Golf in MallorcaPalma de Mallorca
Mallorca, with a surface area of 3,640 square km and 21 golf courses across the island it is branded as Mallorca Golf Island.
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Golf Island Mallorca
Mallorca, with a surface area of 3,640 square km (1,405 square miles), is the largest of the Balearic Islands. With its 21 golf courses across the island it is branded as Mallorca Golf Island.
Together with Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera, the group of islands are in the Mediterranean Sea, about 300km from the coast of the Iberian Peninsula.
– The distance to cross the whole island is approximately 100 km from north to south and about 78km from east to west. No point on the island is more than 40km from the sea.
– Palma de Mallorca its capital is surrounded by most of the golf courses of the island.
Big Upgrade for Mallorca Golf Courses
…Marriott Golf Son Antem is set to plough in €700,000 to make course improvements, Club de Golf Son Servera has invested €600,000, while Club de Golf Alcanada is spending a further €250,000 this year alone.
Golf Son Muntaner, one of the three Arabella Golf Mallorca courses near Palma, has recently closed its doors until October 2016 as it undergoes a revolutionary summer upgrade to replace all of its existing grass. Golf Son Muntaner has embarked on an ambitious plan to reseed its entire course with Celebration Bermudagrass to create better playing conditions and improve the maintenance. During the recovery period, Golf Son Muntaner members and golfers on Mallorca will still be able to enjoy the Arabella Golf experience at neighbouring courses Golf Son Vida and Golf Son Quint. On its reopening later this year, golfers will experience smoother fairways and greens, while the course itself will require less water to keep it in perfect condition throughout the year.
At Golf Son Antem‘s 36-hole resort near Palma, there are some big changes planned as part of their revamp.
A new water-treatment plant is being built to enhance the irrigation at both courses, while four greens – two on each course – are set to be re-laid between June and September. There will also be further landscaping work and three of the lakes will be renovated to improve the general aesthetics.
Club de Golf Son Servera – in the north east of Mallorca – has allocated €600,000 to its own project. The club house, pro shop and club entrance have already been remodelled and updated. On the course itself, tees and fairways have been reshaped, new GPS buggies will arrive in August and the greenkeeping staff will use state-of-the-art machinery to help keep the course in pristine condition.
At Club de Golf Alcanada – in the north of Mallorca – money is being spent on updating greenkeeping machinery to reach even higher standards of maintenance. There will also be improvements to the irrigation and buggy paths, while a new halfway house – the Lighthouse Bar – is also set to be built.
The investment is further evidence of the commitment from the members in the Asociación de Campos de Golf de Mallorca (ACGM) – the Golf Course Association of Mallorca -to maintain their courses to the highest standards possible and improve the experience for golfers.
(souce: IAGTO Press Release 2016)
The North-East of Mallorca
Only a 50 minutes drive from Palma is one ofMallorca’s most famous golf course the Club de Golf Alcanada, next to the little town of Alcúdia and also in close by to it is the golf course Pollença.
Driving along the west coast for 50 minutes you will reach Capdepera Golf and the Costa de Canyamel with the Canyamel golf course. We recommend to stay at one of the Hipoteles at the Punta Roja or Cala Millor as you also have Club de Golf Son Servera as well as the Pula golf course and the Vall D’Or Golf course in this part of the island.
The South-West of Mallorca
From Capdepera Golf on the road back to Palma east of the capital you will find golf course Son Gual and Golf Park Puntiró as well as the Marriott Son Antem Golf Resort and the Hilton Sa Torre Mallorca Resort with the Golf Maioris.
Only a 20 minutes drive north of Palma you will find Son Termens, and also 20 minutes butdriving west, you will find the Arabella Golf Resort with its Castillo Hotel Son Vida and its three golf courses Son Vida, Son Muntaner and Son Quint.
