The townhouse we stayed in was a little tired (no 62). 2nd twin room,shower head wouldn’t stay up,towel rail not working, damp patches in bathroom and strong smell of drain. Main bedroom and living area was all ok. The resort on the other hand was outstanding. We ate out every evening and couldn’t fault any food anywhere. Luigi’s restaurante on New Years Eve was a fantastic night. All 3 courses are quality and offer 3 different challenges. Will definitely be visiting again.
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Golf Courses at La Manga Las Lomas Village
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 Real Golf La Manga Club'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’.
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 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, Real Golf La Manga Club 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
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 Real Golf La Manga Club 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, 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.
Accommodation at La Manga Las Lomas Village
Situated at the mountain-side fringes of the La Manga resort, the Las Lomas Village boasts 111 self-catered apartments and townhouses, as well as 20 serviced rooms, that provide quality 4* accommodation, allowing guests to take full advantage of all that the resort has to offer.
The apartments and townhouses are decorated in a modern Mediterranean style, and although they offer self-catered accommodation, the hospitality is not basic; luxurious touches like marble flooring, DVD player and outdoor grilling area are evident throughout.
The serviced Deluxe Rooms are the equivalent of a 4* hotel room, but are located within the village itself. Charming features include the traditional terracotta floors and Mediterranean décor, and a granite bathroom, while the terrace or balcony views of Las Lomas street or the surrounding mountains are a joy to behold.
The superb range of accommodation in the village means that there is an option to satisfy every demand, and allowing visitors to relax to the full and explore the fantastic resort.
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.
- Golf Buggies
- Driving Range
- Pro Shop
- Putting Greens
- Practice Area
- Golf Club Hire
- Club House
- Championship Standard Course
- Golf Academy
- Indoor Swimming Pool
- Steam Room
- Beauty Salon
- Outdoor Swimming Pool
- In House Restaurant
- In House Bar
- Nearby Beaches
- On-Site Parking
- Satellite TV
- Direct Dial Telephone