Luxury Spanish Golf Resort To Be Demolished After 14-Year Legal Battle

The Marina Isla de Valdecanas golf resort is to be destroyed following a protracted legal dispute

Luxury Spanish Golf Resort To Be Demolished After 14-Year Legal Battle
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Following a 14-year legal battle, Spain’s highest court has ruled that a luxury golf resort is to be destroyed as it stands on a protected natural area, according to a CNN travel report.

The Marina Isla de Valdecanas development, which features a golf course, a four-star hotel, 185 villas and an artificial beach, was built on La Isla de Valdecanas, an island situated in western Spain, around 100 miles west of Madrid. A second hotel and hundreds more villas were set to be added to the site before the latest ruling.

Ecological campaign group, Ecologistas en Accion, began the legal dispute 14 years ago, taking issue with the fact that the development sat on protected land and argued it should be returned to its natural state.

In July 2020, a court in Extremadura ruled against the eco group on economic grounds as the cost of demolition alone was estimated at nearly $39 million, while compensation packages for property owners stood to reach $126.7 million. 

With the regional government footing the bill, it was added that only facilities under construction would be destroyed, and as long as no environmental damage was being done, the resort could continue to operate.

However, a supreme court has now overturned the original verdict and ordered that the site be demolished. Reacting to the news, Ecologistas en Accion welcomed the latest decision, saying that a “dangerous precedent” regarding illegally constructed buildings had been avoided.

President of the Extramadura regional government, Guillermo Fernandez Vara, has stated his intent to lodge an appeal with Spain’s constitutional court in an attempt to save the development from its fate.

Andrew Wright
Andrew Wright

A lifelong golf fan, Andy graduated in 2019 with a degree in Sports Journalism and got his first role in the industry as the Instruction Editor for National Club Golfer. From there, he went on to enjoy a spell freelancing for Stats Perform producing football reports, and then for RacingNews365 covering Formula 1. However, he couldn't turn down the opportunity to get back into the sport he grew up watching and playing and now covers a mixture of equipment, instruction and news for Golf Monthly's website and print title.


Andy took up the game at the age of seven and even harboured ambitions of a career in the professional ranks for a spell. That didn’t pan out, but he still enjoys his weekend golf at Royal Troon and holds a scratch handicap. As a side note, he's made five holes-in-one and could quite possibly be Retief Goosen’s biggest fan.


As well as the above, some of Andy's work has featured on websites such as goal.com, dailyrecord.co.uk, and theopen.com.


What's in Andy's bag?

Driver: Callaway Mavrik Sub-Zero (9°)

3-wood: TaylorMade M1 (15°)

Driving iron: Titleist U500 (17°)

Irons: Callaway Apex Pro '19 (4-PW)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM9 (50°, 54° and 58°)

Putter: Titleist Scotty Cameron Newport 2.5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1