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Altorreal Golf Club - Club Murcia Review


Altorreal is one of Murcia's most established and busiest Golf Clubs. Located on the outskirts of Murcia City, close to Molina de Segura, Altorreal has a large number of active members and a busy schedule of Tournaments and Corporate Events. With journey times of 45 minutes from Murcia San Javier Airport, many international visitors regularly combine a round of Golf with a visit into the heart of Murcia City.

Weather Conditions: Warm with little to no breeze. Course Conditions: Good, Greens: Good.

Hole 1: Par 4 - 286m (316 yards) off the Yellow Tees. The opening hole has recently been reshaped and is a tight Dog Leg right with water protecting the front of the Green. Players should resist any thoughts of attacking the Green off the Tee and opt to lay up just short of the Fairway Bunker down the left hand side. With trees down both sides of the Fairway, players will favour a long Iron or Utility Wood to ensure they find the ideal position off the Tee. From the corner of the Dog Leg, players should have between 100 to 120m to the centre of the Green. The approach over water is to a largely unprotected Green but there is a large Bunker between the Water and the front of the Green. Players should feel confident of finding the Green in regulation and securing an opening Par.

Hole 2: Par 4 - 316m (346 yards) off the Yellow Tees. The downhill straight Par 4 is a favourite with longer hitters. Players finding a favorable line can carry onto a down slope between the Fairway Bunkers and run down towards the Green. Although finding the Green requires a great Drive players can often find themselves leaving a tricky 30 to 40m pitch only to settle for making Par. Players can also get too pumped up on the Tee only to find the trees with their Drive down either side of the Fairway. With the hole playing shorter than the 316 metres, players may be tempted to take a bit off their Drive in order to leave a full shot to the Green. The Green is generous in size, protected by a Bunker to the front right and at the rear. A good Birdie opportunity.

Hole 3: Par 4 - 325m (356 yards) off the Yellow Tees. This difficult uphill Dog Leg Right requires two very good shots in order to find the Green in regulation. From the Tee, players can see little of the Fairway and will be tempted to aim for the Fairway Bunker down the left hand side. The ideal line, particularly for the longer hitters, is to hug the right hand side of the Fairway (local players will certainly cut the corner). With a difficult approach to the Green, players have little choice but to be positive off the Tee. Anything short off the Tee with leave a difficult blind approach. Depending on the position, the Green is obscured by the Trees from the left hand side and with a narrow landing area, players must avoid missing the Green to the right. There are two Green side Bunkers and a steep slope which will carry the ball down towards the Buggy path leaving a tough up and down to save par. Most players will be pleased to walk off with a Par.

Hole 4: Par 4 - 323m (353 yards) off the Yellow Tees. Another straight downhill Par 4 which until recently, was reachable off the Tee for some players. The hole has seen some slight changes to the Fairway Bunkers down the right hand side and the Green has been elevated slightly. There is also an extra Green side Bunker. Key to this hole is the accuracy off the Tee and although players will be tempted to unleash their Driver, a good position off the Tee will offer a good opportunity to attack the Pin.

Hole 5: Par 3 - 121m (132 yards) off the Yellow Tees. The first of the Par 3's is to an elevated Green which is obscured from the Tee. Players have to carry the Bunker at the front of the Green and avoid the Bunker on the right hand side. The Green is large but it is tiered with a very large step running left to right across the putting surface. If the Pin is to the rear of the Green (the top tier) players landing on the lower tier will have a difficult two putt to save Par. Players failing to find the putting surface off the Tee may still scramble to save Par but a solid short game is required.

Hole 6: Par 5 - 496m (543 yards) off the Yellow Tees. This long Dog Leg left plays slightly downhill and although players require a decent Drive from a tight Tee position, the key to this hole, is the approach to the Green. At the end of the Fairway, there is a Water Hazard with a 100 metre carry to the centre of the Green. Players have to play for position off the Tee avoiding the Nets down the left hand side (protecting players on the 7th Green at the corner of the Dog Leg) and the Trees and Fairway Bunker down the right hand side. From central position, players have a Mid to Long Iron lay up to leave their preferred distance to approach the Green. However, at only 20 metres wide, the Green is small and requires a good shot. There is sufficient room around the Green with only a single Bunker protecting the right hand side, so players can still scramble to save Par. A Bogey is no disgrace!

