Hotel La Manga Club - Principe FelipeTop 100 Europe
La Manga has for many years set the benchmark for golf holiday destinations in mainland Europe. The proof is in the proverbial pudding too as it has repeatedly been named European Golf Resort of the Year, thanks in large part to three outstanding championship golf courses, as well as comprehensive sport and leisure facilities of the very highest standard.
Bordered by natural parks and unspoilt beaches, La Manga offers luxury through and through, and its location in the region of Murcia guarantees sunny skies for over 300 days per year making it the ideal choice for golfers looking to enjoy a relaxing few days of golf innear perfect conditions.
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The South Course is widely regarded as La Manga's premier layout, and frequently hosts prestigious regional and national events, including the Spanish Open and European Tour Qualifying School. Originally designed by Robert Putman prior to opening in 1971, the South was reworked by the great Arnold Palmer in the early 1990s, and was sharpened up in 2004. As a result, this is now a fair but thoroughly exacting test of golf.
Designed by: Robert Dean Putman
Opened for play: 1971
Did you know? The par three at the 12th, is the hole that witnessed the oldest ever man to achieve a hole in one.
Previously hosted: Spanish Open (1975), PGA Championships, European Tour qualifying schools
White: 7,107 yards, SSS 74
Yellow: 6,700 yards, SSS 73
Blue: 6,276 yards, SSS 77
Red: 5,620 yards, SSS 73
Signature Hole – No. 18: Par 5, 452 yards (White Tees)
The closing hole is unforgiving. Drives must be hit around a fairway bunker and two large bunkers which flank both sides of the fairway. The green, although large is very well protected and its multi-tiered nature requires a confident putt.
La Manga's North Course presents a different test, with tighter fairways and larger greens, all bordered by the resort's famous palm trees. While this course may be for the higher handicapper, it makes up for its lack of challenge, which can be found in La Manga’s other two courses, by priding itself on its beauty, boasting some very attractive holes. It is much hillier than the south and many of the fairways are lined with palm trees, while imaginative greenside bunkering is sustained throughout.
The back nine certainly presents a better set of holes than the front, with the par four 13th leaving you with a tee shot that requires a confident club choice and a 18th hole which is satisfying to say the least. The putting surfaces have recently been reconstructed in accordance with USGA design principles, and many have severe slopes and plateaus, that are tricky to say the least. Accuracy and sound course management are the most valuable traits around the 6,291 yard North, which is a gem that will be particularly enjoyed by the creative shot-makers out there.
Designed by: Robert Dean Putman
Opened for play: 1971
Did you know? The North course was completely refurbished in 2001
White: 6,291 yards, SSS 71
Yellow: 5,937 yards, SSS 69
Blue: 5,668 yards, SSS 73
Red: 5,428 yards, SSS 71
Signature Hole – No. 18: Par 5, 340 yards (White Tees)
The 18th is a lovely finishing hole, with the hotel pool in the background reminding you that your post round refreshments are not far away. In fact, only a short walk back to the clubhouse bar.
The West course is unquestionably the pride of La Manga, with an amazing variety of holes. A beautiful course with spectacular scenery everywhere you turn, it provides a demanding test of golf requiring a first-rate game management. Frequent changes in elevation and fast greens, can cause bad shots to be punished severely.
The West Course is also a genuine championship layout, underlining the fact that La Manga has no weak links. Measuring in at 6,529 yards, the West winds its way gently through the idyllic pine trees, and has more severe slopes than its neighbours. The West is in fact the favourite of many repeat visitors, particularly because of its unique setting and outstanding views. The fairways are tight, so it is often prudent to play conservatively from the tee, while the West also boasts a collection of fabulous par-3s.
The pearl of the front nine is the 9th which has an uphill tee shot, before the hole bends backwards at right angles into a ravine to the front and a lake at the back. The back nine boasts a lovely streak of four closing consecutive holes, including a par three 16th with little margin for error, before ending with a magnificent 18th.
Designed by: Dave Thomas
Opened for play: 1996
Did you know? The former Formula 1 World Champion, Nigel Mansell, labelled the 18th on the West Course as ‘a great finale’ stating that ‘the magnificent view from the tee is always something to look forward to’.
White: 6,310 yards, SSS 74
Yellow: 6,050 yards, SSS 72
Blue: 5,610 yards, SSS 75
Red: 5,166 yards, SSS 73
Signature Hole – No. 18: Par 4, 409 yards (White Tees)
Although the 18th tee is a bit of a walk up a hill, it gives plenty of anticipation for what is a fantastic closing hole. Once at the top you are greeted with a tee shot at the top of a small mountain overlooking a wide fairway-a 200 yard carry and the wind looking to play its part. An intimidating shot. However, what makes this hole truly special is the view for miles distant, the landscape spreading beyond the La Manga complex, over the countryside and into the sea. A final picturesque image for a remarkable course.
