Real La Manga Club (North) - Southern Spain - Spain

La Manga Club Resort,
30389 La Manga Club,
Cartagena (Murcia),
Spain


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  • Eduardo Ruiz

  • Robert Dean Putman

  • Thomas Johansson


La Manga Club is one of our Top 100 Golf Resorts of the World

The North and South courses at La Manga Club are the creation of Robert Putman, a Californian professional engaged by developer Gregory Peters back in the early 1970s to construct two complementary 18-hole layouts on the 1,400-acre property.

Another course came along in 1996 when Dave Thomas reworked the old 9-hole La Princesa (originally opened in 1986), creating the West, which means the resort now offers golfers a choice of three terrific tracks.

Completely refurbished in 2001, the North course is a good deal shorter and hillier than the South. Palm trees line most of the fairways and putting surfaces (which are often multi-tiered) are well proportioned with imaginative greenside bunkering in evidence throughout.

Concentration must be retained for the full eighteen as water, in the shape of half a dozen ponds between holes 13 and 17, could damage a good score towards the end of the round.

La Manga Club (North) course was originally nominated as a Gem by Colin and added to the site on 28th March 2007. Since then the North course has been ranked in our Spanish Top 100. However, Colin's original nomination words follow:

Of the three lovely courses at La Manga Club, the North course is the easiest, but don’t let that fool you into thinking it’s easy. There is often a breeze at the resort which makes the Par threes long and enables the palm trees to lengthen their grasp in order to collect a wayward tee shot.

If you just fancy a quick nine holes, or are taking a higher handicap golfer with you, this is the course to play. The holes are a little shorter, the start is a little friendlier, and the ravines (barrancas) are a little less plentiful.

The course benefits from some lovely challenging holes, the par five 3rd is a hole that is easy if you don’t try and smash it to bits by attempting the Herculean task of getting on the green in two. The par three 4th is a real smasher with some nasty out of bounds on the left and a magnetic hazard to the right, yet it has an enormous green, and the wind is generally not with you.

The back nine present a better set of holes, with one of the better holes being the par four 13th, with the sort of tee shot that makes you wander back and forth to your bag swapping driver for five wood for five iron and back again. The par five 15th is a long, long hole, usually into the wind, but with an inviting expanse of fairway that lets you rip it. The 17th is a lovely dogleg par four and the 18th is a nice finishing hole allowing you to be watched by the sunbathers around the hotel pool, although generally the golfers spend more time watching the sunbathers! From there it is a short walk back to the clubhouse with a bar that allows you to watch the following groups make similarly difficult decisions about how to get to the elevated 18th green from just short of the ravine.

Like all the La Manga Club courses the North course benefits from large greens that are hard to miss but equally hard to ‘two putt’ regularly; lovely bunkers which will accept a long iron from the fairway versions, and allow a good portion of sand beneath the ball when in the greenside ones. The fairways are lush and the ball is always sitting up. You can rack up a 40-point plus score here and the only defence is a strong wind and poor judgement of distance, if you can bring yourself to play one more club than you think you will score well. If there is a criticism it is that the 1st, 9th, 10th and 18th are too similar, they run parallel with each other and offer little in the way of character. Nonetheless this is a lovely track for a pleasant sunny evening in Spain. If I had just one day at the resort, this is probably the one I’d pick to play.

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Description: The North course at La Manga Club is the more approachable of the three resort courses. Palm-lined, slightly hilly and well-bunkered, it’s where to make a decent score. Rating: 3.5 out of 6 Reviews: 6

The North course is the course for everyone of all levels. I was grouped with two Norwegian women in their late 50’s and I can’t imagine they were any better than about 30 hcp’ers. They were really nice and enjoyed their games not taking themselves too seriously. From the women’s tees there La Manga (North) Golf Course - Photo by reviewerthe course was really quite playable even for them. Lot’s of space but also some tough spots and they certainly lost their share of balls. From the back tees there were some really fun holes and also some really rather easy holes. However, the course was certainly not without challenge. It’s also wide open and the wind is a big factor. Interestingly enough one of the best holes is the 18th . After a solid drive, 3 wood from the back tees other wise the small canyon comes into play, you are left with a mid to short iron approach to a nicely undulated green that is surrounded by the hotel and serves as a centerpiece for most of the rooms, the pool and the pool restaurant.

