The Golf Costa Brava is located at the foot of the Ardenya massif which is of great ecological importance and encompasses a highly valuable cultural, historical and ethnological heritage. It is a rich and complex ecosystem where the northern Mediterranean vegetation prevails. Here we find cork oak groves, today a very scarce formation in the context of the Mediterranean basin, and also some species which are very rare, such as the common sundew. Since 1992 it has been included in the PEIN (Plan of Natural Interest).
The most abundant vegetation found around the golf course is the cork oak brushwood (quercus suber), pine trees (pinus pinea and pinus pineaster) and some strawberry trees (arbutus unedo). The brushwood consists of vegetal formations made up of shrubs that can contain trees. The most important species is the heather that intensively covers all the undergrowth.
The recurrent fires and the old exploitation of the forest for coal, wood and cork have given way to this phenomenon and it is difficult to find well-formed forests of cork oak groves. Within the golf course facilities you can still find samples of well-formed cork oak groves at holes 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 16 and 18 where there are examples of cork of great beauty and visual interest for walkers and players.
Moreover, the path of the old brooks and streams that cross the massif has meant that we also find trees typical of the bank vegetation. We find the laurel (laurus nobilis), the ash tree (fraixinus angustifolia), alders (alnus glutinosa), elders (sambucus nigra) and others such as the poplar (populus nigra) and the elm tree (ulmus sp.). We find all this variety throughout the course from holes 4, 6, 17 and 18. In the wettest and shadiest areas some spots of ilexes (quercus ilex) and oak trees (quercus humilis) are accompanied by rough bindweeds (Smilax aspera); the laurestine (Viburnum tinus) and common ivy (Hedera helix) are found throughout the 18-hole course.
Other species that can be found, although of less interest as heritage, but which lend beauty to the course are a range of Coniferae such as the cedar tree (cedrus atlantica), the Arizona cypress (cupressus arizonica) and the Mediterranean cypress (cupressus sempervivens) that we find in holes 12, 13 and 14 along with some examples of umbrella pines quite interesting for their height. In Hole 15 we also find a series of plane trees and nettle-trees which make the hole quite curious.
Benjamí Ferrer Rafecas