Golf News for Monday, December 2, 2013 | Instruction

La Manga Club to open first Leadbetter Academy in mainland Spain

La Manga Club, Spain's foremost golf, sports and leisure destination, has been chosen to open a Leadbetter Golf Academy in January 2014 - the only such facility in mainland Spain - further enhancing the resort's status as one of the top coaching facilities in Europe.

With nearly 30 academies worldwide at selected premium destinations, The Leadbetter Golf Academy offers the very finest learning and practice facilities. And the selection of the Murcia resort as its newest base is the latest fillip to a resurgent La Manga Club which is burgeoning once again under the leadership of director of golf Gary Silcock.

Silcock, who has previously worked at some of the sport's most prestigious venues, including St Andrews' Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa, PGA National Ireland, and The Belfry, believes the choice of La Manga Club as home to The Leadbetter Golf Academy's only mainland Spanish base is further recognition of the outstanding golf facilities on offer there.

He said: "We are delighted to have been chosen as the new home for The Leadbetter Golf Academy's only venue in mainland Spain. Such patronage confirms that, as well as having the best offering for holiday golfers in Spain, La Manga Club is also, undisputedly, the top choice for golf coaching and tuition - enhancing its overall reputation as the destination of choice for top amateurs and professionals in many sports."

The world's number one golf instructor and coach to countless PGA Tour, European Tour, LPGA Tour and Champions Tour players, David Leadbetter - and the academy he founded - is known across the globe for innovative and creative teaching techniques.

His coaching has spanned three decades and he has often been recognised as the "man who invented the golf instruction industry". During the past 30 years, The Leadbetter Golf Academy tour players have amassed more than a dozen major championship titles and in excess of 100 individual worldwide tournament victories.

Silcock added: "The impending opening of The Leadbetter Golf Academy heralds further significant investment into state-of-the-art practice facilities here at La Manga Club and ensures the resort is truly in a class of its own in terms of sports coaching facilities, with world-class amenities, not just in golf, but also in tennis, football, rugby, cricket and many other sports."

La Manga Club's golf facilities already includes three 18-hole championship courses - host to the Spanish Open five times from 1973-77 - and a nine-hole academy course. Its reputation as a major golf destination was enhanced earlier this year when the PGAs of Europe announced the 1st La Manga Club International Pro-Am would be played at the resort from March 7-11, 2014. It is the second major international event that La Manga Club will stage early next year, with the resort also hosting the 2014 Spanish Seniors Amateur Championship in February.

Having celebrated its 40th birthday last year, La Manga Club - set in an area three times the size of Monaco - continues to set the benchmark for sports and leisure destinations across Europe. Widely recognised as Spain's flagship venue, its recent golfing highlights include hosting the 2013 Spanish International Amateur Championship and being voted as the best golf resort in Spain by UK readers of Today's Golfer magazine for the last two years.

As well as golf, the resort boasts unrivalled facilities as a sports and leisure destination including a 28-court tennis centre, eight full-size professional sports pitches - suitable for football, rugby and cricket - and a 2,000sqm spa and fitness centre. Dozens of top professional sports teams use the resort every year and it also offers the choice of a five-star hotel, four-star serviced apartments and townhouses and more than 20 bars and restaurants.

For further details about La Manga Club, please visit www.lamangaclub.com.

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La Manga Club - www.lamangaclub.com - is an unrivalled sports and leisure paradise which sits between the low hills that separate the Mediterranean from the Mar Menor Sea, just 20 minutes from Murcia airport and an hour from Alicante.

Set out over an area of some 560 hectares (approx. 1,400 acres), it enjoys a mild year-round Mediterranean climate and offers visitors a prestigious five-star hotel, luxury vacation apartments and extensive sports facilities, including three championship golf courses, a 28-court tennis centre and eight grass sports pitches. The resort is also home to innumerable leisure facilities, such as the 2,000m2 Spa La Manga Club with its 13 luxurious treatment rooms, comprehensive fitness centre and 25m indoor swimming pool; meeting, banqueting and incentive facilities, and more than 20 restaurants and bars.

As well as hosting both Davis and Fed Cup tennis matches, La Manga Club has signed a long-term deal to be the overseas training resort of the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) until 2016. It has also staged the Spanish Open golf championship and regularly attracts professional and international football teams to the first-class year-round training facilities which are also used by rugby and cricket sides.

As a result of more than 40 years of continued investment, innovation and commitment to excellence, La Manga Club is widely recognised as Spain's flagship resort and as one of the finest sports and lifestyle destinations in the world. Evidence of this is provided by its numerous awards and accolades.

La Manga Club was the proud recipient of a 2013 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel website, for the facilities and service on offer at its five-star Hotel Principe Felipe. The resort has long been a staunch supporter of women's golf, being the official overseas resort partner of the English Women's Golf Association for three years as well as hosting the Ladies European Tour (LET) Qualifying School from 2009-12. La Manga Club is also the venue for the Ladies Murcia Open, an LET Access Series event, and regularly hosts top women's amateur events and teams.

About The Leadbetter Golf Academy
The world's number one golf instructor and coach to countless PGA Tour, European Tour, LPGA Tour and Champions Tour players, David Leadbetter - and the academy he founded - is known across the globe for innovative and creative teaching techniques. His coaching has spanned three decades and he has often been recognised as the "man who invented the golf instruction industry". During the past 30 years, The Leadbetter Golf Academy tour players have amassed more than a dozen major championship titles and in excess of 100 individual worldwide tournament victories. His current stable of students includes Rafael Cabrera Bello, Suzanne Petterson and Fredrick Jacobsen to name but three.

The academies' coaching philosophies are simple, and suitable for both beginners and professionals alike. The philosophies are based around core fundamentals, cause and effect and, ultimately, coaching the individual, as we are all different in many aspects.

Academies are staffed by a hand-picked team of the world's best golfing instructors. To become certified, Leadbetter instructors must complete successfully a rigorous one-year training programme. Supervised under the personal guidance of David Leadbetter and senior staff, trainee instructors must pass a series of tests to meet LGA's exacting standards.