Golf at La Manga Club: professional tips on how to play the South Course: Hole 12
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 12 on the South Course, our international championship course.
La Manga Club, 6th July 2017. 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, has a number of intriguing dog-leg holes.
Practical tips: how to play hole 12 of the South Course
Par 3 – Handicap 17 – White: 141 metres Yellow: 126 metres Blue: 116 metres Red: 100 metres
Hole 12 is the shortest par 3 of the course but is far from being the easiest of holes. The green is completely protected by a large lake at the front of the green, a bunker to the left and another one towards the back of the green. It is also protected to the right by another water hazard. The ideal shot is with a medium/short iron depending on the handicap of the player. On this hole, it is crucial to be aware of the wind direction and strength, as that will largely determine what iron to use.
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 27th place of the best courses in Spain, with the West in 17th and the North in 39th.