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The Top 7 Golf Courses on the Balearic Islands

Undoubtedly, one of the ideal places to play golf in the Mediterranean is the Balearic Islands.
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Playing golf in the Balearic Islands

For many years now, the islands have established themselves as one of the foremost golfing holiday destinations in Europe. Currently, the Balearic Golf Federation has almost 30 top-level golf courses in all the islands. Many of them are so famous and in-demand that you need a reservation month in advance to play there.


The oldest course is Arabella Golf Son Vida, which opened in Mallorca in 1964. It is one of the most important golf fairs in the industry of tourism these days. Since then, golf had not ceased to grow and received fantastic recognition in 2016, when Mallorca hosted the International Golf Travel Market (IGTM). In other words, there is an unavoidable fact to illustrate these trends: 85% of the golfers of the Balearic Islands are foreign tourists.


The secret of such success is plain to see: excellent accommodation and trendy restaurants, fantastic beaches and wonderful weather most of the year make these islands a unique place for tourists, receiving visitors from all over the world.

What are the best golf courses in the Balearic Islands? With our team of specialists, we drew up a selected list taking into account the design of each field, its location, the benefits of each club and its history.


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The number one golf course on the island of Mallorca was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr in 2003. With more than 250 courses built around the planet, Jones has left his mark in the United States, Japan, Canada, Australia, France, Italy, England, Finland, Russia, India, the Philippines, Denmark, Portugal, Hungary and Spain. 

Located in the north of the island, Alcanada is nestled right by the sea on a site of exuberant beauty. Each of the 18 holes of the course (par 72, 7,107 yards) blends naturally with the typically Mallorcan terrain. Among pine and olive trees, players will find fantastic views of the sea. Today, it is one of the most renowned golf courses in Europe.

This is a private club located on a 156-hectare property surrounded by the unique Mediterranean landscape. Those who are not club members can still play but need to reserve a tee-time in advance. This course “was the best condition golf course I had played on my two years playing seniors events for the multiple champion Peter Mitchell.” But Welsh Ian Woosnam went further on with his remark and went as far as to say: “It’s a bit like Augusta.”

The club’s facilities are of a high standard and of a high level. It even has a highly recognized Golf Academy. As for the course (par 72, 7,240 yards) was designed with wide fairways and elegant greens, all in a sublime setting that led to many calling it the Mallorcan “Augusta National”.

How could Islands not possibly have a course designed by Jack Nicklaus? A par 71 and 6,591 yards in length, this Nicklaus signature course is accessible for all golfers. It is located just 10 kilometres from historic downtown Palma. It is not a course extensive in size, but that does not mean it is easy.

Many holes feature strategically placed obstacles that require more imagination than distance when hitting the ball. The club was founded in 2006, and since then, it has been welcoming tourists and illustrious residents throughout the year.
This fantastic complex has four golf courses, of which Son Muntaner (par 72, 6,895 yards) is the most famous and stands above the other three. It was designed by Kurt Rossknecht, and it opened in 2000. Golf Son Muntaner is a course designed to exceed your expectations. It has an extraordinary design, with manicured and challenging greens.
In 2016, ambitious work was carried out, replacing the grass of the entire course. With this achievement, they managed to upgrade the field to another level. The European Tour recently recognized its design as one of its most outstanding golf destinations. After this, the Mallorcan club became the third Spanish destination to join the selected top 3, along with Finca Cortesin in Malaga and PGA’s Catalunya Resort in Girona.

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this famous Mallorcan club was founded in 1995. Between 2004 and 2006, it was entirely redesigned by the legendary José María Olazábal. The changes reconverted the course to a demanding par 70 of 6,830 yards which now challenges all golfers. Pula Golf has hosted important European Tour tournaments, including the Mallorca Classic, the Mallorca Skin Games and the Olazábal & Nadal Invitational.
The course offers the typical Mallorcan undulations, as well as its typical vegetation. It even presents some panoramic holes that invite distraction in at the mere sight. It is worth noting that the club is famous for being very close to the town where tennis player Rafael Nadal was born.
this beautiful course (par 72, 6,395 yards) is located between the Castle of Capdepera and Artà. It was designed by the North American Dan Maples, who took outstanding advantage of the valley area, thus offering an entertaining course. Without a doubt, one of the most exceptional holes is the 15th, which offers impressive panoramic views of the valley and of the coast. For most golfers, it is the most beautiful golf hole in the Balearic Islands.

This is a Folco Nardi design, dating from 1977. Without a doubt, it is one of the most famous golf courses on the island. It received the European Tour six times, and this year will have the circuit main European tour again, something that has not happened for the last ten years.

The complex has two other golf courses, which are exclusive to members only. Golf Santa Ponsa I (par 72, 7,155 yards) has a great variety of olive, pine and almond tree in its design, marking the limits of its wide fairways. Without a doubt, it is a field that you cannot miss.

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