|Course||La Manga Club Resort|
|Location||La Manga Club, Cartagena|
|Par (White/Yellow/Red)||South 72 / North 71 / West 73|
|Holes||(s)18 - (N) 18 - (W) 18|
|Distances (Pro, Mens & Ladies)||-|
|Pro - White Tees||(S)6499|
|Mens - Yellow Tees||(S)6127|
|Ladies - Red Tees||(S)5139|
|Our Discounted Green Fees||€75-90€|
La Manga Golf Club
Cartagena, Murcia, Spain
La Manga Club is surely one of Europe’s finest golfing destinations with 3 championship courses, each offering its own distinctive style and terrain.
First class practice facilities, which include a renowned golf academy, 80 bay driving range, chipping and putting greens, as well as an 18 hole par 47 pitch and putt course.
Designed by Robert D. Putman in 1971 and remodelled by Arnold Palmer in 1992, La Manga Club’s famous South Course has undergone complete refurbishment.
The main changes involve more water being brought into play, more tree planting – which will affect the overall playing strategy on the course – as well as considerably more movement on the greens. Coupled with the re-positioning of a number of tees, these improvements make for a more modern course lay-out, which will above all, provide a more interesting examination for the discerning golfer.
The South is La Manga Club’s classic championship course and is probably one of the fairest tests of golf one can find. At 6,499 metres from the white tees, whilst being accepted as a top-calibre championship course, the South Course also provides a thorough test for players of all levels, from the scratch player right across the handicap range.
Located in the centre of the valley, with wide palm-fringed fairways and water hazards that come into play on 15 of the 18 holes, the South Course holds few hidden dangers. Its many strategically positioned water hazards and bunkers will certainly punish any wayward shots. The front nine are particularly tough, with two par 3’s over 200 metres and some daunting par 4’s which will demand accurate driving between lakes and bunkers, requiring long irons or fairway woods to the green. The back nine, although shorter, has a number of intriguing dog-leg holes. Special attention should be given to both the 11th and 12th holes, which demand precise club selection to greens across water. The large waste area on 14 will provide “food for thought” for most players, and is followed by the par 4, 15th, which fully justifies its stroke 1 rating. The new stream bordering the 16th Green feeds a newly constructed lake protecting the front of the green, which will require 100% concentration from all golfers. The par 5 18th, with water on both sides of the fairway and a ravine just short of a well-protected green, will prove to be a particularly stern finish.
The South Course has been the venue for many major professional tournaments; Spanish Opens (both ladies’ and men’s), PGA Championships and Qualifying Schools for both the men’s and ladies’ European Tours. In addition, it remains the firm favourite of many companies throughout the world as the perfect venue for their corporate events.
18 holes, Par 72
White Tees 6,499m Par 73 VC 74.3 Slope 138
Yellow Tees 6,127m Par 73 VC 72.5 Slope 134
Blue Tees 5,749m Par 73 VC 76.7 Slope 141
Red Tees 5,139m Par 73 VC 73.2 Slope 129
Also designed by Putman, the North has just undergone complete refurbishment, which, amongst other improvements, has created more interesting greens with much more movement. More undulating than the South, the North offers a different, yet no less challenging round of golf. Relying on precision rather than length, an added challenge is provided by the barrancas or storm gullies that snake their way through the course.
18 holes, Par 71
White 5780 metres, SSS 70
This Dave Thomas designed course is set amid pine woodlands and presents frequent changes in elevation. This is a deceiving course that demands the occasional blind shot, where a tight front 9 contrasts with a more open, but nonetheless challenging back 9.
18 holes, Par 73