La Peraleja Golf: Course Review by Larry Roberts

Myself and a mixed ability party of 10 played this course on a sunny Sunday 15th March. Unlike some of the other courses we've played in the Region of Murcia, Peraleja was easy enough to find, positioned as it is, just off the main road, half way between Balsicas and Sucina.


Whilst Peraleja is kind of on it's own in the middle of nowhere (Admin: 1km from Sucina and next door to Hacienda Riquelme Golf Resort), it's just a short 15-20 minute drive from Murcia San Javier Airport and the beaches of the Mar Menor.

Our first impressions of the Clubhouse facilities were that they were first class, but being laid over 4 floors made for a lot of ups and down in the lift between shop, changing rooms, bar and buggy collection area.

Whilst in the Club Shop, we noticed that there were plans for a large 5* Hotel and leisure complex, which didn't look like they'd started work on. Once it's finished, Peraleja will undoubtedly have facilities to rival the best.
The first Green isn't visible from the Clubhouse as it is accessed via a tunnel from the buggy area (Admin: located under the Clubhouse), which though different, was pleasant in a quirky kind of way, but most of the front 9 was visible from the Clubhouse bar, once we'd finished our round.

The practice areas were in fantastic condition and the time we spent on them helped to prepare us for the course Greens, which were very quick indeed.

The course itself was very well laid out and varied and it was easy to see the thought that has been put into it's design by Seve Ballesteros, as no two holes were even remotely alike.
Although one or two of us took Buggies, most of us elected to walk the course and whilst it is nicely landscaped with some uphill and downhill holes, the gradients are not that physically challenging.
A couple of our party scored very well, but the majority (even some of the better golfers among us) struggled to read the speed and undulations of the Greens, with 3 Putts being a regular feature on our score cards.

We often found that what looked like good approach shots had ended up trickling into a Bunker, or off the Green and into the water.

Even those of us that didn't score so well said that they'd enjoyed their round and were keen to come back again sometime, in the hope they do it justice the 2nd time of asking.

In summary, the opinion of our group was that whilst Peraleja is a really nice course, it is not a course for High Handicappers, however Low to Medium Handicappers should enjoy the challenge it most certainly provides.

Larry rates this course 8 out 10.

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