Seve Ballesteros is recognised as one of the finest golfers and course designers in the world and having already designed over thirty golf courses, he brings his wealth of golfing expertise and experience to the golf course at Peraleja Golf Resort.
The centre piece of Peraleja Golf Resort is the 6,089 metre, Par 72 golf course. It has been designed to make the most of the rugged landscape and while it is a challenging course with some difficult greens and strategically placed hazards, it will delight golfers of all levels.
Note: At this point its worth mentioning the greens, they are fantastic to putt on fast and very true.The greens are only about three years old and as good as any greens on any championship golf course, however this footnote is reserved for the contours and borrows that lie ahead. The greens are a real challenge, exciting for those golfers with a sadistic streak, potentially terrifying for the rest. The borrows and and pin positions are a feature on almost every hole so enjoy.
Highly recommended a MUST PLAY
Hole 1 Par 5, 512 Metres,
The short buggy drive through the tunnel from the clubhouse to the first tee is a unique greeting which is sure to generate a heightened degree of anticipation when you see the first hole. Seve has cunningly designed this long par five in such a way that its not meant to be hit in two shots and at stroke index 2 on the score card its a tough opening hole. From the tee it's a long iron or a rescue club to a narrow landing area, this is quite an intimidating first tee shot as on either side of this fairway lurks water. Once in position (A) from the tee its your favourite fairway wood again down the middle, (Its worth mentioning that the water hazard on the left side of the fairway runs all the way up to the green and beyond). Up the right side of this fairway there is a grassy bank which will grab your ball and can make life difficult. Once at your ball the third shot should be a medium short iron onto a large sloping green, club selection is the key to getting close to this pin and avoiding the bunker short left and middle right.
Hole 2 Par 3, 154 Metres,
This is a great short but very tricky par 3. The pin position and wind direction make for an interesting club selection but what makes this hole unique is the angle of approach which narrows the landing area with water almost completely surrounding the green. There is plenty of green to aim at and the safe play is to try and land on the wide part of the green towards the back but a two putt par is a good score at this one.
Hole 3 Par 4, 281 Metres,
This hole plays as a slight dog leg left to right and has a good, wide fairway to land on from the tee.There is one fairway bunker up the left side of the fairway just short of the green and for the long hitters out there this bunker can come into play from the tee. There are two more large bunkers front left and front right of the green. The green is slightly tiered which will leave a difficult approach from a wayward drive but a well placed shot from the tee down the left hand side of the fairway leaves a relatively easy line to attack the pin. Players should check the pin position on this green carefully and try to land on the same level as the pin to make an easy par or better still a birdie.
Hole 4 Par 5, 522 Metres,
This long straight par 5 plays slightly more difficult than it looks from the tee and this is reflected at stroke index 4 on the score card. The fairway is quite narrow with a small bunker on the right hand side of the fairway looking to catch wayward second shots . Players should ideally play a lay up second to leave an easier approach from a central position to avoid the green side bunkers, both front left and back middle. This tiered green is generous but the pin position can be very tricky depending on where you land the ball. Don't be surprised if you three putt.
Hole 5 Par 4, 372 Metres,
A short walk across the road to play this slight dog leg right. This hole has a wide fairway and is a good opportunity to pull a shot back. Players finding the apex of the dog leg will have an ideal short iron approach to the green. There are bunkers flanking both sides of the green and again the pin position will determine the outcome as to wether you attack the pin or play safe and go for the persentage shot and hit the middle of this green. This green is small and takes a good clean hit shot to secure a par.
Hole 6 Par 5, 494 Metres,
This great par 5 is yet another good chance to make birdie if played well. From the tee its a 90 degree dog leg, left to right with a challenging drive as there is out of bounds both left and right. The corner of the dog leg is littered with hazards and they are just in the landing area for most meer mortals so watch out. Anything long and straight will also find a bunker or head out of bounds. The ideal line for the long hitters is over the corner carrying all the bunkers or play safe and short. However, with the rest of the hole playing uphill, players should sensibly play their own game and fashion three good strokes to find the green in regulation (watch out for the two deep green side bunkers one left the other right) . The green is large and two tiered, sloping from back to front. If the pin is cut to the front edge, players putting downhill from behind the hole will need to judge the pace of the green carefully to make par.
