Puntiró Golf Club is set in an area known as “S’ Estanyol” and it’s a delightfully tranquil spot despite being located a mere nine kilometres from bustling Palma city centre. Mallorca, or Majorca, is the largest of the Spanish Balearic Islands and there is plenty of great golf to be sampled on this beautiful but much maligned island – there are around a dozen courses located within a short drive of Palma itself.
Opened on the 1st September 2006, Puntiro is the first Majorcan course to come from the Nicklaus Design stable. The layout is intelligently routed across a mature 164 acres where specimen pines, olive and carob trees flank many fairways. Seeded with Bermuda grass from tee to green, Puntiro will take some time to fully establish but, with the absence of housing, the course is set to become one of Mallorca’s best.
Each and every hole at Golf Park Puntiró is varied from the next and each reaches out to every conceivable compass point. Two huge lakes make for serious excitement at 7, 8, 15 and 16 where some cunning Nicklaus risk and reward elements tempt you into potential watery graves. Measuring 6,714 yards from the back tees against a par of 71 makes for a serious challenge, but the course rarely feels long but rest assured, accuracy is far more important than length. The rough is most definitely rough, with rocky outcrops, plenty of stones and native vegetation lurking to thwart recovery shots. Hit the relatively generous fairways on this very good new Mallorcan layout and you may card a decent score.
Having played 15 of the island’s 23 tracks overall and Puntiró four times over the last two years, I can comfortably say that this course is the course I most like to return to! Of course, Son Guál and Alcanada are better tracks, but Puntiró offers me the fun of firm and fast conditions more often than any other course on the island. I have now learnt that this is partly down to not overseeding their Bermuda grass in winter, but also watering more sparingly. This means fewer “bad hair days” than other Mallorcan courses, but also less of the lush green optics. I am actually quite grateful as this turns off quite a few tourists looking for soft green carpet, resort style. The course is often much less busy in the afternoon if you fancy a round at a faster pace.
Surprised how good Majorca is as a golf destination and Puntiro was one of the unexpected pleasures of our recent 2008 trip. Clearly it’s a new layout which needs time to settle down, but the aged trees give the course a more mature feel to the round. Especially liked the back nine (front 9 was pretty good too) with a great 10th with its green surrounded by pines. With investment this could become one of Spain’s most enjoyable tracks, especially as the holes ( already mentioned in the main article) are really varied and hold your attention and interest all the way round. Well worth playing and would recommend a twosome with the fabulous Son Gual.