Mallorca Golf Blog
With a beautiful countryside, plenty of entertainment and interesting culture Mallorca is a great place to combine holiday & golf. I was lucky enough to be invited by the Spanish Tourist board to attend the “Mallorca Inspires Golf Tour 2019”.
This Mediterranean Island is very popular among Irish holiday makers but is more known for its climate & nightlife rather than its golf courses.
The last time I visited the Island I had never played golf, so I was excited to see a different side to Mallorca.
With 300 days of sunshine a year Mallorca is a great destination to travel to all year around. I was surprised to find there are over 20 courses to choose from when staying in Mallorca, unfortunately as I was only staying 3 days, I couldn’t visit them all, but I managed to get a respectable 5 rounds of golf played during my stay.
The Ryanair flight direct from Dublin to Palma airport was extremely good value. The first day and a half of my trip would be spent up the northern part of the Island so when I arrived, I drove to the Viva Cala Mesquida Resort. This luxurious hotel is in Capdepera, a small municipality in northern Majorca. Set within extensive gardens the hotel features stunning views of the beach and modern rooms. Guests have the choice of several on site restaurants such as Italian & Spanish.
There are several golf courses in the northern half of the Island and the one we would be playing was Capdepera golf course. Designed by the American architect Dan Maples this course is very interesting to say the least, with some of the best greens I have ever putted on. The family run club has a very welcoming atmosphere from the second you arrive. The ambient terrace restaurant offers a delicious selection of Mediterranean food most of which is gown on site. I would highly recommend visiting Capdepera golf course, it won’t disappoint!
We had about an hour drive back towards the south of the Island which was a great way to see the Mallorca countryside.
Next on the list was Maoiris golf course which is approximately 20 minutes from Palma. Opened in 2006 this 6,300-metre golf course is distinguished for being one of the youngest on the Island. The front 9 holes require players to navigate the many trees & sloping greens where the second 9 holes are more American style and feature several water hazards. The magnificent two-storey villa style clubhouse is a perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of the busy city and enjoy the idyllic environment that is Maoiris golf club.
That night after a long day of golf and driving we headed west to the classy Camp de Mar Golf Resort. Located between sandy beaches and the well-known Andratx golf course the resort offers pure relaxation, along with a variety of recreational opportunities such as water sports, cycling, horse riding, motorsport & of course golf.
The first tee in Andraxt golf course was approximately 3 minutes’ walk from my room which was ideal. This 18-hole championship golf course is very well designed & demanding, the signature par 5 6th hole is a great example of this. Nicknamed the ‘green monster’ the longest hole in Spain requires golfers to navigate bunkers, water hazards and on the day I played it a family of goats.
A half way house awaits you at the turn where golfers stop to enjoy some tapas, beers and a barbecue in the summer evenings, if only Ireland had the weather for this custom.
The main aim of these trips is not just focused on the golf, it is also to give participants a chance to get the know the areas they are visiting as well as experience the culture.
As Mallorca has plenty of vineyards this was included in our itinerary, on the second last day of our trip plans had been made for us to visit the Macià Batle vineyard for lunch & tasting of the local wines.
Upon arriving to the vineyard, I got talking to one of the local farmers who was also an avid golfer. He informed me that one of Mallorca’s best golf courses was located just a short drive away. As soon as the tour was over, we jumped in the car and headed straight to Son Gual golf course.
Son Gual golf course is the realisation of Adam Pamer, a German businessman who decided to build his own golf course after buying a holiday home on the Island. He managed to transform the bland 175 acres of land formerly used for agriculture into an imaginative golf course consisting of vast bunkers and acres of water including a waterfall. Renowned as one of the top golf courses on the Island it is not difficult to see why, everything from tee to green is in immaculate condition. It is this attention to details that makes Son Gual stand out as one of the better courses on the Island.
After a very enjoyable round of golf we headed back to the hotel to get some rest before the final day of the trip.
A lot of golf groups we cater for like to play a variety of golf courses when they are abroad and this is why the Arabella Resort is so popular for many golfers travelling to the Island. Located approximately 15 minutes from Palma there are 3 very good reasons to visit this resort; Golf Son Vida, Golf Son Quint and Golf Son Muntaner.
The resort offers extensive practice facilities which include a driving range, chipping area, pitch & putt course as well as the biggest putting green on the island which makes it very popular with pro groups.
Son Muntaner would be our final round of golf on this trip and it was a very enjoyable way to conclude a great few days. The course itself is not very long however, it requires some accuracy from the tee. The sloping and tree lined fairways combined with the well protected greens make it a challenge if you are not in the right position from the tee. My first 7 holes included 6 pars and 1 birdie so obviously this course gets a very high rating from me. The 63-hole golf resort is the biggest in Spain and is sure to make your trip a memorable one.
Boasting great weather all year-round Mallorca is a perfect destination during the winter months and with great flight options from Dublin you could be hitting the fairways before you know it.
I hope this has given you some insight into what Mallorca has on offer and that you will keep it in mind when planning your next golf holiday.
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