THIS COMING SUNDAY 29TH JULY Lo Romero golf course in Pilar de la Horadada will be holding a special tournament celebrating 32 years as an independent municipality, having acceded local government control from Orihuela City Hall in 1986.
The event is celebrated annually by the town every 30th July in commemoration of the district’s independence, and Lo Romero golf club will be marking the historic occasion with a golf tournament that offers participants a welcome pack, supplies and refreshments throughout the day, and a raffle with prizes.
Officially named the “Torneo XXXII aniversario de la segregación de Pilar de la Horadada”, a presentation of trophies to the competition winners, a traditional Valencian paella, and celebratory drinks will close the day.
Founded in 2008, Lo Romero golf course celebrated their 10th anniversary earlier this month, marking the event with a spectacular tournament that attracted more than 200 players, with the contest offering a brand new Volkswagen T-Roc crossover to anyone skilled (and lucky) enough to achieve a hole in one on the 7th hole.
A relative newcomer to the Costa Blanca golf circuit, Lo Romero has wowed golfers for a decade with an impressive 18-hole course that exceeds six kilometres.
Located on the site of an old pear and apple orchard, the course was designed by Jorge Guillén who created a supremely challenging layout by making the best use of the naturally undulating Mediterranean terrain, whilst preserving the priceless native fauna that embellishes the graceful landscape.
Torneo XXXII aniversario de la segregación de Pilar de la Horadada
The result is an impressive locale like no other, and Lo Romero golf course has enjoyed an enduring programme of continuous improvements under the expert guidance of club President Pedro Jiminéz, whose focus has always been to highlight the social elements of the sport and the friendships, partnerships, and cultural exchanges developed through the team spirit of the game.
Earlier this month we revealed the five majestic golf courses that pepper the Orihuela Costa landscape with rich expansive areas of verdant flora, each of them an oasis of natural serenity that offers an alternative to the crowded bustle associated with the busy coastline at this time of year.
Having had an opportunity to visit each of them, Lo Romero golf certainly ranks as one of the finest local examples, no doubt assisted by the fastidious attention of the greenskeeping team lead by Manuel Fernández, who do a remarkable job of keeping the fairways in an impeccable state of high quality perpetual perfection.
The natural watercourses, meandering paths, surrounding hills, flora and fauna all contribute to an ultimately beautiful course that’s popular with players and visitors all year round – in and out of season.
Each hole offers something different to challenge the golfer, from dog-leg’s to well defined slopes, and strategically placed flanking bunkers that require accuracy and precision driving with birdie opportunities on most holes.
Hole 10 is the longest on the Lo Romero golf course. A generously wide fairway and a flat green can prove deceptive, but with a total length exceeding a full half kilometre flanked by a dense copse of pine trees to the left and an unforgiving array of bunkers both to the right of the fairway and surrounding the green, achieving a par 5 requires prudent forethought.
Fourteen of the eighteen holes make use of water hazards, and the club boasts what is possibly one of the most challenging holes on the entire Costa Blanca golf circuit: Lo Romero golf’s infamous 18th hole is a par 4 played from an elevated tee which overlooks the Mar Menor and the Mediterranean Sea, down on to an island green completely surrounded by a wide waterway.
Lo Romero golf course: “La Isla” the most challenging 18th island hole
Such is the unyielding challenge of the fairway, the pretty lake surrounding the green calls for a well struck, vehemently accurate shot onto the green to walk away on par, which will undoubtedly be etched into the golfers memory for a lifetime.
Accessable only via a footbridge, the approach shot to the signature 18th hole named “La Isla” is rumoured to make or break a players entire round.
Of course, you don’t need to have a specific interest in golf to appreciate the benefits and sheer beauty of Lo Romero’s championship golf course.
The aged pine trees that envelop the manicured fairways are rich in abundant wildlife, and it’s by no means unusual for golfers to be accompanied by red squirrels.
The tufted-eared two-tone omnivorous rodents are endemic to the club, and make their dreys amongst the surrounding grand pine tree tops. Their comedic shenanigans are often a source of delight for players and visitors, and their presence adds credibility to Lo Romero golf clubs commitment to preserve the environment, and manage the course in a highly respectful, low impact, and eco-friendly manner.
Spain is home to more than 600 bird species, from the regally crested Eurasian hoopoe, to the aerially adept swifts that descend upon the diligently manicured fairways most evenings feeding on insects.
The course teems with active wildlife, and the swifts compete for food alongside pipistrelle and long-eared bats that swarm in a spectacular natural aerial display that would be the envy of the worlds finest military aerobatic teams.
Lo Romero golf course has an official layout difficulty of 3 (medium), an approximate tee interval of 8 minutes, and a maximum handicap of 36 for both ladies and gentlemen, making the course suitable for golfers of all abilities.
With a well-stocked ProGolf shop on site and a location central to a number of other local golf courses, it’s easy to see why Lo Romero golf course remains a popular choice with golfers in Spain.
Lo Romero golf clubhouse, a full suite of first class club facilities on site
The La Taperia at the club house serves up a wide selection of breakfasts, lunches, tapas, snacks, and drinks, in a more casual atmosphere with a covered terrace overlooking the 18th hole with spectacular and commanding vistas that surround the restaurant.
The establishment advocates their house special, the “Tortilla de patata”, a pan-fried Spanish omelette prepared with potato and complemented with cured Serrano ham and specialty cheese. A well stocked bar offers a wide selection of fine Spanish wines.
According to TripAdvisor, Lo Romero golf club is listed as the most popular tourist attraction in the Pilar de la Horadada area.
And deservingly so, with reviewers noting the course for it’s high quality levels of maintenance, it’s challenging layout, and the sheer professionalism and approachability of the groundspeople and club representatives.
One TripAdvisor reviewer from Lanark in Scotland remarked “A brilliant course with a stunning signature hole to finish. Couldn’t recommend the course highly enough”. Another reviewer stated “This has fast become my favourite course in this region of Spain. Well maintained and a good challenge for any level of golfer”.
Lo Romero golf club off-season green fees start from just €39.00 per person, with discounts available for two green fees and a golf cart from just €92.00, throughout the months of July and August.
The course offers a state of the art website in English, Spanish and German languages; with online booking, an app for iPhone and Android mobile devices, and a webcam offering a live stream of panoramic views across the golf course.
You’ll find Lo Romero golf course just slightly less than 8km’s inland from the beachfront resort of Torre de la Horadada, adjacent to the nearest town of Pinar de Campoverde, and just 20 minutes travel time by car south west of La Zenia.
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Photo credit: Lo Romero Golf Club