Golf holidays in Mallorca are growing in popularity as the golfing world slowly realises that this island has it all, and flying 6 hours long haul for sunshine and greens is plain silly when you can pop across the Mediterranean and get all that and more. As such Mallorca has become an undisputed, high-end golfing destination.
There are 23 golf clubs in Mallorca, 20 open to visitors, 14 in the south, four in the northeast and 2 in the north, all under the auspices of the amateur golfing authority of the Balearic islands: La Federación Balear de Golf. Several of the largest greens are located within luxury golf resorts, allowing for a fully inclusive, no driving, golfing experience. These include hotels Son Quint, Son Vida and Son Muntaner near Palma, Son Antem near Llucmayor and Pula in Son Servera in the east of the island. There are two however, which are consistently voted the best golf courses in Mallorca; Alcanada Golf in Alcudia and Son Gual on the Palma to Manacor road.
Though you can play golf at practically any time of year on the island, the best seasons are Spring and Autumn. Summer may be too hot and Winter, though mild, is changeable. It is worth noting too that in Autumn the grass can seem a bit dry, and this is the main challenge, as the Summers on the island are tremendously hot, the greens are hard to keep green.
Spectacular design by Robert Trent Jones Snr. & Jnr. and breathtaking location on the Llevant hills with pine, olive and oak trees overlooking the small island and lighthouse on the Bay of Alcudia. A 12 hole course with 12 minute tee intervals, beautifully kept and maintained and with the most friendly and helpful staff. Located 65.5 km from Palma de Mallorca airport.
German owned and designed (by Thomas Himmel), Son Gual is considered, along with Alcanada Golf, of the very best the island can offer. As satisfying as it is challenging, the greens are in impecable condition, angled cleverly to allow for the best play, and with 15-minute starting intervals set to insure there's no waiting around. Located 14,4 km from Palma de Mallorca airport.
Located within the prestigious Son Vida estate, Arabella Golf Son Vida is the oldest golf course in Mallorca, built in 1964. In 2001 the course was redesigned by German architect Kurt Rossknecht increasing its difficulty. The undulating fairways, and large, well designed contoured greens, offer numerous challenging pin positions, and are a good test for golfers of all standards. 17 km from Palma de Mallorca airport.
A part of the Arabella Golf trio (Son Vida, Son Quint and Son Muntaner), Son Muntaner was built in 2000, designed by Kurt Rossknecht as a tougher and longer version of the others. The greens have been re-seeded with Bermuda Celebration grass, which withstands the hot Summer temperatures well and allows for year-round playing. Son Muntaner is also home to Mallorca's oldest olive tree - "Sa Capitana". 17 km from Palma de Mallorca airport.
Innaugurated in 2007, this is the youngest golf course on the island and the latest addition to the Arabella Golf Resort, aslo designed by Kurt Rossknecht, and Ramón Espinosa. The setting is wonderful, with elevated views over the city, located 17 km from Palma de Mallorca airport.
Golf Park Mallorca opened in 2006, a gently undulating course, easy to walk and crafted by architects from Nicklaus Design. There are buggy paths, although buggies can be taken onto the fairways, weather permitting. The course is located 10km from Palma city and 14 km from the Palma de Mallorca airport.
Pula Golf was founded in1995 and redesigned in 2004-2006 by José María Olazábal to satisfy the demands of international and professional golf; par 72 of 6.246m where 14 of the 18 holes have views to the green from the tee and the remaining 4, from the 2nd stroke. Par 70 for professionals. Located near Son Servera on the east coast of Mallorca. 70 km from Palma de Mallorca airport.
Located in the luxury residential Bendinat development. The club was opened in 1986 (with 9 holes) and extended in 1995, to 18 holes (Par 70). Designed by Martin Hawtree, the course is captivating for its landscape and views of valley and mountains, and hilly and tricky to play. Located 24 km from Palma de Mallorca airport.
A 18 hole par-73 golf course in the northeast of Mallorca. On a clear day you can see the neighbouring island of Menorca across the sea. The course was created in 1988 by golf architect José Gancedo, fully respecting and preserving the natural environment. As you can see from the club logo, the area is full of local tortoises and players are asked to respect them and not handle them, as they are very much a part of the environment. Located 76 km from Palma de Mallorca airport.
Opened in 2006, Maioris is one of the most recent additions to Mallorca's golf scene. Owned by Romeo Sala, who also owns Pula Golf, and designed by Dieter Cabus, Maioris Golf is a championship standard golf course set in a beautiful Mediterranean landscape, and located 18.5 km from Palma de Mallorca airport.
This gently undulating parkland course with generous fairways is the second oldest golf course on the island, a beautiful and challenging golf green, fairly off the radar, with views of the mountains and over the Bay of Cala Millor. Located on the northeast coast of Mallorca, 71.8 km from Palma de Mallorca airport.
Son Antem west is a cghampionship level golf course with narrow fairways, tougher to play and more technical than the Son Antem east, surrounded by woods in a truly spectacular natural landscape, with views to Puig Randa mountain. Located 18.5 km from Palma de Mallorca airport.
A classically designed golf course with wide fairways and flat greens, ideal for amateur and high handicap players. Built on an old hunting estate, it's rich in wildlife and cost-effective. Can be combined with Son Antem west. Located 18.5 km from Palma de Mallorca airport.
Considered amongst the most difficult and challenging golf courses in the Mediterranean, Golf Andratx in the southwest of the island is actually located in Camp del Mar and enjoys fabulous views over the bay. Worth noting, this is an eco-friendly golf course, irrigated with recycled water and collected rainwater, with its own desalination plant. Located 39 km from Palma de Mallorca airport.
Golf Pollensa is an idyllic course in the north of Mallorca. It first opened in 1986 and was later redesigned in 2000 by Michael Pinner (Nicklaus Group). 9 hole golf course with fabulous views of the Sierra de Tramuntana mountains and the Bays of Pollensa and Alcúdia. Located 57.5 km from Palma de Mallorca airport.
Opened in 1998, Golf Poniente is the oldest golf course on the island and the most respected, and remains a favourite with German and British players. It was later redesigned in 2015 by the John Harris design team. It has 15 lakes, 18 holes, par-72 layout and measures 6,426 metres with quick greens. Located 30.4 km from Palma de Mallorca airport.
Son Termes opened in 1998 in the idyllic countryside between S'Esglaietta and the Soller road. Designed by the Harris group and Jose Rodriguez, it has quick smooth greens and lots of wildlife and bird sighting opportunities. Located 21.6 km from Palma de Mallorca airport.
3 golf courses and a 4 star golf resort hotel make up the Santa Ponsa 1, in the south west of the island. Consistent, open and uncomplicated, this is the only course out of the three that is open to the public, the other two are member's only. Located 32.9 km from Palma de Mallorca airport.
Capdepera golf course opened in 1989, built on 2000 year old farmland and designed by American designer Dan Maples, this is 18 hole, par-72 course with wide and narrow fairways, 6 lakes and what is considered the finest club house on the island. Located 71 km from Palma de Mallorca airport.