Golf enthusiasts planning to holiday in Spain this year will be spoilt for choice when it comes to courses.
The sun-soaked Murcia region is renowned for the quality of its golf greens, with more than 300 to choose from.
What's more, the area basks in sunshine for most of the year, meaning you can enjoy your game without the worry of having to stop because of rain.
One place where players will find an excellent range of facilities is La Serena Golf Resort, which is home to a par-72 18-hole course.
Located in Los Alcazares - beside Spain's famous Mar Menor lagoon it was designed by former Ryder Cup player and World Cup champion Manuel Pinero and has something to offer player of all abilities.
It is built around the 500-year-old Torre del Rame, which was originally constructed to keep watch for the pirates who once hid nearby.
The course, which is mostly flat, features a number of water hazards, bunkers and desert areas, making it the perfect place to hone your skills and enjoy a pleasant game of golf during your holiday in Spain.
Players that are keen to brush up on their golfing skills can do so by enlisting professional help. Private tuition is on offer at the resort, in addition to group lessons and junior sessions, with tutors catering for players of all ages and abilities.
Furthermore, visitors booking a tee time at La Serena Resort are usually able to make use of the complex's practice facilities, including the driving range, putting green and chipping greens.
La Serena Golf Resort is also home to a large clubhouse, where players will find an extensive range of facilities. Equipment can be hired, including clubs, buggies and trolleys, while tees and balls can be purchased from the pro shop.
In addition, the building is home to a number of dressing rooms with showers and lockers, as well as a large bar where visitors can enjoy a post-game drink while taking in the views of the stunning Mar Menor.
Another place where holidaymakers can enjoy a great round of golf during a holiday in Spain is La Manga Club.
Renowned for the quality of its sports and leisure facilities, it has played host to a number of high-profile tournaments and events over the years, including the Spanish Open, Spanish PGA Championships, Spanish Junior Championships, Ladies' Spanish Open and Senior Spanish Open.
The resort boasts three championship golf courses, each with its own individual style and terrain. In addition, there are a range of comprehensive practice facilities, including an 80-bay driving range, two chipping greens, a large putting green and a practice bunker.
La Manga Club is the perfect destination for people who want to hone their golf skills and guests will find a number of intensive courses on offer.
The total golf learning experience runs over the course of four days and includes three hours of tuition daily. Players can expect to cover all the basics of the game, such as the fundamentals of grip, posture and set-up, bunker play, pitching and chipping.
Alternatively, guests can book a place on the quick fix programme, which runs over two days and can be done over a weekend. This option includes two hours of tuition each day, in addition to V1 computer analysis of your game.
As well as La Manga Club, holidaymakers visiting Murcia will also find great quality courses at resorts such as Club De Altorreal, Mosa Trajectum Golf Club and the Roda Beach and Golf Resort.
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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..