Mallorca Golf Island Improves Your Enjoyment of the Game
Mallorca is the largest island in the Balearic Island Archipelago, renowned for its beaches and temperate Mediterranean climate. The island has a lot to offer golfers with over 300 days of sunshine a year, making this a popular destination for golf breaks in any season.
Often referred to as “Mallorca Golf Island”, the region is home to 18 top quality golf courses. The majority of golf courses are located in the south of the island near to the charming capital city of Palma, the pick of the courses here is Son Gual. There are, however, a good selection of courses in the north too including the stunning Clube de Golf Alcanada on the north tip of the island.
Many of our customers return to Mallorca several times as there is so much to enjoy in terms for golf, food and culture.
Why not take a look at our selection of golf breaks to Mallorca here.
How to Get There
Son Sant Joan (Palma International) airport serves the island and is accessible from nearly every UK regional and London airports. It is the third largest airport in Spain has four terminals, and handles over 21 million passengers annually.
When is the Best Time to Visit?
The Balearics enjoy a year-round average temperature of 21c so golf in the sun is possible for the majority of months.
The best time to visit for a golf trip is in spring and autumn. From early March through to June you should enjoy temperatures of 18-22c combined with little rain. Autumn is similar with mid-September through to mid-November providing temperatures of around 23c. Golf with the pleasant warming sun on your back can be very relaxing! One word of warning is that the nights can get quite chilly, so be prepared with a jumper.
The summer can be very hot, although the average temperatures are around 28c. Being an island the cooling wind helps make golfing and sight-seeing easier.
Watch our video covering the best places to play and stay on the beautiful island of Mallorca:
Where to Play Golf in The North
The island is divided into two with the more cultural resorts to the north, however, there is some great golf courses too. Our selections for the north are as follows:
Designed by the famous Robert Trent Jones Jr, Alcanada GC opened its doors in 2003 and is located in the far north of the island and measures just under 7,150 yards from the white Tees. The golf course is named after the island of Alcanada which has its own lighthouse, and can be seen from pretty much every hole on the course. The views here are nothing short of spectacular with cool sea breezes coming off the nearby sea.
The golf course, although relatively young in golf course terms, is receiving recognition as one of the best in Europe. This one has to go into that “must play” bucket list – outstanding!
Opened in 1995 and is the island’s most demanding golf course, it featured on the 2016 European Seniors Tour and will be hosting the Olazabal and Nadal skins match at the end of November 2016.
You could be forgiven for thinking that the course is a flat layout, however, this is another golf course with fantastic views across the valley with the mountains as a backdrop. Pula’s pedigree is second to none!
Son Servera GC
In 1967 Son Servera opened as a nine-hole golf course, the second oldest golf course on the island and for forty-one years it ran as a nine-hole golf course. Situated on the Costa de los Pinos, it is just a short iron away from Calla Bona and has fantastic view out across the bay of Calla Millor. In 2011 a second set of 9 holes were added lengthening the course to 6,430 yards long.
The course was originally built through a pine forest, but sadly over 2,200 trees were destroyed during a tornado. New olive, pine and oak trees have since been planted, which now line the fairways. A good honest test of golf for golfers of all abilities.
Located in the north-east of the island, designed by Jose Gancedo and opened in 1989, this golf course is one of contrasts. The front-nine is very hilly with tight tree lined fairways and getting the right club for each shot is essential. These holes do have some spectacular views out across Canyamel bay and beyond.
The back-nine in stark comparison is relatively flat with wide open fairways, be aware however, as the green can be tricky especially the 18th which is three tiered.
Where to Play Golf in The South of the Island
The area of the island is traditionally the region for holiday makers who generally sunbathe and party, but, there is a wide choice of beach resorts and golf courses. The following are our top picks taken from personal experience:
The most southerly course on the island, west of Magalluf, the golf course has numerous water hazards and relatively narrow fairways. Many fairways are lined by artificial water hazards in the guise of Mallorcan style dykes making this course a more interesting test. A great course for golfers of abilities with numerous tee positions to choose from.
Located a little further away from the main courses and is due east towards the popular town of Llucmajor. The course opened in 2006 and is one of the newest courses on the island and is a popular addition to this great portfolio of courses. Carved between pine, olive, and carob trees in a classic Mallorcan landscape with four lakes and two island greens. Highly recommended.
