La Sella Golf Club Near Javea Details-Video
Not every golf course will attract people who never golfed in their lives and never care to, but La Sella is one that’s worth a visit even if you’re one of that group.
The golf club is actually surrounded by the Natural Park of Montgo, and its promoters proudly state that the golf course designers and engineers have earned certificates of compliance for their environmental management. Organic products are used in irrigation and maintenance of the greens and landscaping. Montgo Natural Park itself is one of the most visited and highly rated landmarks on this part of the coast.
La Sella was designed by Jose M. Olazabal and built in 1991. It consists of 27 holes, with three different nine-hole courses, each laid out and appropriately named with respect to prevailing winds. The first nine hole course is named Llebeig, an old Valencian name for the warm wind that blows off the Sahara from the south. Each hole is oriented towards the south and the difficulty and terrain varies enough that you’ll probably need to use all your clubs.
Course #2 gets its name, Gregal, from an ancient word for the East wind that moved sailing ships to Greece. The holes are all oriented to the east on flatter terrain than Llebeig, with more water hazards and serious challenges on the last few holes.
The Mestrel lives up to its name; it’s the third course with much of the playing area on higher elevations. The Mestrel is the North wind, coming down from the pole and feared by farmers (and tourists) for its chill. However by the time it gets to La Sella not too much chill is left, and the north-facing holes have the best views over the Mediterranean, Montgo, and the environs of the park.
Once you’ve played your game, you can replay it at the ‘nineteenth hole’ – or Hoyo 19, La Sella’s restaurant and bar. It’s open from 9:00 am until sunset and offers a variety of menu choices including tapas as well as special Valencian entrees, not to mention a gin-and-tonic extravaganza. The hotel Marriott La Sella offers a spa and gym, a huge free-form swimming pool and cycling as well as golf packages for devotees of either sport.
The club is open to non-members, and there are some great amenities designed to encourage golfers of every persuasion and level of expertise. Take as many practice swings as you like; there are two separate ranges, one for putting and chipping and a 25-bay driving range.
La Sella’s Swingbuild Center is an excellent teaching facility which offers a rather unusual approach to improving your swing. Rather than what is called ‘faults and fixes’, the pros here concentrate on teaching the correct swing from the ground up, so to speak, and how to acquire it. The instruction ranges from introductory for beginners to refreshers for pros, and the classes are also social events; a great way to meet and team up with golfing peers.
Playing La Sella on any of the three designated courses puts you in the middle of scenic views at every turn. In some areas you’re facing the sparkling Mediterranean, in others Montgo the mountain rears its impressive mass over wooded hills. An added bonus is the weather; La Sella is open and playable all year round, and the odds of getting a beautiful sunny day are at least twenty to one.