Hole 7 Par 3, 194 Metres,
This is the longest of the par 3's one this golf course and is also the toughest. There is out of bounds down the left hand side and the green is protected by a double deep bunker front right. Your club selection is very important at this hole as you have to carry the ball all the way to the green but anything under hit should leave a possible up and down to save par. If into the wind take two clubs more than you think it looks as it can play very long and will take your very best strike to get close to the pin.
Hole 8 Par 4, 350 Metres,
This hole looks superb from the tee and offers a good birdie chance if played well. From the tee the fairway is wide and uphill to the green (Watch out for the large bunker left side of the fairway), so the ball won't roll very far, a solid drive is required at this one. The perfect line from the tee is just left of centre, to give you the best line of attack to the pin. You should take at least one more club (possibly two) in order to carry all the way onto the putting surface. Anything hit right or left towards this green could find sand at both sides of the green. The green is generous but partially obscured from the fairway, as its all uphill.
Hole 9 Par 3, 172 Metres,
Now for probaly the second easiest par 3 on the course, however it will still take an excellent strike from an elevated tee to get close to the pin. As always club selection is crucial but the key to this hole is missing the water to the front and the large bunker to the rear of the green. The landing area appears small from the tee but is quite large, so a confident shot is required. Players finding the green should be confident of making par.
Hole 10 Par 4, 414 Metres,
This hole plays as a slight dog leg right and requires a good drive as this hole plays slightly longer with an uphill approach to the green. At the apex of the dog leg there is a well placed fairway bunker to your left and can come into play from the tee. The green is unprotected at the front so a solid well placed drive should be rewarded. Anything short or wayward off the tee and you will struggle to make par. Take care not to run through the green as there is a large bunker back left and many bushes at the rear.
Hole 11 Par 4, 260 Metres,
This is a great hole for the medium long hitters out there, risk and reward and you could get an easy birdie or better still an eagle. I'm sure you will all glance at the scorecard before deciding to lay up or pull out the driver. This is a good side bet hole for the weekend warriors out there to see who can hit this green in one shot. The water runs down the left side of the fairway and comes in towards the right side before cutting back round the whole of the left side of the green. From the players perspective with the green tucked away to the right of the water and down hill from the tee it can make life very tricky. Players finding the green will definately have something to shout about in the bar later !. With so many options to play at this hole, it's one to be enjoyed by all.
Hole 12 Par 3, 167 Metres,
You cross the road to find the easiest of the par 3's on this course. There is plenty of room, Villas to the left and the 7th fairway to the right if you hit a wayward shot but the green has two bunkers protecting the middle left and right hand sides. An accurate shot will be rewarded but players missing the green will still have the opportunity to save par. This green is generous with few borrows to trouble a two putt par.
Hole 13 Par 5, 516 Metres,
This is the first of three dog leg left holes on the home straight and its a long double dog leg. The fairway is quite narrow in parts and you need to avoid the bunkers up the left hand side of the fairway. From the tee with your driver the best line is up the middle right, there is plenty of room out there. Once on the fairway your best line to keep the ball safe is another good strike up the right side. However if you do go up the left side the green will be very difficult to hit in three shots as the green is well protected by bunkers and the landing area is narrow. The green also slopes sharply from the centre towards the the front fringe so players should lay up in two. The pin position is key to making par as a poor approach could leave a difficult very long up or downhill putt. A difficult hole to close out even from 100 metres.
