This week’s In-Focus comes from La Manga Club in Spain.
A popular favourite with European golf holidaymakers, the luxury resort has celebrated its 40th anniversary by commissioning new photography of its three 18-hole championship courses by renowned golf course photographer Mark Alexander.
Alexander spent three days at the five-star venue in July taking images of its South, North and West courses and capturing the magic that has made La Manga Club such a favourite with golfers across Europe.
La Manga Club has been at the forefront of European golf since opening in 1972, hosting the Spanish Open five times between 1973-77, while legends of the game including Gary Player, Arnold Palmer and Seve Ballesteros have all played a part in its rich history.
World number two Luke Donald also learned to play golf at the resort at the age of nine during family holidays and Alexander had no hesitation in accepting his latest photographic assignment.
“It was a great pleasure to photograph the three courses at La Manga Club, especially during the resort’s 40th anniversary,” said Alexander.
“It is a very special place and my job was to capture its beauty by creating a collection of images that will entice people to play golf.
“To achieve this, I shot the courses early in the morning and late at night to capture the spirit of the lay-outs so the viewer almost feels the club in their hands.
“It is an objective I set myself whenever I am on a shoot, and considering the legends who have played at La Manga Club, this was a job to savour.”
Alexander has photographed many of the leading courses all over the world and his recent projects have included working with Royal Lytham & St Annes – venue for last month’s Open Championship – and the St Andrews Links Trust, while he is a regular provider of images for the likes of Golf World, Golf Illustrated and Golf Digest.
Set over 1,400 acres in an area three times the size of Monaco, La Manga Club is renowned for its first-class range of facilities and has played host to some of the leading names in sport and leisure over the years.
La Manga Club’s facilities include three 18-hole championship golf courses, 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.
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