Golf at La Manga Club: professional tips on how to play the Hole 14 on the South course
La Manga Club, 10th November 2017. The South Course at La Manga Club course is, without doubt, the best golf course in Murcia and one of the best courses in Spain. It has hosted many major professional tournaments, amongst which are various Spanish Opens, PGA Championships and European Tour qualifying schools. It is almost 6500 metres from the white tees, with water hazards on 15 of its 18 holes and few hidden dangers.
The front nine are particularly challenging with two par 3s in excess of 200 metres, and some daunting par 4s which call for accurate driving between lakes and bunkers. The back nine, although shorter, has a number of intriguing dog-leg holes.
Practical tips: how to play hole 14 of the South Course
Par 4 – Handicap 9 – White: 340 metres Yellow: 330 metres Blue: 318 metres Red: 302 metres
Hole 14 is one of the more complex par 4's on the route. It has a large waste area on the central/right side of the fairway, with dimensions of more than 50 metres in width and 140 metres in length.
This means that the majority of players who misplace their shot end up in this "giant bunker". Ideally, you'd want to land short of the obstacle so that for your second shot you again use a mid to long iron to get clear. Only the bravest and hardest hitters will find themselves with a driver in hand and attempting to land in the narrowest of zones on the fairway. Good luck defeating this arena's complication.
The South Course, amongst the best golf courses in Spain
Recently, the prestigious golf magazine, Top 100 Golf Courses, included the three golf courses that La Manga Club has among the best golf courses in Spain. Top 100 Golf Courses is a guide for amateur and professional golfers to use when deciding which course to play on. The magazine put La Manga’s South Course in 27th place of the best courses in Spain, with the West in 17th and the North in 39th.
Real Golf La Manga
Recently, the Spanish Royal Household has awarded La Manga Club with the title 'Real Club de Golf' (Royal Golf Club), an honour that only clubs with more than 25 years' worth of existence may be granted.