An easy-to-reach dream destination for relaxation seekers and sun worshippers from Europe, Mallorca is also a choice place for golfing holidays. The island boasts a wealth of fabulous golf courses and is just a two-hour flight from Zurich. Among the best courses on the island is the Club de Golf Alcanada that was opened in 2003 and is considered one of the finest in Europe. The course is in the northeast of the island, approximately forty miles from Palma de Mallorca. It was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. in a beautiful setting between the sea and the Talaia d’Alcudia mountain that rises to just under 1500 feet (450 m). Some splendid views are to be had from the partly elevated tees.
The Golf Son Gual, also designed by R.T. Jones Jr., is one of the more exclusive golf courses. However, players with the required handicap (handicap limit of 28 and 36 respectively), and willing to pay up to 135 euros, can enjoy an interesting golf course with technically demanding holes. On windy days, of which there are many on this Balearic island, the track with its superfast greens becomes a real test of endurance.
Santa Ponsa I is the oldest of three golf courses in the exclusive Santa Ponsa holiday resort - and the only one open to green fee players. Opened in 1977, this traditional golf course has served as the venue for numerous major tournaments (including the Spanish PGA Championship) and is also challenging for well versed golfers due to its length (more than 7000 yards from the back tees). With a good 610 yards from yellow (!), the 10th hole, par 5, is one of the longest holes in Europe and no easy feat even for extreme long hitters.
Golf Son Vida
The oldest golf course on the island of Mallorca, Son Vida was designed by architect Fred W. Hawtree and officially opened by Rainier III, Prince of Monaco, in 1964. The legendary golf course has hosted the European Tour twice, including in 1990 when Spain’s greatest golfer, Seve Ballesteros, won the Tour. Renowned German architect Kurt Rossknecht redesigned the course layout from scratch in 2001. Even if other golf courses have achieved greater popularity in recent years, Son Vida is still well worth a visit.
Opened in 2000, Golf Son Muntaner is one of four golf courses in the Arabella Sheraton Resort and includes a historic landmark: at the tee of the 15th hole stands “Na Capitana”, a millennium-old olive tree for visitors to admire and pay tribute to.
Capdepera, situated at the foot of the Llevant hills, is a small, less known golf course gem with two very different faces: the first nine holes of the course are almost flat, whereas the back 9 holes climb up into the hills overlooking the course. As for the 15th hole, it offers stunning coastal views and is widely regarded as the loveliest hole on the island.
Other recommended golf courses in Mallorca
Golf Park Puntiro, Son Quint, Canyamel Golf, Val d’Or, Bendinat
Tips in closing
If you intend to be in Mallorca exclusively to play golf, you may want to consider booking a golf package ahead of time, or acquiring a Golfcard that offers significant reductions on regular green fees on specific dates, weekdays and during certain times of the day.
The island’s dry Mediterranean climate makes water a scarce and expensive commodity. As a result, the golf course greens are not always as lush and in as good nick as in our part of the world. Therefore, golf enthusiasts should be prepared to make concessions in this respect.
Some of the top golf courses have handicap limits. Other facilities, such as Santa Ponsa II, Santa Ponsa III and Reserva Rotane, are private or reserved for hotel guests only. Make sure to check in advance, so as to avoid being turned away.
Road traffic: A general non-signposted “no-overtaking” rule applies on road sections and in situations with poor visibility. Avoid fines and always drive with care!