg right) make it essential to choose your shot and club very carefully. After a successful tee shot, the approach to the high, narrow green that spreads diagonally has to be very accurate despite the short distance.

16

DistanceParHandicap
43046
40946
38246
36146
35246
32546
31846
The tee shot is of the essence on this par four. If you reach the steep downward sloping section of the fairway, the second shot has to be very short. Otherwise the distance will be considerable, and a highly accurate shot will be needed, bearing in mind the array of bunkers and the lake to the right that defend its dual-platform green.

17

DistanceParHandicap
39742
37442
36542
35642
34942
32342
29642
Tough uphill par four where the tee shot once again is key. The bunker on the right of the drive’s descent is one of the most frequented areas of the course as players are forced to avoid the hazard running along the entire left side of the hole. The semi-blind green approach requires a high, well-directed flight to avoid the bunkers at the front and rear of the green, leaving a long putt on its fast surface.

18

DistanceParHandicap
496514
488514
474514
468514
442514
433514
413514
This par five is a hole where orderly play has its reward, but any mistakes, particularly on the left side, can create havoc. The setback of the tees calls for great care on the opening shot, while the second shot presents a wealth of bunkers to the right of a narrowing fairway and a hazard to the left. The narrow, elevated green requires precision to avoid having the ball roll off. Heavy hitters can reach the green in two.

ScoreCard

HOLES123456789IDA101112131415161718VTATOTV.C.V.S.
Negro41652518840242542849814642634545321663372043523044303974963218667276.00134
Blanco39550117237839341248314140932845191573331873302914093744883088637275.00135
Amarillo38747015535637638746812638631115051493111793012783823654742944605572.80130
Naranja36245814033535236544911937229524241333091662832533613564682753570571.20126
Azul34244712232834435742810634728214071262931462752403523494422630545175.50133
Rojo3324221053123263393879832326443711212711362582273253234332465510973.40128
Rosa314416933043003283779030125233521002361262502143182964132305482871.30126
Par453444534365343444453672
HCP616141012281843119715175113