Opened in 1973, the course enjoys the distinction of being a Gary Player design. By 1993, although commercially owned, the Club had over 400 members and, apart from the golf, the Club provided a very active social life for the mainly expatriate membership. At this point the whole existence of the club was threatened when the then owner, Wimpey Construction, decided to sell it. The members decided to raise the finance between them and negotiated the purchase of the land and the business of the golf club in 1996. Ever since then, it has remained as one of the very few clubs on the Costa del Sol which is owned and run by the members.
El Paraíso Golf Club has a policy of continuous improvement and even during the worst years of the financial crisis of 2008 we have continued to invest in our course and facilities. We currently have Shareholders from more than 16 countries so we are an international club with a great calendar of varied social events.
The setting, ambience and layout of the course have always made it popular among visiting golfers to the coast. However as new courses were being built in the area, competition for business became intense. During the financial crisis starting in 2007, some golf courses closed and others struggled to survive.
El Paraiso made difficult business decisions, including drastic reductions in staff, and this enabled the Club to emerge from the crisis in a strong position. Over the past five years, major investment has been made in improving the quality of the playing experience and also of the old andalussian finca style clubhouse.