Hole 7: Par 4 - 335m (366 yards) off the Yellow Tees. Another slight Dog Leg left, this hole also plays slightly uphill. Players need to avoid the two Bunkers flanking each side of the Fairway, particularly down the left hand side. Most players will leave under 120 metres to the centre of the Green but although the approach looks straight forward, players should take the elevation in to account in order to avoid finding the Bunker protecting the front of the Green.

Hole 8: Par 3 - 190m (207 yards) off the Yellow Tees. Players need to have confidence in their club selection as the main consideration is to carry the Bunker in front of the Green. The Green is only 20 metres from front to back, so players need carry 180 metres in order to find the front of the Green but anything too long will run through the back. There are a few small trees behind the Green but players have a chance to scramble Par.

Hole 9: Par 5 - 448m (490 yards) off the Yellow Tees. This uphill Par 5 is a slight double Dog Leg left then right. Players require a good drive between a group of three Bunkers either side of the Fairway. The following lay up is key to this hole as players need to avoid the two water hazards down the right hand side. The conservative play is to lay up short of the first Water Hazard as the Fairway is narrow. Players laying up short will leave approximately 120 metres to the centre of the Green. The Green is narrow at only 18 metres wide, however it is quite long at 34 metres. There are also two Green side Bunkers so players require a good shot to find the Green in regulation. A challenging Par 5.

Hole 10: Par 3 - 160m (175 yards) off the Yellow Tees. Players have a short walk of approximately 225 metres passed the Clubhouse to the 10th Tee. The opening hole on the back Nine is a straight forward Par 3 to a Green protected by a large Bunker running the down the left hand side. There is however sufficient room to make Par if players miss the Green or fall short.

Hole 11: Par 5 - 453m (496 yards) off the Yellow Tees. This difficult slight Dog Leg right plays uphill to a small Green. Players need a solid Drive off the Tee, avoiding the two Bunkers either side of the Fairway. Most players will play for position with their second, laying up short of the Bunker, almost in the middle of the Fairway. With a small Green, players should opt to leave their preferred distance for the approach. There is a Bunker to the front of the Green but sufficient room to scramble a par should players fail to find the putting surface in regulation.

Hole 12: Par 5 - 413m (452 yards) off the Yellow Tees. It is not often you get two Par 5's back-to-back, however if the previous holes was a tough uphill hike, then the 12th offers players the chance to flex their muscles. This double Dog Leg, right then left, plays downhill and although the Fairway looks very narrow off the Tee, players threading a good drive straight down the middle can pick up the slope and run far enough to comfortably leave a short iron approach to the Green. On the day, we managed to find the slope and finish with a Drive of over 330 metres, leaving little more than 80 metres to the centre of the Green. However, as entertaining as this hole can be, there is a sting in the tail. Players can easily find trouble on either side of the Fairway and end up in the trees. Longer hitters also have to be wary as a Drive running 345 metres will run out of Fairway and end up in the Water Hazard. Less adventurous players can opt to play for position off the Tee and settle for reaching the Green in regulation. The approach is over a Water Hazard if playing from the right hand side of the Fairway. However, the Green is quite generous so players should feel comfortable in finding the Green. Despite pitching onto the Green for two after a decent Drive, a three Putt ruined any chance of a Birdie, let alone an Eagle. The ups and downs of Golf!

Hole 13: Par 4 - 356m (390 yards) off the Yellow Tees. This Dog Leg left has a Water Hazard in front of the Green and players cutting the corner can potentially bring it in to play, as the Fairway slopes down towards the hazard. Most players will opt to carry the Bunker down the left hand side to avoid getting too close to the Water Hazard and leave approximately 120 metres to the centre of the Green. Players choosing to lay up to the corner of the Dog Leg, will leave a difficult approach from 160+ metres. In addition to the Water Hazard, the Green is protected by a single Bunker. The Green is a decent size and players can afford to be aggressive as there is sufficient room at the back of the Green.

