From a tourist point of view, Spain and Murcia itself offer you a huge amount of interesting places to visit as the history of the city goes back to the years 800 where it was originally founded as part of Cordoba. This region remains totally unspoiled by the modernisation of recent years and is becoming a popular destination for holidaymakers from Europe.
There’s a few reasons why Murcia remains one of the more popular regions in Europe for golf holidays. Sun that shines almost all year round, a city that offers tales dating back eight centuries, amazing local cuisine and stunning coastlines.
And, some of the best golf resorts that Spain has to offer. While there’s plenty of choice in the region, we’ve picked out some of our favourites that highlight the real appeal of a short break or holiday in Murcia.
One of the most well-known golf resorts in all of Europe, La Manga is a holiday destination in its own inimitable right.
The resort offers quality accommodation with an abundance of dining, entertainment and sports facilities on your doorstep, making it an ideal base for many a golfing group. As for the golf itself, La Manga boasts three courses, each offering its own charm and challenge.
The South Course is the championship track of the three, having hosted a plethora of events for the men’s and ladies European Tours over the years. Shaped by Robert Putnam and the legendary Arnold Palmer, the course is long, laden with hazards and a cracking challenge of your skills and patience. It’s also benefited from some renovation and tender loving care over recent years to increase the appeal to a modern golfing audience.
The North Course is shorter but poses its own challenges thanks to narrow fairways and wide greens, not to mention the dotted lakes and hazards that crop up across all three courses.
Perhaps the best of the bunch, however, is the Dave Thomas inspired West Course. Immaculately maintained and blessed by stunning scenery, the course is a triumph of variety. With no hole the same, it’s a golfer’s golf course, rewarding good play and treating wayward shots with varying degrees of severity.
If you love your golf, want a blend of challenges and have on tap facilities to toast your victory or drown your sorrows, then the three courses at La Manga resort fit the bill perfectly.
A course of two distinct halves, thanks to the dual design of Dave Thomas (front 9) and Jack Nicklaus (back 9), Mar Menor provides a unique challenge among the many that Murcia has to offer.
It’s another resort-style course, with plenty of sand traps to keep you straight off the tee and careful when approaching the greens. There’s also plenty of water that adds both to the visual appeal and the test of your game. This is most prevalent around the 13th, 14th and 15th corner, where you’re never far from an untimely trip into the wet stuff.
Another finely kept course, when the sun is shining (which it usually is) Mar Menor is a great addition to your Murcia golf roster.
Another course from the imagination of architect Dave Thomas, this modern golf venue is a real treat and one of the great courses in the region.
Just a stone’s throw from the Mediterranean, Roda offers a stunning modern clubhouse and facilities to welcome you in, to complement the finely manicured fairways and smoothly slick greens of a course that stretches out over 6,000m.
Adding to the idyllic appeal and the challenge are water hazards that flow throughout the course and large white-sanded bunkers that are frequently in play. And if you need any more reason to add this course to your playlist, then the imposing par-3 seventh offers is one of the great water-influenced targets in the entire region.
Still a relatively new course, it’s a destination with a growing reputation among golfers visiting Murcia and the surrounding region. A par-71 comprising undulating fairways and some quirky approaches to well-protected greens, it’s another course that offers a different challenge on almost every hole. Despite this, however, it retains a welcoming feel for golfers of all abilities.
But what really sells Lorca as a destination course for your travels is the stunning natural backdrop that you play against. From the natural flora and vegetation to the mountainous natural park that surrounds the course, it’s a joy of quality golf with ruggedly beautiful scenery at every juncture.
A really interesting Jack Nicklaus designed course that bills itself as a desert course yet offers more than a hint of links like golf. The fairways roll of gentle undulations and the hazards tend to come from the natural habitat, with dunes and high grass greeting balls that veer off the beaten track.
It's a course that offers something different among the resort courses in Murcia, mixing rugged Spanish landscape with well-tended greens and large looming lake.
Iconic resorts, quality golf and endless sunshine
While the city of Murcia is a growing tourist spot thanks to its cuisine and classic culture, the popularity of the region for golf lovers is clear for all to see. And a destination that seems to seep into the soul, with many who venture here, returning year after year.
From the hugely arresting popularity of La Manga where you can enjoy quality golf and off-course entertainment without leaving the resort, to a collection of courses along the coast into the countryside. It’s a haven for golfers looking to test their skills by day and kick back away from the course at night or on their ‘day off’.
So, if you’re contemplating the next destination to take clubs in Europe, then you certainly need to consider the appeal of Murcia for your next golf holiday. Drop us a line or get in touch with one of our team to find out more and take one step closer to your next golfing break.
The Coast of Murcia (Costa Calida) has a beachfront that stretches some 250 kilometers, starting from the Carolina beach in Aguilas up to the coast of El Mojon on the frontier of Alicante. In between the two opposite endpoints are quaint villages like La Azohia and Cabo de Palos, which are equally ideal for day tripping and sightseeing. Golf in Murcia is a very popular pass time for many people, from serious to fun players.
The city of Murcia is described as one of the most beautiful and historic cities in the country. The city stands on the banks if the river and enjoys an average of 300 days sunshine a year. The peak of summer in Murcia can become very hot, with temperatures occasionally reaching up to 45 degrees centigrade in the hottest months (June to August). However, Murcia boasts some of the mildest winter conditions in Europe making it an ideal location for autumn and winter getaways, plus year round golfing holidays.
Murcia city is steeped in history and tradition, as you wander through the city, there is a monumental building on every corner. Many are in pristine condition and those that aren’t are being restored to their former glory. Direct Golf Holidays can provide you with discount golf holidays in Murcia, providing all-inclusive packages that can include your accommodation, car hire or transport, plus discounted green fees.
Golfing holidays in Murcia have become very popular since the introduction of the ‘Jack Nicklaus Golf trail’ the 6 courses are kept in pristine condition and can be played all year round!