A resort larger than Monaco

Sep 01, 2015 No Comments by

La Cala Resort has three golf courses, all designed by Cabell Robinson,  previously trained by the legendary Robert Trent Jones. In addition, he designed a six hole par three course, where the David Leadbetter Golf Academy is housed. A 5-star luxury hotel and luxury apartments for rent are also included on the complex, ensuring that many choose to purchase a complete golf package. La Cala’s three courses are very different, and in all honestly, you really have a hard time choosing if you do not play all three.

Campo America held Lady’s European Tour School in 2005 and 2006. In 2007, a Spanish par match for elite players was held there, with Miquel Angel Jimenez and Andres Jimenez winning.

Campo Europe opened in 2005, and my father was the first who played and reviewed this course. It is definitely the hardest course and many professional golfers travel to Campo Europe to train.

If you are a beginner, La Cala’s par three course is the best place to start. David Leadbetter Academy has some of the best instructors, and the driving range and greens are very good. Once you have been taught or have played a round of golf, visit the pro shop, gym, and sauna in the newly renovated changing rooms.

The Clubhouse

The clubhouse is designed as a typical Andalusian cortijo.The clubhouse is called Hole 19, and can be visited before or after a round of golf. If golf isn’t your forte, there is the option of simply enjoying a tasty lunch and the magnificent view over the Campo Asia. There is a large terrace with seating for over 250 people.

Campo Asia

This course was opened in 1999 and was one of Cabell Robinson’s first golf courses he had designed, then called The South Course. It is the shortest course with 5412 meters from white tee and 4467 meters from the red tee. It has very undulating and narrow fairways and relatively small greens. Many players are shocked when they stand at the tees and look over the fairways, but most are pleasantly surprised when they discover that the driver has plenty of room to land on.

There are water hazards on two of the 18 holes; hole 14 is a par five and the 3rd is a short par four. It is a very undulating course that for most golfers is impossible to walk.

Campo America

This course opened shortly after the completion of Campo Asia. It is longer than Campo Asia, with 5600 meters from white tee and 4605 meters from red tee. I think it’s the easiest and best of the three courses. It has wide fairways, rough, easily manageable and significantly fewer fairways bunkers. Low handicap players can reach the three par five holes in two strokes and many make birdies.

Campo Europa

This course opened in 2005 and is a great experience to play. The designer conquered many problems when building the course, as a continuous river made it very difficult to construct the course. Several bridges had to be build to gather the course. The course is the longest of the three, with 5705 meters from white tee and 4556 meters from red tee.
This is clearly the hardest, meaning you are assigned a couple of extra strokes, which is necessary. The surroundings around the three courses are flourish with olive trees, cork oaks and a myriad of Bougainvilleas along the river. Buggy is needed on this course.

As mentioned above, I think that Campo America is the best of the three courses. Had they added a few hundred meters more on each of the courses, I think the level of enjoyment for my part would have risen by 20%. I do prefer courses that I can walk, but you just simply cannot here and that loses some of the charm for me.

All in all, not the best course on the coast but certainly not the worst. Well worth a visit especially if you have people with you that do not play golf, for them the opportunities are fruitful at La Cala Resort. One of the good opportunities on the coast to do 36 holes.

La Cala Resort

Apdo. de Correos 106 La Cala de Mijas
ES-29649 Mijas Costa, Malagá

0034 952 669 033 | golf@lacala.com

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