Golf at La Manga Club: professional tips on how to play the South Course: Hole 5
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 continue with hole 5 on the South Course, our international championship course.
La Manga Club, 16th 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 5 of the South Course
Par 3 – Handicap 16 – White tees: 201 metres Yellow tees: 177 metres Red tees: 126 metres
The 5th hole is a long and technical par 3. It has a lake that protects the green on the right and a large bunker on the edge of the water. On the right side there is a natural rambla that runs the entire length of the hole. These features make this one of the best holes on the South Course, and for many years it has been its signature hole. This hole should be played calmly and with a clear mind. Always aim for the left side of the green, as despite its large size, it is easy to read.