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.
Was played two times at middle of February 2020 in Los Lagos and was bit disappointed. Concerning average field supervision of golf course, was not expected condition as it rated more high as neighbors golf courses. I comparing La Cala (America), Santana GC, Chaparral & Miraflores and find the same fields conditions. Maybe tee offs in Los Lagos are better. My opinion it is bit overrated and overpriced golf course. At the same time played in several other golf courses at Malaga region and find much more better fields maintance (Torrequebrada, Río Real). First of all for the requested price they must try to organize and maintain an appropriate level. Clubhouse and practice area requested a bit renovation. Golf course is flat and long. Concerning architecture and picturesque this golf course is very avarage and boring without any attractive view. In general condition of fields and surroundings were average, fairways with some laps of ground, but playable.
Golf course is not very challenging. All you need is distance and bit accuracy. OK, let's return to positive things. One of it is greens. They are speedy enough and well prepared, predictable and readable also. Concerning distance challanging: the second par 5 hole (No. 5) was app. 545 m. from yellow tee and look likes easier at first look, but most of the whole left side is considered “out of bounds”; and, on the right, the water is predominating from the second lap till the end of the hole. It means shots must be accurate. Actually to make par here is not easy - large green defended by a lake and bunkers on both left and back sides. Next one hole is the most arduous par 4 of the course. The hole is entirely appreciated from the tee, with its heart-shaped green. At first, a long drive is demanded to be followed by a quite exigent hit to get to the green. Hole No. 8 is the longest par 3 and the most technical of the course. The green is surrounded by bunkers on the right side and guarded by a lake on both left and back sides. It was 210 m. long from tee when was played and moderate front wind. So really was lot of things. Also course has some long par 4 and one par 5 hole. Nothing special, game success depends on wind more than hazards. A beautiful gateway as a large imitation of a golf ball towards 11 holes which is probably a signature. Thats all...
Value for price I found average.
No doubt every golf course rating is always a subject with a lot of subjectivity, depending on various criteria. I always rating by the following criteria: course complexity or challenging, fields condition (especially greens & fairways), service (only what you can get: buggie, club rent, condition of clubs, the amount of choice and etc. except staff and other subjective things that depends on your or staff mood), surrounding views or pleasure to the eyes and definitely value for the price. All criteries will be rating from 1 to 5 stars. Concerning Toia golf course my personal opinion is follow:
1. Challenging - 3*
2. Condition - 3* (could be much more better)
3. Service - 3*
4. Surroundings - 3*
5. Value for the price - 3*
Price must be much more lower to decide back here play again.
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/