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The European Tour heads to Spain for back-to-back tournaments in October, first near Valencia and then to the Costa Del Sol's Valderrama Golf Club.

If you're thinking about taking your own annual golf competition trip up a notch, Simply Golf Holidays, a packager based in Costa Del Sol, is hosting their second annual Costa Del Golf Challenge April 5-10, 2011.

For 2011, the courses are better than the tournament's inaugural staging, including Finca Cortesin Golf Club, a lavish resort near Valderrama that is the current host to the Volvo World Match Play Championship (if you're a spa-goer, stick around after golf here; it's got one of the finest spas around). Rounding out the list is Los Flamingos Golf Club, Alferini Golf Club and Marbella Golf Club.

Accommodations are at the H10 Andalucia Plaza Hotel, which is connected to a small casino and within walking distance to all the action of Puerto Banus.

Americans may be surprised at what they'll find with a visit to Spain's Costa Del Sol. I like to consider it the Myrtle Beach of Europe thanks to such abundance and variety of golf and sun – only with superior historical attractions, food and drink. Towns such as Marbella and Malaga are outstanding European cities to explore on an off-golf day.

Simply Golf Holidays' five-night, four-round package, which also includes breakfast, reception, prizes and more is 725 Euros, or about $1,000 U.S. Visit CostaDelGolfChallenge.com for more details.

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