La Cala (Asia) - Southern Spain - Spain

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


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  • Sean Côrte-Real

  • Cabell B. Robinson

  • Fabián Lozano


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Situated in the foothills of the Mijas Mountains between Marbella and Malaga on the Costa del Sol, the Asia course is one of three 18-hole courses on the sprawling La Cala estate and it was originally named the South course when it opened in the late 1980s.

The old North and South (now America and Asia) were two of the first courses created by American architect Cabell B Robinson when he formed his own company on leaving the Robert Trent Jones design group and he has since added the Europa course to the La Cala portfolio in 2005.

With a landscape similar to that on the hilly America course, there are many pleasant elevation changes over the modest 6,500-yard length of the Asia. Both fairways and greens are proportioned accordingly, with strategically placed greenside bunkers in place at many of the raised putting surfaces.

The four short holes on the card are between 160 and 185 yards long, with three of them played from elevated tees to greens of various shapes – the 2nd hole has a two-tiered, L-shaped green protected by three bunkers at the rear whilst the triangular green at the 8th hole sits in a valley surrounded by sand traps and grass hollows, the 12th hole has a pear-shaped putting surface with a swale running through the middle.

La Cala has an exceptional 6-hole par three course on the property, which is located next to the Golf Academy. The course is aptly named the Academy and is routed across a windy hilltop with ravines and tricky elevated multi-tiered greens. Cabell B Robinson designed the Academy course too and it’s perhaps the best par three course on the Costa del Sol and an ideal warm up for any of the three main 18-hole La Cala courses.

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Description: With a landscape similar to that on the hilly America course, there are many pleasant elevation changes over the modest 6,500-yard length of La Cala's Asia course. Rating: 4.2 out of 6 Reviews: 5

A nice course, a little to short for my liking but still enjoyable. This is probably (to me) the most enjoyable of the 3 La Cala courses and offers some lovely views of the La Cala complex.The course is designed for holiday golers so don't expect anything to chanllaging and if you are a speed goler probably best to stay away from La Cala as every group who comes to the Costa Del Sol on a golf holiday seems to have this on their list, there was a rowdy group from Branston Golf Club when I was here and they spoiled the enjoyment for our group with there loud behaviour, so if you don't mind that it's enjoyable.There is a a number of shots over/close by water so you can lose balls if water makes you nervous
4 / 6
La Cala (Asia)
October 12, 2015


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Of the three courses at La Cala The Asia is probably the most striking. There are dramatic elevation changes throughout and it makes for swash buckling and exciting golf. La Cala (Asia) Golf Course - Photo by reviewerYou must negotiate the course very carefully and try to fly your tee shots to the right spot on the 4's and 5's. Take this course on at your peril. There is very little room for error and even the accomplished golfer will lose balls here. The greens are small and precipitous in places. They are a joy to putt on and the bunkers are both attractive and well placed. It offers the holiday golfer thrills and spills in spades. It is in very good condition and has some unique stand out holes enjoying far reaching views. Of note are the back to back Par5's 9 and 10, although there is excellent variety as you wind around the property. It is testament to Robinson that he has fashioned such an enjoyable course on such challenging terrain. The off course facilities are of a very high standard and it makes the perfect base to enjoy a golfing break. JCB LAY
4 / 6
La Cala (Asia)
May 17, 2013


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Played it for a 2nd time this 2009 and as I said in my previous review, 2nd time is better. Unfortunatelly my game was not good that day. My friend Andy Newmarch played some of his best golf that day, with 3 great birdies and many good golf shots. The course is ok, still find some holes not good and the lack of signals should be considered, as 1st timers here will need a lot of guidance and there are no caddies. My favourite is par 3 8th from the tips, a 170yds carry over the bushes to a very tough green. The courses on the resort are good, but with a little more of golf concept could be a lot better.
4 / 6
La Cala (Asia)
December 21, 2009


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Very nice golf course, well kept, true greens and with a great variety of design, Cabel Robinson did a great job. Your first time will be tougher, some blind shots need some knowledge of the course, but after one round there is no excuse! Best hole? Par 3 #8, par 5 #12, par 4 #13 and par 5 #18. Very good club house (nice terrace for a beer after play), kind people at the ProShop and easy access. One of the musts from the area.
5 / 6
La Cala (Asia)
November 25, 2008


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Sigursteinn
January 06, 2009
This course is the most demanding of the three Cala courses. Which recently were nominated to be the best golfing resort in all Spain by the Spanish golf federation. It features an astonishing layout with demanding holes and tour like condition. Of the three courses, Asia is normally used for competition. Recently tour pro Miguel Ángel Jiménez defended his trophy at the Spanish open doubles championship.
Playing the Asia course is an enjoyable experience. Bit of a strange start though with an uphill par-5 that is SI-1 (and a pretty comfortable par 5 to be honest). The holes on the front nine turn left, right, go up and down-hill and fly by – and I have to say I enjoyed them a lot. The 3rd is a really decent short par-4; blind drive to a landing area about 100 yards out with an approach over water. The back nine starts after a visit to a welcoming halfway hut with a well stocked fridge. Back 9 is similar to the early holes, with lots of elevation changes (great views from behind the 11th green). Best hole on this half, I think would be the short par-4 15th – doglegging left at about 250 yards – need to position the tee shot up the right side, otherwise the approach is blind. Watch your tee shot on the 18th too, as the fairway is split and any shot between 230 yards and 265 yards will be in trouble – either lay up or nail a big one. Overall experience was good – nice golf and off course atmosphere – great terrace for a spot of lunch. La Cala has a total of 60 holes to play, 42 left for me to play … and I think I will.
4 / 6
La Cala (Asia)
November 24, 2008


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