Majorca is indeed a paradise for golf lovers! With a setting just right for golf courses all throughout the year, this island which is just about two hours away from most of the U.K airports, turns out to be very convenient for anyone who has a penchant and passion for golfing. The sun-kissed island with over 300 days of sunshine a year has such a diverse choice of excellent golf courses and is soon becoming an important landmark in the golf tourism circuit. With fine weather all the year around (though to be honest, December means Christmas and during January and February the sun might not show up and the weather is likely to get chilly also), golfing in the area is not just fun but is how you want it to be!
The spring and autumn seasons see the courses crowded not to mention the hot summer when the resorts are packed with golfing population. Coupled with the above, the superior Mediterranean food stuff and the fine climate brings profound speculation in re-establishing Majorca as the perfect golf break destination for the ‘middle class’ European population.
Majorca also offers countless top notch golf courses sited in close proximity to some of the very fine hotels and resorts that serve to accommodate golfers to the place in any accommodation of their choice – whether it is the elite class or the budget option. Over 100,000 golfers arrive at Majorca, said to be one among the golf’s “Meccas”, every year. There are sixteen golf courses in the island where the visitors are most welcome and another eight or nine in the pipeline. The majority of courses are currently situated on two parts of the island – east and south west.
In short, wherever you stay in Majorca, you can be sure that there will be a golf course not too far away. A matter of delight for experienced players is that there are competitions held in the island most of the weekends at various courses throughout the island.
Turning back the pages of history, the first golf course in the island was built in 1934 at Alcudia but it was destroyed during the Spanish civil war. Years later, the Son Vida golf course was opened in 1964. The year marked the beginning of a new era with the course attracting people from all around the world.
Among the major courses in the island, Pula, situated in Levante, in the north east of the island and dating back to 1995 is a young course that has reached heights in very short period of time. The 18- hole par 70 course was redesigned in 2004 and 2005 by Olazabal.
The Alcanada golf course boasts of a stunning location and the talented designer made sure it is well placed with its healthy fairways, olive, pine and oak trees which slope gently down to the glittering Bay of Alcudia.
David Kidd almost carved the holes out of the Andratx hills when designing the Andratz course. Perceived as being one among the most challenging courses on the island, this course boasts of eye-catching features including the three types of grass here which come in contrasting colors.
Moving on, visitors are welcomed with open arms at the Real Golf de Bendinat course. With the King of Spain honoring the post of president, the Golf club turns out to be very special indeed. Next in line is the Canyamel golf course which was recently visited by the European PGA who proposed some modifications but who also declared the course as an ideal one to host an open event.
Close to Canyamel Golf, Capdepera golf course enjoys a similar rustic setting but is much more heavily flattered than its neighbor. The course was created by an American architect Dan Maples and opened in 1991. Nine kilometers from Palma, Jack Nicklaus designed a Golf course at Park Puntiro, beautifully shaped in 66 hectares of land.
Golf Maioris course is the vision of Romeo Sala, the owner of Pula Golf and the German architect Dieter Cabus. The 6309m course has been built to cope up with the demands of a hot Spanish summer and remains in excellent condition all year around. The nine hole Golf Polensa which was opened in 1986, has been raised to a high standard course after its renovation done in 2000.
The Poniente Golf course, opened in 1978, has the kind of status on the island that is afforded to the older Scottish clubs. The Son Antem East Course built on an old hunting estate comes as a boon to wildlife lovers.
The list of courses goes on and on and the best way to realise why Majorca is nicknamed a golfer’s paradise – is to be there!