Golf at La Manga Club: professional tips on how to play the South Course: Hole 4
La Manga Club, 13th April 2016. The South Course at La Manga Club course is without doubt the best golf courses 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 4 of the South Course
Par 4 – Handicap 8 – White tees: 460 metres Yellow tees: 443 metres Red tees: 401 metres
Hole 4 is a par 5 with out of bounds running down the left and right. A well-placed drive is needed as there are 2 large bunkers on both sides of the fairway and a hidden water hazard to the right.
The safest option is to lay up before the lake in front of the green with a mid-iron and then play a third shot over the water with a wedge. Big hitters can risk trying to reach the green in two by clearing the lake. Take care to avoid the stream running down the right side of the fairway.
This large green falls away quickly and the approach has been cut shot to increase the difficulty for those balls that fall short.