One of several Robert Trent Jones designs that are strung out along the Costa del Sol, Mijas is a marvelous golf complex offering two wonderfully contrasting 18-hole courses.
Los Lagos was first to open in 1976 and it is set in 150 acres of a gently undulating landscape with wide, open fairways, huge greens and several large lakes that feature at half the holes on the scorecard.
In contrast – and by way of complementing the Los Lagos layout – Los Olivos was opened in 1984 as a shorter, tighter 18-hole course routed over more hilly terrain. Cabell B. Robinson, an old associate of RTJ, remodeled the 18 holes during the 2000-1 season.
Los Lagos has many memorable holes and a contender for the best of these is the 617-yard, par five, stroke index 1, 5th where the fairway is restricted by a boundary wall all the way down the left. The hole narrows to a large waste bunker on the left at the landing area with water further along on the right, in advance of the offset green – risk/reward golf at its very best.
Los Lagos is long. It measures 6000 meters from club tees, but keep in mind that is a par 71. Luckily the fairways are quite wide, but you still need to give the teeshot a good belt to get in range of a green in regulation. The course is located on a fairly flat area but with a nice amount of humps and bumps to make it interesting. As the name implies, there are a few waterfeatures on the course, but there is room to contend with them. Notable holes 4,5,6,12,13,14 and 18. The 14th is one of the few short par fours on the course but a wonderful challenge still, slight uphill teeshot to a dogleg left, inside sweep is heavily bunkered, and the putting surface is well defended by five bunkers. The sister, Los Olivos is not as brutal in terms of lenght, but is still a nice challenge. www.flickr.com/photos/jannor/3143130703/