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DRIFT Travel Winter 2019

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Our world is full of wonderful place to visit in the winter months and in this issue of DRIFT we travel from the far north to the extreme south, with a few stops in between. Come along on the journey as we make new friends and maybe find time for a little golf.

La Manga Club Murcia,

La Manga Club Murcia, Spain BY: STEVE DRAKE “Golf is the closest game to the game we call life. You get bad breaks from good shots; you get good breaks from bad shots – but you have to play the ball where it lies.” Bobby Jones 28 . DRIFTTRAVEL.COM

When Robert Dean Putman was appointed to design the two golf courses for LMCG, he was given carte blanche to use the available land as he saw fit, the only condition being that the resulting courses should be of championship standard. Work began on marking out the courses in January 1971 and in February of the same year the diggers set to work to create the 14 lakes, 200 bunkers and 36 fairways and greens. Ten months later construction was complete, and the courses were ready for play. Despite the feverish pace what emerged were two courses that could be both challenging for the pros when needed yet forgiving for the club members thus quickly establish La Manga Club as the premier golf resort in Spain. A title that still stands today, 47 years later. The South Course has been the venue for many major professional tournaments, including several Spanish Opens, PGA Championships, for both men and women. At almost 6,500 metres from the white tees, it has water hazards on 15 of its 18 holes, wide fairways and a good combination of short and long holes. The front nine are particularly challenging with two par 3s in excess of 200 metres and some daunting par 4s, which call for accurate driving between lakes and bunkers. The back nine, although shorter, has a number of intriguing dog-leg holes. Palm trees, lakes and natural storm gullies known as 'barrancos' are key features of the North Course, which is slightly shorter than the South, with tighter fairways and larger greens. The ideal course for all players. TRAVEL OFTEN . LIVE WELL . 29

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