NO END TO GOLF SEASON AT LA MANGA CLUB
Updated: December 22, 2011, 11:18
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While many golfers are putting their clubs away for the winter, La Manga Club is preparing for one of its busiest periods of the year on the fairways with a host of professional and top amateur players heading to the five-star Spanish resort.
Starting this week, aspiring Ladies European Tour (LET) stars will flock to the resort for the Ladies Murcia Open on the LET Access Series, the LET’s official feeder tour.
For many of the women competing it will be the first of two visits to La Manga Club in quick succession, as they will return when the resort hosts the LET’s qualifying school between January 8-19, 2012.
It will be the fourth consecutive year that LET hopefuls have travelled to the Murcian resort, but, by contrast, their male counterparts will be taking to the fairways of the renowned South course for the first time in 22 years as La Manga Club hosts the second round of the European Tour’s qualifying school, from December 2-5.
As well as the high-profile Tour events, club golfers from across Europe will be heading to the resort for 11th outing of the popular Murcia Golf Open, from December 5-10.
Billed as winter’s warmest open, the 54-hole competition offers some friendly, but competitive, golf in the winter sun, as well as more than €8,000-worth of prizes.
The individual Stableford competition offers prizes in three handicap categories for men, and two for women, with a selection of luxury golf and leisure breaks and golfing equipment to be won.
Tournament packages include five nights’ accommodation, including breakfast and a welcome pack; a cocktail reception; a gala dinner and prizegiving ceremony, and are available from just €687 per person in the five-star Hotel La Manga Club Principe Felipe, or only €544 at the fully-serviced four-star Las Lomas Village.
Prices include tournament entry for golfers, along with a green fee for practice day and 230 range balls. Those not competing can instead enjoy four activities of their choice from a selection of spa treatments, tennis court hire, golf or tennis tuition, or meals.
La Manga Club has a strong golfing pedigree having hosted numerous prestigious events, while Gary Player was the five-star resort’s first director of golf and the late Seve Ballesteros its touring professional.
The resort boasts unrivalled facilities as a sport and leisure venue including three 18-hole championship golf courses, a 28-court tennis centre and a 2,000sqm spa complex. It also offers the choice of a five-star hotel, four-star serviced apartments and townhouses, more than 20 bars and restaurants and great entertainment for children.