Okay, so I don’t live in Saskatoon, where it’s 2 degrees as I write this.
But I am in western Kentucky and it’s about 31 degrees right now and not going to get a lot better til about April, which seems very far off.
Why am I crushing on Spain? Because it’s gonna be 68 degrees and sunny all week and it’s home to many events on the European Golf Tour.
For many years, La Manga has been the benchmark Spanish golfing vacations. It has been named European Golf Resort of the Year, several times, thanks to three fabulous championship golf courses and ultra-fantastic facilities of the highest standard. Bar none.
The South Course at La Manga is universally regarded as their premier layout and frequently hosts prestigious regional and national events, including the Spanish Open and European Tour Qualifying School.
The South Course was reworked by Arnold Palmer’s design team in the early 1990’s and was retooled again in 2004. The result is a fair but exacting test of golf, as are most golf courses worked on by Palmer’s design team.
La Manga’s North Course presents a different test of golf with tighter fairways and larger greens, neither of which play to my strengths this time of year. I like wide open fairway’s and smaller greens where my three-putt-itis doesn’t flare up as much.
You need accuracy and sound course management to get the best results when you play the 6,291 yard North Course. It also helps if you are a “shotmaker” and not a slash and banger, like me.
La Manga’s West Course is also considered a genuine championship layout, which means there are no bad courses or pushovers on this beautiful resort property.
Coming in at 6,529 yards, the West winds its way through pine trees and has more severe slopes than the other two layouts.
In fact, the West is the favourite of many repeat visitors, particularly because of its unique setting and outstanding views. Because the fairways are kinda tight, it’s prudent to play conservatively from the tee and when you couple that with the fabulous Par 3’s, you see why I would use my hybrid’s more than I normally would. That in itself leads to better scores and less time hunting the edges for golf balls gone astray.
Golf in Spain is always good, but at La Manga, good turns to great.