La Manga Golf Club, Cartagena, Murcia, Spain
La Manga Golf Club is one of Europe's finest golfing destinations with three championship courses, each with its own challenges and style.
The club offers first class practice facilities, including:
Renowned golf academy, 80 bay driving range, chipping and putting greens, and an 18 hole par 47 pitch and putt course.
La Manga Golf Club's famous South Course designed by Robert D. Putman in 1971, has undergone complete refurbishment after a remodel by Arnold Palmer in 1992, and re-opened on Friday 6th August.
The main changes include more water traps, more tree planting as well as more variety on the greens. Coupled with the re-positioning of a number of tees, these improvements modernize this course and add diversity to the round.
The South is La Manga Golf Club's classic championship course and will challenge any playersí true handicap.
Situated in the centre of the valley, palm trees mark the fairways and with water hazards on all but three holes, the South Course holds few hidden dangers.
Its many expertly positioned water hazards and bunkers will certainly punish any shots not of an accurate nature.
The front nine are very challenging indeed, with two pars 3ís over the 200 meters mark and some very long, tight par 4ís between lakes and bunkers, requiring much more than a chip and run to the green.
The back nine is shorter, but by no means less challenging due to its many dog-leg holes. Special attention should be given to club selection on both the 11th and 12th hole, as they both have water to cross in order to reach the green.
The South Course has had the honor of being the venue for many major professional tournaments, including: Spanish Opens (ladiesí and menís), PGA Championships and QualifyingSchools for both the menís and ladiesí European Tours
18 holes, Par 72
Note: La Manga South Course closed for maintenance 16-20 April 2007 and 24-28 September 2007.
Also designed by Robert D. Putman, the North Course has just undergone complete refurbishment, which, as well as other improvements, has allowed for more variety in pin placement.
The North is a lot more undulating than the South, and offers an alternative, yet no less challenging round of golf. Playersí accuracy rather than driving length are needed to stay on par on this course, with the added challenge of the barrancas or storm gullies ever trying to force a bogey.
18 holes, Par 71
Note: La Manga North Course closed for maintenance 19-23 March 2007 and 10-14 September 2007
This course designed by Dave Thomas is set surrounded by pine woodlands which can provide any number of problems for the experienced player and novice. As of which this is a deceiving course that invites you to summon your zen like golfing skills and partake in the occasional blind shot, a very tight and claustrophobic front 9 contrasts with a more open, acrophobic equally challenging back 9.
18 holes, Par 73
Note: only 9 holes open on West Course from 8 January - 2 March 2007. Holes 1-8 + 18 will be played twice for 18 hole rounds. La Manga West Course closed for maintenance 7-11 May 2006 and 15-19 October 2006