Having been awarded the European Golf Resort of the Year title many times in its illustrious history, La Manga sets the standard for golf destinations across Europe. While La Manga is a truly all-encompassing resort, offering a host of great activities, the quality of the golf is the main attraction for many visitors. The three courses on offer at Real Golf La Manga Club; The North, South and West courses, are all outstanding. The courses weave across the undulating terrain of the 1400-acre resort, boasting beautiful views over the surrounding landscapes.
Found on Spain’s stunning southeastern coast, just 35 minutes from Murcia International Airport, La Manga is incredibly accessible for golfers coming from the UK. The luxury accommodation at the 5-star Principe Felipe Hotel is first-class from start to finish, with all of the well-appointed rooms boasting a balcony with views of the pool or golf course. La Manga has an incredible 15 bars and restaurants, guaranteeing something for everyone’s taste. There is also an award-winning Wellness Centre on site, aimed at ensuring your mind, body and soul go home as relaxed as you’ve ever been.
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The South Course is widely regarded as Real Golf La Manga Club'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.
At just over 7100 yards, the course certainly provides the sternest test of golf from the three courses, and lives up to its championship status. Whilst requiring some solid hitting, golfers should beware of the countless water hazards and bunkering throughout the course. The front nine is the tougher, and contains two particularly challenging par 3s, both over 220 yards, as well as a 6th hole containing a blind tee shot onto a expansive and downhill fairway. However, there are still birdie chances on these long holes. The back nine, although less difficult, has many dog-legged holes and is home to one of the largest sand traps in Spain, running almost the whole length on the right hand side fairway on the par four 14th. Avoiding strategically positioned water hazards and bunkers is crucial around this par-73 cracker.
|Designed by||Robert Dean Putman|
|Opened for play||1971|
|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.
Real Golf La Manga Club'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 74|
|Yellow||5,937 yards, SSS 73|
|Blue||5,668 yards, SSS 77|
|Red||5,428 yards, SSS 73|
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 Real Golf La Manga Club, 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 Real Golf La Manga Club 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’.
The practice facilities at Real Golf La Manga Club 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.
Real Golf La Manga Club 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 Real Golf La Manga Club 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 Real golf La Manga Club is certainly the heart and soul of the club, Real Golf La Manga Club 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.Real Golf La Manga Club's accommodation is also first class. The luxurious Hotel Principe Felipe offers breathtaking views of Real Golf La Manga Club'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.
Hotel is quite tired - rooms need an upgrade. Very busy pool area - would be better to have separate adults-only pool Restaurants were nice and staff helpful and polite
Great hotel, friendly staff, rooms are spacious. Variety of restaurants to choose from.
Very good all in all. The safe in the room was broken but other than that will definitely go again. And will definitely use your golf travel very efficient company.
We enjoyed our stay very much. Room we had looked a little tired, Decor etc and view from room (bottom floor) was not the best.
Our accommodation was very nice and we got upgraded on arrival free of charge.
Due to availability we had to have the superior room, no different to standard as far as I could see but nice and comfortable all the same. Prices in the piano bar are a joke €12 for a standard gin! Try La Barra and Dantes up the road, good food and better value. The courses were all in good condition and played well and not too busy in February this time. The new Corvera airport is convenient with similar travel time to the ‘old’ Murcia one as it is all dual carriageway. Thanks to Nick Bishop at YGT - all bookings as requested with no problems - a good value trip with nice warm conditions to boot!👍
Stayed for 4 nights with breakfast included Room was everything you need clean comfortable Breakfast was a must plenty of choice and all tasty Staff all very helpful and nothing was any trouble Would definitely return
The hotel is very good
Very enjoyable stay, good sized comfortable room overlooking the 18th. Breakfast not quite as good as I remember it but still good. Hotel restaurant and bar a bit bland, lacks a bit of atmosphere but still ok. Definitely worth a visit, we’ll be there again next year.
Excellent service. Carlos the concierge was exceptional and helped us to enjoy our break to the full. We will definitely visit again.
A great venue, only criticism was bar prices were excessive.
Great place to stay for the quality of staff and location central to golf courses. We hope to come again.
The facilities were excellent as were the staff. The self service Breakfast was rather chaotic and in my opinion could be improved.This was the only fault on an otherwise excellent hotel.
Good hotel but probably not 5 star, odour of drains in rooms an corridors.
Excellent all round although the hotel room and foyer could have been anywhere in the world in that it lacked any local Spanish flavour, but all in all I guess it’s set up to deliver a practical functional experience for mostly international golfers
The room was ok but it had a damp problem and you could smell this in room and carpet in corridor was stained and constantly wet. Also was supposed to get 15 euro room credit but hotel refused to honour this deal which was annoying when settling water bill (3 euros for small bottle) at end of stay.
Accommodation was all we expected it to be having stayed there several times before.
very efficent staff
the accommodation was very good but hotel certainly needs refurbishment. staff and breakfast were very good
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Easy/average Much more enjoyable than West
A bit too technically difficult meaning it was equally frustrating and enjoyable
good quality course.
tricky, narrow course. Pathways need some improvement.
good quality course.
Enjoyed the course very much. Very different from other two courses.
Very unusual course with waterways at very close intervals to each other making club choice difficult for the average golfer. Nice views around the hills and countryside.
Par fives were unusual with severe dog legs
Another good course. Played this twice and greens were slow and woolly on first round but were little quicker 2nd time around.
This was defo the hardest course of the 3 but also the nicest looking. Expect lower scores tho and put your driver away
I would say the north is easier than the west but harder than the south. Was a lovely course greens we in good condition but a little slow. Bunkers on all courses get soaked by the sprinklers in the evening so play quite wet during the day
Despite my worst score this is the easier course as it is shorter with a little less water but plenty of ‘ barancas’. Quietest I have ever seen it when we played- 9.30 on a Friday morning- got round in record time. You often play back nine 1st here for some reason.
