Golf at La Manga Club: professional tips on how to play the South Course: Hole 8
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 8 on the South Course, our international championship course.
La Manga Club, 23rd August 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 8 of the South Course
Par 4 – Handicap 14 – White tee: 359 metres Yellow tee: 337 metres Red tee: 241 metres
It’s a Par 4 with a pathway in front of the tea and on the left hand side as well as 2 large bunkers, on the left and the right, that make the tee shot very tricky with a driver. For this reason, it is advisable to stick to the slightly to the right and to use a 3-wood for this hole. If you decide to use a driver you must pay special attention to the large bunker on the right of the fairway.
For the second shot, it is recommendable that you use a mid/short iron. With the second shot, it is always better to over hit the ball than to under hit it, as the green is protected by bunkers directly in front of it, and the left and right of the green. In addition, the green is elevated, so the decision to hit the ball harder in the second shot will help overcome any obstacles concerning the gradient 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 has amongst 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.