Murcia in Southern Spain is renowned for its lavish golf courses and excellent facilities, causing golf lovers to flock from all over.
La Manga Golf Club, Murcia
Murcia is blessed with 320 days of full sunshine and never drops below 0°C in the winter months. Coupled with the “dry and arid desert” type landscapes, Murcia offers very unique golf courses compared to other golf courses around the world.
Murcia is the driest region in Spain, which means that keeping the grass beautiful all year round is difficult, so if you want the best grass to play on, you should go in spring or early summer.
As August is usually very hot and almost unbearable to play comfortably unless you are hardcore and nothing discourages you from doing one more round. Winter is also very good for playing golf if you don’t mind a bit of cold wind from time to time.
With the opening of the new Corvera airport in 2020, getting to Murcia’s golf courses is now easier than ever. Otherwise, you would have to fly in from Alicante airport, which is an hour away.
Let’s take a look at some of the best golf courses in Murcia, ordered by the closest distance to Murcia’s Corvera airport.
Mar Menor Golf
The golf course at Mar Menor Golf was designed by two of the world’s greatest golfers, is located near the Murcian town of Torre Pacheco, and has a demanding 72-par course that is not recommended for beginners.
It has a huge spa in the middle, along with a few restaurants. There are even flats for sale here, with 1-3 bedrooms and options of the ground floor, first floor, and penthouses.
UGOLF and GNK Golfers
Located inland between Murcia and the sea, are the 6 Nicklaus courses, including the famous Condado de Alhama.
Of these six Nicklaus courses, 4 are operated by the local GNK group (El Valle, La Torre, Condado del Alhama, Hacienda Riquelme) while the Mar Menor and Saurines de la Torre , which is the famous desert course that’ll transport you to Arizona, are managed by UGolf Iberia.
UGolf Iberia also manages Hacienda del Álamo, a Dave Thomas designed course that stands out as one of the largest in Europe. It’s worth mentioning that Altorreal is the oldest golf course in Murcia, the closest to the city, and the one with the most local partners.
La Manga Golf Club
The La Manga Club Golf Course is probably one of the most well-kept golf courses in the Murcia region. It’s located in the La Manga Club Resort, which is where only the wealthy can afford to buy a property that usually costs over 1 million euros.
There is also on-site security that drives all day and night, a hotel, and a few excellent nice restaurants.
Romero Golf Course
This pleasant 72 par golf course is found in Pilar de la Horadada, which is right on the border of Murcia and Alicante. It’s similar to the La Manga Club golf course, and also has one of the most well-maintained greens in Spain.
The course is well connected by road to the cities of Murcia and Alicante, has a restaurant, and offers a variety of other activities such as hiking, cycling, horse riding, and much more.
More Things to Do in Murcia
This golf destination is also a tourist destination that offers many activities for passing tourists.
On a cultural note, we recommend visiting the Gothic and Baroque Cathedral of Murcia in the heart of the city, but also the Castle of Lorca, an impressive medieval fortress, or the Roman Theatre of Cartagena.
For other sporting activities, you should first choose mountain walks, especially in the Leiva-Pozos de la Nieve Valley, which offers one of the most impressive climbing areas in Spain, but also easy walks in the heart of beautiful forests. Possibilities for rafting in Caravaca de la Cruz.