Having had a late night in Palma the three of us we were in no hurry to get onto the East Course at Son Antem, having been startled by the sorry state of the West Course the day before. We went out at 10.45 and after 35 minutes had not completed the first two holes.The place is hugely popular with German couples who either play in singles or four-balls and their pace as is generally excruciating as their play. Irrespective of how many they have taken they will still be lining up a last putt even if they run the risk of turning their ankle in the hole.So we set off and cut in whenever there was an empty hole. The signage is very poor so players have little or no ideas where the next tee box is which further delays things. This could be a nice little holiday course with some attractive looking holes and nice views, provided no one minds spending a minimum of five hours playing it. By the time we cut across to 18 we had played six holes in over two hours, which is deplorable. And we met a German man on his wife who had just teed off thinking that they were playing the 11th.The kindest thing to say is, until the owner Marriott starts spending some money on tees, greens and fairways, puts some signs up, tells players to repair pitch marks, replace divots and rake bunkers, plus putting some sensible signage up simply go and play somewhere else.
Date: September 17, 2014