Located less than three miles from Murcia-San Javier airport, the lush fairways at Roda Golf & Beach Resort are routed around large swathes of “dry buffer areas” with acres of Mediterranean shrubs and hundreds of planted trees adding definition and character to each and every hole.
As you might expect on a modern course, the greens – averaging just under 11,000 square metres in size – were constructed to USGA standard by architect Dave Thomas so golfers are advised to have their putting skills in good order before venturing onto the slick putting surfaces here.The signature hole at Roda is regarded as the 174-metre 7th, requiring a do-or-die tee shot to an island green. That’s not the only aquatic challenge on the course, though, because holes 12, 13, 16 and 18 on the back nine all play to greens protected in some shape or form by water hazards.
I like to play Roda once each trip to the Costa Blanca for a change in challenge. I usually score well because of the wide and quite flat fairways, and their good condition which means you usually get a good lie and hit fairway woods. The course starts in a welcome manner with an open wide hole. Most of the greens are fairly big so the challenge is in getting the pace right when you are not close to the hole. Although many people think the par 3 7th with the island green is a challenge, the green and surrounds provide a large landing area with bailout to the right. For me the par 4 12th with the green hiding the fact that the lake is also behind the green is a tougher approach as you have less depth than the 7th (I know as I played over and in :-( the first time to avoid being short.). So long you are happy hit longer second shots, the course gives you fair options into the well paced and consistent rolling greens. Overall an enjoyable course, with a great clubhouse and friendly staff.