Review for La Reserva

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Finally it was time to play La Reserva after last years plan rained away. And, to be honest, I don’t quite get it. After all the hype, the newest super course in Sotogrande etc. La Reserva - Photo by JanIs it a really good course, yes. Is it a spectacular course, in my opinion, no. Probably the best word I can think of when it comes to the course is solid, Cabell Robinson is a top notch architect, and the craftsmanship that has been applied to La Reserva is solid. There are no weak holes on this course, but, there are no truly spectacular ones either. Fair enough, the clubhouse and practice facilities delivers a statement to the ambitions of this club, but to me the course lacks that extra spice to make it truly stand out. Compare La Reserva to another great Cabell Robinson course, nearby Finca Cortesin, and in terms of playability, both courses are equally good. Given the choice I would rather play Sotogrande or the San Roque's in this area. Notable holes 2,5,7,8,10,11,15 and the 17th. I really enjoyed the 11th, comfortable room to bring out the driver on tee, for those long drivers out there if you try to make in two, pay attention to those clever fairway bunkers covering the green at 60 meters, and for those shorter hitters like me, note how they are cleverly lined up to put even more pressure on a already difficult approach, the elevated green is narrow to the line of play and the two greenbunkers are well placed, the fairway bunkers aren't really in play, but they somehow seem to be, great craftsmanship! -Jan

Date: January 03, 2011

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