If you are looking for a sunshine golf destination that has a huge supply of beautiful courses, Mallorca is the place for you.
The largest of the Balearic Islands, situated off the east coast of mainland Spain, it is home to 19 fantastic layouts, all located within an hour’s drive of one another.
Of course, Mallorca’s reputation as a top holiday destination is already well established. The island has a population of over one million but welcomes more than eight times as many visitors each year - and, as word continues to spread through the golf community about the superb courses it is home to, you can expect that figure to increase.
Alcanada (above), which opened in the far north of the island in 2003, is widely regarded as the one of the best courses on the island, not to mention one of the most scenic. With brilliant vistas across the bay of Alcudia, it is named after a nearby island just off the shore, home to a lighthouse that you can see from the majority of holes. The course - owned by the Porsche family - also has many elevated tee shots and tight, tree-lined fairways to negotiate.
Similarly, Son Gual (above), just a ten-minute drive east of Palma airport, is another course that you cannot afford to miss on a visit to Mallorca. What can you expect? Well, according to former Masters champion Ian Woosnam it has shades of Augusta National about it. If that doesn’t get you licking your lips, we don’t know what will.
Golf Son Servera is the second oldest club on the island, having opened in 1967 just three years after the original nine holes were unveiled at Son Vida. It is a picturesque course, with mountains and the bay of Cala Millor beyond.
Meanwhile, opened in 1986 as a nine-hole layout and extended in 1995, there is plenty of charm about Real Golf de Bendinat. At 6,190 yards, the par-70 course requires strategy, skill and placement rather than brute force and power to reap your rewards. The course is a feast for the eyes, too, sitting in a wooded valley at the foot of a mountain with some breathtaking views of the surrounding area.
Mairoris is another fun experience, whilst there’s plenty to enjoy about Son Muntaner (above), too, not least the 1,000-year-old olive tree that is found on the 15th hole. Golf de Andratx in the south west of the island is a fantastic layout that is home to the longest hole in Spain. Its sixth hole, the ‘Green Monster’, measures more than 600 yards. Can you complete it without dropping a shot?
The Jack Nicklaus-designed Golf Park Mallorca Puntiro (below) is magnificent, as are the two courses at both Santa Ponsa and Son Antem. The former, in fact, has staged numerous European Tour events since it opened in 1977.
Away from the course, there is much to do to pass the time in Mallorca. The island’s administrative and cultural capital Palma is a fine place to explore, particularly the Old Town, with its narrow, winding streets, peaceful courtyards and beautiful Baroque and Gothic architecture.
If sightseeing isn’t your thing, then there are countless award-winning beaches where you can soak up the sun. Cala Llombards, on the south east coast of the island, is arguably the pick of the bunch.
With regular flights operating out of Scottish airports, it is easy to get to and, best of all, extremely affordable. In fact, when you add it all up, you arrive at one conclusion: as a top golf destination, Mallorca ticks every box.
To find out more, visit mallorcagolfisland.com.