Leadbetter, who has previously coached a host of world number-one golfers, including Sir Nick Faldo and Ernie Els, was in Spain to cut the ribbon on what promises to be the finest golf tuition facility in Europe following a €1 million redevelopment of La Manga Club's already extensive teaching and practice centre.
The centrepiece of the renovation is the creation of a bespoke Leadbetter Academy building - described by Leadbetter as "comparable with anything I have seen worldwide" - complete with two tuition studios, both equipped with the latest technology including Trackman, SAM PuttLab and K-VEST.
The Leadbetter Academy is directly adjacent to the remodelled range, and features two 36-metre Huxley grass tees, three extra mat teeing areas and a 150-metre wide, 35-metre deep grass tee area. The range itself has been extended to 300 metres with additional target greens, trees and bunkers added for increased definition.
"I have heard so many good things about La Manga Club for so long, that the opportunity to open a facility at the resort was one to jump at," enthused Leadbetter.
"La Manga Club has incredible facilities for golf, but also for tennis and other sports, and this new facility is right up there with anything I have seen in the world and enhances the resort's reputation as one of the best sports resorts in Europe."
After holding a special clinic with elite juniors from the Spanish Golf Federation, Leadbetter was joined for the inaugural drive-in by distinguished guests and members of the La Manga Club board, including former president of the PGA of America MG Orender and non-executive chairman PY Gerbeau.
Jose Asenjo, general manager at La Manga Club, said: "We are delighted that David could be with us to celebrate the opening of this incredible new facility, which we believe once again demonstrates La Manga Club's commitment to providing visitors with the finest environment and facilities for learning and enjoying sport - whether amateur or professional."
The new world-class La Manga Club practice facility also boasts four short-game areas for bunkers and chipping, three large putting greens and four teaching classrooms which are ideal for visiting professionals on tuition breaks.
Voted by readers of Today's Golfer magazine as the best golf resort in Spain for the last three years, La Manga Club is regarded as one of the world's top sports and leisure destinations and was most recently shortlisted for the 1st World Golf Awards, in November, and named as one of only five esteemed venues in the ‘Best Golf Resort in the World' at the 2014 Telegraph Ultratravel 100 Awards.
Featuring outstanding facilities, including three 18-hole championship golf courses, the resort has enhanced its reputation by hosting a number of high-profile golf events in 2014 including the Spanish Seniors Championship and Spanish Youth Championships, the 1st La Manga Club PGAs of Europe Pro-Am, the climax to the 2014 ECCO Tour Winter Series and the 2014 Footballers' Classic.
Set in an area three times the size of Monaco, La Manga Club boasts a proud sporting history including featuring South African star Gary Player as its first director of golf and European Tour legend Severiano Ballesteros as the complex's touring professional between 1980-85, while the resort is also the official overseas training base of the Lawn Tennis Association.
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 boasts unrivalled facilities as a sports and leisure destination and, as well as its golf courses and new academy, 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.