Review for Real Moraleja (1)

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Moraleja 1 is a beautiful course surrounded by pine trees and villas in the elegant Moraleja neighbourhood. Although not long it is requiring precise shots and good strategic play. Despite its length scoring is a lot harder than its seems at first sight, as the greens are not easy, there is rough around most greens making chipping more difficult and a lot of the holes are tight. Greens are rather small, in contrast to most of the newer Nicklaus courses (like Moraleja 3+4).

A number of the par 4s are rather short giving the long hitter the chance to attack.

The real difficulty are the par 3s: The 175M 2nd is a slight uphill shot into a severely sloping green with a small opening protected by bunkers and large trees. No 4 is 190M into a narrow green and big bunkers in front and back, No 15 is 155 M again uphill and well bunkered and No 17 over a lake which cuts left to right into the green. The long par 5 No 12 is in my opinion the most difficult hole on the course, over 500 M, dogleg shaping right around large trees while the fairway is sloping to the left and water in front of the narrow green. The par 5 18th has again out of bounds left and right and a big lake in front of the green requiring a good drive and courage for the player wanting to attack the green in 2.

The course is universally liked by players of all abilities, despite its moderate length especially low handicappers enjoy playing it for the strategic options, a lot of them think that Moraleja no 1 is one of the best courses in the Madrid area. It definitely deserves a higher rating in the Spain rankings than currently (51st).

Date: September 29, 2021

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