Even though he was among those at the Spanish Open who struggled to come to grips with its challenges.
Garcia could only manage a level-par 72 in yesterday's opening round to lie four shots off the lead shared by Felipe Aguilar of Chile, France's Gary Stal and Denmark's Morten Orum Madsen.
But the world number 13 is still a fan of the part links, part parkland course, which at 7,052 yards is short by modern standards and almost 400 yards shorter than Augusta National, where Garcia was joint eighth in the Masters on Sunday.
"El Saler is a very good layout, maybe a bit short for the modern game, but if the wind blows and the greens are firm it becomes quite unforgiving," Garcia said. "Courses that are not that long can be a great challenge.
"Unfortunately we seem to be getting more and more long courses that allow you to miss everywhere, but 500-yard par fours are not the solution.
"Sometimes it's good to turn to courses like Valderrama or Sawgrass or this one that don't rely only on distance to be great courses."
Joint leader Aguilar set the early clubhouse target with his 68 and was never overtaken, with Ireland's David Higgins and Scotland's Craig Lee among those alongside Spain's Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano on three under.
Aguilar, who has won more than 30 tournaments in Chile but has just one European Tour title to his name, told www.europeantour.com: "Four under is a good score anywhere so I am quite happy with it.
"I took a couple of weeks off which has been good for me because I was really tired after the beginning of the season. I played really well in the desert (finishing ninth in Qatar and third in Dubai) so I think my card is secure for next year.
"Now I am playing to finish high in the Race to Dubai and for world ranking points. It's always a lot easier when you start very well."
Defending champion Francesco Molinari, struggling with a back injury which forced him to miss the pre-tournament pro-am, started with a triple-bogey seven and was six over after 11 holes, but played the last seven holes in three under to card a 75.
And Miguel Angel Jimenez was one shot worse off in his first tournament since breaking his leg while skiing last December.