Son Servera - Balearic Islands - Spain

Club de Golf de Son Servera,
Ur. Costa de los Pinos,
07559 Son Servera,
Mallorca,
Balearic Islands,
Spain


  • +34 971 840 096

  • Stefano Bartelloni

  • John Harris, Francisco López Segalés

  • Jose Luis Palacios

Club de Golf de Son Servera, founded in 1967, is the oldest club in the east of Mallorca. The history behind its course is probably also the most dramatic.

First, the course almost did not get built. What started as a development project where the golf course was supposed to be selling the real estate soon ran into trouble. The development company went bankrupt before the course was finished. A number of members, however, decided to put money into the club to get the nine holes finalised. As a result, Son Servera is the only course on the island to be controlled by a golf club, and by extension its members, rather than an external owner.

Second, the original nine holes, designed by Commander John Harris as a tree-lined course through the coastal pine forest fundamentally changed character when almost all trees were lost in a ferocious storm in November 2001. Again, the members put up money to rescue the course and the olive trees flanking many of the original holes, now played as no 1-2, 8-9, 10-11 and 16-18, were thus planted after the 2001 storm.

Finally, after the long-awaited expansion to 18 holes in 2012 with nine new holes designed by Francisco Lopez Segales, the club was again in financial trouble and the members had to step in a third time. The situation was resolved and the club is now on a very sound financial footing. The new holes offer two very different kinds of challenges. Holes 3-7, which the club calls “The Pine Trap”, are quite narrow, cut out of the original pine forest, have significant changes in elevation and are regarded by many as the most difficult. If holes 3-7 are typical woodland holes, holes 12-15 have a much more open, almost heathland flavour, while the original holes are parkland in style.

The club is also proud of its youth golf academy, whose first pro was Santiago Sota, cousin of Severiano Ballesteros. Its most successful graduate is Nuria Iturrioz, winner of tournaments on the Ladies European Tour. The most famous club member, however, is a certain Rafael Nadal, whose golf handicap is in the very low single figures.

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Description: Founded in 1967 with a 9-hole course designed by John Harris, Club de Golf de Son Servera is the second oldest golf club on Mallorca, predated only by Son Vida (1964). Set below a pine-clad mountain range, Francisco López Segalés expanded the layout to 18 holes in 2012. Rating: 4.7 out of 10 Reviews: 3
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Jim McCann

There’s a tangibly different vibe to Son Servera, largely due to it being the only members’ golf club on the island. You can sense it’s run for the golfers who frequent it most – local people – even though it’s still very welcoming to visiting golfers, most of whom are on holiday. The caddie master told me the club was originally founded by English expats but nowadays there’s an eclectic mix of members from all over Europe, united in their love for the game.

I expected a decent track as it was originally designed by John Harris in the late 1960s, making it one of the oldest in Mallorca. Factor in a course extension to eighteen holes that took place a decade ago (where five of the new holes – the 3rd to 7th – are now marketed as “The Pine Trap”) and you have a layout that now extends to just over 6,000 metres. With a slope rating of 144, this is a certainly a challenging course from the championship tees.

There’s something of a homespun feel in places – like low-slung electricity pylons crossing the fairway on the very narrow par five 5th – which adds a certain character and charm to the playing experience. Water comes into play on several occasions, most noticeably on the par three 3rd and par four 7th, which play on opposite sides of a substantial lake. Back-to-back par fives on holes 15 and 16 offer a chance of a late birdie before the course ends with (something of a Mallorcan tradition) a par three!

If I was staying in Palma, I don’t know if I’d recommend making a trip to just play here. However, if I was based in the northeast of the island, then this is a must play, alongside Canyamel, Capdepera and Pula. You never know, you might also catch a glimpse of Rafa Nadal striding the fairways here as I understand he’s a Son Servera member and he takes every opportunity to play whenever his tennis schedule allows.

Jim McCann

April 08, 2022
5 / 10
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Mark

I hadn’t intended on playing Son Servera but with advantage of buggies and relatively quiet courses I found myself with the time to spare and fortunately managed to get on by just turning up. I’m so glad I did as it was a little gem. As you head to the 2nd you come to the “Pine trap” a group of holes through the pine valley with views across all not the harbour. I’m was obviously a poplar course and definitely the slowest round I’ve played in Mallorca so far but it gave me time to absorb the surroundings. Course condition was a little poor in areas and tee boxes could definitely do with attention. If you are in the area and have the time I would suggest checking it out.

July 27, 2021
4 / 10
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Gustav

Many golfers visiting Palma never come to play the four courses in the east. If it is your first time and you only have room for 2-3 courses on the golfing part of your itinerary I can understand that the only longer trip in the car you might consider would go to Alcanada. If you have read this far, however, I presume you intend to cast your net wider.

In that case, Son Servera will offer you the perhaps widest variety of golf in one round of 18 holes of any course on the island. I am quite certain you will not like it all, but am equally certain that you will remember a few, particularly holes 3 to 7.

Holes 3-7 are not all my personal favourites as 5 and 6 offer too few approach shot options and the tee-shots on 4 and 7 are far too difficult for higher handicappers, so I will not bring my impulsive teenagers to play with me here any time soon.

The old holes closest to the clubhouse (also) have great greens, but their fairways have offered indifferent lies on both occasions I have played, while all the new fairways have been great. Maybe a coincidence, who knows?

On the other hand, I do love the other new holes (nos 12 to 15, at the top of the aerial photo on the course page). Their layout is interesting, conditioning often great, views good and the options to play them are many.

Once you have played the top five courses on the island (Alcanada, Son Gual, Puntiró, Son Muntaner and Poniente) this place should be high on your list. Perhaps take the sting out of being gone for the whole day by letting the non-golfers in your group drop you off and then take the car on to the fantastic caves or one of the great beaches nearby?

January 29, 2020
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