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Golf in Mallorca

Jul 10, 2010 | 09:17:02

 

A Mediterranean golfing gem!

Golf Son Gual

 

 

Mallorca, also known as Majorca, is the largest of the Balearic Islands off the eastern coast of Spain. To the north and east there are mountainous areas and hugging the north east there are two long, curving bays, the Badia de Pollença and the Badia d`Alcúdia. The south of the island is flatter than the north, with a rich fertile plain known as Es Pla. Mallorca has a fantastic climate, with hot bright summers and mild winters, perfect for all season golfing. There are twenty year-round golf courses on Mallorca at the moment, with more in the pipeline. Golf Santa Ponca II and Golf Santa Ponca III are members only, but the rest are available for everyone to enjoy. There is something for everyone; for example nestled away from the crowds is Capdepera Golf Club (18 holes, par 72, 5839 m), situated in the east of the island. With a mixture of flat terrain, rocky gullies and wooded areas, a most pleasant round can be played before retiring to the very friendly clubhouse. Fees for 2010 vary from 49 to 82 Euros. At the other extreme, Son Gual Golf Club (18 holes, par 72, 6257 m) is very close to the capital Palma and has stunning views of the bay and Tramuntana Mountains. Olive trees grace the beautiful course and there are lakes and creeks to navigate too. The extensive facilities include buggies, restaurants, sauna and massage. Fees for 2010 are 150 Euros. The course at Santa Ponsa is one of the main Spanish championship courses, designed by Nardi Folco in 1977; it is used by royalty and celebrities alike. With 18 holes (Par 72, 6543 m) the green fee is 88 Euros. Its challenging nature, slopes and water, make it more suitable for an advanced player. Eight kilometres east of the capital Palma is the Palma de Mallorca international airport. Flights from London take just over two hours. Travel around the island is easy, with a fantastic road network and efficient public transport system. Car hire is very cheap too giving you flexibility to travel where and when you want. There is a vast range of accommodation on the island, with something to suit every taste. For instance the luxurious Arabella Sheraton Golf Hotel Son Vida, south west of Palma is a manor-style house set in lush gardens; it has its own golf courses, Michelin-starred Plat d`Or restaurant, tennis courts and swimming pools. Alternatively if you prefer cheap holidays in Palma Nova perhaps try the Hotel Gabarda Gil, a friendly budget stay, or the Martinez apartments, with clean, welcoming rooms and staff. With such variety of courses, amazing weather and choice of places to stay, Mallorca truly is a Mediterranean golfing gem.