Hacienda del Álamo is a new golf resort in southern Spain, designed by Dave Thomas Ltd. The challenging course opened for play in 2006 and was designed to test golfers of all abilities with all holes surrounded by natural waste ground. It goes without saying that the challenge is to keep your ball on the fairway!
Many new courses are being built across Europe but very few have the quality of Hacienda del Álamo. The Hacienda Resort has ambitions to become the No.1 golf resort in Spain and the early signs are encouraging and their goal is perhaps achievable.
Paul Thomas (son of Dave Thomas) writes: "Dave Thomas Limited is delighted to have the opportunity to be part of Hacienda del Álamo – major new golf resort and international destination for the Murcia region of Spain. We believe the golf course will satisfy and challenge all levels of golfers but we have particular interest and belief that Hacienda del Alamo will become recognised as one of the premier championship golf courses in Spain.
The gently undulating terrain together with the original orchards and groves provide the golf course with many opportunities for enjoyable and interesting golf and strong landscape features. We have been particularly careful to ensure that the integration of housing does not affect or interfere with the golfing experience. Indeed, the course occupies such a large area of the project that we are sure that golfers will feel comfortable with the panoramic vistas Hacienda del Alamo enjoys.
From the back tees the par 72 course measures 6,724 metres, currently the longest course in Spain. The two loops of nine holes with two par threes and two par fives meander through the almond and olive orchards enhanced with several new lakes and cascades to make the course visually appealing. Also in operation is the golf academy and driving range which has 6 full golf holes, two putting greens providing learning golfers the correct environment to be taught golf."
There are too many great holes to mention but the par four 6th has a demanding drive and the par four 11th is another favourite, with a tricky approach to a raised green. We must make special mention to the 18th hole, which is a cracking par five with water on the left of the green – a fabulous closing hole to conclude a tight match-play game.
Hacienda del Alamo has secured the services of Miguel Angel Jimenez as touring pro which is another huge asset, endorsing the intentions of what is set to be a well-regarded golf resort.
The Hacienda del Álamo golf club in Murcia is the longest golf course in the southeast of Spain and designed by the well-known Dave Thomas, has 6724 meters from back tees and about 6000 from yellow tees (club) . This 18-hole championship course perfectly integrated into the natural terrain, wide greens and strategically placed obstacles so that playing golf is a fun challenge for you. Along with it, the existence of 6 short holes perfectly designed for all types of handicaps, a bunker area, a chip area, a large putting green and a practice area with the possibility of hitting on mats and on natural grass provides everything you need on this golf course. The spacious clubhouse is the perfect place to relax and cool off after a few hours of play, offering spectacular views over the course. Wide terrace is the best place to watch the starting or returning golfers and enjoy yourself with a large cold glass of beer. Actually the clubhouse is huge and luxuriously furnished so look likes more future-oriented, as the golf resort itself is still expanding.
I played here in the middle of February 2022. The fields are good enough quality, although in some places there seems to be a lack of maintenance (perhaps this is due to the very dry period). The fields are not very difficult (except distance), making them suitable for players of all levels. Much depends on weather conditions and wind strength and direction. Greens are quite good, not very quick, dry. Since the first hole game began to get more and more interesting. Actually the first holes of front nine seems a bit boring, but from 7th hole takes more impressment and involves the game. My opinion the back nine is more interesting and heavier.
My favorite holes are 7, 8, 9 from front nine and 10, 12, 14, 18 from back nine. The last hole par5 has really big challenge to reach green carefully with GIR. Nice hole! I think it is attractive and valuable to play here and was wondering about the small number of golfers in premium time. On the other hand it is advantageous when you are not pressed to play quick.
Value for money I found pretty good here. Every golf course rating is always a subject with a lot of subjectivity, depending on various criteria. I always rating by the following criteria: course complexity or challenging, fields condition (especially greens & fairways), service (only what you can get: buggy, clubs rent service, condition of clubs, the amount of choice and etc. except staff and other subjective things that depends on your or staff mood), surrounding views or pleasure to the eyes and definitely value for the price. All criteria will be rated from 1 to 5 stars. Concerning Hacienda del Álamo golf course my personal opinion is follow:
1. Challenging – 4*
2. Condition – 3,5*
3. Service – 3,5*
4. Surroundings - 4*
5. Value for the price – 4*
Probably I thinking about coming back here.
Not a great course but not too bad either. Some nice holes but as with other courses in the region I found myself getting strange bounces and falling off into scrubby unkept areas. One of those courses I think if you go in expecting great things you will be disappointed but if you play well and go in thinking it is an ok course, you may be pleasantly surprised. Lat time I played it was a little unkept, but I believe new owners recently so this may have improved.