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

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


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The West course at La Manga Club was nominated by Colin on the 28th March 2007 for inclusion in the “Your Gems” section of the website. Since then the West course has moved from Your Gems and become a ranked Spanish course but we’ve left Colin’s original nomination article intact, as we liked it so much:

The West course is without doubt the jewel in the crown of La Manga Club. It is a beautiful course, well manicured and with marvellous scenery all around. It has an amazing variety of holes, each one presenting a different challenge; only the 11th and the 14th are what one might call ‘samey’.

However, as my playing partners and I have come to realise, ‘the West course giveth, and the West course taketh away’. Whilst being an angel on the eye, it is a brute on the score. You really have to be on top of your game, manage the course well and have a bit of luck on the way as well, any bad shot is punished severely. Buy a Stroke Saver and five extra golf balls before you start.

I could describe every hole to you, they all offer something very different, but I’ll just pick out a few real gems. By the way, each par three bar one has a Stroke Index of less than 10! I’ve not known that at many courses.

The 3rd (par five) deserves a mention for its challenging tee shot, horrendous ravine and tucked away green. The 5th is a brute of a tee shot considering its SI, it really is quite a narrow target. The 6th is the first hole where you can get the driver out. The pearl of the front nine however, is the 9th, with an uphill tee shot (and I mean uphill) the hole then bends at right angles down hill to a huge green protected by a ravine to the front and lake at the back. It’s a real devil of a hole to ‘manage’. But it does present an eagle opportunity.

If you feel a little punch drunk by the turn and deflated by something like just 12 points, beware the back nine, the holes just get better and better… and to some degree tougher. The 10th is a complete horror off the back tees, and then it’s up and down the mountains taking on the tough 12th and a horrid par three 13th that is as pleasing on the eye as it is punishing on the score card. The course concludes with probably the loveliest four consecutive holes I know. The 15th is a gorgeous par five with some well-placed trees along the centre of the fairway making shot selection an interesting task. The 16th is a brute of a par three with absolutely no room for error at all. There is only one place to put the ball, on the green, anywhere else is just a war zone.

The 17th must have been a hole designed by five different people and then glued together. If ever there was a reason for buying a stroke saver then this is it. But nevertheless it’s lovely, and a joy to par. It is merely a prelude however, to everybody’s favourite La Manga Club moment. The 18th tee is a bit of a trek up a hill, and after a slog round the West course one could do without that, but the reward at the end is worth it. You are greeted with a tee at the top of a small mountain overlooking the 18th fairway and the landscape spreads out in front of you beyond the course and out across the La Manga Club complex, the countryside and then to the sea a few miles distant. It is a lovely view and an intimidating tee shot. It’s a place to get the big shiny driver out, tee it high and let rip. A 200-yard carry to a wide, wide fairway beckons. It is a great finishing hole to a great course.

The West course is about a half mile from the main complex and it has its own clubhouse and bar. Without doubt the best of the three courses, but also without doubt the hardest. If you are an 18 plus handicapper don’t go near it unless you can happily exchange a low stableford points score for the sake of some lovely scenery.

Colin’s general view of La Manga Club:

The La Manga Club complex presents three lovely courses which all have their own character and each offer a different challenge to suit all handicaps. The resort benefits from a well-run shuttle bus service and an attention to course care that always ensures the holes are in good condition.

I would recommend La Manga Club to anybody who wanted an easy weekend of golf ‘on the doorstep’. It’s probably not the cheapest place to play, then again it’s not the dearest either, but the accommodation is reasonably priced and of high quality.

The resort has a nice driving range and good putting and short game practice areas. The shop is well stocked, and a very pleasant man on a buggy is always whizzing around selling drinks and cheese and ham rolls to a lot of very thirsty golfers. I think it’s a great place.

