As you may have guessed, one of the perks of working in the travel business is getting out there and visiting suppliers, testing out their courses. Just in case the Mrs is reading this… it is still work, however, and is in no-way enjoyable!
This weekend we hit Mallorca on an organised trip for Tour Operators from all over Europe. After a surprisingly short flight from Standsted we were straight off the plane and putting our clubs in the back of our hired Ford Focus.
First stop was Son Muntaner Golf Course for a twilight round. Teeing off at 3.15pm we thought we would struggle to get round but thanks to a quiet course and some unusually straight driving we managed 18 holes with ease. The course had been hit by a freak snow storm the week before (the first in 57 years we are lead to believe!) but was in great condition, the greens were receptive and it certainly made a change from the boggy course and frosty greens we left behind in the UK! The course is fair and rewards straight driving with large greens which are well protected. The oldest tree in Mallorca also provides an unusual natural hazard.
Next day was a workshop with a “speed dating” feel meeting lots of local suppliers from hoteliers to golf courses and restaurants to transfer companies. Hopefully you will see some exciting new offers gracing our site in the next few days, some of which we think are outstanding value. After a morning of networking it was into Palma to play tourist for the day and see the sights. Even out of season Palma is an amazing venue with a mind-blowing harbour and a beautiful cathedral providing the perfect setting for a well deserved beer!
An early(ish) night followed as we were up early the next day to fit in 36 holes (honestly, this is still work). The first course was Bendinat, a tricky and testing course with a number of blind tee shots and elevated tees. The greens were among the best we had played and is definitely a course we will play again on our next visit; the quaint clubhouse has a welcoming feel and is the perfect place to spend a lazy afternoon. Not for us however, as we were back in the car and on the way to Poniente Golf for a speedy 18. Again, the course was quiet and not overrun with golfers. Generous fairways and tree-lined holes give the course a British feel and its flat fairways mean a buggy is not essential. Again, the greens were fantastic.
The next day we tee’d it up with a couple of lads from Golfbreaks (boo hiss!) at Golf Park . A Jack Nicklaus designed course, again with a slightly British feel. Generous fairways invite you to grip and it and rip it but the key here is positional play for the 2nd shots as deep bunkers and lakes guard the large, true greens. On a personal note, thanks to great company and a good game this was probably the course we enjoyed most and would recommend to anyone visiting the island. Plus, we are pleased to say Glencor were victorious, winning the grudge match by 1 hole!
Overall, Mallorca is a great golfing venue. The courses are not the cheapest to play but offer terrific value all things considered. They are quiet and unspoilt with tee times separated by as much as up to 15 minutes at some courses. A great motorway network runs through the Island meaning you are rarely 30 minutes away from your next destination.The nightlife is varied and offers Michelin star restaurants at various beautiful ports, and can also cater for groups looking for a livelier night in the famous Magaluf resort…
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