Driving down the south west coast of the island you will find the Real Golf Bendinat as well as the Golf Santa Ponse, T Golf and Country Club Poniente and the Hotel Steigenberger Camp de Mar with Golf Andratx
Staff and members at Mallorca’s number-one golf destination, Son Gual, got together to raise a glass to celebrate the venue’s 10th anniversary.
Yet the stunning club, just outside the capital city of Palma, has a full calendar of events and is currently unable to slot in its own celebratory competition.
After a quiet opening in 2007, word of mouth soon established Son Gual as a must-visit destination for golfers on the island and a series of glowing media reviews elevated it to the exalted status of Mallorca’s top course quite quickly.
Within two years it was hosting a European tour event, with the Mallorca Senior Open – won by Mark James – attracting some big names, one of whom, former Masters champion Ian Woosnam, compared the greens at the venue to those at Augusta National.
Further plaudits piled on, with the Daily Mail calling Son Gual “the cream of Spanish island golf”; Golf Monthly stated that Son Gual was Mallorca’s “first truly world-class golfing destination …”; while Today’s Golfer added that it “is what a modern championship course should be”; and, in naming it the Balearics’ top course and the ninth-best in Spain in its benchmark Top 100 listing, Golf World said “Mallorca finally gets the course it deserves …”
It also became the place to be seen on the island, at least in golfing terms. Celebrity spotting became a popular pastime for visitors and members, with tennis superstar Rafal Nadal a regular caller; FIFA World Cup winners Lothar Matthäus and Joachim Löw paid visits; the former mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, was spotted on the fairways; and a whole plethora of well-known faces from Sky Sports’ football coverage converged on the course for an end-of-season golf competition.
Part of the attraction then and now is the immaculate condition of the course, which is maintained by a team of almost 30 greenkeepers – hardly surprising given the tee boxes alone are some of the largest, if not the largest, in Europe with a massive 30,000m2 of them.
Large undulating greens are also a memorable aspect of designer Thomas Himmel’s 7,240-yards, par-70 course, which also features large lakes, 66 bunkers, 800 olive trees – some more than a thousand years old – wild flowers in the rough and vineyards in several areas around the course.
It includes several outstanding, memorable holes, including a closing hole described by one reviewer as a “serious contender for Europe’s best par-five and Spain’s most dramatic 18th”, plus one of the best collections of par-three holes in Spain.
Son Gual was the brainchild of Adam Pamer, a successful German businessman who, unable to find a course on Mallorca that played to the standards he required, set about creating his own.
With the outlay of €30m and the creative nous of former German amateur champion Himmel, he achieved his aim, and did it without the seemingly prerequisite hotel or housing development – one of the few golf clubs to open that way in the last decade.
In keeping with the understated opening 10 years ago, Son Gual’s general manager, Andreas Pamer – Adam’s son – says there are no immediate plans to celebrate the anniversary with a special event.
He explained: “We already have a full calendar of events so we haven’t scheduled in anything special, but we were happy to raise a glass or two of champagne to celebrate.
“It’s been a fabulous 10 years and we thank everybody who’s visited during that time and everybody who’s written such great things about the course. We will continue to provide the best we possibly can for golfers and non-golfers alike for the next 10 years and, hopefully, beyond.
“Every day when we arrive we’re still just as excited as we were the day we opened. And I think that has a lot to do with the success we have enjoyed.”
Son Gual continues to prosper and, with Mallorca enjoying an average of around 320 days of sunshine per year, there’s every chance there will be some more impressed visitors this winter.
About Son Gual Golf
• Borne of a desire in its owner, Adam Pamer, for Mallorca to have a golf course worthy of the sunshine island, Son Gual was sculpted expertly out of a large piece of barren agricultural land. The transformation into a world-class golf course has created a venue which features large lakes, 66 bunkers, 800 olive trees – some more than a thousand years old – wild flowers in the rough and vineyards in several areas around the course.
• Son Gual includes several outstanding, memorable holes including a closing hole described by one reviewer as a “serious contender for Europe’s best par-five and Spain’s most dramatic 18th”.
(Source: IAGTO NEWS 29Aug.2017)