Mijas Golf, probably the busiest and most popular golf pcomplex on the Costa del Sol, has two 18-hole courses of which the older is Los Lagos, first opened in 1976. Designed by Robert Trent Jones, it features wide fairways, large raised greens and an abundance of bunkers and water hazards. Los Lagos was aptly named for there are eight lakes in and around the course.

Nonetheless, there is virtually no rough and relatively few trees, giving an overwhelming impression of freedom and space. But players should still be careful, especially at difficult holes like the par five 13th: although it looks deceptively easy from the elevated tees its green is protected by water to both the right and the left.

At 6.348 metres off the championship tees, Los Lagos is one of the longest courses on the Costa de Sol. Incidentally, it is the first club to operate with the new GPS satellite navigation system on its buggies. (How far to the pin? Just a second, I’ll check with the satellite..)