One of the newest golf courses on the island and in many people’s opinions the best by far! No money was spared when German designer Thomas Himmel created this oasis only 14km east of Palma airport. The golf clubhouse can only be described as impressive and stands towering over the 18th green.
Son Gual has been designed to make the most of the natural surroundings and at the same time offering a testing, challenging round of golf. This is a must play course, it’s not the cheapest, but it could be described as the best on the island.
Son Antem West GC
Located to the west of LLucajor, nearer to the airport approximately 8km away. This 18 Hole championship golf course measures just under 7,000 yards from the championship tees, accuracy is paramount from the first tee-shot! The fairways are tree-lined making some of the dog-legs a little more difficult on first inspection. In addition, some holes include elevated greens meaning you are playing over trees to the green. A great challenge and very enjoyable in our opinion, but come prepared, as you may have to use all of the clubs in your bag. Although not too strenuous, a buggy makes life that little easier.
Son Vida GC
Situated on the beautiful Son Vida residential estate just 3km from Palma city centre. One of three fantastic Championship golf courses situated here, the other two are Son Muntaner and Son Quint.
The oldest and most established of the three courses, it is possibly the most talked about golf course in Mallorca. The course is set amongst the ground of the 13th century Castillo Son Vida (originally a castle, now a luxury five-star hotel). It is a tight golf course with tree lined fairways and is a good test. Be aware, however, there are some cleverly placed water hazards and once you are over them you face fast unforgiving greens. Another must play course on the island and certainly one of our favourites.
What Else Can I Do?
Mallorca is an island of contrasts with fantastic beaches, churches, quaint villages, endless culture and Mallorcan gastronomy. There are numerous resorts dotted around the island some more popular and famous than others. Popular destinations in the north of the island include Alcudia, Puerto Pollenca and Alcanada. In the south there is the capital Palma, Magalluf, Illetas and the world-famous Puerto Portals.
Where Can I Stay?
The choice of hotels is extensive and nearly all are located in the south-west near to Palma and to the west towards Magalluf. Our favourites have been selected to give you the option of staying in the city, on a golf resort or in a popular resort area.
BE LIVE Son Antem Golf Resort
Situated east of Palma airport approximately 9km away is BE LIVE Son Antem Golf Resort. The hotel sits between it’s two 18-hole East and West golf championship golf courses and has its own luxury spa with numerous treatment rooms and a fantastic swim out pool. There is nothing better than sitting on the clubhouse terrace sampling a local beer and a few Mallorcan Tapas. Prices start here from £175 per person for 3 nights & 2 Rounds of golf.
Salles Marina Portals Hotel
The Salles Marina Portals hotel is located at the heart of Portals Nous overlooking the town centre and down towards the Puerto Portals Cosmopolitan Marina area. The hotel is a short walk to numerous bars, restaurants and nightclubs. Palma is only a taxi ride away where a more cultural evening can be experienced. This four-star hotel is also ideally located for the golf courses of the area with four courses within a 15-minute drive away.
A great golfer’s hotel for either individuals, couples or groups alike. Prices start from £529 per person for 7 nights and 5 rounds of golf.
Tryp Belver Palma Hotel
The Tryp Belver is located at the heart of Palma city centre just a short five-minute walk away from the old town which offers bars, tapas and evening nightlife. This four-star modern hotel has a great atmosphere and extensive views across the bay of Palma and the famous Palma Cathedral. Ideally located for both the golf courses om the area and also Palma International Airport which is just fifteen minutes away.
This hotel is ideal for golfing groups and come highly recommended. Prices start from £596 per person for 7 nights and 5 rounds of golf.
Son Caliu Hotel Oasis Hotel
Located in Palma Nova the hotel first opened in the late 1960’s and has received numerous upgrades ever since. The hotel has its own gardens, private cove and small beach with outdoor pool extensive patio are for Al Fresco drinks.
One of the very first hotels on the island to cater specifically for golfers, this family owned and run hotel is centrally located within the resort with a wide selection of bars and restaurants that are within a short walk of the hotel. The hotel has a great golfers bar and is very popular with returning golfers year after year. The best golf courses in the area are all within 15 minutes of the hotel.
This is one our favourite hotels and prices start here at just £685 per person for 7 nights and 5 rounds.