Originally a Dave Thomas nine hole course, Mar Menor was transformed into an 18 hole championship test by none other than the great Jack Nicklaus and now it offers golfers travelling to Spain for their golf breaks a challenging and enjoyable test of golf not matter their ability. The lush Mediterranean landscape on which the course is built features endless numbers of palm trees, native grasses and flowering shrubs which, when combined with the ever present water and well places waste and greenside bunkers, offer a good challenge for all.
La Torre, designed by the great Jack Nicklaus, is similar in style to the famous resort courses of Florida and as such players must safely negotiate vast swathes of sand and the ever present threat of water hazards lurking at the edge of the fairways and around the slick and true putting surfaces. Measuring a meagre 5,945 yards from the back tees, La Torre is playable for golfers of all abilities and while talented players and the big hitters may find it to be comparatively short, the strategy and precision required from the back tees still poses questions of any golfers skill.
Set against the backdrop of the Murcian Mountains, El Valle is another of the region's courses that were conceived by the great Jack Nicklaus. Like the nearby La Torre Course, El Valle is a resort course very much in the American mould. Playing 6,739 yards from the tips, El Valle is not overly long by modern standards but subtle strategic elements will present a challenge to golfers of all abilities. Taking advantage of its desert setting, El Valle features plenty of waste bunkers as well as naturally existing rock-outcroppings and ridges, not to mention the great expanses of water that place a real emphasis on accuracy both from the tee and while approaching the greens.
Measuring a manageable 6,416 yards from the back tees; Hacienda Riquelme offers a different challenge to that of the other courses found on the Nicklaus Golf Trail. Generous fairways weave their way in and around olive trees, wild flower meadows and a number of imposing and intimidating lakes. Undulating greens and outstanding bunkering add to the challengethat, thanks to a number of different tee positions, can be enjoyed by golfers of all shapes and sizes.
Alhama is one of the longest golf courses to be found on the Nicklaus Golf Trail and as such can provide a serious challenge to golfers of all abilities and experience levels. Measuring a little over 7,500 yards from the tips, Alhama certainly has the length to challenge the bombers but it is not all about power around this well conceived layout. Noticeable changes in elevation can make club selection tricky while small greens, water hazards and sneakily positioned bunkers place an emphasis on accuracy and shot-making; two trademarks that The Golden Bear was well known for in his playing days.
Measuring 6,498 yards from the back tees, Saurines de la Torre is not overly long by modern standards but long enough to challenge the longer hitters. This spectacular desert course features perfectly manicured fairways that weave their way between sand dunes but interestingly that is where the sand on the course stops. There are no bunkers to speak of but the giant 6 acre lake that runs along the length of the 18th hole means concentration is required from start to finish in order to score well around here.
Guests can enjoy a selection of 48 separate apartments; all of which overlook the Mar Menor golf course and are within touching distance of the beaches and water sports that Mar Menor can offer.
These luxurious apartments leave no stone unturned when it comes to comfort. Beautifully decorated with natural tones, the apartments feature fully equipped kitchens and bathrooms, a choice of one or two bedrooms, a terrace or a garden, and access to a shared swimming pool as well as all the modern appliances you will need to ensure a comfortable stay.
Stayed in the Residences apartments
Accommodation was fine staff are not very helpful could of shoen us to our apartments but didn't club house staff not interested in helping us store cases while playing golf on last day. Very slow service.
A seamless experience from collection at the airport to drop off at the end of our stay, the facilities and resort were excellent and great value also. I would highly recommend.
We were in the residence apartments. Really nice but quite a walk from the main hotel and all the bars and restaurants
Residences were fine, in need of some investment, but clean. Comfortable, but what’s with the squeaky beds? Good value tho and very friendly staff. Not all restaurants were open even at the end of May - why?
Brilliant hotel and great value for Money
We stayed in The Residences. You need a car if you have a full set of clubs as some of the Residences are quite a long walk from the Clubhouse and there is nowhere to store your clubs at the Clubhouse. Buggies are in short supply (you need to prebook) and you are not permitted to take the buggies to The Residences to drop off your clubs. Our apartment was in a dark corner so didn’t get any sun on our balcony. We had access to a small pool, but it was very noisy. The Special Clubhouse breakfast for golfers staying at the Residences was awful unless you want sausages and beans for breakfast. The bars and restaurants on site were very disappointing - Irish Pub, frozen food - yuk. Not at all authentic. But the golf was excellent, the staff were lovely. I think if you stayed in the hotel (which looked lovely) and had a car, so you could visit the lagoon or La Manga, it would be a lovely place to stay. Staying in the Residences without a car was awful. We took a taxi out to dinner in Mar Menor a couple of times to lovely restaurants but taxis are expensive. You need a car to enjoy this resort. Staying in the Residences is more suited to groups of younger golfers.
we felt we were not looked after by YGT well at all. Its a venue you need transport and we were not told that. Our apartment was a good 20 mins walk from the facilities and had nothing in it no tea or coffee even water. The first one we had was a double bed so had to get moved. Had to re arrange our golf as it had not been booked to fit in with the shuttle bus. The golf reception were very helpful. The place is five star but you felt treated as second class be pushed into a ball room for breakfast. Didnt play El Valle but played Mar Menor it self ,that was nice As I have said felt we were mislead on this one as its not the sort of break for us, may be we were misunderstood but very unhappy all round.
Over all very enjoyable
We arrived late evening with a long trip ahead to our apartments but the staff kindly got us a lift which brought us there and back to the bars, this set the tone and we certainly had a ball the rest of our trip. Excellent rooms highly recommended.
Great quality apartments, check in at Hotel and have to walk and locate your apartment which being a large complex was a bit confusing.would benefit if a staff member could assist with this.10 minute taxi journey to the resort of Los Alcazares. Overall great value for money and would return
Great resort, staff and facilities. Can be a little bunched up at times on the golf course, but not too bad. 5 minutes taxi drive to local town Los Alcázares, where the livelier bars, pubs and clubs are if you need an escape.
studio apartment,has all the facility you would need
Great stay comfortable rooms
Everything you could need but the Golf Bar has changed and much slower than last year - at times waited 20 minutes to get served !!
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This course is stunning. I’ve played lots of courses all around the world and this is one of my favourites by far
Decent course, poor greens (no one seems to fix pitch marks), loads of bunkers and water but despite that not bad. Watch out for the acres of sand in front of the 18th...
it rained most of the round but it was ok would not go back
We did enjoy it but it did have challenging par 3s, no harm in that and looking forward to returning.
good with alot of sand,but worth the visit.
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