We have been visiting LaManga for the last 5 years or so and always play each of the courses on our 'trip'. The West is usually the course that makes or breaks you - hit it straight and you can score very heavilly as it is not long, but if you are wayward you will lose a hatful of balls and score very little. It's a very strategic course with very little need for a driver, but you will need to be a good ball striker and you will need a good short game as the greens here are typically very small. There are too many holes which are just too contrived - the 3rd,9th, 11th, 14th and 15th all come to my mind. You need either a Strokesaver or a GPS device and absolute faith in the yardages or you will be in barncas, water hazards or trees. The 2 par 3's on the back nine (13 and 16) are classic examples of the West test - find the green and you score, miss and you are dead. Overall its in good nick, the greens are good and the fairways firm and fast, with a decent bar/clubhouse at the end. As ever with LaManga check the green fees up front, as the prices seem to change daily depending who serves you and what mood they are in. It's good holiday fun, but it would drive you mad if you played it regualrly!
Date: July 01, 2014