As soon as Sergio Garcia won the Wyndham Championship, his first PGA Tour win since 2008, I started thinking of Spain, Spanish foods and, of course, Spanish golf courses and golf vacations.
I did a little research and found out that you can easily book your Spanish golf vacation online. In fact, you can book a golf vacation, or holiday, to just about anywhere in the world – but, as I said, my thoughts are speaking with a Spanish accent right about now.
Let’s look at those three thoughts separately.
First, Spain itself. That link will take you to Wikipedia and you can learn every fact you ever wanted to know about that beautiful country.
Second, Spanish foods. Spanish cuisine consists of a great variety of dishes which stem from differences in geography, culture and climate. They are heavily influenced by seafood available from the waters that surround the country, and reflects the country’s deep Mediterranean roots. Spain’s extensive history with many cultural influences has led to a unique cuisine. In particular, three main divisions are easily identified:
Mediterranean Spain.- all such coastal regions, from Catalonia to Andalusia: heavy use of seafood, such as pescaíto frito; several cold soups like gazpacho and many rice-based dishes like, my personal favorite, paella from Valencia and arroz negro from Catalonia.
Inner Spain – Castile.- hot, thick soups such as the bread and garlic-based Castilian soup, along with substantious stews such as cocido madrileño. Food is traditionally conserved by salting, like Spanish_ham, or immersed in olive oil, like Manchego cheese.
Atlantic Spain.- the whole Northern coast, including Asturian, Basque, Cantabrian and Galician_cuisine: vegetable and fish-based stews like pote gallego and marmitako. Also, the lightly cured lacón ham. The best known cuisine of the northern countries often rely on ocean seafood, like the Basque-style cod, albacore or anchovy or the Galician octopus-based polbo á feira and shellfish dishes.
Lastly, but certainly not leastly, there is Spanish golf and golf vacations. Quite simply, you need to remember one thing and one thing only: If you’re gonna play golf on the Costa del Sol, you must play Valderrama, Marbella and the fairly new Almenara.