La Cala (America) - Southern Spain - Spain

La Cala Resort,
Apdo. de Correos 106,
Mijas Costa 29649,
Malaga,
Spain


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  • Cabell B. Robinson

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La Cala Golf Club has overtaken La Manga in southeast Spain as the largest golf resort in the country. In addition to the three championship 18-hole courses here, there is a 6-hole par three practice course, Golf Academy and a 107-room hotel on site.

Located at the foot of the Mijas mountains, slightly inland from the Costa del Sol between Marbella and Malaga, the original Campo America was known as the North course when it opened in 1990 (just after the South course – now the Campo Asia).

The America and Asia layouts were two of the first projects undertaken by the American golf course architect Cabell B. Robinson after he moved from the Robert Trent Jones company and he has since added a third course, Campo Europa, in 2005.

There are many changes in elevation on the hilly, par 72, America course with many of the Pencross grass greens raised above the level of the Bermuda grass fairways. Strategic sand bunkering – crushed marble filled traps, in fact – add to the degree of difficulty.

The round starts and ends with a par five – there are five of these in total – and the course measures a respectable 6,547 yards from the back tees. Many consider the best hole to be the 135-yard, short par three 16th where the elevated tee overlooks the whole property and the view extends over the pond in front of the green, past the putting surface to the coast several miles away.

Cabell B. Robinson, course architect, commented as follows: “The campo America course was laid out at the same time as Campo Asia, but construction and the course opening were a year or so later. There was far greater change in elevation across the America site and in this regard it was the more difficult of the two sites on which to create an acceptable course routing. The result is some topographically spectacular holes, notably numbers 6, 9 and 18 – all par 5s – and the photogenic par 3 16th. Nearly 20 years later I am still rather proud of what I was able to achieve there at the outset of my solo career.”

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Description: La Cala has overtaken La Manga in southeast Spain as the largest golf resort in the country. The America and Asia layouts were two of the first projects undertaken by the American golf course architect Cabell B. Robinson... Rating: 4 out of 6 Reviews: 10

Played this course about a week ago for the first time. I would say it’s a decent resort course with some fun and quirky holes. Probably best described as penal architecture for a resort course some of the pin placements were rather extraordinary. The greens among the smallest I’ve ever seen.

La Cala (America) Golf Course - Photo by reviewer

A good example was on the par 5, 6th hole playing at 469 meters. A visually tight drive where right is lost ball territory and left there is space but that leaves a more challenging second shot often from a steep sidehill lie. A strong drive taking on the right hand side bunker catches a speed slot and leave a mid to long iron into the green. However, the green is about 100ft straight up a very steep hill. The likes of which I can’t remember seeing on a course before. I played it as a 3-shot hole and was left with a full wedge but literally straight up. When I arrived at the green I found the pin which was placed hard left to be on a sort of inlet to the green that was literally 3.5 paces wide and playing horizontal to the angle of play.

La Cala (America) Golf Course - Photo by reviewer

Given there are five par 5’s on this course there are plenty of opportunities for birdie or even better. There are also several highly elevated tee shots where you can literally go for broke. I imagine most golfers like to feel they have launched one off the tee and there is plenty of opportunity for that at La Cala.

The maintenance was good and the course was playing firm and fast. I’d recommend taking a cart due to all the uphill climbs and a few long hauls between greens and the next tee plus the fact that it’s rather warm there.

3 / 6
La Cala (America)
October 22, 2016


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In terrible condition. Had high hopes after previous reviews and conditioning on the Europa looked fine. Sadly we were faced with 3 ladies 4 balls in front of us who refused to let a 3 ball with a PGA pro through and continued to putt out on the worst greens I have seen on the costa. Drove off after 3 holes and went to play Alferini instead. Very busy with lots of society hackers so be warned.

2 / 6
La Cala (America)
October 18, 2016


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A nice course although very hilly! This is a tough course for it's length with plenty of opportunity to knock a ball over a cliff.I have played this a number of times but with all the La Cala course it depends on when you play as the course can be packed and 5 1/2 hour rounds are common, if you can play outside of peak time it is more enjoyable.
4 / 6
La Cala (America)
October 12, 2015


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I played the Campo America course in May 2012 and enjoyed it so much that I will be playing it again this October. As a 13 handicap player I wished for a test that wasn't too unfair, yet not too easy and I got that at this course. The views from some of the tee boxes are spectacular, especially 'The Cliff' driving tee on the first and dogleg left downhill last par 5 on the course. The fairways and greens were in excellent condition indeed, and I had arrived just 3 days after a week of flooding in the area - conversely this meant we couldn't take the buggies on the fairways - which made for a tough old slog! I would have to agree with previous assertions that there were a few bad bounces here and there which will ruin a round if you let it, though like any course you are unlikely to fall into the same trap a second time. I also played El Chapparal on this trip and I can say that this course was on a completely different level to the poorly manicured course I just named. All in all a very lovely course that will cater well for the 8+ handicapper, though might not be challenging enough for the low end of the scale.
5 / 6
La Cala (America)
September 12, 2013


