Clube de Golf Alcanada was nominated by Ian and was added as a gem to the Top 100 site on 15th November 2006, since then the course has progressed to a ranked Spanish course. Ian's original nomination comments are as follows:
"Alcanada is on the Northern tip of Majorca close to the town of Alcudia. It is perhaps a less well-known course to the more famous Santa Ponsa in the south. It is however every bit as good, if not better.
Firstly the scenery is spectacular running from the coast up in to the rolling hills. The view across the bay to Alcudia with the island and its lighthouse is a unique feature. The layout of the course is varied crossing valleys and ravines, plenty of very elevated tee shots and a stiff coastal breeze on the flatter section close to the coast.
This Robert Trent Jones Jnr design is, as you would expect, perfectly manicured with the greens fast and true. The fairways are lush and you are guaranteed a good lie everywhere. I cannot recall a hole that I did not enjoy – the elevated tees were a real buzz, with a couple of reachable par fives. The par fours are varied from short and tight holes to 450 yards plus. There are also four good par threes, a couple over 200 yards.
I have played several courses on the island and this is easily the most enjoyable but is also the sternest of tests. It was however on the pricey side (approx.100 Euro), but was also very quiet and proved to be an effortless round of golf – if you have not got a handicap certificate, forget it you will not be allowed to play. This course is worth playing for the setting and scenery alone but that said, I can not see how someone could come away from here feeling disappointed with the challenge of the course either – I will certainly be playing it again when I am next on the island. A hidden gem given that the north of the island is not renowned for its golf courses. Alcanada has put it on the map!"
The club closed from December 2018 to February 2019 to allow a €600,000 renovation to take place, involving the reconstruction of putting surfaces, the replacement of bunker sand, an upgrade of the irrigation system and the repair of cart paths.
A lush, stunningly beautiful golf course! Incredible views from most of the tees boxes and greens. It’s in very good condition and a great design. Alll the staff there are warm and friendly. I highly recommend it and I shall return there soon!
My first taste of Mollorcan Golf and what a start to my trip. Simply beautiful. The course sits directly by the sea with some stunning views especially from some of the elevated tee boxes around the 18. It was an amazing experience to tee off along the final stretch of the back nine with sailing boats cruising past. The course was in immaculate condition throughout and presents a reasonable challenge despite having some fairly wide fairways in parts. It’s a must to stop after your round to sit on the club terrace which over looks the bay and mountains beyond.
Clube de Golf Alcanada was played at middle of June 2021 and was really satisfied. First of all beautiful place by the seaside of the northern Mallorca in the Alcudia Bay. Next enjoyable point is very acceptable price for green fee with buggy (it is advisable to take). Also everything is well arranged and maintained – from entrance to golf club, small but pretty driving range, practice green, clubhouse, restaurant and first tee. Concerning architecture and picturesque this golf course is pretty nice and not boring with many of attractive views. In general condition of fields and surroundings were perfect, greens was soft, very fast (what was surprised) and unpredictable. Golf course is not very challenging (from yellow tee), but concerning unpredictable greens you must be very careful to atack pin from every distance. There you can‘t find a lot of hazards and all fields look like enjoyable resort type course.
All you need is some accuracy and distance from tee. For long hitters some par 5 greens are reachable by two (1st, 13th & maybe 11th with favorable wind). Also you can find par5 hole with incredible distance from club tee – 565 m.! It is one of the most attractive and picturable hole from tee. Also very nice the last tree holes – 16th, 17th and 18th.
Actually you can find some of hazards and hilly landscape here for challenge, but if play safe it is not big deal to putt nice digits on scorecard. Concerning picturable views is very pleasant to play here. Game success depends on wind also. Cozy clubhouse and restaurant with memorable views to golf course and bay. As was mentioned buggy is recommended. I‘m not old man and can walk a lot, but quality of game will be very average I guess. Buggy is really comfortable and good equipped (GPS, cooler and etc.).
Value for price I found very high here. Staff is other part of this golf club and definitely not the worst. Elementary customer focus and courtesy are in high level. You feel like at home club. My best regards to all of you.
No doubt every golf course rating is always a subject with a lot of subjectivity, depending on various criteria. I always rating by the following criteria: course complexity or challenging, fields condition (especially greens & fairways), service (only what you can get: buggie, clubs rent, condition of clubs, the amount of choice and etc. except staff and other subjective things that depends on your or staff mood), surrounding views or pleasure to the eyes and definitely value for the price. All criteries will be rating from 1 to 5 stars. Concerning Alcanada my personal opinion is follow:
1. Challenging – 4*
2. Condition – 5*
3. Service - 5*+
4. Surroundings - 5*+
5. Value for the price - 5*
I look forward to coming back here for the next great round.
