With fantastic scenery and the Mediterranean nearby Murcia is the holiday destination golf lovers dream about. Her are four of the best courses to try out during your stay.
Like most holiday destinations in Spain, Murcia has struggled to compete against the superior name-recognition of the Costa del Sol. Yes, it’s got sun, yes, it’s got miles of beautiful Mediterranean coastline, but it needs something more, something different, something to set it apart from its more famous neighbour. That something, Murcia appears to have decided is golf. The region is home to 22 golf courses, all within 30 miles of each other. Holiday makers are flooding in, and the property sector is taking note.
Properties which are well situated for golf such as San Villas, located in San Pedro del Pinatar, are fetching a premium. Alongside the fine climate, growing tourism industry and Spain’s Golden Visa plan, golf is attracting more buyers every year.
The most famous of all the region’s courses by far is La Manga. This world class golf course has hosted some of the best players in the world. A resort has grown up all around it with luxury homes and all the facilities you could want to support three outstanding golf courses. The pick of these is perhaps the West Course which offers a beautiful setting and a challenging course winding through clusters of pine trees. The fairways are tight, so things could get challenging for longer hitters.
Alhama Signature Course
Designed by Golf legend Jack Nicklaus the Signature Course in Alhama is one of the best desert courses in the world, offering pristine fairways and lightning quick greens. Longer hitters will be delighted to see the nice wide fairways which give you plenty of scope to open out your shoulders and go for the long drive. The real challenge comes in navigating the treacherous bunkers and water traps which guard most of the greens.
Another one of Jack Niklaus’ designs, Elle Valle, offers a beautiful setting and a wonderful golf course which makes full use of the natural landscape. In-keeping with most of his other Nicklaus-designed, courses this is a high risk versus reward proposition. Throughout the place you’ll find deep bunkers and dangerously large expanses of water waiting to tempt a wary drive. You’ll constantly find yourself weighing up the pros and cons or risking it all by trying to carry another stretch of water or playing it safe to lay up. Fortune, in this place, may favour the brave.
Club de Golf Altorreal
Nestled in the mountains above the city of Murcia, this course offers 18 challenging holes, a stunning location and an easy to reach location – perfect for the golfer on holiday. The championship course is noted for its strategic use of water which can create problems for wayward tee shots, especially on the 9th and 18th holes. It’s a semi private course so it pays to phone ahead to check availability and green fees.