Insider’s guide to La Cala
This week’s blog is an insider’s guide to La Cala Golf Resort, with the British summer still suffering a stuttering start we thought it a good idea to give you a guide to a great resort which is just a short flight away, but where the sun and summer time is in full flow, and of course there is some superb golf.
This premier golf resort on the Costa del Sol features beautiful rooms decorated with an Andalucian style, three fantastic golf courses, an outdoor swimming pool and a lovely spa area. All of the rooms are fully furnished and fitted with a satellite TV and air conditioning. You can enjoy the stunning views of the golf courses and your surroundings from your room’s private balcony as well. At the hotel, you can enjoy the hotel’s restaurant which serves both local and international cuisine and enjoy a few drinks in the lobby bar or venture over to the clubhouse to the bar there. If you’re more into relaxation than golfing then you won’t be disappointed here either, the spa features hydrotherapy pools, a Turkish bath and a sauna. You can also enjoy a range of different treatments from massages to facials in the treatment rooms here. The hotel is fantastic and offers great facilities but it is also in a prime location, with the busy coastal town of La Cala de Mijas just under 10 minutes’ away! In the town you can enjoy a wide array of different bars – where you can get a pint for a lot less than at home – and some fantastic restaurants serving different cuisines ranging from fresh local fish to international dishes. This also means that your nearest beach is just under 10 minutes’ away which is perfect if you fancy a long afternoon by the sea before heading for a few pints at a beach bar after your morning on the golf course.
This hotel is ideal for those wanting to enjoy a variety of different courses on this golf break as there are three courses on the same site as the hotel which means that you won’t have to travel far to get in a good round or two of golf!
La Cala America (previously known as the North course here) is one of the most requested courses to play here on the Costa del Sol and it really isn’t hard to see why. This course is a spectacularly hilly course where straight hitting is a must if you hope to score even close to your handicap. There are many strategically placed crushed-marble bunkers which make your challenge of navigating the elevated and undulating greens whilst simultaneously avoiding the gorges that line the fairways! Even from the 1st hole which is a cliff-driving hole right from the tee you can experience the quality of this course and its stunning surroundings. The views from this course are simply beautiful and many consider the course’s best hole to be the par-3 16th hole where from the elevated tee you can enjoy views right across the property to beyond the tee and to the coast which is actually several miles away from the tee. This is certainly a course to play when you have your concentration cap and when you have brought along a few extra balls!
La Cala Asia (previously known as the South course here) is another one of the great three golf courses located in the foothills of the Mijas Mountains. This course has a similar landscape to that of the America course in terms of the fact that it is hilly with strategically placed greenside bunkers but it is slightly flatter and easier than the America course for sure! You must negotiate this course carefully and try to hit your tee shot to the right spot, especially on the par-4s and par-5s as there is very little room for error. Three of the holes here are short holes which are played from elevated greens so offer some fantastic views of the property and beyond. The 2nd hole has a well-protected, two-tiered, L-shaped green which certainly causes for an interesting finish to the hole and this is just the first difficult and short hole on this course! the 8th and the 12th holes are also very difficult with the 8th hole sitting in a valley surrounded by sand traps and grass hollows and with the 12th having a pear-shaped putting surface with a swale running through the middle. A stand-out hole on this course is the par-4 15th hole which doglegs to the left around 250yards down which means that you need to position your tee shot to aim up the right side but either hit a long one or take the dogleg with two shorter shots. This is another great course which you will enjoy immensely here at La Cala.
La Cala Europa course enjoys spectacular, far-reaching mountain views and has a layout which is far less quirky than the other two courses here. Although there are some fine stretches of holes which are demanding, this course is far more playable than the Asia and America courses. This course is situated in a lovely part of the countryside near the hotel and has tight and twisting fairways as well as a winding river running through the course, it is a very picturesque course but you have to make sure to not be distracted by the scenery as this is certainly not an easy one – especially for those with a high handicap. The standout hole on this course is the par-4 4th hole which is one of the strongest par-4s that you will ever play. With the river running alongside the left of the fairway and the mountain scrub guarding the right side this tee-shot has to land on a very narrow fairway, you then have to hit your ball back over the river to the well-guarded green which is protected by the bunkering to typical of the La Cala courses. This is a stern test of golf to match the other two courses here at La Cala and you would never regret a round on these courses!
We hope that this blog opened your eyes to the great golf break away you could have to the Costa del Sol here at La Cala Golf Resort. With three fantastic golf courses on-site, a beautiful and busy little coastal town so nearby and being just 35 minutes’ drive from Malaga airport there is little that could make this place any better! Oh, and of course you will be able to enjoy some proper summer weather there…