Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Bulls on Parade

During my college days..heck even NOW..I’ve always had the greatest of respect for the folks that ran through the cobblestone paths during the celebration of St. Fermin in Spain.
Although I’ve been to Europe and it’s outlying countries a few times in college, it’s probably a good we didn’t go there during our venture back then because I’m sure after a few beers and/or bottles of Sangria we’d be doing this run.

We all know this world famous bull run that starts on the windign streets and ends in the bull fighting arena from watching clips from TV and/or YouTube, but to really participate in it (by the rules..yes, it has rules..you're supposed to run slowly at first and then haul ass as the bulls get closer..simple..makes sense.) has to be one of the greatest challenges of all mankind.
Even thinking about it, it gets my adrenaline pumping..but alas!..now being a married man and a father of two kids and piloting a Toyota Sienna..the closest thing I’m going to get to running in front of a 1,500 pound Angus, barreling down, will be chasing a putt in Spain instead at La Mangas Las Lomas Village.

La Manga has three courses (South, North and West) with the South Course being the preeminent course (..’kinda like the South Course at Torrey Pines..go figure) which has hosted numerous events including the Spanish Open and Q-School for the European Tour. It was designed by Robert Putman back in 1971 (his other design is surprisingly in Visalia, California) and then revamped by Arnold Palmer in the beginning of 1990 and then polished up even further. The South Course at La Manga is tougher in the front (longer par 3’s and 4’s) but eases up in the back stretch..my kinda’ course..give me the pain up front and let me relax.

The North Course is tighter surrounded with lush palm trees and larger greens, ideal for the shot-maker. The West Course winds through pine trees and has more sloping fairways which require conservative play from the tee. Either way you can’t lose by playing any of the courses at La Manga..just get out here!

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