2 / 6
Real La Manga Club (North)
October 22, 2016


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The North course at La Manga has similarities to both the West and the South courses at the resort; some of the fun and variety of the West and some of the strength of the South. After a gentle opener and an ultra-short par-3, the course really starts at the 3rd. This is a par-5, not too long at 490 yards but with water to be crossed at around 280 yards and some fantastic bunkering short of the green on both sides make this one of the stand-out holes on the front nine. The 6th, another par-5 is strong too with more water to cross, nearer the green this time which puts the La Manga (North) Golf Course - Photo by reviewerpremium on the approach. The 9th hole needs precision; a mid to long iron from the tee will leave a mid to short iron for the uphill approach right by the Príncipe Felipe Hotel. My choice for best hole on the course comes at the 14th; here is a par-4 – only 340 yards but with water down the left and also crossing at 190 yards, the tee shot is key – a great green too with a huge ‘hogs-back’ through the middle. The very next hole, needs a little thought I think – a straight par-5 with some ‘ok’ bunkering but not enough of them – yes there are three short of the green but at least two more hugging the putting surface would be my suggestion. The 17th can play as a par-4 (17a) or a par-3 (17b) – it is 17a which is the strongest choice and the best green on the course. The last hole brings a smile for everyone, a slight dog-leg to the right, water at around 250 yards and a huge green with so many pin position choices - the hotel pool in the background reminds you that your post round refreshments are not far away. The North course shouts ‘great holiday golf’.
4 / 6
Real La Manga Club (North)
September 11, 2015


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This was the second of the 3 courses we played whilst at La Manga in mid July. I actually scored better on the West but would have done better on the North but for a couple of errant shots. The North is very enjoyable holiday golf. Its fairly open, not overly long and offers plenty birdie shots if you strike it well. The greens are very large and were in very good nick (other than the usual Spanish problem of unrepaired pitch marks.) Its the sort of course you would happily play on a regular basis but not at the prices LaManga charges. As we were staying on site green fees were €68pp and a buggy will set you back a whopping €45 - basically not much change out of €200 for a 2 ball which is ridiculous for the time of year. Surprise, surprise the course was virtually deserted and was for much of the time we stayed there. One final gripe is the bunkers - I can live with mechanical raking but given the cost of the gren fee it would be nice if the weeds were pulled out of the bunkers once in a while. Nice course but very overpriced.
3 / 6
Real La Manga Club (North)
July 25, 2010


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The easiest of the La Manga courses and the one that is best to play for relaxation. Some very attractive holes with the 18th being a particularly fine finishing hole. The 9th also presents a challenge with the choice between a driver - to fly the barranca - and 3 wood / 5 wood to lay up always being interesting. Big greens again, so putt well for a good score.
5 / 6
Real La Manga Club (North)
September 07, 2009


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This was the first course we played on our holiday at La Manga and we were rather disappointed with the course.The main problem was that there was quite a lot of bland holes, although the back nine was a lot more interesting. The main thing to say is if you are not staying in La Manga accommodation that playing the North would cost you 200 euros. There are far better courses to play in Spain that cost half as much, such as nearby La Torre. If you are staying at La Manga, and are a reasonably comptetent golfer, I would recommend playing the other two courses over this.
3 / 6
Real La Manga Club (North)
September 08, 2008


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My second favourite of the three La Manga courses, the North is a typical resort layout with a twist of interest around the ravines. The elevation changes are much sharper than the South but all in all this is the easiest test as Colin quite rightly points out in his article. A number of truly memorable holes, huge multi-tiered greens, water and generally excellent conditioning make for an entertaining and enjoyable round.
4 / 6
Real La Manga Club (North)
April 27, 2007


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