La Cala (Europa) - Southern Spain - Spain

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

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James originally nominated the Europa course as a Gem and his words follow:

Opened in 2005 and designed by Cabell B Robinson, the architect responsible for the America and the Asia courses on the property, the Europa has matured wonderfully well and is now more than the equal of the other two.

Maybe it was natural progression for Robinson to return to the site of two of his earliest designs and lay down a challenging course that shows how he has matured into one of the best designers out there.

The 4th hole is one of the strongest par fours you will ever play. You tee off to a narrow fairway in the distance requiring a not inconsiderable carry over a river and scrub; the river runs along the entire left flank and mountain scrub guards the right flank. Brutal. Then you have a long iron or wood back across the same river to a picturesque green protected by Robinson’s signature bunkering. Fantastic.

The rest of the course is very solid with lovely par threes including the 14th, needing a long carry over river and scrub. There are demanding par fives that snake around more ravines and scrub and as a whole it is a stern and unremitting test of golf.

It enjoys spectacular far reaching mountain views and is far less quirky than the other two layouts having long, gently undulating fairways carved over less challenging topography for a golf course. As a consequence it is far more playable. There are fine stretches of holes that are exhilarating and more than a little demanding.

This is a fine addition to the complex and by no means a poor third. I think it is more than a match for his previous work and gives the other two a run for their money. It would be my pick as the best of the bunch in fact.

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Description: The Europa course is a fine addition to the La Cala Resort and it’s by no means a poor third. It’s more than a match for Cabell B Robinson’s previous work at the property and gives the other two courses a run for their money. Rating: 6 out of 10 Reviews: 2
Alan Partridge
The newest of the La Cala courses, when I played it initially in 2008 it still had the feel of a new course and was my least favourite of the three.Now it has matured it is developing into a course of the same quality as the other two courses at the resort and if staying at the complex worth playing (all 3 are actually), only gripe about La Cala is that if you wanted to play 36 holes you could struggle as rounds can take 5 1/2 hours
October 11, 2015
4 / 10
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Colin Jones
This course is situated in a lovelyLa Cala (Europa) Golf Course - Photo by reviewer part of the countryside, a winding river in a deep gorge wends its way through the course. The resort is smart and modern and the breakfast was delightful. A tough course this one, not massive but tight twisty fairways, reminiscent in parts of La Manga's West course. A lot of variety in the holes, but the deep barancas situated around many of them made for accurate driving. Tough for the high handicapper this one, and you absolutely MUST have a buggy, unless you're under 30 years of age and as fit as Mo Farah.
September 17, 2013
8 / 10
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