11. January 2012 02:07
It’s 3.30 am and my alarm is ringing. I’m thinking why the *?!$ is it going off that early! I then remember I have a plane to catch from London Gatwick at 6.20 am to Alicante as myself and my colleagues are off to Murcia on our long awaited FAM trip...
The purpose of this trip was to check out and experience the facilities at a range of venues and playing the courses on offer (hard life!) which proves to be real bonus when it comes to selling as you have some firsthand information to talk about with your clients.
When arriving we were greeted by our guide from the Murcia Tourist Board, Pedro, who was always on hand throughout. We knew we were in safe hands with Pedro because absolutely everyone knows who Pedro is , we called him the ‘Muscle of Murcia’ but I will let you paint your own image of the great man.
We started off at Roda followed by La Torre, La Manga, Mar Menor, Peraleja, and Hacienda del Alamo. All of which I can say are great for PGA Pro’s tuition groups as the facilities on offer are ideal. We stayed at Roda for two nights, two great nights. The first involved a day of golf followed by an evening of fantastic hospitality with possibly some of the nicest food I have eaten in a long time! The second night is a bit of a blur as the team from Roda took us to Murcia City for an evening of fun and games; again I will leave it to you to paint an image, who doesn’t love three hours sleep.
I have not got enough room to talk about each course but I will mention La Manga. We played the North Course out of the three to choose from and for someone who is fairly new to good golf courses I can say I really enjoyed it, good test off the whites with some good opportunities to hit a birdie or two. All made better by the great scenery around the course, from mountains to water features.
I’ll keep this blog like the trip, short and sweet. I can conclude in saying Murcia is the real deal for golf, and I mean proper golf. I know that one of my main roles is to send my Pro’s abroad to experience the golf courses and resorts, however it is not always just about the golf. If you want to experience great food, drink and friendly people then I suggest booking a break to Murcia as it will tick all of the boxes and more, offering you and your group something different to the Costa del Sol or the Algarve. Truth be told I did not want to leave...thank you Murcia.