Hacienda Riquelme Golf Resort
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Sucina, 31 30591, Spain
This Nicklaus Design course has 18 holes, is par 72 and is larger than average. The fairways of the Hacienda Riquelme golf course run between Olive trees, wild flowers and 5 lakes. They are sown with the latest variety of Paspalum grass which has a high saline tolerance. This leads the grass to stay in tip top condition with less water.
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golfinabox - 5/8/13
Great location for golfer and non-golfers but car essential - visited March 2013:
This was about my 5th visit to Hacienda Riquelme over the last 4 years. Three of us, including a golfing buddy who owns the penthouse apartment we stay in, usually travel for 4 days of golf.
This is the perfect location for golf in the Murcia Region, whose Regional airport in San Javier is about a 20 minute drive (within 20 kms). Murcia city is about 30 kms from San Javier but the nearby town of Sucina is within easy reach, making a car essential.
Although this is the only Polaris World resort not having an hotel, it has many desirable features that appeal to golfers and non-golfers alike, such as the bar / restaurant and small supermarket in the renovated hacienda area, an outdoor gym, much better that we expected, and a tennis / basketball area. Swimming pools (unheated but well maintained) are located conveniently to every apartment block and apartment density is lower than most other courses we visited. Security is also top class.
We played 3 courses on this visit, Hacienda Riquelme, Roda and Saurines at Terazzas de la Torre.
Hacienda Riquelme: Par 72 measuring 5,854 metres from the yellow tees. Notable features are the wide fairways and large American style bunkers that surround many of the elevated greens. Water comes into play on many holes but what you see is what you get – there are no hidden, unexpected drops into water behind holes. This course and its facilities have greatly improved since we first played it about 5 years ago, although this year the water levels in the lakes had lowered considerably. There is a good practice putting green, chipping area and driving range. All in all, this is a good test of golf and great value for money.
Roda: Par 72 measuring 5,819 metres from the yellow tees. This is the nearest course to San Javier and the sea, which has been cleverly designed to get the best from a relatively small land area. It is also the busiest of the courses we played. Notable features are greens, many surrounded by water on all sides, which demand great accuracy to avoid ending up in a lake. A good test of golf, if a bit pricey (green fees a tad dearer plus an extra €6 for trolley hire) – not sure we will return.
Saurines: Par 72 measuring 5,952 metres from the yellow tees. Notable features are the elevated, undulating greens, with run off areas and 2 lakes, one measuring 6 hectares coming into play on a number of holes. This is a most enjoyable course but we experienced quite a few good shots that hit the green and reasonable putts running off the lightning fast greens (a la The Masters in Augusta). We were, however, disappointed by the very noticeable shortage of water in the lakes. Also, quite a few apartment blocks have yet to be finished and the pro shop and changing rooms are still of a temporary nature. There are long walks between holes. Good value for money – well worth a return visit.
On previous visits we played El Valle (3 times), Peraleja, La Torre, La Serena and Corvera. Our group rates Hacienda Riquelme the best of the bunch, with El Valle 2nd and Saurines 3rd.
The most popular restaurants in Sucina, both offering a good choice reasonably priced food / wine, are Em’s (with mainly British / Irish clientele) and Francisco’s Pizzeria, which attracts more locals. Franc & Louise's bar is good for live football on satellite TV.
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Best Score: 79