Mallorca's Club de Golf Alcanada is celebrating being voted the top golf course in Europe for the fourth year in a row after visitors to www.1golf.eu named it their favourite course of 2014.
More than 1,000 golfers from 36 countries took part in the poll, showcasing the venue's global appeal, with the Mallorcan course beating a host of top courses to the honour. Among them was, arguably, the most famous venue in golf, the Old Course at St Andrews, which claimed sixth place, and Spain's renowned Ryder Cup venue Valderamma, which took seventh spot.
The poll asked golfers to name their three favorite European courses and awarded three points for a first place selection, down to one point for their third choice. When the totals were calculated, it was the Robert Trent Jones Jnr designed Alcanada that triumphed.
The club is situated in the north region of Mallorca, overlooking the Bay of Alcudia with an 18-hole championship course which opened in October 2003. In addition, it also boasts a centuries old Mallorca clubhouse, which offers guests the opportunity to sample regional specialties on its sun terrace dining facilities. A comprehensive golf academy including a short game area and covered driving range are also on-site.
"To have been voted as the best course in Europe, again, by golfers is an accomplishment of which we are very proud." - Kristoff Both
Given all the Spanish resort has to offer, Kristoff Both, director of golf at Alcanada, was delighted to receive an award voted for by golfers - something he holds in high regard - and commended the club’s staff for their efforts.
“There are many honours bestowed upon golf courses every year, but, personally, I feel those voted for by golfers are among the most valuable,” said Both.
“Our ethos at Alcanada is geared towards providing the best golfing experience possible for visiting golfers and members, whether they play off scratch or 36. That was the way the course was designed and, 11 years on, it remains our raison d'etre.
“To have been voted as the best course in Europe, again, by golfers is an accomplishment of which we are very proud and testament to the hard work put in by everyone at the club, from the greenkeepers to the bar staff.”