The practice facilities at La Manga are second to none. The Golf Practice Centre is seen to be one of the finest in Europe, while the Leadbetter Golf Academy is known for its innovative and creative teaching techniques. The new academy was founded by David Leadbetter himself, a coach to countless PGA Tour, European Tour, LGPA Tour and Champions Tour players. It has two swing rooms and four teaching studios for groups.
On top of this, La Manga possesses a beautiful par 47 “pitch and putt” course ideal for perfecting your short game. The course is well designed with bunkers, water hazards and excellent greens for putting.
At The Clubhouse
La Manga contains two Clubhouse restaurants. Bar 57, which can be found at the main golf clubhouse, offers golfer’s breakfast, lunch and dinner, with free Wi-Fi and a terrace overlooking the golf courses. It’s open all year from 7:00 to 19:30. By the West Course, is La Princesa Restaurant. It serves typical Spanish cuisine with a great choice of wine and lovely views of the course and surrounding pine woodland. Also open all year round, for breakfast and lunch.
The courses at La Manga are always cared for, allowing the holes to be in optimum condition. The resort also benefits from an efficient shuttle bus service. It is no wonder that La Manga has won many awards, such as Europe’s and Spain’s Best Golf Resort in the Today’s Golfer Travel Awards in 2012, 2013, and 2014.
However, while the golf at La Manga is certainly the heart and soul of the club, La Manga also offers plenty of other sport facilities. This includes tennis courts as well as football, cricket and rugby pitches. A junior club is also available- an ideal place for your children to have fun in a friendly, secure environment while you enjoy the great variety of courses La Manga has to offer.La Manga’s accommodation is also first class. The luxurious Hotel Principe Felipe offers breathtaking views of La Manga’s courses, pools and gardens. There are also plenty of apartments nearby in Las Lomas village if you prefer greater space and independence.
La Manga is an all-encompassing sports and leisure resort located on Spain's Costa Calida, or ‘warm coast', where the sun shines all year round.
Following a recent refurbishment programme, the 5* Hotel La Manga Club - Principe Felipe is more luxurious than ever. The hotel is situated in the centre of the resort, allowing guests to easily access the fine array of sport and leisure facilities on-site, not least the fine golfing complex.
There are 189 bedrooms in total, many of which have been totally reworked to guarantee the most luxurious accommodation. Guests will enjoy first class furnishings and décor, including goose down bedding, marble bathrooms, and private terraces with views over the beautiful resort.
All rooms are equipped with wireless internet access, satellite television, air-conditioning and climate control, safe, mini-bar and workstation, while the spacious units are bedecked in the finest contemporary fittings.
Every facet of your golf or leisure holiday will be perfectly catered for, allowing you to simply bask in the fantastic luxury of the fantastic hotel and the resort's world-renowned sporting facilities.
La Manga is the ultimate destination for families with small children, who can enjoy all the fun and games in the Junior Club. The resort is a mecca for sporting enthusiasts. The 28-court tennis complex has hosted the Fed Cup and Davis Cup, while the FIFA certified pitches attract many professional football teams for off-season training camps. You can dabble in cricket, horse riding, mountain biking, cycling, hiking, scuba-diving and water sports, while the brand new Fitness Centre has state-of-the-art equipment and expert personal trainers. Alternatively, relax in Spain's newest and most exclusive Spa and Wellness centre, where you will find 13 dedicated treatment rooms, offering a vast array of health and beauty therapy, all supported by the exclusive Kerstin Plorian product range. There are also numerous jacuzzis, steam rooms, saunas and relaxation areas, in addition to the 25-metre swimming pool.
La Manga has over 20 bars and restaurants from which to choose, including the stylish Amapola dining room, La Pergola on the poolside terrace at Las Lomas, Uncle Sam's 50s style diner, the traditional Spanish restaurant La Bodega, and countless further options.
In the evening you can relax with a cocktail in the Piano Bar, visit Mulligan's Irish pub, the Spikes Bar, or head to the Gran Casino de Cartagena, which is located 20km from the hotel.
- Pro Shop
- Driving Range
- Golf Buggies
- Putting Greens
- Practice Area
- Golf Club Hire
- Championship Standard Course
- Golf Academy
- Cycle Hire
- Beauty Salon
- Steam Room
- Indoor Swimming Pool
- Satellite TV
- Wireless Internet
- On-Site Parking
- Nearby Beaches
- In House Bar
- In House Restaurant
The golf courses are all excellent. In great condition and very testing for golfers of all abilities. The standard in our group ranged from scratch to golfers with handicaps in the 20s and all thoguh the courses were tough but fair and really, really enjoyable. Practice facilities were also excellent and the clubhouses are great places to relax after a round while talking over the day's golfing trials and tribulations!