Hole 14: Par 4 - 319m (348 yards) off the Yellow Tees. Players cross the road to the next Tee. This very straight Par 4 is narrow and players need to decide whether to play safe, to find the middle of the Fairway, or take the Driver in order to leave a short Iron approach. Players choosing to lay up, will need to be accurate, in order to avoid the two Fairway Bunkers. However, confident players will almost certainly opt for the Driver. From any modest position on the Fairway, players should feel confident in finding the Green in regulation. The Green is generous in size and is protected by a single Bunker, front left. A good birdie opportunity.

Hole 15: Par 5 - 364m (398 yards) off the Yellow Tees. This slight Dog Leg left also plays slightly uphill before dropping down towards the Green. The result is that players may not be able to see the Green from the Tee. A decent Drive between the two Bunkers either side of the Fairway should leave players with a fairly straight forward Mid-Iron approach to the Green. Players should take in to account the drop in elevation to avoid running through the Green. A single Bunker protects the right hand side of the Green. Longer hitters off the Tee will be looking to land on a down slope to shorten this hole considerably. The Fairway is quite wide in places but any player missing the Fairway could find their approach blocked by small trees.

Hole 16: Par 4 - 329m (360 yards) off the Yellow Tees. This Dog Leg right hole is one of the most difficult at Altorreal. It plays uphill all the way to a Green which again players can't see from the Tee. The ideal line is "left edge" of the right hand Fairway Bunker but it is very easy to get into trouble. Some players find it difficult to clear this Bunker and with this in mind, players may be tempted to play short of the Bunkers and risk a longer uphill approach from 150 - 170 metres. The Green is unprotected, so in the absence of any Hazards, players can be more aggressive and try to run the ball on to the Green. Club selection is key, given the increased elevation. A challenging hole.

Hole 17: Par 3 - 133m (145 yards) off the Yellow Tees. The short 17th should be a nice confidence builder before tackling the final hole. There is a large Bunker protecting the front and the right hand side of the Green. Although this is not a difficult hole, players must allow for the elevation as the hole plays longer than the scorecard.

Hole 18: Par 4 - 371m (405 yards) off the Yellow Tees. The key to this long slight Dog Leg left is to avoid the Water Hazard down the left hand side. With a narrow Fairway, players opting to take a Driver off the Tee, have little room to find the middle of the Fairway. Most players will opt to take a Utility Wood or Long Iron and lay up to about 200 metres, this will leave an approach of approximately 145 metres to the centre of the Green. Club selection is key as the hole plays uphill and anything too short will leave a very tough second. From the ideal position in the Fairway, players are left with an uphill approach to a difficult Green. The putting surface slopes back to front and also from right to left. There is a Bunker protecting the left hand side of the Green, so players will need aim for the ideal area of the Green, rather than simply attacking the Pin. A good finishing hole.

In summary: Altorreal is a busy Golf Course with a large number of active members including many Tournaments and Events throughout the year. The course is enjoyable to play and there are several difficult holes that can test players of all standards. The condition of the course can vary throughout the year not least at the height of the summer with the course located inland but it's always in a good condition. For some visiting Golfers, the location close to Murcia City can be seen as a reason to overlook the course, for others, it is an opportunity to combine a days Golf with a late afternoon or early evening trip into the centre of Murcia city. Players should allow 45 minutes to get to Altorreal from Murcia San Javier Airport but it's the first visit, players should air on the side of caution and allow an hour. Try to avoid early Tee Times and the morning Rush Hour around Murcia. The ideal day would be to opt for a late morning or early afternoon Tee Time, thus allowing plenty of time to arrive. After the round, players can get changed in the Clubhouse and take a leisurely trip into Murcia to take in the sights, tapas bars and restaurants. Read more..

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