Above: Make sure you hit the green at the par 3, 13th hole or you could rake up a big number
Punta Blanca golf course and resort designed by Open Champion Nick Price, I was lucky enough to also be invited to play in their first annual tournament, something worth checking out if your thinking of coming over next September. Apart from meeting a lot of great local people, value for money is fantastic and at $150 to enter gets you 3 rounds of golf, one practice, 2 competition rounds, plus all your buggies, soft drinks, practice balls and presentation dinner. Including some great prizes like a car, motorcycle or golf buggy for holes in one, which could be a problem when it comes to excess baggage at check in!!
As for the course its in fantastic condition as are most courses over here. Tees as good as greens and greens that you can putt on without the bobbles and jumps, generous fairways and a challenge for every standard of player. Like most courses out here you have a choice of which tees you play from. The blacks measure 7174 yards and has some great carries over water, blues 6706 yards, whites 6186 yards and reds 5583.
All courses have their memorable holes and the Punta Blanca golf club has a few.
First up is the par 5, 4th hole measuring 591 yards from the black tees to 508 from the reds. The drive is over water to a wide fairway that sits in a slight valley, with bunkers down the left. The green runs across with a well-placed bunker protecting the elevated right hand side of the green.
Next up is the 13th hole played over reeds to a green that again runs across protected on the elevated right by a bunker with another bunker on the left to catch anything that is off line. The 18th is a nice finishing hole, from any of the tees from the back you will be laying up just short of the bunker that runs down the right and eats in the fairway.
There is also a bunker on the left that can also catch a wayward drive but you have plenty of fairway to play with, if your playing from the white tees you can carry the right hand bunker giving you just a wedge in to this two tiered green, just in front of the club house, where a cold drink and lunch await as part of their great deal.
Above: Hitting the dancefloor is so important at the par 3, 15th hole or you could be in trouble
Water to the left of the 7th The welcoming club house The tight entrence to the 17th