Balearic Islands

Map of Balearic Islands

Covering an area of around 2,000 square miles (5,000 sq km), the Balearic Islands lie to the east of mainland Spain in the Mediterranean Sea. This small archipelago consists of four main islands – Mallorca, Menorca (or Minorca), Ibiza and Formentera. Spanish and Catalan are the co-official languages, but English and German are also spoken by most employed in the tourist industry, where golf has been an important factor in broadening the region’s appeal beyond the famous sun-kissed beaches.

The Real Federación Española de Golf is split into nineteen geographical areas and one of these, Federación Balear de Golf, acts as the golfing authority for the amateur game in the Balearic Isles.

Golf de Ibiza and Golf Son Parc are still the only courses on Ibiza and Menorca respectively, but Mallorca has developed into a major golfing destination over the last thirty years. Today the island has 23 golf courses, 20 of which are open to visitors. Geography and modern roads make sure that they are all no more than an hour’s drive away from virtually any point on the island. For those who prefer not to drive, there are resorts like Son Antem near Llucmayor to the southeast of Palma’s airport, Pula in the east and the hotels at Son Vida, Son Muntaner and Son Quint on the outskirts of the regional capital Palma. All of these courses are also open to outside visitors.

The two top courses in the region are relative newcomers, having opened after 2000. Son Gual was designed by German amateur champion Thomas Himmel and financed by double glazing entrepreneur Adam Pamer while Alcanada was fashioned by Robert Trent Jones Jr. and bankrolled by the Porsche family. These two courses also represent the region in our Continental European Top 100.

Mallorca's peak period is spring (April-May) and autumn (October-November), when many golfers come to extend their golfing season and when temperatures tend to be pleasantly warm. Golf courses receive little traffic during the main tourist season (July-August) because of the heat, while the winter months mean lower temperatures and sharing the courses mainly with local golfers.

Should you decide to visit Mallorca in the autumn, do keep in mind that the main challenge for the island's greenkeepers is recovering the turf after the hot and dry summer. The Rain in Spain falls mainly at the wrong time explains some of the challenges.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Balearic Islands

Son Gual

1st Balearic Islands - Best in Area

Thomas Himmel's design is captivating and with bent grass from tee to green the whole Son Gual experience is polished to absolute perfection.

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Alcanada

2nd Balearic Islands - Best in Area

Set on the bay of Alcudia with stunning views across to the lighthouse on Alcanada Island from which the course takes name, this is a true Robert Trent Jones Jnr gem.

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Puntiro

3rd Balearic Islands - Best in Area

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.

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Son Muntaner

4th Balearic Islands - Best in Area

Son Muntaner is one of three 18-hole layouts at the Arabella Golf and Spa Resort in Palma, Mallorca.

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Son Vida

5th Balearic Islands - Best in Area

Majorca or Mallorca is the largest of the Spanish Balearic Islands and Son Vida is the oldest golf course on the island.

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Son Quint

6th Balearic Islands - Best in Area

Son Quint is the newest of the three 18-hole golf courses at the Arabella Golf and Spa Resort in Palma, Mallorca, and it made its debut in 2007.

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Maioris

7th Balearic Islands - Best in Area

Golf Maioris is set out on a gently undulating landscape, the course measures just over 6,350 metres from the back tees, with fairways routed through stands of pine, olive and carob trees.

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Pula

8th Balearic Islands - Best in Area

A decade after it opened in 1995, Pula was extensively remodeled to transform the golf course from a resort-style layout to a championship course capable of holding European Tour events.

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Son Antem (West)

9th Balearic Islands - Best in Area

Designed by Francisco Lopez Segales, the West course at Son Antem is a good deal tighter than the East, with trees lining many of the fairways.

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Andratx

10th Balearic Islands - Best in Area

Andratx is spectacular, challenging and a complete golfing one-off with blind shots galore, unfeasibly elevated teeing positions and dramatically doglegged fairways.

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