Son Vida Golf, Mallorca’s oldest course, dates back to 1964, when it was inaugurated by Prince Rainier of Monaco. Originally designed by Fred W Hawtree, the 18-hole course was redesigned by Kurt Rossknecht in 2001 to make it more challenging. It’s located amid the luxury villas and mansions that are dotted around the prestigious Son Vida estate, and features a wealth of Mediterranean flora. Son Vida Golf is renowned for its broad tree-lined fairways, superb views over Palma de Mallorca, and excellent playing conditions.
In the ‘90s, Son Vida Golf twice hosted the Balearic Open, won respectively by Severiano Ballesteros and Barry Lane.
This is a fairly short course and easily walkable (buggies are available), but tests players of all abilities. The course features 78 bunkers, four lakes and some fast greens that require more than just long shots. It has sweeping dog legs and a dramatic closing hole.
Son Vida Golf has a clubhouse with excellent El Pato restaurant, and a pro shop, with golf equipment for hire. There’s a putting green and pitching area, and warm-up area next to the clubhouse, with a view out to the 18th hole and the Sheraton Mallorca Arabella Golf Hotel. A driving range with three practice holes is available at nearby Son Muntaner.
There’s also a meeting room for hire.
The Starwood group of hotels offers three well-located properties for visiting golfers who want to stay and play at Son Vida Golf: the adjacent Castillo Hotel Son Vida, the Sheraton Mallorca Arabella, and seafront St Regis Mardavall Mallorca.
Handicap certificate must be shown on check-in.
Length: 5601 metres