Opened for play in 2002, the course at La Finca is a Pepe Gancedo layout of distinction. Dubbed “the Picasso of golf” by golf journalist Peter Dobereiner, Gancedo is perhaps better known for his work at Costa Adeje and Golf del Sur on Tenerife in the Canary Islands, or at El Chaparral on the Costa del Sol, but the artistic talents of this revered Spanish golf legend shine through here for all to see.
The panache of Gancedo’s design is evident early in the round, where the par three 3rd plays to a wide, shallow green that’s shaped as a Biarritz, with a deep gully in the middle of the putting surface separating the plateau on either side. The par four 7th is another memorable hole, doglegging right and uphill to a large, square green with a deep L-shaped bunker positioned in the rear right corner of the putting surface.
On the back nine, the par five 11th is another rather unique hole with an unusual green complex that’s fronted by a cascading stream which cuts across the fairway fifty metres in front of it. Starting out from a high vantage point, the tree-lined hole heads toward a really challenging two-tiered green with a steep bank guarding the front and a large bunker circling almost the entire area of the putting surface.
The final par five on the scorecard returns golfers to the impressive clubhouse, positioned high on the hill overlooking the home green. Tee shots must avoid the water hazard that crosses the fairway at the landing area then approach shots have to steer clear of the large bunker running along the right side of a long, three-tiered green which slopes from back to front. It’s rated stroke index 12 but this hole presents a testing finish to the round.
This is one of the stronger courses in the Costa Blanca area with many stand-out points - a course that is attached to the La Finca resort, which is the obvious place to stay for golf in this location.
There are no members here, so the vibe is holiday golf with players from all over Europe mixing in with each other which creates a happy atmosphere.
This design by Pepe Gancedo in 2002 came 11 years after his nearby Las Ramblas opened.
The opening hole and especially the tee shot set the scene early; an elevated tee to a large fairway that can give you the confidence that many courses do not deliver. It is the green at this par-5 that is the big talking point - with some of the biggest slopes ever seen - you have to get very imaginative here. The par-3 3rd at 180 yards is strong; three deep bunkers at the front and another magical green, this one in three sections - par is a very good score.
Another great green at the 400 yard 4th but the hole needs some thought as there is no trouble at all between the tee and the green making the drive too easy, a fairway bunker is the minimum required. Water is in play at the next couple of holes, a par-5 to an island green and then a par-3 with water front and left.....
The 7th is the best par-4 on the front nine; 460 yards uphill, turning right and then the unique square green and the massive L shaped bunker to the right and the rear. Risk and reward options on the short par-4 8th, with the layup option the best play for most rather than the big shot to the green. In terms of length, the 9th at 460 yards is strong finish to the front nine but some may say it is a bit of a slog and just so difficult to hit the green in two but I suppose with SI of 1, not many are supposed to!
The back nine starts in a big way; the 10th from another elevated tee but still a little uphill is a technical hole - 330 yards at most but brilliant bunkering everywhere from 120 yards out is very clever. The 11th hole is somewhat like the 5th but I prefer this one - a three shotter and all of the fun is at the green - a nearly circular bunker and water to cross.
The 12th like the 4th need a slight change - this hole is around 400 yards and there is no protection at the green at all, so if you can get the drive away, the approach is straight forward, this time the SI is 18, so par is not out of the question for most.
Another of La Finca's great greens is on the par-3 13th, this one is 70 yards long and can play at least 4 clubs different depending on pin position. The great standout green sites continue at the very next hole - at the end of this 440 yard hole, there is a what can only be described as a bowl - very flattering for approach shots!
The 17th is another big hole; between the tee and the green it is all water - problem is that it is a 280 yard carry to get there - a safe shot out to the right and then across the water dogleg is the way. The finale is a straight par-5 with a water hazard crossing at driving distance (230-260 yards), when at the green, there are three steps in it, making two putting a big challenge - this one only 50 yards long,
La Finca is a decent course and probably the best of the courses in Golf Quara group, that includes Villamartin and Las Ramblas - all three though give brilliant variety.