Mar Menor golf course is located in Murcia on the Costa Calida in South East Spain. The golf resort only 30 km from Murcia's new international airport (Corvera) making it an ideal destination for a short golf break. Golf packages with accommodation the resort's InterContinental Hotel and rounds of golf on the excellent Mar Menor Course.
The course was opened in 2005 as part of the Nicklaus Golf Trail operated by Polaris World. It is now operated by UGOLF who also operate Saurines and Hacienda del Alamo courses.
Mar Menor golf course is a par 72, approximately 6,153 meters in length. The course design gives the golfer two different experiences. The first nine holes were designed by David Thomas to be a par 37, 3,275 meters in length. The fairways have hardly any rough but the greens are well protected with strategically placed bunkers and lakes which challenges the golfer to make good strokes to put the ball on the green.
The second nine holes were designed by Jack Nicklaus to be a par 35, 2,878 meters in length. The course is wide with roughs that allow big strokes. Holes 13, 14 and 15 are surrounded by a spectacular lake making this water hazard the greatest obstacle to be overcome. The other holes are protected by strategically placed bunkers.
The golf course village is close to the town of Torre Pacheco and only 8 miles from Mar Menor, which is Europe's biggest salt water lagoon. The lagoon is separated from the Mediterranean Sea by La Manga which is a strip of land 22km long.
The lagoon's average depth is 4 meters with a maximum depth of only 7 meters. This means the seabed slopes very gradually and you have to get several hundred meters into the sea before the water is of any depth.