Son Gual - Balearic Islands - Spain

Golf Son Gual,
Finca Son Gual,
Ma 15 - Palma - Manacor,
Km 11,
07199 Palma de Mallorca

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  • Andreas Pamer

  • Thomas Himmel

  • Michel Monnard

Visit for a golf holiday at Son Gual

Mallorca or Majorca as it’s known in the UK, is one of the most popular holiday destinations for tourists from Germany, Ireland and the UK and now with the recent opening of Son Gual, there’s a genuine reason for serious golfers to visit Spain’s largest Balearic Island.

With around 20 Mallorcan courses to choose from, there’s no shortage of layouts on the island, but there was no real tempting “must-play” course until three-time German Amateur Champion, Thomas Himmel, moulded the dramatic Son Gual into the landscape, thereby raising the bar to a significantly higher level. In doing so, Himmel has created a likely future venue for the Mallorcan Classic, a regular European Tour event, which is usually hosted at Pula Golf Club.

Son Gual is the realisation of Adam Pamer’s dream. After purchasing a holiday home on Majorca, Pamer, a golf mad double-glazing magnate, grew frustrated by the poor condition of the island’s courses and decided he’d remedy the problem by building his own. The earth definitely moved for Pamer – 1.4 million cubic metres to be precise – and soon afterwards a bland 175-acre slice of former agricultural land was transformed into an imaginative, sweeping golf course. Throw in a few acres of vibrant wild flowers, 800 mature olive trees, expansive bunkering, acres of water – including a waterfall – impeccable tee to green conditioning and two of the most dramatic closing holes in golf and voilà a cocktail of undiluted enjoyment.

The entire Son Gual project is reputed to have cost a cool €30m but given the challenges faced, especially those surrounding irrigation water supply, the budget has been spent wisely. Apart from the colourful wild flowers, on-course vineyards and those other points mentioned above, the overriding memories from Son Gual would certainly include, the size and quality of the tees, which are double the average tee size (averaging 900 square metres) and bigger than Son Gual’s greens. The greens themselves are pretty big, but the putting surfaces appear much larger as they incorporate massive elongated fringes and run-off areas. Naturally, such attention to detail only adds to what is surely a hefty annual course maintenance budget.

Measuring a substantial 7,250 yards from the back (black) markers, Son Gual is a challenging test, especially when the fickle Mediterranean breezes stiffen. The whole design is captivating and, with bent grass from tee to green, the whole experience is polished to absolute perfection. Numerous holes, including 7, 14 and 15 will stick in the memory but none more so than the closing hole which is a serious contender for Europe’s best par five and Spain’s most dramatic 18th.

Golf Son Gual hosted the Son Gual Mallorca Senior Open from May 8-10, 2009, underlining the club’s growing reputation as one of Europe’s finest golfing venues. Englishman Mark James defeated former Irish Ryder Cup teammate Eamonn Darcy in a play-off to claim the title.
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Reviews for Son Gual

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When I played it the day after Mark James won the Mallorca Senior Open, the condition of the course was quite breathtaking. Take a bow, Mr Pamer. Set in 156 hectares, the two year-old Son Gual club, 15 minutes northeast of Palma, is long and varied, with water, 800 newly planted olive trees and aggressive bunkering providing the first challenge. The second is the cleverly angled greens, which Ian Woosnam likened to Augusta’s. Huge and heavily contoured – my fourball greeted two-putts as fist pumping triumphs. A revolutionary €2 million water treatment plant guarantees no water shortage will ever compromise the green keeper’s stratospherically high standards.
June 01, 2009

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One of the very best new European courses to open in recent years. The evidence of an un-limited budget to get this course and club to the very best standard is obvious and being at Son Gual is a real pleasure (I cannot wait to return). Mallorca slipped behind mainland Spain, Portugal and newer destinations like Turkey as choices for a golfing trip but now there is a reason to return. All 18 holes are immaculate and the standout holes (and there are many), are the par-3 5th (short but so tricky to judge) and the par-5 6th on the front nine. The back 9 highlights have be a wicked par-3 at the 15th and the glorious 18th - without a doubt the best closing hole I have played in Europe (non GB&I), ever - a par 5 with water at the green and a split fairway for the tee shot and then the approach. I have raved in recent years about Monte Rei (Portugal), Cornelia (Turkey), Finca Cortesin (Spain) - well now add Son Gual to this list of new greats in Europe. Do not be surprised if the European Tour use this course for an event in the near future - it is that good already.
May 04, 2008

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Philip Brown
November 14, 2008
Looks like the tour is on it's way - Euro Seniors using Son Gual in May 2009.
Played Son Gual recently and it will run Valderrama close as a contender for the best conditioned golf course in Spain. The attention to detail is stunning from beginning to end and surely this will only improve as this new course matures and settles. A varied selection of holes make for entertaining golf and here there’s a fine mixture. Dig deep and experience Son Gual as a treat and take your time and perhaps enjoy tapas on the balcony which I can honestly say is delicious. Incredible finish from 15 through to 18 and I’m sure they will host the Mallorcan Open at some point in the not too distant future. Really this is about as good as it gets for a new course. The only downsides are the close proximity to the main road, the Palma airport flight path and the huge aprons in front of many of the greens which for me detract from the target which is the green itself. I understand that at least another nine holes are in the offing so this is sure to become a popular place for those serious golfers who are willing to part with around €150 for the privilege.
April 21, 2008

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