La Cala Golf Resort
La Cala Golf Resort is made up of three different courses; Campo America, Campo Asia and Campo Europe. Each one was designed by; Cabell B. Robinson, a renowned course architect who once worked for Robert Trent Jones, one of the world’s most highly acclaimed golf course designers. No matter what level you’re at or how high/low your handicap, you’re guaranteed a memorable round at La Cala.
Topographically similar to Campo Asia, Campo America is a 6,009 metre par 72 with five par-5s but the wide fairways and fewer bunkers make this a slightly easier driving course. Choose your clubs wisely – the elevated areas, making up almost three quarters of the course, can prove challenging, however, the first three holes offer excellent birdie opportunities.
Signature Holes: The testing index two, sixth is a par-5 that requires accurate shot making to reach the narrow, elevated green. The spectacular short 16th also makes for a memorable hole, with its lake, fountain and tee offering panoramic views of the resort. The downhill 18th is a fantastic par-5. A par should be easily achieved on this hole but walking off with a birdie or even an eagle will lead you nicely on to the 19th hole.
As Campo Asia measures just 5,925 metres, it requires accuracy from all the tees, however, the drives meeting each fairway will give you the opportunity to attack the pins on most holes with the approach shots for potential birdies. Well bunkered, the fairways and greens are a pleasure to play on and the majority of the tee shots, (many of which are quite dramatic to comfortably wide landing areas) are either downhill or level. The four par-5s, with the exception of the first, are reachable in two. But beware of the concealed contours of the greens and the water on two of the holes. Approximately half of the approach shots lead to elevated, well-defended greens. The four short holes offer tremendous variety, and although some require a carry over thick rough, all are easily reachable. This is an exciting course which puts a premium on accuracy and distance control.
Signature Holes: The par-3, 2nd offers panoramic 360 degree views of the resort to Mijas village and the Mediterranean. The shot at par-5, 14th needs to be accurate as the green is protected by water to the left and heavy bunkering to the right. The par-5, 18th is a real risk-and-reward hole where longer hitters can carry the ravine to set up an iron to the green.
Open since March 2005, Campo Europa measures 6014 metres and boasts larger greens and fairways than those of its neighbouring courses. Well-bunkered and less contoured, Campo Europa is the perfect course for high handicappers.
“The three courses in La Cala Resort are all very different in character. Campo Europa is the most memorable of the three because the river Ojen plays a part in eight of its holes while the other courses are situated in the hills. Having three 18-hole courses to choose from, makes La Cala a popular choice for both visiting and local golfers. The course is not only dramatic but much less of a challenge for the average golfer” – Cabell Robinson, par 71 Course Designer.
There is one main bridge, measuring 45 metres and four smaller bridges over the river. There are also four buggy-friendly tunnels. The par-4 fourth twice crosses the river Ojen. Longer hitters can try to cross with the tee-shot but the safer play is to find the narrow fairway with a fairway metal or long iron. This leaves a long shot to the large, well-bunkered green.
Buggies, driving range, putting green, golf lessons, clubhouse, restaurant, pool, tennis, gym, sauna and hotel.
Handicap Limit: Men 28, ladies 36 – soft spikes only.
La Cala Resort
La Cala de Mijas
29649 Mijas Costa, Málaga
Tel.: (+34) 952 669 033
Fax: (+34) 952 669 034