This is a confusing place. Staying at the huge Son Antem hotel it is hard to credit that a resort hotel does not own the resort golf club on its doorstep. But that is the case here, 15 minutes or so from Palma airport. Iberostar own the hotel and Marriott the golf course which comprises 36holes and almost every one of them in need of a major overhaul because it does not look as though a cent has been spent on a tee box, fairway and green for many years. The opening nine holes on the West Course are some of the dullest you will find anywhere, but it not so much the lack of drama that disappoints so much as to the condition of them. Greens have large bare patches as do fairways, along with some areas that are so wet your buggy can get stuck where ancient watering systems have flooded low lying spots alongside tee boxes or turned bunkers into sodden beds of sand. The back nine improves considerably as we turn to play towards the distant mountains and there is greater thought with the design with intelligent use of water hazards. But the condition is desperately sub standard and a charge of over €100 to play is an outrageous price given the proximity of other excellent courses on the south of the island. Marriott should he ashamed of itself for allowing not one but two courses to spiral into such decline as the East Course is every bit as neglected. At the time of writing Iberostar has no plans to buy it but it should do, otherwise golfers visiting the island will simply go elsewhere.
Date: September 15, 2014