La Manga North Course: Palm trees, lakes and natural storm gullies known as 'barrancas' are key features of it, which is slightly shorter than the South, with tighter fairways and larger greens. The North Course provides a stern test of shot-making from golfers of all standards, with a deft touch required on the greens. South Course has been the venue for many major professional tournaments, including various Spanish Opens, PGA Championships, and European Tour qualifying schools. A long course, at almost 6,500 metres from the white tees, it has water hazards on 15 of its 18 holes and few hidden dangers. The front nine are particularly challenging, which calls for accurate driving between lakes and bunkers. The back nine, although shorter, has a number of intriguing dog-leg holes. The West Course, with its frequent changes in elevation, offers a different set of challenges. The front nine demand accurate driving to avoid the 'barrancas' (natural storm gullies), while the back nine, up amongst the hills, are more open but nonetheless challenging.