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WHEN the news broke that the luxurious La Manga Club resort had been sold, it heightened my sense of anticipation as my 50th birthday approached. Having recently returned from a trip to this Spanish mecca of golf south of Alicante, I wondered if my partner Shirley had acquired for me a very special present indeed.
Sadly, the £102m required for such a gesture seems to have deterred her, although I did receive a golf ball retriever with which I may return one day to the Costa Calida -
La Manga also boasts a footballing centre which was the venue for England's 1998 World Cup finals preparations when Paul Gascoigne infamously re-
As a newcomer to La Manga, I cannot testify to the differences the refurbishments have made to the South Course, originally designed in 1971 by Robert Putman and modified in 1992 by Arnold Palmer.
What I can say is that this track, set in a beautifully serene valley in Atamaria, has much to offer. However, if you enjoy playing where you can flail away off the tee -
Campo Sur, to give it its Spanish name, is not unduly long (around 6,700 yards off the yellows), but it is essential you turn your focus away from the seductive palm-
Play the course more than once and you will quickly learn that to avoid the danger of three-
This calls for a heightened sense of touch with the putter and results in a proportionally intense sense of achievement when getting down in two, or even holing out, from a position involving a high degree of borrow. The 13th green is a good example as it appears as if an elephant has been buried beneath its surface.
Campo Sur has no par 4s within driving range of the average golfer, with the 16th, at 343 yards, its shortest, but here a stream feeding a newly built lake protects the putting surface and -
Two of its par 3s involve a carry over water – the short (137-
Golf should, of course, be fun but anyone who has played it for any length of time will tell you that is not always the case. Depending on whether you have scored well or poorly, you could indulge yourself with a massage at the resort's newly-
To say the 60-
A courtesy minibus service is available to ferry visitors around the 1,400-
This will enable you to visit such nearby attractions as the historic port of Cartagena, Cabo de Palos, a seaside fishing village and market, or the region's capital, Murcia.
Also within a short car journey are the warm waters of the Mar Menor and Mediterranean.
Me? The only water I'll be heading back towards will be on the Camp Sur, armed, of course, with my golf ball retriever.
Published: April 30, 2005
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La Manga Club’s
Felipe won an award at
the 1st World Golf Awards
David Leadbetter, the man who coached Sir Nick Faldo, and others, to major titles opened his new Academy at
La Manga in September.