This championship style golf course was played 3 times at early December of 2019 before and during very good organized tournament 19th OPEN LA MANGA CLUB GOLF! Tournament was pretty good at all stages and golf course prepared well. The South course has not very spectacular views as The North or The West, but the best prepared for tournaments. Well maintained fairways, greens and tee offs. Also surroundings are maintained and was well prepared.
The South course is not very complicated, but few holes are really challenging for experienced players. Accuracy and distance are keys as you navigate the fairways. The biggest challange is not distance in several par 5 holes like signature 18th where you have good chance to reach green in two shots depend on wind. Smart game is the key of success becouse second shot could leave you in one of around green bunker with tricky situation regarding pure soft sand.
Interesting and challenging 6th hole with blind shot from the tee. Also I like not easiest par3 4th hole with big front green bunker and water hazard in right side and 11th par 4 with huge water hazard in front of green where ball can easy go to water after biger backspin from green. Actually course has a lot of water hazards, bunkers and other hazards where lose the ball is not a big deal.
Nice and comfortable to play, look like everything is clear. Concerning prices it is not cheapest golf courses in Mursia region, but worth all paid moneys! Agreed that is one of the best golf resort in Europe. Service is good, clubhouse nice and well equipment. Restaurant wide with very comfortable sitting places and tasty beer as well.
As every golf course rating is always a subject with a lot of subjectivity, depending on various criteria and personal point of view to importance things, my personal opinion depends on following criteria: course complexity or challenging, fields condition (especially greens & fairways), service (only what you can get: buggie, club rent, condition of clubs, the amount of choice and etc. except staff and other subjective things that depends on your or staff mood), surrounding views or pleasure to the eyes and definitely value for the price. All criteries will be rating from 1 to 5 stars. My priority is challenging and value for price criterias. So The South course gets:
1. Challenging - 4*
2. Condition - 5*
3. Service - 4*
4. Surroundings - 3*+
5. Value for the price - 4*+
Definitelly will be back next year.
Date: March 18, 2020