This comprehensive golf guide is perfect for anyone interested in booking Murcia Golf breaks to the Mar Menor Golf resort or La Manga Club.
Spain is synonymous with golf, and Murcia, the smallest of the Spanish coastal regions is no exception. This fast-emerging region is home to some iconic golf resorts including the extensive La Manga Club. The weather is perfect for golf if you like playing with the sun on your back the region gets over 300 days of sunshine a year. The best times to visit for golf are March-June and September-October.
Regular flights are available to San Javier (nearby to Mar Menor) with Easyjet, Ryanair, and Jet2. Direct flights operate from London Gatwick, Heathrow, Luton, and Stansted. You can also travel from Birmingham or Leeds. Most resorts are within a 40-minute transfer from the airport.
With a population of just under a million people the capital Murcia is a relatively small city and was originally founded back in 825 by the Emir of Cordoba. The city itself is located on the Segura river, to the Southeast of the Iberian Peninsula. Worth a visit is the huge Cathedral Church Of St Mary is the only Catholic church of Diocese in Cordoba, still in daily use and is one of the largest in the south of Spain.
In more modern times the area is now a university and services city and it has the nickname of “Europe’s Orchard” with numerous forms of agriculture in the form of fruit, vegetable and flowers grown and exported extensively across Spain, Europe and beyond.
When you are visiting Murcia you must try the tapas, which takes pride of place in the city, its locality to the sea gives you the opportunity to enjoy a wealth of shellfish and fish in the restaurants and bars of the area.
Located in the Iberian Peninsula Murcia is quickly becoming the “in place” to play a round of 18 holes whilst on holiday in Spain, with more and more areas gaining in popularity all of the time. As a golf region this area is on the up and has some fantastic golf courses and resorts on offer, and justifiably is now being recognised as one the best to visit for golfers. Read our guide to the best golf courses in Spain here.
Most of the courses are attached to golf resorts, and therefore they generally cater to all levels of golfer. Our top picks in the region are:
Roda Golf – Set amongst an exclusive residential community this championship course is more forgiving than most. Perfect for a holiday course.
La Manga West Course – A much tighter course with positioning off the tee essential. However, a good looking course with stunning views from the 17th tee.
Alhama Golf Resort – The Signature course, personally designed and signed by the great Jack Nicklaus, this 18 Hole Championship course make the most of the natural landscape and is as good as it gets!
Roda Golf and Beach Resort
This resort is surrounded by nature and situated in one of the most beautiful parts of southern Spain and only a mile away from the crystal waters of the Mar Menor. This self-contained resort boasts the 18 holes, Par 72, Dave Thomas designed Championship golf course, with its numerous tee-boxes makes it a challenge to golfers of all abilities. Roda is also home to the PGA headquarters for the coaching of professional and amateur golfing in Spain and holds many tournaments.
Roda Golf and beach resort is suitable for individuals, groups and families alike with numerous choices of accommodation, either individual villas or apartments with shared swimming pools, and alternatively, Roda 525 hotel in nearby Alcazares – Prices start from £195 per person and are fantastic value-for-money.
Mar Menor Golf Resort and Spa
The region and in particular the Mar Menor has a fantastic climate, in fact, one of the best in Europe and perhaps is one of the many reasons why people flock to the region to get your annual fix of the warmth of the sunshine. Mar Menor also is the location for the Mar Menor Resort, the Intercontinental Golf Resort and Spa Hotel, adjacent to the Jack Nicklaus designed par 68, 18 Hole championship golf course.
The Hotel is small, a boutique with just 68 rooms, in true Five Star hotel style, the facilities here are extensive and include five bars and restaurants, luxury rooms and suites, an extensive spa, tennis courts, business centre the list goes on and on, however staying here does not break the bank and package start from £199 per person.
The Residences at Mar Menor are also near to the Mar Menor golf course, this one, two and three-bedroom residences start from just £109 per person and are ideal for golfers, non-golfers and families, with shared pools all, have extensive views across the golf course and lakes. These residences are furnished to the highest of standards and shared their facilities with the Intercontinental Hotel adjacent.
The Mar Menor Resort is synonymous with great golf courses with all guests having the opportunity to play the 6 Nicklaus designed courses from, Mar Menor, La Torre, Saurines, El Valle, Hacienda Riquelme and the personally designed Alhama Signature course. Alhama is just short of 7,600 yards from the Back Tees, with 116 varied bunkers the course takes in the best of the natural landscape which retains the native flora and indigenous flowers making Alhama Signature a Natural Reserve.
La Manga Club
The southern region of Murcia still along the Mar Menor coast you will find Spain’s largest golf resort in La Manga Club, this extensive resort is spread across 1,400 acres and is the home to three championship golf courses, 28 tennis courts, professional football centre, cricket and rugby pitches, a wide selection of restaurants and bars and an extensive spa with a wide selection of treatments.
Principe Felipe Hotel
Accommodation at La Manga is varied, with the La Manga Principe Felipe Hotel, a Five Star luxury hotel located at the heart of the resort and just a stones-throw from the main clubhouse. Prices starting here are from £209 per person, a great hotel for those looking for luxury and pampering in five-star surroundings with four-star prices.
La Manga Club has three 18 hole golf courses all with different characteristics, the most sought after course is the par 72, 18 Hole Robert Putman designed (later re-modelled by Jack Nicklaus) Championship South course, measuring some 7,150 yards from the back pegs, it is a long open golf course with strategically placed bunkers, be aware of the long “Barranca” which winds its way across the entire resort and is a natural hazard making the approach shot too many greens a difficult one. The 18th hole is a great finishing hole with water coming into play and the green adjacent to the hotel and swimming pool, surrounded by four bunkers.
Las Lomas Village
Adjacent to the North golf course and resort spa is the La manga as Lomas Village, made up from the modern view apartments overlooking the North course. “El Pueblo” the old village which has a selection of 1,2 and 3 bedroom apartments and townhouses all designed in typical Andalusian style, they have their own separate pool area and an additional pool area at the view apartments next to the spa. Prices starting here are just £169 per person including a full English buffet breakfast.