Polaris World - World Class Golf, World Class Living By Chris Murphy November 30, 2011
I love any opportunity to play golf in Spain, so when Polaris World offered the chance to stay at their La Torre Golf Resort in Murcia for two nights and play three rounds at three different Jack Nicklaus designed courses, I jumped at the chance.
All Polaris World golf resorts are situated in Murcia, a province in the South East of Spain, basking in more than 300 days of sunshine every year and enjoying an annual average temperature of 21 degrees. So for me and most golfers they are perfect for year round golf, what could be better!
Polaris World has four resorts in Murcia, each with an 18 hole Jack Nicklaus designed course forming part of the Nicklaus Trail. The first we played was the La Torre course. It was a good test of golf, not the longest course I have ever played, but it does require a great deal of strategy, and being a par 69 had a good number of par 3’s which I always enjoy. Although this could be bias, as I played them in four-under-par with four 2s and two pars! So you will have to play the La Torre course and decide for yourself.
I won’t go into how I scored on the other 12 holes, but what you need to know is they were very beautifully varied in design, with stunning views, and a joy to play. Nicklaus evidently had fun when he designed this one.
One hole to watch out for is the par three 9th, where you play over the lake which surrounds the resort itself. The tee is only a few yards from one of the outdoor bars, and when it’s full with golfers acting as a gallery it can be quite an intimidating tee shot, but great fun when you are watching your friends nervously tee it up.
Alongside the golf, the La Torre resort itself has a great deal to offer, set around the wonderful lake. The town centre has a stunning variety of attractions, from an ice cream terrace to a speciality wine retailer, from a 2,000 sq metre supermarket to a juice and smoothie bar, from a beauty salon to a gymnasium. There is also a laundry, a bank and 24 hour cash points, a travel agent, two convention centres (the second one courtesy of the 5* InterContinental La Torre Golf Resort Murcia), speciality shops of all kinds, and an international King’s College.
For entertainment, residents can choose from a spike bar, an Irish Tavern, the residents’ clubhouse and sophisticated restaurants offering everything from up-market Italian to speciality pizzas. Many of the catering outlets offer a free delivery service for those wanting to relax at home. Bamboo is a fabulous cocktail bar overlooking the water to rival the most upmarket sun-kissed Ibiza offering - a wonderful way to relax, have a snack, read a book or just watch the sun go down. There is also a specialist rice restaurant called Limonero.
La Torre is a fantastic resort if you are a golfer or a golfer with a family. You can play all day in the knowledge there is no chance they will get bored or lack things to do. The InterContinental hotel has a covered pool and 14 treatment and relaxation rooms in the spa facility, both perfect after a hard day on the course. Having opened in late 2008 it is the finest hotel in the region.
Polaris has taken great care to ensure that the developments are places where people can live, not just go on short visits. If you are looking to invest in a golf property or holiday home then I suggest you take a look at the Polaris World Resorts.
There is a wide mix of properties to buy with two, three or four bedroom villas, semi-detached houses and one or two bedroom apartments. Like all Polaris World developments, La Torre Golf Resort is low density with just two and half thousand properties (including 1,700 apartments) set in a sprawling 350 acres.
This is also the case at the two other resorts I visited to play golf, namely the El Valle and Hacienda Riquelme resorts. Of the three courses, the Hacienda Riquelme has to be the toughest challenge in golfing terms. It is the longest for sure however, still extremely enjoyable. All are beautiful golf courses in their own way, you really feel like you are playing somewhere totally different on each course which I can’t say for all resorts. For example, El Valle has an almost Arizona style course feel with large rock formations which make for stunning scenery.
One hole or tee shot you will never forget is the par four 13th, which has its tee located on the edge of one of these massive rock formations. The hole is about 300 yards in length but from your elevated position it is reachable. You can either go left and play a mid-iron to the fairway, or aim directly at the green and give it a massive smack, one of the more fun shots in golf. I really want to play the shot again as my ball ended up 5 yards short of the green. If only I had smacked it a little bit harder!
I enjoyed each course a great deal and each in its own way. As a golfing experience it was five star. The hotel and resort at Le Torre were superb, and Murcia is a beautiful town if you can tear yourself away from the resort to experience it. It is very worthwhile having a look at some of the architecture if you have time, the Catedral de Murcia is stunning.
I shall be heading back as soon as possible!
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