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After a pretty gentle start featuring the opportunity to hit your opening drive off of a cliff, the course really gets going on the 4th, a par three surrounded by trouble. Off to your right you see the latest Robinson Course to be added to this exciting destination, the Europa. La Cala (America) Golf Course - Photo by reviewerIn My opinion it is the best course on the complex by far and it is the hardest. Choose your tee box very carefully. The Europa will soon usurp the Americas as the preeminent course on the property I reckon. It is the best of the three and I am sure it will feature in the rankings here next time they are re ranked. The fourth is one of the best par 4's you will ever play and there are classic golf holes one after another. The par 3 14th is a barnstormer followed by the brutal par 5 15th. the 12th and 13th are very attractive par 4's that are nothing short of very challenging. It is a must play for the accomplished golfer and is more consistently balanced than the other 2. It flows really well. Now, Back to the Americas. It plays over extreme terrain that leaves little room for mistakes and calls for precise shotmaking or you will be reaching for another ball. The holes are varied and inviting with greens that are beautifully maintained. What strikes you here is the undulations and the clever routing making the most of the dramatic terrain. JCB LAY
4 / 6
La Cala (America)
May 17, 2013


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I played all three courses in January. I only paid 200 euros to play as much as I wanted in a week. And that included a golfcar(a must on this courses) It had rained quite a bit so the courses were wet, but the courses were still in good condition. The greens were maybe 9-10 on the stimp.I think America is the lightest of the three courses. The course is not long, but the green are quite small and requires a great second shoot. I liked the 1,9,16 and 18. Large differences in height and beautiful views. A must when you are on costa del sol.
5 / 6
La Cala (America)
February 03, 2011


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I was able to play this venue at the IGTM 2009 Tournament. La Cala (America) Golf Course - Photo by reviewerI already knew the resort, but had only played Asia before. The resort is really fantastic, 1st class. The course is just good, not more than that. Design os ok, some very good holes and a few that are really bad and unfair holes. But that is what the piece of land allows, I cannot imagine a better course in a piece of land with so many dramatic level changes. Teed off from 17th and started with 3 consecutive birdies, then my game fell down but finally scored decent 76. Some really nice holes: 3rd, 4th, 6th , 9th, 12th and signature par 3 16th. My only advice: put hole guides at the tees to give you and idea of where the hole goes, some of them really need them and will help to enjoy the course from the first time.
4 / 6
La Cala (America)
December 21, 2009


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By this I want to give a review for the whole golf complex including 3 courses - Europa, Asia and America. Also see my recent review for the Valderrama course to get better understanding of what I am speaking about. The La Cala golf courses are simply put not bad at all and get it right I am not bashing them for nothing but they are pretty much different league than Valderrama. They lack everything Valderrama posess and that makes the latter such an outstanding track. So, here is a bried step by step analysis. Terrain. Very mountainous. The elevation differences are huge and the vistas are beautiful, but is it good for a game called golf? I don't think so. Due to the rugged charachter of the terrain you get a) blind shots, b)unfair bounces. You may hit a straight shot and end up in a ravine which you could not have seen. You may hit a prefect drive almost to the center of the fairway and as award get a bounce towards the nearest scrub plantation, which are plenty. Design. I do not think it is really possible to make anything good from this piece of land but the layout is extremely complicated and confusing. After all the course is not fair. Conditioning. Better then you might expect from a desert mountain course but far from perfect. Greens are very good and true anyway. Overall the courses get a 4-ball mark (mainly for the greens) whith the Europa course really deserving a 2-ball being the unfairest course I have ever played (may be only rivaled by the Old Course at Gloria).
4 / 6
La Cala (America)
October 30, 2009


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This is a super golf resort that is visually stunning. It has some truly memorable holes with elevation changes and some amazing teeing areas where you have to drive over canyons and use all the shots as there are some great dogleg holes. The par 5's are a great collection of holes that make you think and ask you all sorts of questions. The views from some of the tee's are fantastic as is the overall condition of the course, its very well looked after is a must play course if your golfing in the area.
5 / 6
La Cala (America)
June 23, 2009


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Maria my wife was appalled and stunned, "you're playing at 8am! are you mad"! At the time even I was wondering at my decision to book a slot in the first tee-time of the day on the America course during our recent stay at the (alleged!) 5-star hotel on the La Cala Resort. Having struggled out of bed at 7am and made it the 1st tee at the allotted un-godly hour ALL of those reservations were forgotten in an instant. The sun was still rising and casting long-shadows as it beamed down from a cloudless and beautiful blue sky, and the amazing scenery and views just have to be seen to be truly appreciated. As my Driver from the first tee sailed out and dropped into the middle of the fairway I only had two thoughts - to enjoy every shot AND to relish the fact that for the first time ever my round won't be delayed by the ubiqutous hacking 6-hour 4-ball in front!! The first 3 holes hide the challenge to come as they play next to each other thru the 'flat' part of a valley and do at least allow you to warm up and (hopefully) groove your straight shot, wayward on this course is NOT a good idea. The rest of the course makes it's way up, down and across slopes, separated by areas of scrub and rocky ares with well positioned bunkers and greens designed to reward good approaches. The putting surfaces were in great condition at this time of year and were fast, true and a good test of your stroke! Water is to be found on a few holes, where gravity and the terrain allows for it, noteably on the 9th a cracking down-hill par 5 and the 16th the 'signature' par-3 that is actually more looks than difficulty, unless played from the very back-tee. Overall, this is a cracking course and will test your game without being completely unplayable. For me, the biggest draw-back is that due to the elevation changes and the ambient temperatures it's advised that buggies are used!!
4 / 6
La Cala (America)
May 21, 2007


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