Located on a small wooded peninsula jutting into the Bay of Santander, Pedrena is a Harry Colt design that dates back to 1928, so golf has been played on this hilly parkland layout for a very long time. The eighteen holes of the 6340-yard, par 70 main course were augmented in 1992 when a further 9-hole layout was created on the property.
The course has hosted the Spanish Open three times – the last was in 1988 when Mark James won – but perhaps its greatest moment came in 1975 when it held the under-25 Spanish championship which was won by a 17-year-old local lad with quite a few family connections to the club, one Seve Ballesteros. It was in many ways fitting that the launch pad to such a highly successful professional career was on his home course.
Although players could still see the dramatic complex, for the last forty years or so they have not been able to play it! It was taken out of play in the mid 1970s when the Club gained additional land to extend both the par four 9th and par four 4 11th into par fives, increasing the par of the course to its current 70.
A new 9th green and new 11th tee were built together with a completely new longer par three 10th hole. That new hole became probably the most unfair and therefore least liked hole on the layout, being an uphill hole of approximately 180 meters that played to a small green with fall offs on three sides and trees lining the other.