Oct 24, 2011 No Comments by

Located in La Cala de Mijas, a short drive inland from the coast road, this 18 hole par 72 course has one of the finest layouts on the coast.

Arriving at the temporary club house (new one being built), we were greeted by the owner of the course who explained that the greens were not in the best of condition due to the unusually hot weather in October, fair enough. €60 per player including buggy later, we make our way to the first tee.

This course offers an early “risk and reward”, with the dog leg right to left  par five first hole, but be warned!  Get too greedy and your out of bounds. The second is a tough par four to a narrow green, aim for the bunkers for the best line in. Number three tee shot is a medium iron, leaving a wedge to an elevated green that slopes from left to right. For the big hitters, the fourth hole is within reach,  for us mere mortals a fairway wood aimed at the big rock will leave a straightforward approach. Hole five is stroke one, but on our particular visit, was playing downwind so driver seven iron to a three tier green that can be extremely tricky depending on pin placement.

Six is the first of the par threes, water right long narrow target, mid iron normally. Seven offers another birdie opportunity, open your shoulders here for a wedge approach. Hole eight is another par three with a steep bank at the front. Don’t miss it left! Nine is a great hole and the first of back to back par five’s, a wide fairway for the short hitters which narrows beautifully for the low handicappers seeking to be on the green in two.

Front nine safely negotiated four over gross! Not bad for a hacker. Onto the back nine, an elevated tee shot leaving even mid handicappers an outside chance of reaching the green in two. A heavily bunkered green but the real danger is long. Eleven is just tough, any par here feels like a birdie, this par four needs an accurate tee shot leaving a mid to long iron to one of the most undulating greens on the coast. I carded a sorry six, the wheels were beginning to come off! Hole twelve should see me back on track, a short par four, easy!  A nice gentle draw with a fairway wood for the right handers leaves 60 yards over a bunker and another birdie putt.

Hole 13 straightforward, par three probably the weakest hole on the course.  Hole 14 is another Par  5 and like its three par 5 predecessors, is played from an elevated tee. Not reachable in two unless downwind, this approach shot always requires one more club than it measures.

15th  is a short four fraught with danger, accuracy is the key here. 16 th hole downhill all the way, much like my back nine! Driver mid iron 3 putts blame the greens! Number 17 is the last of the par threes again elevated tee shot 160 yards scramble a par and need to par the last to play to my handicap. Should be no problem, relatively short downhill par four water right, guarding against this I pull my tee shot left and walk off with a bogey five good enough on the day to take a few euros from my playing partners though! With faint murmurings of “bandit” coming from the buggy in front we head back to the club house for liquid refreshment and to recap on the round. All in all a very enjoyable experience and one that I would recommend to golfers of all levels.

Calanova Golf Club

Apartado de Correos 371, La Cala de Mijas Costa
ES-29649 Malaga, Malagá

0034 951 170 194 |

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