Beautiful settings between sea and mountain, good maintenance, difficult greens, and the most comfortable buggy I have ever played with. Alcanada and T Golf and the 2 best courses in Mallorca without doubt.
I said to my playing partners if I bought a house in Spain it would be close to Alcanada. A beautiful course, gorgeous views from up high. Providing a decent test of golf (especially from the back tees). Good condition all round, from fairway & green speeds to decent length rough and well placed bunkers.
Lovely course in a fantastic location. When I played it the condition was outstanding, and is still one of the best conditioned courses I've ever played. There are lots of good holes, however i did feel it got quite repetitive on the back nine
A very lovely course enjoying a great location in Alcudia Bay. The set up is very good even if the greens are sometimes a bit peculiar. Most of the fairways are really wide and forgive the errant tee shots.
Rough is not too deep.
As you understand the general set up favors amateurs and offers them the opportunity to enjoy a nice round on one of the most scenic course Mallorca can offer.
Wauw ...... what a place, 17 holes with seaside view and sea view, total peace and calm conditions, and a very exciting design and layout. Every hole a challenge, but so fair and welcoming in all aspects. Sure, you have to be on top of your game and you have to produce solid shots, especially from tee......... but we (4 Danish golfers, played here 12 times over 5 years) always enjoy the quality of greens, fairways and teeboxes..... and even the bunkers are so well kept, its actually fun to hit from. The clubhouse proshop is awesome, be careful, you want to buy the whole place...... and the terrace view and setting after an eventful round, is the perfect way to get your pulse down to normal again. Cannot imagine ever again, being in Mallorca, without playing Alcanada ........ Its almost criminal behavior, if you consider yourself a true golfer......... We love it here !!!!!!!!!
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Alcanada is a test of golf that nature intended. There is no artifice here and although it is extremely tough and certainly no place for the novice I rate it the best course on the island because it is so natural.
There are no artificial lakes or fountains here, just a quiet peace and the breeze blowing in off the Bay of Alcudia. On a quiet, sunlit day when I played it on a late September weekday it could not be faulted as there is such a natural flow to the holes that leads you up around the slopes and down to the coastal plain of this wonderful course..
My playing partner and I flew round, although we did take a buggy as this is a testing walk for the older golfer, in a shade over three hours. The fairways were green and lush with the ball sitting up nicely and the greens, many of them with some fiendish slopes, were consistently true.
To score well around here accuracy is more important than distance although a number of raised tees give the big hitters a chance to open their shoulders. I could not name a weak hole on the course although with the drama and spectacular views that are on offer on the front nine, with a ravine to cross on the very first hole and some long holes to follow, the last hole is something of an anti-climax. But that is only a minor quibble.
The facilities are every bit as excellent as the course with sensational views out to sea on the terrace and some excellent food and wines to savour. As I sat enjoying a glass of excellent Rioja and gazing out to the lighthouse the club has taken as its emblem my one thought was when can I come back here again to play.
If you are a serious golfer and on Mallorca you must play Alcanada.
My third round here and I like this course a lot and there is a really good club atmosphere with a decent combination of friendly members and visitors from several European countries. It is still relatively a young course, opened in 2003 but the feel is one of a mature course of more than thirteen years. The opening hole is very strong, a par-5 with a blind lay-up, so you need to trust your yardage and use the stroke saver well, the approach is then over a stream to the green around 120 yards away. The 2nd and 3rd holes are both very good but maybe a little similar as back to back holes; both are par-4’s with a slight dog-leg to the left. The 5th is a strong driving hole; just under 400 yards in length and coming from a great tree surrounded teeing area and is my favourite hole on the front nine. The toughest hole against par must be the 8th; 450 yards slightly uphill and although very straight is the strongest par-4. The first four holes of the back nine (pars of 4,5,4,5) are decent holes but do run adjacent to each other and there can be a little bit of a claustrophobic feel here. The 15th hole is the short par-4 that all courses should have and with an accurate tee shot, this is there for the taking. My choice of best hole on the home nine is the 16th, another big par-4 at close to 480 yards and seven fairway bunkers protecting. The 18th is a fun hole to play; around 350 yards with six great bunkers covering the last 130 yards to the green on the left. I would recommend the course to everyone and a special note about the greens; these are great to putt on and will not disappoint. Post round must be taken on the huge terrace looking out to the lighthouse on Alcanada island, very nice indeed.