La Manga Club’s South Course has been touched by the genius of both Seve and Arnie. It is the best known of the resort’s layouts and the famous image of playing in front of the hotel is where you’ll find the first tee. A hole typical of the ensuing challenge, it all looks fairly straightforward with room for error on the left, but lurking beyond the small fairway crest on the right is a large lake which intrudes into the fairway at the point where many a tee shot can roll out too.
This is a common trait on the South Course, with well-positioned water hazards in places where you would rather they weren’t, and the excellent design calls for a well-planned round of golf. It’s a beautiful start to your 18 holes as well. Stand at any point on the first few holes and it’s already apparent the terrific condition the course is in, with manicured tee boxes complemented by a neatness to the paths, shrubs, borders and beds, and all framed by an Arizona-like mountain behind.
The par-five sixth is the signature hole on the front nine, a superb downhill driving hole before having to lay-up between the bunkering and a well-positioned lake; attack the hole and you’ll have to contend with an angled green guarded by bunkers.
The back nine begins with a tremendous view of the mountains as you negotiate a sharp dogleg that runs along one of the resort’s crown jewels – the David Leadbetter Academy, a 270 degree driving range and golf school that runs down to the historic clubhouse.
The 11th is a par-four played over a huge lake – take a moment to look at the array of national flags fluttering in your periphery and you’ll become concerned about the strength and direction of the wind, it makes an already daunting approach shot that little bit harder.
As you walk to the 13th tee, you take in a glorious view in the distance of the peninsula town of La Manga itself, and the 7,148-yard course concludes with a splendid par-five where most will lay up short of the barranca, before aiming over a beautiful bed of shrubs between an avenue of trees to a tiered green overlooked by palms and the hotel.
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