Madrid’s special relationship with the world of golf has been forged over many years, but with the arrival of the Open de España in the capital three years ago, it has taken a significant step forward. Golf is thriving in the city all year round, not only during the four days of the tournament.
2018 broke all the attendance records for a golf course in our country, and apart from providing us with so many wonderful memories, that particular Open de España at the Centro Nacional de Golf generated huge popularity for the sport, particularly among the young citizens of Madrid.
It is no surprise then that grass-roots golf is booming in the Spanish capital and enjoying more success than ever. Madrid’s results so far in 2021 in national and international competitions speak for themselves, particularly from its youngest players, the ones that turn out in droves to see their idols every time the Open de España comes to town, dreaming of replicating them one day and playing in front of their home fans.
Madrid is the Autonomous Community with the most golf licences (almost 90,000), but it is not only because it is also the most populated; Madrid looks after its golfers and golf courses, tourists and locals, seniors and juniors like nowhere else. Madrid is crazy about golf.
In addition, in terms of the presence of professional tournaments such as the Acciona Open de España presented by Madrid, the fans in the capital are special, there is a unique relationship between the players and the crowd, and those that set foot on a golf course in this city are well aware of it.
Madrid is a welcoming city, and every golfer who comes here is made to feel at home. Proof is in the fact that they always want to come back. Whatever corner of Spain or the world they come from, they always feel loved and enchanted by Madrid.
Of course, the fans in the capital always get behind the Spanish players, especially if they are in the fight for the title, but it is not difficult for others to find a place in their hearts, just ask Luke Donald. The Englishman visited Madrid as the world number one 10 years ago and always takes the opportunity to come back whenever he can, 2021 is one of those occasions.
Maybe it is because its mayor is well-known for playing golf or because Jon Rahm, the current world number one, enjoys himself and wins every time he comes to Madrid… but if one thing is clear, there is no better place to host this Acciona Open de España presented by Madrid.