Golf at La Manga Club: Professional tips on how to play the South Course: Hole 1
The launch of the ´Hole by Hole´ guide to La Manga Club. A new series of blogs with professional advice on how to play all 18 holes on all three courses: The South, North and the West. We start with Hole 1 on the South Course which has been the venue for many international competitions.
La Manga Club, 29st September 2015. The South Course at La Manga Club course is without doubt the best golf courses in Murcia and one of the best 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 only a 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 1 of the South Course
Hole 1 of the South Course is completely straight and fairly long. The bunker on the left side is within reach of the drive and two lakes wait to catch any drive right of the fairway. The golfer must land a controlled shot on the right hand side of the fairway to avoid the ball running off into the lake.
The second shot must be played with a long iron or hybrid club, and is preferable to seek the safe area of the green which is to the left. However, being on the green will not ensure a par, as three putts are not uncommon on this huge green.