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Description: The West course at La Manga Club is totally different to the other two layouts. Gone are the palms and in come the pines, doglegs and tight, tricky holes. Rating: 7.5 out of 10 Reviews: 21
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steve guzik
I was most impressed with this course. It is a delight on the eye which is a marked change from the other two courses here. Its true that you dont need driver on any holes except the 18th (more of which later) but you end up enjoying the strategy so much that this is not a problem at all. You dont realise how weary you get of hitting driver - 9 iron to 14 holes a round until you play this beauty. It really tests you mid irons into greens and your short game as the greens are so small and well protected. There are not any holes which are not a visual delight although some of the doglegs are on the severe side (not unlike the Wentworth East). Like Wentworth East, some purists might think the doglegs verge on the ridiculous but it is holiday golf and very good holiday golf at that. The 18th tee shot is trully magnificent and it is a fantastic hole. It is similar to the 18th at Montecastillo (although much better) and the only 18th tee shot in the golfing world which is even remotely as good is at the fantastic Trump International Links in Aberdeen. For some reason this is considered the 'cheap' course at La Manga so it is fantastic value too.
November 28, 2014
8 / 10
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David Rimmer
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!
July 02, 2014
6 / 10
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Brian Ward
The West is the prettiest and tightest of the three courses at La Manga Club and will certainly test your shot making skills to the full. Completely different in character to the North and South courses, you will need straight hitting and careful club selection to score well around here. The course is not overly long, measuring less than 6300 yards from the back tees and in reality you probably don’t need to hit driver on more than 3 or 4 holes. This course has it all with multiple dog-legs, interesting changes in elevation and trouble everywhere. When we visited the greens were perhaps not quite as quick as on the South but were still of a La Manga (West) Golf Course - Photo by reviewervery high standard, many of them tiered and some quite small. The collection of par 3’s is certainly impressive, particularly 2, 13 and my personal favourite the attractive but demanding uphill 16th. Of the longer holes there is great variety in the design, the front nine being very good but the back nine plays tougher and is even better. I have heard some describe the course as being a bit quirky in places and holes 3, 9, 15 and 17 could all possibly fall in to that category. The 15th in particular where you must first negotiate a downhill snaking fairway, then clear the barranca before firing over a clump of trees to reach the green. Having said that, I can honestly say that I enjoyed them all and can’t wait to have another go, it’s just that I would like to play most of them a bit better next time! One of the highlights of the round is walking on to the spectacular 18th tee where you are met with a magnificent panorama of the fairway down below and the resort and bay beyond. A memorable tee shot to finish the round as your ball seems to hang in the air for an eternity before eventually landing on the short stuff below. This is a course that you will definitely benefit from playing a few times so if it’s your first visit buy a course planner, take a few extra balls and play stableford not medal! Not to be missed. Brian W
January 07, 2014
8 / 10
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danny baker
Played the 3 wonderfull courses at lamanga last week in october. Although all courses were very well kept and in great condition I found the West course to be a true delight to play, not that my scorecard said so but not only a very challenging and picturesque course but the type of course you could play everyday in the attempt to try and beat it ! Very tight with trouble everywhere but with some stunning views especially the tee box on the 18th hole which just took your breath away, if you ever get the chance to play the west course grab it with both hands and a bag full of balls !!
October 30, 2011
10 / 10
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Steve Blackburn
Just had a 4 day trip to La Manga in early July. The courses were in amazing condition and the spectacularly beautiful West course topped the pile. Tee boxes and fairways were in pristine condition and the greens were as good as any i have played around the world including Valderrama ! Very tough course for high handicappers with tight driving holes and finely placed bunkers & barrancas but should not be missed at any price. We are already planning for next year, it was that good. Can't wait to repeat the experience.
July 08, 2011
10 / 10
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David Rimmer
This was the first of the 3 courses we played during our stay in Mid July. I scored better on the West than any other - 39 points and might have done better had our buggy not broke down on the back nine forcing us to walk half the round in 90 degree heat.As other reviewers have said it is completely different to the other 2 courses - I have never hit as many 5 woods in 1 round and probably only pulled the driver 3 times - one of which resulted in a lost ball on the 9th.I agree the course makes you think, but unless you have played it quite a few times it is quite difficult to work out how far away the trouble is. Many holes are picturesque and if you were having a bad day off the tee you would have a few blobs on your card.Greens lovely, bunkers poor (pull the weeds out!). Very pleasant golf course but like all the LaManga courses very overpriced. We teed off at 3pm on a Sunday and saw no more than handful of groups on the course - more realistic pricing might attract a few more gofers.
July 25, 2010
6 / 10
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Graham Taylor
This is the best course of the three at La Manga, with some of the most thought provoking holes in the entire complex. It takes a bit of getting used to but on a good day when you are hitting straight and putting well, a good score can be achieved. You need a good short game because round the greens is very tricky. Lovely place to play golf
September 07, 2009
10 / 10
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Erik Stolt
January 02, 2010
Definitely the best of the three courses at La Manga but also the toughest. You will be punished for bad tee shots and most of the green shots are either upwards or downwards. The eighteenth hole is one of the best, a middle long par four with a fantastic view over the La Manga complex and the bay further away.
Steve Clark
As we played the North course at La Manga the day before we tackled the West, we expected a similar challenge and standard of course. How wrong we were! This is a fantastic course, though very challenging as many fairways are narrow and the out of bounds is never far away. However, we found it a joy to play with so many beautiful holes winding through hilly terrain. Often holes are quite short, but generally are dog legs which make them particularly tricky. One of the favourites for me was the 17th hole, a short par five with water down the right side.
September 08, 2008
10 / 10
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What a surprise. A great golf course that has you thinking all the way round; there’s no automatic reaching for the driver here. This is not the longest course you’ll find, but it’s enjoyable to play a strategic course like this rather than the modern 7,000 yard slogs. Accuracy off the tee is essential, and the relatively small greens mean that you constantly have to think about where to land the ball. Too many favourite holes to mention. I would recommend this course to anyone. Grab the first tee time of the day (8am) and enjoy.
February 23, 2008
10 / 10
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Keith Baxter

The West course is completely different to the North and South. Gone are the views of the La Manga complex, villas and condominiums (except on the 18th tee) and in come the hills, barrancas and pine trees. For me, this is La Manga’s best course by far, simply due to the variation of holes and the more natural setting. Leave the big dog in the bag as the holes are as tight as a Yorkshire man and with tricky smallish greens this is perhaps the hardest of the three too (despite being some 500 metres shorter than the South). The West course is set a mile or so down the road from the main complex with its own clubhouse so factor that in when you book your tee time. I’ve never failed to be impressed with the lovely West course but take enough balls as the ravines have a nasty habit of swallowing them! As per the previous view, the tee shot on 18 really is that good… one of the most memorable in golf.

April 27, 2007
7 / 10
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