As part of the award winning Hacienda Alcaidesa Links Golf Resort, the Heathland showcases a modern, challenging and stunningly beautiful course. Alongside the Links course the Heathland winds its way through lush woodland and along the beaches of the Costa del Sol.
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Tee times at the Heathland course range from €70 in low season, €80 in high season and rising to €115 in high season when booked through Leading Courses.
Note: Green Fees prices may vary season to season
The second of the courses at the prestigious La Hacienda Alcaidesa Links Golf Resort is the par 72 Heathland course.
Designed by former Ryder Cup golfer Dave Thomas you are afforded a tricky and well thought out heathland course, winding its way through valleys and intimidating water features and giving the same spectacular views over the surrounding area as the more prestigious neighbouring Links course.
The Heathland provides wide fairways, perfectly flanked on both sides by lush green woodland and mature trees. The course has many variations in topography and several tricky bunker placements as expected from a course designed by Dave Thomas. He has also given the amateur golfer some very challenging water hazard interactions, including the 14th which we will discuss below!
The plateaus of the Heathland give wonderful views of Gibraltar and the beaches of the Costa del Sol, however a selection of holes are encased by a valley and a mixture of thinner fairways and larger lakes. This course is very varied and provides a wonderful addition to the links course in a beautiful setting within a fantastically managed resort.
The Heathland is a par 72 course divided into the following hole layout, 4 par 5’s, 10 par 4’s and 4 par 3’s measuring a total of 6373m. The yardages and slopes are as follows:
White – 6415 yards – 134 slope
Yellow – 6099 yards – 130 slope
Blue – 5703 yards – 123 slope
Red – 5302 yards – 116 slope
Signature hole at La Hacienda Heathland Course
The par 3 14th hole is considered the signature hole of the Heathland course, an elevated tee position perfectly presents the challenge ahead.
163 yards off the yellows means to even have a look at par, a very good strike is required to beat the water and land on the green. A large L shaped lake sits in the bottom of the gully and stops just a few feet shy of the rocky frontage protecting the green.
Anything topped or short will more than likely reach the bushes and trees before the lake and mean a drop is required to take on a shortened second approach. If striking a pure shot, precision into the middle of the green is definitely needed in order to avoid the bunker complex to the left or the bushes and forest to the right side.
A well struck tee shot that doesn’t reach will 100% either find water or hit the rocky wall protecting the green and eventually rebound into the well proportioned lake, again requiring a drop and losing the chance for a par.
The backside of the green is banked which offers a great chance to go slightly long and hope the ball spins back onto the dance floor. Anything long left or right will find the well manicured gardens and certainly a lost ball into one of the walls of hedges.
The green itself isn’t too much of a challenge, ovular in shape and relatively flat. If you find the green off the tee there’s a good chance you can 2 putt for a par or even better.
The Heathland course offers a great challenge to the average golfer and should certainly be enjoyed as part of a resort package along with the links course.
Golfbreaks use the ‘Andalusian style’ Vista Real Apartments at Alcaidesa which are just a 5 minute drive from the La Hacienda Alcaidesa Links Golf Resort.
Golfbreaks offer 3 nights self catering at the Vista Real Apartments at Alcaidesa and 2 rounds of golf at both the Links course and the Heathland course at La Hacienda Alcaidesa Links Golf Resort for £315 not including flights.
Located just 35 minutes from Gibraltar international Airport, La Hacienda is placed directly on the famous Costa del Sol. Just 5 – 10 minutes from the sweeping sandy beaches and the resort of Alcaidesa. Sotogrande is just a 15 minute drive down the coast offering an array of bars and restaurants. La Hacienda is also close to many different hotels and accommodation options.
La Hacienda Alcaidesa Links Golf Resort Heathland Course has
La Hacienda Alcaidesa Links Golf Resort just 5 minutes from Vista Real Apartments and the beaches of Alcaidesa. The Hotel Encinar de Sotogrand is just 10 minutes from La Hacienda. Driving between 15 and 30 minutes up the coast gives further options of SO/Sotogrande resort, Finca Cortesin resort and 45 minutes to the Guadalmina Hotel & Spa.
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