24 September, 2019

Major refurbishment work complete as La Cala’s Asia Course reopens

An ambitious refurbishment programme to La Cala’s oldest course, Campo Asia, has been completed and the course reopened. All greens haven been upgraded to Bermuda grass in a bid to improve sustainability and year-round conditioning.

Every bunker has also been fully renovated on Cabell B. Robinson’s iconic layout, ensuring one of Spain’s most prestigious courses is in pristine condition. As La Cala celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, the course, which was the first of the three to open in 1989 and which has co-hosted The Alps Tour Q School for the last seven years along with Campo America, is now the first course on the Costa del Sol to switch to Bermuda grass on its greens, via the ‘No-Till’ method rather than relaying turf.

The course was closed for two months to complete the work following a successful Bermuda grass trial on one of the resort’s practice greens.

“Turning around such an ambitious project in a matter of months is an incredible achievement and testament to the hard work of everyone involved,” says Sean Corte-Real, Director of La Cala Resort. “The new Bermuda-grass greens will be among the best in the Costa del Sol all-year-round and unquestionably the most environmentally-friendly, requiring less water, chemicals and fertilisers.

“We’ve also made sure the Asia Course is in pristine condition from tee to green by refurbishing every bunker. Cabell Robinson’s masterpiece is one of the most dramatic courses in Europe, and we’re delighted that every hole looks and plays better than ever.”

Campo Asia is a bucket-list course for golfers travelling to Spain’s iconic Costa del Sol with an increasing number of visitors opting to walk the 5,935-metre layout. With electric and push trolleys available for hire, it is a refreshing and convenient way to absorb the stunning surroundings of the Mijas Mountains and Mediterranean Sea.

In recent years, La Cala Resort has embarked on a major improvement programme to enhance its courses’ reputations yet further. Campo America was the first to benefit in 2018, with the 4th and 15th holes undergoing extensive remodelling to improve playability and all bunkers refurbished to enhance the aesthetics as part of a comprehensive upgrade.