Canyamel - Balearic Islands - Spain

Canyamel Golf,
Avd d´es Cap Vermell s/n,
07589 Capdepera,
Balearic Islands,

  • +34 971 84 13 13

  • Bruno Felixberger

  • José “Pepe” Gancedo

  • Paul Kelly

In the valley created by the normally dry riverbed of Torrent de Canyamel in the far east of Mallorca lies Canyamel Golf. The course was designed by José “Pepe” Gancedo and opened in 1988.

Canyamel Golf - 9th fairway

The first nine holes are laid out on the slopes around the clubhouse and the changes in elevation are sometimes substantial and can cause trouble on your scorecard. The signature hole is the 9th with a highly unusual hazard in the form of little stone building in the middle of the fairway at 190 meters (209 yards) from the yellow tees. As the hole measures 384 meters (422 yards) in total laying up short is not really a great option, so if you have ambitions of reaching the green in regulation you have to take on the building and hope you can hit past or over it.

The back nine is laid out along the Torrent de Canyamel and here you may end up remembering the two par threes. At the short 14th you have to deal with high trees growing just short of the green. Pin positions short and left would be highly challenging. The longer 18th (173 meters, 190 yards) has a three-tiered green built into the slope. Here it is advisable to hit it to the right tier or at least end up below the flag to have a chance to make par or birdie.

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Description: The course at Canyamel Golf is a 1988 José Gancedo production that’s set at the northeast corner of the island of Mallorca. Look out for the stone building at the 9th, find the correct level on three-tiered home green and mind the turtles. Rating: 4.5 out of 10 Reviews: 2
Jim McCann

Canyamel was the first course I visited on my trip to Mallorca last week and it set the bar at a decent level when comparing it against the other layouts that followed. I really liked the routing on the front nine holes, with fairways rising and falling quite a bit across an undulating landscape to the north of the property. For sure, this is where the best holes are located.

Favourites included the par five 4th (where the roller coaster fairway leads to a long, narrow green with a small bunker to the left of the putting surface); the very short par three 5th (played slightly downhill with out of bounds to the right and a big fall off to the left); and the uphill, slightly right doglegged 9th, where tee shots must avoid an old stone building in the middle of the fairway.

I might have considered including the par three 8th in that short list but the droopy power cables strung out behind the green were such an eye sore.

The back nine holes are basically set out on very flat ground adjacent to the Torrent de Canyamel water course. Holes 10 to 13 head south, one after another, before reaching a short par three which is orientated at a 90-degree angle to the line of play for the previous four holes. The remaining four holes then march alongside holes 10-13 in the opposite direction towards the clubhouse.

The only hole I really got enthused about on the inward half was the slightly right doglegging par four 12th, with a big tree protecting the left entrance to a huge, crescent-shaped green that was set out with two distinct levels. The par three 14th is also worth a mention, but for all the wrong reasons – I’ve never seen four trees spaced out directly in front of a green before, and I hope I never see such a thing again!

The par three finisher set the tone for what turned out to be quite a few other closing holes on the island with a par three finish {just like Santa Ponsa (2), Val D’or, Pula and Son Serva) though the 3-tiered green on Canyamel (quaintly described in the Mallorca Golf Guide 2022 as having “triple ‘piano’ undulation”) was probably the most extreme of those five home holes I would come across.

Strangely, four of the five clubs in the northeast of the island have joined forces to promote the game in that area under the banner Golf East Mallorca. The only non-participant in this project is Canyamel and I can’t understand why the club would choose to opt out of such a venture – good luck to them if it’s felt there are a sufficient number of green fee-paying golfers coming their way without having to actively try and attract more custom…

Jim McCann

April 08, 2022
4 / 10
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"Spectacular" and "exclusive" are two adjectives Canyamel uses freely in its marketing and the course is rated in the top 5 on this island if you look at ranking lists compiled by German-speaking sources.

The views are indeed great, perhaps best from the club-house terrace overlooking the 18th green, but I am quite sure, though, that anyone reading this has other objectives in mind than finding like-minded souls who also drive high-spec custom BMWs.

So, how does this course compare to the others on the island and is it worth the 1 hr journey from Palma and the west of the island where many visitors end up outside the summer season (when few play golf in the heat anyway) ?

While you are much less likely to be disappointed by conditioning and attention to detail here than most other places on the island I have two reasons not to mark it quite as highly as the German observers mentioned above.

First, Canyamel starts with its most challenging holes. On the three occasions I have played it so far on each occasion I have seen people wreck their score completely on the first six holes. By this, I do not mean that a course should be easy, but if your customer base consists of holidaymakers in their off-season or older people who might not wish to spend an hour on the range, chipping and putting, you are well-advised to design your course with the main difficulties further into the round. I know I have no one less than Harry Colt on my side in that argument.

Second, I do not think the short holes are as great. Two of them, the 14th and the 18th, are actually among those I like the least. The 14th because the trees and the stone walls make it penal for higher handicappers without adding much difficulty for better players. The green on the 18th is placed on such a severe slope that a three-tiered solution has been necessary. With modern green speeds, here this means that a downhill putt is quite likely to roll off the green. Hopefully, the club will sort this out at some point just like my own home club finally did.

My recommendation for those based in Palma therefore is to save your longer trip for Alcanada.

On the other hand, if you plan to be staying nearby, it makes eminent sense to play all four courses in the vicinity, i.e. Pula, Canyamel, Capdepera and Son Servera. They are quite evenly matched, so I think it is a question of personal taste rather than objective criteria which one you will end up preferring over the other.

February 07, 2020
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