The award-winning venue was the unanimous choice of readers of the leading UK golf magazine Today’s Golfer in 2011 and 2012 in its annual travel awards and once again heads the list of nominees for the coveted title after enjoying another outstanding 12 months.
Among its significant achievements under the leadership of new director of golf Gary Silcock, La Manga Club hosted the 2013 Spanish Amateur Championship for the first time in its illustrious history and staged the inaugural Severiano Ballesteros Golf Day.
In addition, the resort increased its number of UK golf break bookings by more than a third while it has been selected to host the 2014 Spanish Seniors Championship and a prestigious PGAs of Europe international pro-am early next year.
And La Manga Club has received further recognition in the last month after its famous South Course – which has held numerous high-profile tournaments over the years including the Spanish Open five times – was included in Golf World’s influential ‘Top 200 Courses in Europe’ poll for the first time.
Silcock said: “To win the award for a third successive year would be a major achievement and deserved recognition for the hard work that has been put in at the resort over the years.
“La Manga Club is a golf, and sporting, institution, and that is borne out by the total number of rounds that have been played this year, which is up by 20 per cent with many returning customers as well as new visitors. “We’ve very proud of the position we hold at the head of the European market and are continuing to strive to improve the level of service we offer to our guests.”
Having celebrated its 40th birthday last year, La Manga Club – set in an area three times the size of Monaco – is widely recognised as Spain’s flagship resort and continues to set the benchmark for sports and leisure destinations across Europe.
Boasting three 18-hole championship golf courses, a nine-hole academy course and outstanding practice facilities, the resort has enjoyed a rich golfing history since its inception in 1972, while its array of other outstanding sports and leisure amenities, bars and restaurants has helped establish it as a firm favourite with visiting golfers.
South African star Gary Player was La Manga Club’s first director of golf, European Tour legend Severiano Ballesteros was the complex’s tour professional between 1980-85 and Luke Donald cut his golfing teeth at the resort during his school holidays on his way to becoming world number one.
In addition, the resort offers the ideal place for budding sports stars of the future to hone their skills with a wide selection of academies for boys and girls of all ages including golf, tennis, cricket, rugby, athletics, football and dance, and a range of fun-packed activities in its junior club.
La Manga Club features unrivalled facilities as a sports and leisure destination and, as well as its golf courses, includes a 28-court tennis centre and a 2,000sqm spa and fitness centre. It also offers the choice of a five-star hotel, four-star serviced apartments and townhouses and more than 20 bars and restaurants.