Hole 14 Par 4, 305 Metres,
From the tee its your driver and the best line is just inside right of the bunker out on the right side of this quite wide fairway. This short par 4 is to an island green and plays slightly uphill but longer hitters will leave an easier approach. The green is small and almost completely surrounded by a single bunker. Players finding the green in regulation should secure a par at best but anyone finding the bunker could easily find themselves playing out of the sand again and again from one side to the other if the pin is cut into the front edge of the green.
Hole 15 Par 5, 434 Metres,
From an elevated tee the best line is straight down the middle a good drive is required to avoid a cluster of fairway bunkers, three to the left and one to the right side, (There is also out of bounds down the right side of this fairway). Longer hitters need to carry the bunkers to the left side of this fairway in order to attack the pin in two. The green is well protected with 3 bunkers leaving an approach from the left, the ideal line into the pin. If you decide to layup in two shots its still tricky to get close to the pin as the green is two tiered and at an angle, anything short of the top tier will roll back down, it's deceptively difficult to read your approch shot from 50 metres to 100 metres out.
Hole 16 Par 3, 136 Metres,
This maybe the shortest hole on the course and also one of the best looking from the tee but watch out as it take a very good shot to get close to the pin if cut at the back edge of the green. You must carry over water onto the green, but don't miss this green right as the water runs from front to right round the right hand side and beyond. The green is long and quite narrow towards the back edge and very tricky to putt on, this is when you will be thinking I wish I had practised my putting. Also take note that there are two green side bunkers to the left side of this green and one of them cuts right into the green and creates yet another slope from left to right. This green has many contours and a three putt is quite easy at this one. This is a very well thought out par 3.
Hole 17 Par 4, 391 Metres,
This slight dog leg left has water running the entire length of the hole from tee to green down the left hand side. The water continues around the back of the green too, making this a difficult par 4 and stroke index 1 on the score card. The fairway is narrow and you have a limited view of the landing area from the tee. The shorter the drive, the more difficult the approach so hit you Sunday best at this hole, but watch out for the single bunker to the right side of the fairway as it can come into play from the tee, there is little margin of error. Apart from the water, the green is also protected by a large bunker front right. Players will require two well struck shots to walk away with a par at this one.
Hole 18 Par 4, 415 Metres,
Now for the long par 4 home, it has bunkers to the left and right of the fairway again they can come into play from the tee so be careful. Hit a good solid drive down the centre of the fairway and you will have the ideal position to find the green in two. The green is slightly elevated from the fringe, so you will need to be aggressive to find the green as anything short will hold up rather than run onto the putting surface. There are two green side bunkers front right and to the rear. The green slopes left to right so club selection and pin position are important. Anything short of the green will require a delicate chip to save par.
The opinion of both amateur and professional players alike is that Peraleja is one the best technical courses in Murcia. The look and feel of the course is in contrast to the contemporary design of the properties and clubhouse. The layout challenges players almost at every turn and the variation in hole design leaves few forgettable holes (if any). This is a must for all golfers of all levels of handicap. Access onto the first tee is through a tunnel under the Villa's and the practise area is only two min's away. This golf course is exceptional and a welcome addition to the region.
Our rating 5 out of 5.
This 18 hole review was written by Steven Franchi.
GOLF COURSE UPDATE-
Having recently played this course March 2013 while the fairways are geting there there are some bald patches but with some TLC this course will come back to its former glory.
Steven played this golf course 24 March 2012 with some golfers and still found that the tees ,fairways and greens were very impressive.
Seve has designed this course in such a way that there are some extremely hard ,long holes but also many birdie opportunities.
Last year (2011) Peraleja had some problems with water they found on the course ( from a natural well)and a lot of the fairways were burnt because of this but this has been resolved and the course will be back to its former glory by June 2012.
This is definitely a thinking mans' golf course. You will see what I mean when you walk through the tunnel and step onto the first tee.This hole is a par 5 and has been designed not to be reached in two shots.
The club house has delightful view form the third floor balcony over looking the golf course.
Facilities: New Clubhouse, Pro Shop, Buggy Hire, Putting green, Driving Range.
18 Holes | Par 72 | 6089 metres
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