The golf course at Albatera was scheduled to be completed towards the end of 2007, however, the latest news is that this development has been placed on hold. The Spanish developers, San Jose Inversiones, were placed into administration in July 2008, the company had failed to secure full planning permission for Albatera and other sites. Then the bank stopped lending. Today, the Albatera Golf and Country Club consists of a few show homes, a row of apartments and nothing else.
The Albatera Golf Resort project was to form part of a grand plan called the ‘Ruta del Golf’ or Golf Tour. This was a series of inland residential golf resort developments located in areas such as Cieza, Calaspara, Benferri and Santa Ana. Residents or owners of properties on any one of the ‘golf tour’ resorts will enjoy the same playing concessions on all the golf courses.
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Source: "The Telegraph"
Previous Description (posted on April 24th 2006):
"This beautiful region of rural Spain enjoys superb weather for year round golf. Albatera Golf is surrounded by mountains, on the edge of the National Park at the base of the Sierra Crevillente Mountains, this is an area of outstanding beauty and spectacular scenery. The tranquil atmosphere, wonderful views and privacy make Albatera Golf a perfect mountain hideaway. This prestigious development is well served with hotels, bars, restaurants and shopping facilities. Access is easy with both Alicante and Murcia airports within a 30 minute drive.
The Albatera golf development will boast an eighteen hole championship golf course designed by Jose Gancedo who has exploited the natural terrain to create a pleasing integration of houses and fairways set against the stunning backdrop of the mountains. The fairways will follow the natural ravines and water features will be created to make this one of the most picturesque and challenging golf courses of this region. The area claims to have the best winter weather in Spain ensuring the golf is available all year round.
Public park areas and green zones will be incorporated into the overall design. Commercial zones will feature shops, restaurants and bars and hotels, there will also be a range of sporting activities to meet all tastes including tennis, shooting and riding. The course facilities will include an attractive club house and practice areas.
The Albatera Golf development in Costa Blanca is just outside of the Murcia province, though as it is part of the ´Ruta del Golf´ we thought that we should include it. The golf course is about 5 miles from the town of Albatera on the N325 to Hondon de los Frailes, and is a half hour journey from Alicante International Airport on the A7-E15 motorway and a similar distance from the beaches at the coastal resort of Guardamar. The city of Murcia and the historical towns of Orihuela and El Carche are nearby.
Albatera is a deceptively quiet town with a thriving commercial area unseen from the main road that connects Alicante and Murcia. The central square is dominated by a church with a beautiful baroque façade. The square is surrounded by a maze of recently pedestrianised streets where tapas bars and restaurants wait to be discovered. There is a complex network of canals and irrigation channels, some dating back to Roman times. The area is known for its citric fruits, vegetables and dates and a number of hemp products are also produced such as brooms and brushes.
The Build Programme:
The sensitive location next to a national park has made this development subject to extensive negotiations with the region’s Planning authority. These negotiations are currently nearing a conclusion and construction is planned to start within the next few months with the handover of the first phase properties during the latter part of 2006.
The design and planning work that has been undertaken to meet the rigorous demands of the planners and environmentalists will make this one of the finest residential golf property developments of its kind.