La Cala Resort completes the final preparations for the 230 players who will take part in the next Qualifying School next week. The weather forecasts are good. The yardage books are ready. Staff arrives in a couple of days on site.
Some players are already there to practice and do a strong reconnaissance of the courses. Asia Course is a spectacular par 72 (5925 metres) and has plenty of challenging holes, guaranteeing a testing round of golf which puts a premium on the approach shot. This is the oldest of the three courses and the one most respected by the professionals. It is narrow and short, with five par holes demanding skill and strategy. Look out for the 10th with its classic design, and the 5th where the aim of your drive is especially critical. The 18th requires full concentration. America Course, a par 72 (6009 metres) is enhanced by spectacular views to the Sierra de Ojén and Mediterranean Sea. It’s wide, linked fairways and relatively few bunkers make this a slightly easier driving course, though the hilly topography requires a lot of carry across steep brush-covered side slopes. There are water hazards on the 9th and 16th.
Next Thursday, 150 players from 20 nationalities (75 on Asia course and 75 on America course) will make their best effortsduring two days to join the 80 players already exempted to process through the Final Stage.
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