Spain is one of the world's most popular golf destinations and, with more than 300 courses to choose from, it is little wonder.
The country basks in sunshine for most of the year and is easily accessible for people travelling from the UK and Ireland.
Some of the airlines currently operating flights to the Murcia region - which is particularly popular with golf enthusiasts - include easyJet, Jet2.com, bmibaby, Ryanair, Monarch and Flybe.
It was reported recently by Typically Spanish that despite the current economic downturn, the number of people taking holidays in Spain has remained steady.
The 116 courses in the Andalucia region helped to generate 500 million (£421 million) during 2009, drawing around 360,000 people to the area.
One place where players can enjoy a round of golf during their break is at the Hacienda Riquelme Golf Resort, which is located close to the town of Los Riquelme and within easy reach of Murcia city centre.
The 18-hole par-72 course forms part of a Polaris World complex and is open all year round.
Designed by the legendary Jack Nicklaus, it is one of the region's most popular golfing hotspots.
The impressive course is surrounded by stunning scenery and players can enjoy spectacular views of the coast throughout their game.
According to Club Murcia, the course at the Hacienda Riquelme Golf Resort is challenging and compliments others in the Murcia area.
"The course is not long but the use of the terrain and the combination of water hazards, links style grassy areas and steep bunkers makes the course appeal to golfers looking for a stern test of golf," it noted.
It noted that the resort is likely to become a popular tournament venue in the future.
Players can also make use of the extensive practice facilities, which include a driving range, chipping green, putting green and buggy rental service.
In addition, the Hacienda Riquelme is home to an impressive clubhouse where guests can enjoy a bite to eat or a refreshing drink while admiring the stunning views of the course. There is also a pro shop where players can stock up on clothing, shoes, tees, balls and accessories.
Players hoping to improve their technique while on holiday in Spain may wish to consider enlisting the help of a golf professional.
The resort's school offers tuition throughout the year, as well as a number of intensive courses, which are ideal for beginners.
Holidaymakers planning to take a golfing break in Murcia will also find a number of other places to play during their stay.
These include the Mar Menor Resort, which is home to an impressive 18-hole course that it suitable for players of any level.
With softly-contoured land, good recovery areas and a number of bunkers and water hazards, it is a delightful place to enjoy a round of golf.
The course forms part of the Jack Nicklaus trail and is a popular destination for enthusiasts of the game.
Professional tuition is also on offer here, with players of all abilities well catered for.
Beginners can sign up for the initiation programme, which is ideal for people who want to master the basics of the game and do not currently have a federation licence.
Alternatively, those with a little more experience can book a place on the advanced programme, which builds on existing skills and is perfect for players needing to sharpen their technique in preparation for the summer.
Individual lessons and group sessions are also available for those who are unable to commit for a full four-day course.
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Last chance for some retail therapy
As you head off home from your stay at Spains premier resort, La Manga Club, if you are flying from Alicante airport remember you can indulge in your favourite sweet treat, churros and chocolate.
The newly expanded Alicante airport now has an excellent duty free area for some last minute retail therapy and plenty of places to eat some good food before you are left with no option but airline food..
No need to miss any of your TV favourites
La Manga Club properties have always had a good selection of TV channels supplied by the in house Club TV. You would always be able to find a selection of English speaking channels which would include BBC World, BBC Prime and of course some major sports channels..
Some Great Retail Therapy close to La Manga Club
La Manga Club has a selection of shops on site with several boutiques selling European fashion at reasonable prices, even better recently with the Euro making everything much better value. For a great day out and shopping trip off site, La Manga Club is just a short drive to Cartagena where you can find a branch of the famous El Corte Ingles department shop..
Discover Cuarenta y Tres
If you have ventured out of La Manga Club, heading towards Cartagena, you might wonder what is going on in the very brightly multi coloured building to be seen in the distance on your right.
It is the factory that produces Cuarenta y Tres, Licor 43 which is a Spanish liquor made from 43 ingredients produced exclusively in Cartagena ..
Large supermarket changes name
Those of you who regularly visit La Manga Club will no doubt at least once during your stay visited the large supermarket just off the slip road at Cabo de Palos.
Only a few minutes drive and you will find the large supermarket formerly known as Upper set back off of the road into Cabo de Palos..
Some famous faces returning to La Manga Club
It is not unusual to see a famous face on one of La Manga Clubs three golf courses or on one of the twenty eight tennis courts throughout the year. Some celebrities and well known sports stars own homes at La Manga Club and many just return and rent a beautiful holiday home..
Further tennis tournament just announced at La Manga Club
As undoubtedly Europes finest tennis centre, La Manga Club boasts 28 tennis courts of all types and top coaching programmes in their various academies held throughout the year. It comes as no surprise then that over many years La Manga Club has been home to many tennis tournaments attracting top players from all over Europe..
La Manga Club Spa
The very well established spa facilities at La Manga Club are most definitely second to none and the feeling that you are entering a place of tranquility and excellence hit you as soon as you walk in. Set up high into the Murcian hills the spa building has spectacular views right across La Manga Club..
Night life at La Manga Club
After a wonderful day lounging around the swimming pool and then enjoying a great meal in one of the fabulous restaurants at La Manga Club you can be sure that after the sun has set, at La Manga Club, a party atmosphere is guaranteed. With a selection of live bars, a discotheque all located within a short stroll from your La Manga Club villa or apartment..
La Manga Club: a golfing paradise
There are many, many reasons why people flock back to La Manga year after year and one of the main ones is the golf, with a choice between three stunning courses plus a pitch and putt, golfers could be forgiven for thinking they’d died and gone to golfing heaven when they touch down at La Manga Club. With a choice between the North Course, the South Course and the West Course, even during a two-week holiday you won’t tire of the challenges posed by these offerings..