Nine that shine
At the last count, we found 22 golf courses on the island; which is not surprising with such a great climate, undulating landscape and amazing views. Here’s our recommendations for the 9 best golf courses in Mallorca.
Son Vida was opened in 1964 and is the island’s oldest course. It has hosted two European Tour tournaments, the “Open Renault de Baleares” in 1990 and the “Open de Baleares” in 1994. The course was remodelled in 2001 and is one of the most beautiful courses on the island. It has narrow fairways and hilly landscaping with an amazing view over Palma Cathedral from the 6th hole. If you want to play this course during the high season, you should make a reservation at least 1 month in advance (individuals) or 3 months in advance (Group bookings). 18 holes / Par 71 / 5601 m / 6125 yd / Min. hcp: 54.
This is a challenging course for all skill levels with a particularly tough uphill 15th hole; which is a Par 5 and 517m long. The course opened in 2000 and has well-manicured fairways, large greens and an incredible landscape lined with almond trees, carobs, pines and olives. At the 15th hole, you will find a 1,000 year old olive tree called “Sa Capitana". The course was designed by Kurt Rossknecht and it has quickly established itself as one of the best golf courses on the island. 18 holes / Par 72 / 6305 m / 6852 yd / Min. hcp: 36.
This course was designed by Martin Hawtree and first opened in 1986 with just 9 holes and was extended in 1995 to a 5,660m long course with 18 holes and a Par 70. It has incredible views of the bay of Palma Cabrera and Bendinat Castle. The fairways are wide and open with several dog-legs with the finishing hole being 454m in length. The course has a driving range & practice area. Bendinat is one of the shorter courses on the island. Due to the hilly terrain buggies are essential. Bendinat Golf course is tricky to play well. 18 holes / Par 70 / 5,560m.
Formerly the Poniente Golf Course, T-Golf is a fun course for all handicaps. It opened in 1978 and was designed by John Harris and is one of the oldest and most respected courses in Mallorca. The course has great mountain views and play is influenced by several lakes, bunkers, quick greens and well-positioned obstacles. The views from the 8th and 16th holes are postcard-perfect. The signature 14th hole is enjoyable and a challenge. Today T-Golf is one of the oldest, highest rated and most popular courses on the island. 18 holes / Par 72 / 6,450m.
Golf Santa Ponsa 1 was designed by Folco Nardi in 1977 and is one of three courses at Golf Santa Ponsa but the only course that is public. It’s a flat course with a real challenge at the 10th hole, it is 590m long and one of the longest Par 5’s in Europe. The course has hosted the European Tour six times and covers an area of 73 hectares with wide fairways. It has lakes, a large variety of trees and it appeals to all types of players. There’s also a 250m driving range, a chipping area and two putting greens. 18 Holes / Par 72 / 6,543m.
Opened in 2000, Golf de Andratx is one of the top courses on the island and also one of the most difficult courses to play. The course has four Par fives, raised tees and seven ponds to navigate making it technically demanding. The golf course is quite hilly with incredible views and it is very popular, reserving your tee-time well in advance is recommended. The infamous Par 6, 6th hole is the longest hole in Spain at 609m and is referred to as the ‘Green Monster’. Its an uphill hole with plenty of water hazards and bunkers to avoid. 18 holes / Par 72 / 6,089m.
Designed by the Harris Group and Jose Rodriguez and opened in 1998, Son Termens Golf is a fairly short course and not too difficult to play. Originally a hunting estate, the course is rich in fauna and flora and wildlife such as birds of prey and goats are in abundance. The course has undulating fairways, two lakes and stunning views. The 4th and 10th holes are the most demanding, they are both Par 4’s played uphill to raised greens framed by bunkers. 18 holes / Par 70 / 5,598m / 6,122 yards.
Son Antem Golf has two courses, both belonging to the nearby Marriot Son Antem. The courses are different to each other, the East course has wide fairways and flat greens, the West course has much narrower fairways with undulating greens and is more demanding. Son Antem West also has a very technical back nine, especially on the final holes. In addition to two 18-hole golf courses, you’ll also find a pitch and putt area, practice bunkers and putting greens. The East course was built in 1994, the West course was built in 2001. Designed: Francisco Lopez-Segalés.
Golf Pollensa is an idyllic 9-hole course with terrific views of the Tramuntana mountains and the bays of Pollença and Alcúdia. The course opened in 1986 and was redesigned in 2000 by Michael Pinner (Nicklaus Group). It’s a medium difficulty golf course ideal for players of any handicap and has two of the longest holes on the island. The Pollensa course can be described as hilly with narrow fairways and great views, buggies advisable for some people. 9 holes.