After a hearty breakfast I am looking at the sunrise over the 18th on the South course. I couldn’t wait to get out on the course, it's just before 7am when I finally tee up my ball on the 1st on the North course. The hole is played from an elevated tee looking down the fairway, it may only be 336-yards, but the tee shot needs to be threaded through a gap in the tree line so I would make sure you warm up on the fantastic practice facilities before you hit the course.
The course has a gentle start and the par 3 2nd hole is a beautiful little hole at just 115-yards. This is the start of some wonderful views out to sea and at this time in the morning with the sun just gently rising in a clear blue sky it really is a great time to be playing.
The 4th is another great par 3 that plays from an elevated tee to a green that is 193-yards below you and with the orange sun climbing in the sky and the hills that surround La Manga just makes you want to play great golf.
I am really impressed by the presentation of the course, the greens are in great condition and the fairwarys and tees are immaculate. I am really enjoying the Robert D. Putman designed track and the palm trees that he imported here from California really make the routing of the track very pleasurable.
I hadn’t realised that the green outside my room in the hotel was the 9th on the North course, it is a great finishing hole to the front nine, your second shot is played to uphill over a ravine to a two-tiered green and I make sure I take an extra club just in case someone is watching!!
Like the first hole the 10th is played from an elevated tee and runs parallel to the 9th and 1st holes, the trees are not in play from your tee shot here and at only 320-yards some of the bigger hitters may fancy their chances of driving this green, but beware it is guarded by bunkers at the front and front left and right of the green.
There is more water on the back nine and I really enjoy the stretch of holes from the 14th to the 18th with my favourites being the 14th and the way the green sits in the trees, and the par 3 16th with its upside down saucer type green that has some great complexes in it. Like the 9th hole the 18th green sits in its own little amphitheatre and is a great finishing hole to a wonderful course.
Top: Sunrise over the 4th green. Above Bunker protecting the 16th green.
The 2nd shot to the 7th holeGreat views from the 10th14th green sitting in the trees