Widely regarded as Spain’s flagship resort, the five-star La Manga Club has set the benchmark for sports and leisure destinations across Europe since its inception and is an established member of European golf’s top table.

The likes of Gary Player, Arnold Palmer, Seve Ballesteros and Luke Donald all feature prominently in the Spanish resort’s illustrious history since it first opened its doors in 1972.

Offering an average 300-plus days’ sunshine a year, La Manga Club is well-known as a haven for golfers and it is a reputation well deserved after being acclaimed as ‘the best golf hotel in Spain’ at the 2015 World Golf Awards and by readers of the UK’s Today’s Golfer magazine for the last five years.

A five-time host of the Spanish Open, the resort’s extensive golf facilities include three 18-hole courses and a nine-hole academy course, with significant recent investment including a new Golf Training Centre.

Set in an area three times the size of Monaco in Murcia, south-east Spain, La Manga Club’s three courses – the South, North and West – each present their own individual challenge and, not surprisingly, all three have recently been ranked inside Spain’s top 40 courses by leading website Top 100 Courses.

Heading the list is the South Course which, as well as hosting the Spanish Open – both men’s and ladies’ – has been the venue for many major professional tournaments, PGA championships and qualifying schools. The 7,107-yard lay-out, has wide, palm-fringed fairways, and features water hazards on 15 of its 18 holes, as well as a host of astutely-positioned bunkers.

A similar test awaits golfers tackling the North Course, a favourite with both members and guests. Water doesn’t feature as heavily on this track and it takes in several elevated positions around the resort.

The West Course is the youngest of La Manga Club’s three layouts – and arguably the most testing and enjoyable of the lot. Covering a variety of terrain, much of it in pine woodland, it will examine every element of a golfer’s game with changes in elevation, undulating fairways and quick greens before the crowning moment – the stunning vista offered from the 18th tee, looking across the resort to the sea beyond.

The resort is also the official overseas training base of the Lawn Tennis Association and is an ideal venue for a sporting holiday and for all types of fitness training at any time of the year, with the nearby Mar Menor and Mediterranean Sea perfect for open-water swimming and the surrounding areas providing various routes and terrain for walking, running and cycling in unspoilt Mediterranean countryside.

In addition to golf, La Manga Club boasts outstanding other facilities including 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.