Designed by: Jack Nicklaus
Course Information: 18-holes, par 72
Location: Sucina, Murcia
Hacienda Riquelme Golf Course (nicknamed the championship) is surrounded by olive groves. These tress have been incorporated into the design along with wild flower meadows and large lakes. With wider than normal fairways to make you feel at ease, don’t be fooled, this is probably the most challenging course of the Nicklaus Trail. The bunkers have a rugged look not normally associated with a resort course manicured look. Many of the bunkers can be found up to 3 metres deep. The greens have bold but sometimes subtle contours and different tiers, making it crucial for golfers to play to the correct areas of the greens, to allow the easiest chance to successfully complete the hole. The 9th has a lake on the right bordering the full length of the hole. A tee shot that has the slightest of the golfers most dreaded cut shot will surely find the water. Whether playing in regulation or under penalty, you have the green protected by water and those rugged bunkers. The 18th is even more difficult, try missing the lake to the left from your tee shot that has to carry a distant over reed beds to the narrowest fairway on the course and fairway bunkers that will surely intimidate. If you can find the middle of the fairway you may be lucky to gain some advantage from the slightly sloping fairway to leave a short to mid iron to the long narrow green, but find the correct elevation or leave yourself with a very difficult regulation par.