Son Vida - Balearic Islands - Spain

Son Vida Golf,
Urbanización Son Vida,
07013 Palma de Mallorca,
Balearic Islands,
Spain


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  • Bernat Llobera

  • F.W.Hawtree & Kurt Rossknecht

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Majorca or Mallorca is the largest of the Spanish Balearic Islands and Son Vida is the oldest golf course on the island. F.W. Hawtree originally designed Son Vida and the first nine holes opened for play in 1964, with Prince Rainier of Monaco officially opening the course. Back then, the opening tee shot was played from the old downhill 1st (now the 6th), a hole that’s popularly known as “San Francisco”.  

In 2001, German architect Kurt Rossknecht remodelled the layout. Although all the greens, tees, bunkers and water hazards on the course were rebuilt and a new irrigation system installed, only the 13th to the 18th were actually restructured, as the more open aspect of these holes allowed scope for some greens to be repositioned. 

Son Vida must be one of the island’s most beautiful courses and there are some stunning views from its fairways across the sun kissed Bay of Palma. Talking of fairways, they appear very tight from the tees but they widen kindly around the landing area of a decent drive. A number of the two-shot holes feature wicked doglegs, which will tempt the big hitters.  

Overall, Son Vida is a solid course that offers beauty and variety. The closing five holes are especially challenging and the 18th is a cracking par five featuring a double dogleg and two lakes and a stream. If you make the green in two then you deserve a drink of your choosing in the clubhouse afterwards. 

The course hosted two editions of the European Tour’s Open de Baleares in 1990 and 1994. Seve Ballesteros won the first event after a playoff win against Magnus Persson and Barry Lane (with the same aggregate score as Seve’s 269) claimed the second tournament by two strokes from fellow Englishman Jim Payne.

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I played the Son Quint and Son Vida courses today, as a warm up for a round on the Sun Muntaner course tomorrow. The Son Quint is a decent track, with fairways squeezed quite tightly into a compact property and water brought into play sparingly at only three holes. The Son Vida is a lovely old Fred Hawtree course, with plenty of short, tight fairways set out on rolling terrain and an absolutely wonderful set of four short holes, three of which play sharply downhill from seriously elevated tee positions (built in an era when architects knew how to construct eye Son Vida Golf Course - Photo by reviewercatching par threes, of course). The playing corridors are hemmed in by trees and/or housing on either side of the fairway on many of the holes from 1 to 12 and I thought that I’d hate that sort of confinement. Instead, I really warmed to the idea of having to fully concentrate to keep my ball in play and I thought the last six holes were actually too open, hankering for the strictures of the earlier holes to remain in place until the round concluded. Again, apart from the par three 16th and par five 18th, water hazards were kept to a minimum on the course, which is always a bonus in my book. There’s a new clubhouse under construction at the moment, strategically located above the 18th green, and it’s due to open in Spring of next year. I can’t help but feel a pang of regret that the current atmospheric old building which has served golfers well for over half a century will be demolished and the 10th hole changed from a short par four to a par three, all in the name of progress. Can it really have been all of 25 summers since Seve won the Open de Balearas on this old course? Jim McCann.
November 26, 2015


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Son vida is one of three courses within the arabella group and by far the shortest of the three.It is really close to the Castillo Son Vida und the Sheraton hotel and the holes are nestled between the wonderful villas of Son Vida. Very narrow fairways on holes 1-11. From hole 12 to 18 the fairways oepn up and you have more space for misses. With about 5600 meters this is not the longest but with the small greens and narrow fairways also challenging.
November 20, 2015


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Played Son Vida for the first time in January 2015. The course opened in 1964 and it shows in the design (short, narrow, small greens). This means that if your tee-shots are wayward, as often is the case when you play off-season, your options are two: use your irons or select another course. Although I have grown up on a tight woodland course, I am no fan of playing close to other people's houses and I take it that a few of the "se vende" signs on the neighbouring properties might be from homeowners who have tired of adding golf balls to their collections. The section from hole 13 has more room, but is still quite tight and you have to watch players on other holes instead. A clear plus is that it was possible to play in 3 hours playing early in the morning. Only that may entice me to return soon.
January 17, 2015


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Eight of us played this course and we were disappointed with it. The starter was rude (until we were leaving and he thought he might get a tip). The course was mediocre. Nice food and club-house. We played Son Gual & Alcanada as well, but chose this one as we thought it might be easier to score for the poorer golfers in the group, which was the case. We won't be returning though.
October 04, 2011


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The course is a nice parkland course close to Palma de Majorca. It is part of the Arabella Sheraton Golf Resort which includes three 18 hole courses (Son Vida, Son Quint and Son Muntaner) and one 9-hole executive course (Son Quint Executive). I played Son Vida in the last week of August 2010. The course is relatively short (5600 metres from the yellow tees - the course only has red and yellow tees). The main difficulties come from the very narrow fairways. The first 12 holes are not very spectacular and I had the impression that there is just not enough space for the course because of all the residential developments. Holes 13-18 are nice and the fairways open up and the holes are getting longer. Hole 18 is clearly the signature hole - a nice double dogleg par 5 with two lakes and a large green right in front of the club house. The greens were in really great shape and the staff was friendly. The par 3's are interesting, but I had the feeling that they are a little bit the same (three short par 3's play from elevated tees). I think a ranking of #74 in Spain is a little bit overrated and Son Muntaner and Son Quint are more interesting and more of a challenge.
September 07, 2010


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February 28, 2012
A very good review. I was staying at the hotel on business and had a few spare hours one evening so decided to have a round. It was a pleasant enought experience but I would never consider this course when planning a golf holiday. Can't believe this is currently ranked at number 57 in Spain, it's never a top 100 course and the other reviews support this. I've lost a bit of faith in this website's ranking process.
The first tee at Son Vida gives you a taste of what is to come. Short dogleg, not too much bother and a slight annoyance that you won’t be hitting more than a 4 iron on a par 4. The first eleven or twelve holes are all pretty short and tight, surrounded by houses which while impressive add nothing to your enjoyment of the round. The course is clearly played a lot and the pace was slow to start off with (not helped by two early par 3s) but it speeded up thank goodness. Carts on paths only did nothing to help anyone’s speed of play. It is only on the back 9 that the course opens up and there is the opportunity to hit a driver off the tee and open the shoulders. All in all probably a 3 ball club which is in fine condition but feels squeezed into an area probably not conducive to great golf course architecture.
May 25, 2010


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