The hotel offers everything you'll need during your time in Spain and, as is the case on the golfing front, when it comes to facilities, dining options and things to do, La Manga has both quantity and quality; a deadly combination!
I'd come back in a heartbeat and will certainly be contacting Your Golf Travel when it's time to do so!
The North & South Courses were really great and are suitable for all golfers. The West Course which, while a good test of golf, can be really tricky on your first attempt. Built around the side of a mountain, there are lots of ravines and opportunities to lose a golf ball or two. Maybe the higher handicappers might want to steer clear of this one and focus on the North and South?
The hotel is amazing and while it has been around for years, it’s still very much a five star experience.
Having heard plenty of good things about La Manga before booking, it’s now
easy to see what all the fuss is about having been thee and done it.
For a golf holiday, this place has it all.
La Manga has three excellent golf courses, each with its own unique set of challenges, and all of which are in immaculate condition.
The club house at the North & South Course is very well equipped and has stunning views of the course...the perfect spot to grab some grub before or after you round. The West Course clubhouse is smaller but very friendly. Overlooking the lake in front of the 1st green, it’s a nice setting for a beer or two after your round!
The standard of the accommodation in the hotel was excellent and with views overlooking the North Course, the mountains and the sea, it’s a really relaxing place to escape for a well deserved break. All of the restaurants provide good quality food and I would say there is a good selection that will suit all tastes and dietary requirements.In a word? Excellent.
Big pat on the back for YGT as well.
The organisation of golf holidays can be a real pain so it was nice to hand the
reigns over to the pros, let them take care of all the details and then take
all the applause from my group!
The courses are in superb condition and allow all handicaps to enjoy them offering wide fairways and stunning water features to get the heart racing........Buggies are a must if you're playing in the Summer but the courses are quiet with only the avid golf fans hitting the fairways in the heat!
Overall we had an excellent time at La Manga. We had been on golf tours before and while they are fun because of the diversity of golf and the road trips, going to an all encompassing resort offers a far more relaxed and in some ways enjoyable approach to a golf holiday. Everything we needed was on-site including bars, restaurants and of course the hotel and the amazing golf courses.
We played the South Course for our first two rounds and we were very impressed with the course. Some of the par 4s and par 3s on the front nine were very difficult but we enjoyed the challenge. The condition of the course was top notch as well.
Without notice on the third day we were moved to the North Course but this was not an issue because it was equally enjoyable. It was a very different challenge to the South Course. The tight fairways demand accuracy off the tee but the putting greens were generous. They were also some of the best greens we had ever putted on and although they had severe slopes you felt confident of holing putts thanks to the fact that they were so true.
The hotel couldn’t be faulted and the service we received from the staff was up to scratch as well. The concierge was particularly helpful and he assisted with transfers, restaurant bookings and any other general enquiries we may have had.
The whole trip was very enjoyable and I thought the value for money you offered us was great. I would like to thank you for your assistance in the organisation of our golf trip. We will be using YGT again in the future.
We had a great time and the 3 free rounds of Golf for the guys and the 3 free Spa treatments for us were a welcome bonus. We shall definitely be booking with you for all our golfing breaks and have already recommended Your GolfTravel to all our friends.
We are back from our trip and want to thank you for delivering what you promised. The value for money was excellent. Good golf courses, excellent accommodation and facilities and great weather! What more can a golfer ask for?
Frequently Asked Questions
Q – Where's best to eat?
A – The very best thing about La Manga, is that whatever time of year you visit you will always get a good choice of places to eat and drink. My tip; head for the hotel managed restaurants, from which I’d recommend Luigi's Italian up at Las Lomas, and in particular the seafood restaurant La Cala which is located at the beach. Alternatively the steaks at Meat Point, located at The Tennis Club, are excellent.
Q – What else is there to do at La Manga?
A – Sport is the name of the game at La Manga, a game of tennis at the tennis centre, a trip to the incredibly well equipped gym or my favourite, a day on a bike. There are great mountain bike trails within the resort, or hire a road bike and head out to the Portman Hills, complete with the Green Mile climb, after which you will have well and truly earned your beer! Contact Geoff at biking La Manga in the plaza...and tell him Darren sent you!
Q – Where's best to visit during time away from the golf course?
A – Cartagena is only 15 minutes away, and offers a fascinating day out. Founded by the Romans, Cartagena was once Spain's Capital and to this day is one of its premier naval basis. The old town is awash with great little bars and restaurants, and dare we say it perfect for an afternoon bar crawl once you've seen the sights.
Q – Where do I go for nightlife outside of the resort?
A – Head to either the La Manga strip (June-early September only) or Los Alcazares. Both places will keep you entertained until the early (or indeed the late) hours of the morning, with both being busier at weekends than during the week.
Answers provided by Andrew from the Product Department