Golf courses and the status of sportsperson for golfers in Andorra

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Golf courses and the status of sportsperson for golfers in Andorra

Broadly speaking, sport in Andorra is a highly developed activity. Country of mountains with beautiful landscapes, the Principality offers many sports practices to the fans of many disciplines, amongst which is golf. The Principality can be proud to have two spectacular courses and a remarkable Pitch & Putt. Amateurs and professionals can benefit here from the amazing facilities. Settling in Andorra is even a possibility for professionals, since the country offers advantageous residency conditions. Here is everything you need to know about golf practice in Andorra as well as the residency advantages on the territory for professional golfers.

The different golf courses in Andorra

You want to practice sports and golf in Andorra in the middle of the nature while benefiting from fresh air and breathtaking landscapes? It is rather simple in the country known for its geographical situation, its environment and its facilities.

The greens in Soldeu, the highest in Europe!

The Andorran Golf Soldeu is the highest golf course in Europe and it allows to appreciate sumptuous panoramas, to enjoy bracing spaces and to taste the summery freshness of the mountains of the Principality. Yet recent, the spot already constitutes a symbol of sports in Andorra!

Located in an amazing natural environment at 2 250 meters in altitude, it displays technical characteristics and a topography adapted to every level of practice.

Its course, known to be physical is reachable via telecabin. Once up there, the amazingly maintained fairways await you!

The features of the Golf Soldeu in Andorra

  • 9-holes course, 33 Par,
  • length: 2 590m on a surface area of 16 hectares,
  • architect: Jeremy Pern,
  • opening: end of June to end of September, from 10am to 7pm.

The club house of la Casa

In Andorra, the Soldeu Golf is also known for its Club House, particularly welcoming. Conceived as a place to meet and exchange for players, this Club offers different appreciable services:

  • equipment rental
  • changing room
  • bar, restaurant,
  • relaxation area.

The Andorran Vall d’Ordino Golf club

Perfectly following the relief and the small crests of the Ordino Valley, the course of the Vall d’Ordino Golf Club cconstitutes another important golf course in Andorra. Do not worry, if you might need to focus in order to render an exact card because it is known to be rather challenging, this course also allows to contemplate magnificent landscapes. It follows a mountain stream and a majestic lake.

The greens are of great quality and the bunkers are ideally placed. Golfers with a great level or even professionals will enjoy the difficulties they will have to overcome. A total fulfillment for a very high standing golf course in Andorra!

The course’s features

  • 9-holes Pitch & Putt with a a double departure, 33 Par,
  • length: 1 138m to 1 929m,
  • opening: form May to December, to 9am to 10pm in summer and 10am to 7pm in winter,
  • driving practice: illuminated range,
  • approach zone: illuminated and covered,
  • putting green.

Complementary services

  • parking,
  • bar, restaurant,
  • terrace with barbecue,
  • accommodation possibilities,
  • swimming-pool,
  • club,
  • golf school,
  • children’s activities,
  • boutique (Golf-Pro Shop),
  • equipment rental.

The El Torrent Pitch & Putt

There is another interesting place to practice sports and more precisely golf in Andorra, the El Torrent Pitch & Putt located at 8km from the capital city of the Principality, Andorra la Vella.

Following a little river and surrounded by trees, its rather technical course is traced in the splendid facility of the Xixerella Park, a sumptuous natural environment.

The course’s features

  • 18-holes Pitch & Putt with double departure, 54 Par,
  • length: 1 200m, two different courses,
  • opening: from May to November, 9am to 8pm,
  • approach zone: illuminated and covered,
  • putting green.

Complementary services

  • parking,
  • bar, restaurant,
  • accommodation,
  • putting green,
  • children’s zone,
  • swimming-pool,
  • boutique,
  • equipment rental.

The Spanish greens near the Principality

Near the Principality, you will be able to practice golf close to Andorra. Two golf courses located in Spain will please the amateurs.

The Aravell Golf

Located in Catalonia, only 15km away from Andorra and 5km away from La Seu d’Urgell, the Aravell Golf is located in a large valley and it offers a striking view over the mountains of Cadi.

25km away from the Andorran Vall d’Ordino golf, its course remarkably maintained and very attractive is designed for all levels. A good physical condition is however required in order to roam its length.

The course’s features

  • 18-holes Pitch & Putt with double departure, 71 Par,
  • length: 6 155m, two different courses,
  • opening: all year-round,
  • architect: JM. Olazabal.

The Real Golf Club of Cerdan

Not far from the Principality of Andorra, this golf located in the province of Girona has been inaugurated almost a century ago, in 1929 to be precise! It is surrounded by trees, pines, and canals, in a truly beautiful natural environment.

To get there, you will have to go in the direction of Font-Romeu and then back in direction of Bourg-Madame, at the border between France and Spain. Once the border crossed, the course is located just before the village of Bolvir. Count around 40km and 45 minutes of road to get there from the Pas de la Casa.

The course’s features

  • 18 o 27-holes with double departure, 71 Par,
  • length: 5 726m, two different courses,
  • opening: all year-round,
  • architect: D. Javier Arana.

The advantages to practice sports in Andorra

Obtaining a special residency status

More and more professional sportspersons do not hesitate to settle in Andorra. We have to admit that the Principality offers a favorable living environment and advantageous living conditions to succeed in you career.

A special status has even been created for the people benefiting from a “savoir-faire” or special skills acknowledged internationally. Professional sportspersons fit in this category and can make a request in order to obtain the category C tax residency status in Andorra.

Do not hesitate to contact Set Up to find out about the procedure to follow and the formalities to accomplish in order to obtain this status.

Sport in Andorra and tax advantages for professionals

Practice sports in Andorra as a professional has many advantages, amongst which the possibility to evolve in a quiet environment that has many facilities necessary to their performance.

Choosing to be a professional golfer in Andorra is also choosing an advantageous tax system, the Andorran direct debit is based on a reduced direct and indirect taxation.

Taxation levels for professional sportspersons in Andorra

The maximum taxation on incomes (IRPF) comes to 10% while the TVA rate (IGI) on different consumer goods does not exceed the 4,5%.

The power and the high degree of solvency of its banks represent two other strong points of Andorra. The competence of a legal and tax advice is ideal to allow professional sportspersons to deal with their incomes generated during their career and to assure an optimal wealth management.

Like the champion Victor Dubuisson, many professional golfers already enjoy the advantages offered by Andorra to top sportspersons. Shortly, two promising golfers, Matthieu Pavon and Benjamin Hébert, also accompanied by Set Up, will participate in the Open de France that will take place in Paris from June 27th to July 1st! The Set Up team wishes you a lovely golf stay in Andorra, and remains at your disposal to inform you on Andorran residences, and who knows, perhaps accompany you while you settle in the Principality. Do not hesitate to contact Set Up, expatriation specialist in the Principality!

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