- By Michael Lee
- Published 07/15/2010
- Article Writing
La Cala Resort is home to three 18 hole championship golf courses, a 6 hole par 3 executive course of the highest standards and the only David Leadbetter Golf Academy in Spain. The Royal Spanish Golf Federation has confirmed that La Cala Resort is not just Europes top golf tourism destination but infact the largest golf complex in Spain. La Cala will never disappoint especially when it comes to golf holidays. With golf courses offered of the highest quality and associated facilities that are second to none you will be guaranteed a splendid break in the Costa del Sol. The three 18 hole championship golf courses at La Cala all provide golfers of all levels with different challenges. All three have been designed by one of the foremost designers in the golf world today, Cabell B. Robinson. Informed decisions will be required as you play through all three courses at La Cala whilst taking extra care from the tees. Due to the fantastic course design, a level of course management will test your golfing strategy where accuracy and club selection will reward. All three golf courses at La Cala place a premium on short game ability due to the small target areas and highly contoured lighting fast greens. Campo America, formerly known as the North course is longer and tighter compared to the second course, Campo Asia. The third course, Campo Europa is more generous from the tees with slightly larger greens than on the previous golf courses. Campo Asia This is the first of the three golf courses at La Cala, requiring accuracy straight from the start on all tees. The 18 hole par 72 course is not overly long at 5,925 metres but with strategic drives you will be able to find the fairways to give you the best chance and opportunity to attack the greens with approach shots. The fairways and greens are heavily bunkered to put pressure on accuracy, but the majority of tee shots are provided with wide landing areas that are downhill or level. The signature hole of the Campo Asia golf course is the 11th hole at par 3. This hole provides all golfers with unforgettable panoramic views of the whole resort, Mijas village and even the Mediterranean. This golf course is exciting to play which puts a premium on the approach shot. Campo America This is the second golf course designed for La Cala with 18 holes at par 72. Formerly known as the North course it spreads over 5,987 metres. The course design is similar to Campo Asia but with wide fairways making this a slightly easier driving course at La Cala. Golfers will be able to try for birdie opportunities on the first three holes to start the round off nicely. However golf players must be accurate and strategic also due to no two holes are alike. Skilful shots to the greens are recommended as you progress through the Campo America course. The final finishing holes are a golfers delight, the 16th hole offers a spectacular short hole with a lake and fountain. The 17th hole provides a tricky narrow green heading downhill towards the 18th. The final 18th hole can be easily achieved on par for golfers, but a birdie or even an eagle will give all golfers a great talking point as they make their way to the 19th hole bar. Campo Europa
course at La Cala Resort that is a contrast between the two previous courses, Campo Asia and Campo America with wider fairways and larger greens. Golfers will find this course not to be severely contoured but instead a well bunkered to give an easier game for the average player. Campo Europa at par 71 measures 6,014 metres and is the largest of the three courses. 14 holes of the full 18 are visible from the tees as golfers can also enjoy the fantastic views of the surrounding mountains and resort. Eight holes incorporate the Ojen river as it plays a part to cause a hazard by cutting across three fairways. The par 5 11th hole is the longest of the course at 524 metres. We recommend if you get the chance to play three golf rounds that you play on each course. With such a great difference between the courses at La Cala, golfers have three fantastic options to choose from. At La Cala Resort golfing facilities are second to none, with extensive practice facilties including a quality six hole par 3 course rated as the best par 3 design on the Costa Del Sol. The short game practice facilities are located adjactent to the golf club house where you will discover a large putting green, seperate chipping and putting area with two bunkers and a practice net. Of course this driving range at La Cala will test your short game and approach play, but can also be enjoyed by the whole family as no handicaps are required. However the better reason to get involved with practicing your golf is that La Cala is home to the only David Leadbetter Golf Academy in Spain. This wonderful practice facility is geared up towards improving your game. The academy at La Cala is the only one in Continental Europe to provide a taylormade performance lab. This high tech system is used by the top touring golf professionals and for all golfers who wish for instantaneous feedback on their swing by producing a computerised 3D image. This system enables golfers to improve their overall game and also advises on the clubs best suited to yourself individually. The David Leadbetter Golf Academy provides a long list of services and facilities including clinics, beginner to winner school, private lessons, playing sessions, junior camps, 3D motion reality lab, taylormade performance lab, V1 system and a SAM Putt lab. Golf Clubs along with many other golfing equipment and clothing can be purchased on site at the Pro shop. With a wide range of clothing and accessories you are also able to partake within the rental service of both shoes and clubs. Club cleaning services are available in the Pro shop along with the possibility to purchase personalised presents. Outside the pro shop and club house is one of the biggest golf bugy fleets in Europe with 160 modern electric and petrol buggies available for hire.
The clubhouse itself has been designed to a traditional Andalusian style which plays host to the 19th hole, a favourite place for golfers to meet before or after a round of golf. The restaurant / bar provides guests with the chance of breakfast, lunch and evening meals as well as snacks and drinks served throughout the day. Enjoy the glorious views outside of Campo Asias 18th hole by sitting outside under the ample shaded terrace or inside the air conditioned lounge. You will also discover all top daily sporting events are televised on the satellite tv. Additional golf facilities and services La Cala provides include showers, locker and changing room facilities, sauna and club repair.