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2 months agoReview
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reviewed La Manga Club Resort
Very good

I was there in the beginning of November. What a place! Great hotel, good breakfast and a lot of fun in the bars in the evening. Never used the restaurang on site, we went to the village half a mile away instead. The have a great practice facility, a pitch & putt(didn't play it), and 3 courses. The South course is the flagship! Parkland course with a few houses around the holes on some holes, one of them was Seve Ballesteros... That is a proper championship course. At 6500m from the backtee it's a challenge but par 73 so still not too long. On most of the holes it is wide open from the tee but you still need to think a bit before going with the big gun. The course is mostly flat but some holes are slightly uphill or downhill all the way, great bunkers and good fast greens though very soft, pitchmarks were huge! This is the problem... since it's a resort there are a lot of lazy golfers who do not do what they should do... you understand. Then we also played the North course, a shorter course but hilly(not silly hilly). Not a championship course but a really fun course to play! Shouldn't be missed if you come here. At 5800m from the backtee with a par of 71it is still very much a challenge. Tighter tee shots on some holes, short but tricky par 3's(which I love!), every thing in the same standard as on the South course except the greens... Just as soft but with way to many pitchmarks that hadn't been repaired or done so badly... I guess this comes with resort golf unfortunately. The shorter course more people will play since it's easier and with greens that soft even chip shots made dents. So overall South course super, North course definitely worth playing, West course I didn't play because I was recommended not too(will try it one day though), The Seve designed Pith & Putt I'll play next time I'm there. Great weekend place, recommended!

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3 months agoReview
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reviewed Oitavos Dunes
Good

Oitavos Dunes became our warm-up course for our week in Portugal. Upon arrival there's a sign on the door, "ranked nr 55 in the world". That sounded promising for a warm-up! We had beer and food and the we hit the range. I love it when the range is just opposite to the first tee:) The course starts with 4 narrow treelined holes which works themselves u to a plateau where most of the other holes are played. So keep it together for four holes then you can let it rip! Some very open holes with very little rough unless you are really off line... They have a signature hole, a medium length par 3 with a "ravine" front and back of the green, pretty scenic. It's followed by another par 3! Unusual but since that hole also is a good one it works. Condition was good all over the course. If I would've ranked this course myself, I would not be able to give it a number... But I played Praia D'el Rey, Royal Obidos and West Cliffs too and it's nowhere near any of them. Arthur Hills designed it, 5 tee's from 4500 - 6400m's so there's something for everyone. Great food and nice beverages made our day. I'd say it's a lovely warmup course before driving north to some really impressive golf.

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Patrick Rahme3 stars is a bit harsh 😉 I would still give it 4 and believe it has potential to be a 5 star with better maintenance!
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Paul StrandYou might be correct Patrick, I’d give it 3,5 if that was possible!
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Stephen VincentI agree with you both, it’s a hard one to rate. I think an issue for first timers (which i am) is that it’s a bit ‘oversold’ as ‘top 50 in the world’ & expectations are maybe too high. Like to try again.
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Paul StrandIf you played West Cliffs and give that a 5 then maybe maybe Oitavos is a 4. But if you have played Augusta(I haven’t yet🙄) then West Cliffs is only a 4 and so on. Rating is always difficult and depends on a lot of things. There a so many really good courses around it which puts it down a bit too.
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Florian PichlerI would give it a 4 too @Patrick Rahme . Oitavos sure has some world class holes, like 8, drivible 11th, 14 and 15. Maintenance was good when I played.
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