Only a short flight away from the rest of Europe, Majorca (or Mallorca, as it is known locally) is one of the most beautiful islands in the Mediterranean. A warm climate and its strategic position have long attracted outsiders, ranging from the Romans, the Moors and Byzantium in the past to the beach-loving sun-worshippers of today. But now it is ready to welcome another friendly invasion - golfers.
The climate in scenic Mallorca is perfect for golf, with hot summer sun but refreshing sea breezes, little rain, mild winters and an average yearly temperature of 21 degrees. However, booking an early tee time and plenty of sun-screen is recommended if playing in the summer!
Transfers from the airport of Mallorca to all golf courses in Majorca island.
Hotel pickup and transfer to the field, dinners, meetings, etc..
Transfers from the airport to the golf courses in Majorca. Transfers Hotel - Golf Course throughout the tournament period. Visits to attractions, shopping, etc.
Golf Park Puntiró
Golf Park Puntiró, situated just outside Palma, is Jack Nicklaus' first design in Majorca and popular with American visitors who want to play all of Nicklaus’ European courses. The club is also host to a Jack Nicklaus Golf Academy, with a fully trained team of pros and all the latest teaching technology.
The course was developed using the natural contours of the countryside and much care was taken to respect the topography of the land and preserve the natural vegetation of the island - pines, olive trees and corks. Some trees – such as the typical algarrobo (carob) trees, with their thick trunk similar to an olive, were even uprooted and replanted after construction of the course, helping to make it look more mature.
Puntiró is situated in a protected natural area. Only recycled water is used and - very importantly for a golfer’s enjoyment of his round - you’re not playing in the middle of a housing development. There are no houses at all here, and I even heard a cock crow!
The 18-hole par 71 layout isn't long - it's designed to be accessible to all - but it features two giant lakes and requires an accurate game. The greens are fast and the Bermuda grass fairways are wide, as Puntiró is meant to be a golf course for everybody to enjoy; just keep out of the trees, water, bunkers and the long rough with its pretty wild white flowers, and you might even find it easy!
Arabella Golf & Spa Resort
The Arabella Golf & Spa Resort group has three hotels on the island and boasts three championship 18-hole courses, nestling between the hills of Son Vida and the island's capital Palma: Son Vida, Son Muntaner and Son Quint. These top quality courses are close together and it is easy to get from one to the other using the hotel complimentary shuttle service every 15 minutes. You do not have to be a resident of one of the group's hotels to play, but there is a discount if you are.
Approaching the 18th green at the Golf Son Vida, with the Arabella Sheration Hotel behind
The Hawtree-designed Golf Son Vida, dating back to 1964 but completely renovated by Kurt Rossknecht in 2001, is a superb course with pine, palm and almond tree-lined fairways, numerous bunkers but relatively little water, offering breathtaking views of the Sierra Tramuntana and the Bay of Palma.
Sharing the same magnificent views, the longer and more difficult San Muntaner course is probably the most beautiful course Majorca has to offer. It is also the most exclusive. It features a great variety of beautifully manicured holes, with large, difficult greens and it boasts many ancient, native Mediterranean trees, among which the "Sa Capitana", the oldest olive tree on the island, 6.5 metres (about 21 feet) in diameter and said to be over 1,000 years old (see image gallery).
Kurt Rossknecht, who designed San Muntaner in 2000, meant it to be in bloom all year round and this pretty course proudly holds two important environment-friendly certificates. Lakes, numerous different bird species and Mediterranean flora also add to the natural character of the course, while multiple tees allow golfers of all levels to enjoy their game here.
The recently opened Son Quint course is situated in a picturesque setting overlooking the bay of Palma, only a stone's throw from the Son Vida and Son Muntaner golf courses. The undulating course will challenge experienced golfers with its two large lakes, well-placed bunkers and very fast, tricky, Bent Grass greens, but four different tee positions will allow everybody to enjoy their round.
Bermuda Princess grass is used on the fairways here, as it is on many top courses in hot climates, such as Valderrama. This grass spreads thickly across the top of the soil, rather than putting down deep roots, making it resistant and less thirsty.
The speed of the greens is measured every week, and the club has got its own grass nursery, contributing, so they say, to the best fairways and greens on the island. One of the highlights of the course is the 8th tee, the highest point on the course, where you tee off directly towards Palma Cathedral, but spectacular views are on offer at almost every hole.
Situated between the sea and the mountains of Na Burguesa, 7km from Palma, Real Golf Bendinat is a hilly course where a buggy doesn’t come amiss.
Tree-lined fairways, some with sharp dog-legs, elevated tees, water hazards and small, tough greens make this a challenge to even the best of players. But hopefully you will find comfort in the tranquil spectacle before your eyes: beautiful views over the bay, with olive and almond trees.
If not, we recommend you to think of the vino tinto and the delicious and endless succession of amazing tapas waiting for you in the clubhouse! Enough to soothe any wounded golfing soul.
Just south of Calvià and very close to Palma is top class golfing territory: the Santa Ponsa Golf Club and its three courses. The Club has hosted many national and international tournaments among which the European Tour Balearic Open and is a favourite with the rich and famous.
The well established Santa Ponsa I course is demanding with elevated greens, water coming into play on five holes and one of the longest holes in Europe, the 590 metre-long par 5 10th. It is nevertheless very enjoyable and less daunting than it sounds, being not overly long (with that one exception!) and reasonably forgiving off the tee, thanks to its wide, gently sloping fairways, shortish rough and sparsely planted trees. You might even be encouraged to get the driver out!
The course is laid out among much sought-after residences but, although you may find driving off at the first a little unnerving with people trying to relax on their terraces, they are not so obtrusive further along the course.
Santa Ponsa II, set in a small pine forest, is slightly shorter than Santa Ponsa I but requires great accuracy. It is a beautiful course, with a striking finishing green in the shape of the Island of Majorca. Regrettably, it is for the enjoyment of members only.
The nine-hole Santa Ponsa III is an ideal course for beginners and players who love to work on their short game.
An hour's drive from Palma, giving the opportunity to discover the interior of the island, Capdepera Golf Club is situated near the family-friendly resorts along the North East coast. It is set in a spectacular valley , offering beautiful views over the Mediterranean.
The highlight of the course is the impressive par 3 15th. After climbing one hundred feet up the mountain, you tee off over scrub to a small, well-defended green below, with a bunker front right and a ravine at the back. Whatever the outcome of your shot, take the time to admire the spectacular views across the valley to the sea.
Capdepera is considered to be a first class golf course, one of the very best in Majorca and an excellent tournament course from the back-tees.
It is tight - I have never heard "Fore!" so often on a golf course - with out of bounds, numerous bunkers and quite large but tricky greens, some raised, some double-tiered. It also features water with six artificial lakes coming into play; it calls for accurate driving but is fun to play and, with different tee positions, is suitable both for beginners and experts alike.
The very comfortable Mallorquin-style clubhouse and its "Roca Viva" Restaurant overlooking the course, will welcome you after your round for drinks or a meal of the highest quality of international and local cuisine.
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