It is longer and therefore more of a challenge to handicap golfers with more water in play. Generous fairways give u a chance to keep it in play.
Driver not required on most holes - plot your way round.
Played West course twice as well Most definitely the hardest of the 3 courses but a must play if you go here Starts off easy but gets progressively harder as you get into the round Leave driver in your room when you play here as you need to be in fairway it’s not overly long but it’s tight with plenty of hazards to trip you up Par 3s are truly memorable and if you do make your par you will have deserved it Always aim for middle of the greens as going long ends in tears All in all it’s difficult but enjoyable at the same time Everything was booked through your golf travel and was spot on yet again looking forward to next trip with you Cheers Andy
Played South course twice also Harder and longer than the North but very enjoyable Plenty of water to keep you thinking Pace of play was excellent we were out at 9-03 as a 2 ball and didn’t see anyone else On 11th after a good drive take extra club to clear the water on second shot it plays longer than it states
Played North course twice The easiest of the 3 but still enjoyable Pace of play was good Greens were big and pretty quick just wish everyone would repair their pitch marks
We had a 13.25 tee and the pace of play was awful. We had to divert back to the first tee to get 18 holes in because we had only completed 6 holes after 1h 45m We won't be choosing La Manga again
The expectation is that this is a 4h 30min round on a course that should take 3h 30 min max. Our tenth tee time was 2h 15 min after our tee off. Far too slow
As a three ball we got matched up with a fourth even after making a specific request to play as a three ball
Generally Narrower and more interesting than the south with more water and ravines to cross. Enjoyable...condition same as the other courses.
Mainly Long straight-ish fairways with some interesting ravines. Enjoyed the course - greens were a bit ‘spongy’ and needed some repairs but overall good. A bit slow with a slow 4 in front taking their time and not really caring about the Q behind. Good time to go, nice weather, not toooo busy.
Enjoyed the experience.
enjoyed it although the greens seem to have been over worked.
Again greens very poor and let down the experience of playing on this magnificent course.
Superb course in excellent condition.
Lovely course - greens were in terrible condition, threadbare, lots of unrepaired pitch marks. I assume just end of season tiredness - but let down the playing experience.
More difficult terrain but still very enjoyable. Followed 3 ladies who I believe found the course very difficult, we were held on 12 tee's and not ever called through, needed a course marshal. Why are the buggy rental costs so expensive. Hope the greens get a rest, they need to recover from heavy use. It is evident that players spend a relatively long time on the greens.
Enjoyed, buggy cost excessive, no built in GPS iether. greens in poor health particularly this course
Enjoyed, lost just one ball. Buggy hire cost too expensive though.
The most difficult course of the three with very challenging left and right doglegs. Fairways needed to be landed on otherwise the result was usually a lost ball in the surrounding countryside. Enjoyed this course the most and if I get the opportunity to return I would play it twice. Some of the 'next tee' sign positions need improving for golfers on their first visit.
Different from the south course with approach shots requiring more thought but the fairways were just as good. Enjoyed the round.
Enjoyed the round, especially the quality of the fairways compared to most I play at home.
This course was hard particularly playing it for the first time and not knowing the many peculiarities that make it special. This is certainly not for the faint hearted,the view from the 18th tee is spectacular and goes some way to ease the challenging drive ahead of you.
Best course of the three for me although probably easier than the West. As on the South course there was a lot of pitch mark damage on the greens.
Good course and interesting holes, not as difficult as the West Course. Rather irritating caddy master saddling our three ball with an additional player (although Juan was very friendly if slightly slow) then persistently telling us to speed up!
Very interesting and challenging course. Generally in very good condition.
First out meant we went round in under 4 hours. Nice course, lots of water but playable. Greens ok but again too many pitch marks creating deviation on key short puts. I guess all these courses are over played and this does compromise their quality. Fairways and tees excellent but overall they are not world class. It was my best round 37 pts so it was my favourite of the 3. Overall it’s what you might expect from a village complex I would give it a memorable 8/10 thanks to all the staff and your golf travel for organising our 2018 Heavy Tour. Cheers Peter
Much better condition and more forgiving than the West course. Nothing spectacular but faster round and most enjoyable. Elevated bar 38 overlooking the course with great staff and buzzing ambiance was cracking for a beer and burger after the round
Very tight narrow fairways, keep the driver in the bag except on the signature 18th. Slowest round I’ve ever played 5hrs 30 mins. 10-15 minutes wait on the tee on most holes. Greens not great because selfish ignorant golfers not repairing pitch marks. I maybe being a little critical as it was my worst round of the 3 ! On the upside really friendly typical pergola style Spanish bar at the club house
Nice course but greens could be better
Best course of the three although most difficult. Greens in good condition
Greens were disappointing with lots of marks and bumps
One of our party described it as 18 tees and 18 greens and messy in between!
Challenging but interesting.
Challenging but interesting.
4 of our group decided to play the west course the only slot they could get was 8am so off they went and when they arrived found that the buggy shack was the only thing open. no refreshments at all as the catering/drinks was closed. when they were out playing eventually at 11-30 the drinks cart arrived.they thought the 400 odd euros was quite expensive to pay but to have no refreshments to 11-30 was disgraceful.however we all enjoyed playing the course the day before and had a very good meal after we finished playing.
same as the south course with the greens to many pitch marks and stud marks
the greens were very cut up and pitch marks all over the greens which tended to alter the putting line. other wise a great course
as for south course
the experience was good but greens need hollow coring as it is obvious by imprints on greens that thatch has accumulated
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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.
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!
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.
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.