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La Marquesa Golf & Ciudad Quesada

The early 1970’s saw the beginning of what today some consider to be a small city, Ciudad Quesada is a district in the municipality of Rojales (Province of Alicante) 6km from the Mediterranean coast with a population of over 16,000 people.

A vision by the founder and entrepreneur Mr. Justo Quesada saw the development of the area and the growth of an international community, a community that is thriving today nearly half a century later. An average temperature of 20c and 320 days a year of sunshine it is no wonder it is so popular with Northern Europeans who make up around 40% of the resident population.

With the infrastrucure and support services, shops, pharmacies, trade outlets and businesses all well established the area offers everything needed to enjoy life here in the Costa Blanca. Not to mention the wildlife, countryside and coast that gives residents and visitors alike the chance to spend a great deal of time enjoying the outdoor life.

 

Situated between two international airports, Alicante (40 minutes) and Region de Murcia International or Corvera (55 minutes) Ciudad Quesada is well placed for visitors from European countries and other continents.

The local cuisine is an eclectic mix of traditional Spanish food with tapas bars and restaurants combined with international eateries offering authentic dishes from all over the world.

A truly cosmopolitan place that has retained its Spanish feel and created a perfect place to be.

However, the success that is Ciudad Quesada is only half of the story, in 1989 the same Mr. Justo Quesada designed and founded what was then called the ‘Quesada Golf Club’. With the city of Alicante being only 40 minutes away it proved popular with the golfing fraternity across the region and in the early days it was estimated 80% of the golfing population had played there at one time or another.   

With the continued expansion of the town due to the efforts of the Quesada family and the projects they developed, the golf club started to receive Europe-wide attention.

In 1994 the name was changed to ‘La Marquesa Golf’ and now decades later it continues to be strongly connected with Mr. Justo Quesada and his descendants.

Since its inauguration the course has undergone many changes to the point where it was decided to give each of the holes its own unique identity recognisable by both players, ground staff and those of us who are spectators. 

This was a complicated undertaking but now each hole has a name along with its own personality if you like, combining the history of the course and highlighting individuals of merit connected to La Marquesa Golf.  

Fast forward to today and in 2020 with these changes implemented, La Marquesa Golf is now enjoying the fruits of major investments and re-development that have made it one of the premier golf courses in the Costa Blanca.

 

One of the biggest financial investments came when the new third hole was remodeled and re-named. Created out of the old 11th and 12th holes 18,000 square metres of earth (a small mountain) was removed and reused elsewhere on the course. Named in recognition and honour of the AMIGO of La Marquesa Golf and son of Rojales Miguel Angel Jimenez. 

This world renowned golfer has had close ties with the club going back to the days of the founder and is one of the most successful players Spain has produced, with four Ryder Cup wins, and the 2014 Spanish Open included in his trophy count.  For over twenty five years he has been playing, promoting and establishing charity tournaments and has created a youth academy at the club.

His tireless work and commitment was recognised by the municipality of Rojales when he became an ‘Adopted Son’ an honour he proudly accepted. The efforts of Sr. Jimenez  continue today the, Pro-Am charity tournament he introduced over a decade ago became a memorial to Justo and Josefina Quesada in 2016, his continued fund raising activity promotes and supports a number of local associations.

The success continues with great teamwork and through the combined efforts of the President of La Marquesa Golf Jose Angel Quesada and the Director of Golf Pascual Jimenez with input and advice from Miguel Angel.

A prime example of this working relationship is the 16th hole on the course it mirrors the world famous TPC Sawgrass hole.

A par 3, a green with a small bunker at the end of a peninsula, apart from the walkway completely  surrounded by a lake, ‘did you hit the green on sixteen’?. One of the most asked questions while relaxing in the clubhouse following a round of golf.  

La Marquesa Golf and the area that is Ciudad Quesada are greater than the sum of their parts they combine and interact on many levels and this combination adds up to a different quality. A higher quality of life, to be enjoyed by golfers, residents and visitors to the area all year round. 

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    Anne (Saturday, 04 July 2020 16:23)

    Really good article and well written, enjoyed reading all about it! Looks like a lovely place to visit in Spain hopefully one day soon I will, especially as my family are golfers they would love it.