Golf at La Manga Club: professional tips on how to play the South Course: Hole 17
The 'hole-by-hole' guide to La Manga Club. A series of blogs with professional advice on how to play all 18 holes on all three courses: The South, North and the West. We continue with hole 17 on the South Course, our international championship course.
La Manga Club, 30th May 2018. 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, have a number of intriguing dog-leg holes.
Practical tips: how to play hole 17 of the South Course
Par 3 – Handicap 15 – White: 178 metres Yellow: 174 metres Blue: 149 metres Red: 138 metres
Perhaps the most difficult par 3 on the course, in light of the difficulty markers that are located on its tee. On the central tee, the lake will be on the right side of the fairway, and if the markers are to the right of the tee, your shot will be made over the lake instead. Both shots require a hybrid or long iron. It is always a much better strategy to favour the right side of the green.
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 24th place of the best courses in Spain, with the West in 18th and the North in 34th.
Real Golf La Manga Club
Recently, the Royal Household has granted La Manga Club the royal title of 'Real Golf Club', a feat that only golf clubs with more than 25 years' existence can obtain.