For the holiday golfer, there are few better destinations in the world than Spain, where world class courses are open to the amateur at all times of the year. The Spanish island of Majorca can be a perfect location with a great climate that is suited for all day golf and some top quality courses throughout. Santa Ponsa is one of the best known golfing locations in Majorca and while two of its three courses are strictly for members only, Santa Ponsa 1 welcomes visitors by prior arrangement. An 18 hole, par 72 course at just over 6,100 yards, this is a testing location with some distinct water hazards throughout. Although it’s a relatively short overall, the Santa Ponsa 1 claims the longest hole in Majorca with the 645 yard 10th which is truly a monster. Overall, there are some spectacular mountain views throughout the course and it is arguably the best kept location in the entire region.
While many courses in Majorca are fairly flat, the Poniente is an exception and it uses the landscape to perfection in a par 72, 18 hole course that comes in at just over 6,100 yards. The front nine here is on fairly level terrain but the remaining holes are much steeper and will seriously challenge your fitness as you come to the end of your round. As with the majority of courses here, the Poniente has some beautiful views and some stunning water features together with local flora and fauna which will make your round more pleasant, unless of course you happen to fall foul of these natural hazards. Vall D’or is one of the most popular courses in Majorca and while this has its advantages, many holiday golfers have noted that it can get a little crowded at times and as a result, your round may take a little longer than usual. It’s generally accepted that the wait is worth it for this par 71, and 5,600 yard course. Andwhile the front nine takes you up into the mountains and gives you some incredible views across the sea, the back nine is a little flatter and more sedate. Overall, the course is challenging, but for many it’s a little shorter and a little easier and offers the opportunity for the lowest score of your holiday. Golf Majoris has two courses – East and West – that are quite long at around 7000 yards but they are relatively flat and hazard free. If you’re the type of golfer that likes to travel but still play to their handicap then either of these could be for you. All of the courses mentioned can be played by visitors with prior arrangement and that makes them perfect for the holiday golfer. As for Majorca itself, the climate is warm but with an average temperature of around 21 degrees centigrade, it is rarely too hot to play during the day. Add to that the fact that there is very little rainfall and Majorca becomes one of the best golfing locations in the world.