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November 7, 2018

The Best Golf Courses in Mallorca

SPONSORED: Take your own tour of the best golf courses in Mallorca to see how many you can tick off.

By Lauren Jade Hill

With an enviable climate, undulating landscape and captivating ocean views, this Balearic island provides a breathtaking environment for golfers of every level. Take your own tour of the best golf courses in Mallorca to see how many you can tick off.

Alcanada Golf Club

Situated on the north of the island by Acudia Bay, this award-winning golf course offers stunning landscape to play in and views of this coastline’s lighthouse from almost every hole. The course was designed by Robert Trent James Jr., to provide a challenge at each turn. Navigate the greens placed between pine trees and olive groves, and stop by the Alcanada golf academy for its hourly and week-long training programs. The club here has the latest technology—from Flightscope to Swing Catalyst—for beginners and experienced players to improve their game.

Son Antem Golf

Son Antem has two golf courses, both of which are in Llucmajor. Integrated into the landscape, these two courses cover every type of golfer’s needs. With its flat greens and broad fairways, the East Course is ideal for high handicappers, while the West Course provides a challenge for experienced players. This demanding championship course has three large lakes that come into play on five of the holes, plus greens protected by bunkers and water obstacles. Both courses are a part of the Marriott Club Son Antem resort.

Golf Park Mallorca Puntiró

Created by the renowned design firm, Nicklaus Design, this golf course highlights the natural environment of the landscape here with a course that’s stimulating for all types of players. The 18-hole course par 71 is spread across a 165-acre estate of pine trees, wild olive trees, carob trees and bushes, with both precision holes and holes for great hitters to try. The golf park also has a driving range, scenic clubhouse with restaurant and terrace, and an academy for improving your technique according to methodology developed by Jack Nicklaus.

Golf Santa Ponsa

The 1977-opened club Golf Santa Ponsa has three different golf courses. Santa Ponsa I covers 183 acres of lakes, trees, wide fairways and long tees, with a tenth hole that’s one of the longest par fives in Europe. As a result, the course has been the setting for many important tournaments including the European PGA Tour. Santa Ponsa II and III, which opened in 1991 and 1999, are exclusively for members’ use.  The club here has all the facilities you could hope for including a hotel, restaurant and cocktail bar.

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Golf Son Gual

Golf Son Gual lies on 385 acres of lush Mediterranean landscape in the heart of the island. This family-run members’ golf club, which also welcomes guests, caters for all types of players to the highest standard. Navigate the challenging fairways of the course’s 18 holes; head to the Golf Academy to train with logicalgolf master instructor, Tim Holroyd; and coincide your visit with one of the major tournaments taking place here throughout the year. Unwind at the end of play by whiling away some time in the clubhouse’s restaurant and bar with scenic terrace.

Pula Golf Resort

This 1995-founded course was completely redesigned by José María Olazábal between 2004 and 2006, and as a result it now meets the requirements of even the most seasoned golfer. The course is par 72, and of the 18 holes here, 14 give view to the green from the tee, with the other four giving view from the second stroke. The club also has a large driving range, two putting greens, and a short-game area including a chipping green. A number of tournaments have taken place here, including major events like the PGA European Tour Championships Mallorca. You can refine your golfing technique with a PGA professional at Pula Golf Academy, and as a complete resort, Pula Golf also offers accommodation, a country club and spa.

Arabella Golf

This huge golf resort just outside Palma encompasses three of Mallorca’s major golf courses: Golf Son Vida, Golf Son Muntaner and Golf Son Quint. Inaugurated in 1964, Golf Son Vida is the most traditional of the three and one that’s well-known internationally – you can play in the footsteps of Severiano Ballesteros who once won the Balearic Open here. The course’s fairways run through the residential area of Son Vida and its 18th hole includes a shot over the water. The terrace of the clubhouse here has a view over this 18th hole. Golf Son Muntaner joined Son Vida in 2001 and since 2016 it’s featured fairways of Bermuda Green. The par 72 course navigates lush rolling terrain with ponds coming into play, and it’s accompanied by a driving range, pitching green and the biggest putting green in Mallorca. The third course, Son Quint, was then founded in 2007. This long and open course is designed for a more extensive game with plenty of surprises along the way.

Vall d’Or Golf

This spectacular golf course was first opened in 1986 as a nine-hole course before being made into the 18-hole course it is today between 1991 and 1993. Par 71, the course combines fairways surrounded by pine, almond and olive trees and wide fairways leading down to the coast. Take in breathtaking scenery as you play a round, and call by the driving range with chipping area, pitching green and three putting greens. The picture-postcard clubhouse here looks out over the bay of Portocolom and Cala d’Or and has a restaurant with terrace for taking it all in. The Academy offers courses and classes for all levels and the expertise of PGA, Antonio Tomé González.

Images: Golf Son Quint – Instagram @sheratonmallorca; Golf Son Muntaner – Instagram @sheratonmallorca; Instagram @golf_puntiro; Golf Son Vida – Instagram @sheratonmallorca

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