Arabella Golf: the aristocrats of Mallorcan golf

Nestled between the hills of Son Vida and the island capital Palma is Mallorca’s first golf course, Son Vida Golf – the flagship and patriarch of a trio of courses at the Arabella Golf Resort and Spa and Sheraton Hotel.

Son Vida golf, Son Muntaner Golf and Son Quint golf combine to make the Arabella resort one of the premier places to play golf on the sun kissed isle of Mallorca.

Arabella Golf Resort and Spa - Palma, Mallorca

The Son Vida course is the island’s first and most celebrated course, designed by Fred Hawtree in 1964 and renovated in 2001 by Kurt Rossknecht.

It’s famed for its broad fairways and breathtaking views over the Bay of Palma.

It’s short by modern standards at 5,601 metres, but is known for its sweeping doglegs, and a dramatic par-five 18th where a second shot over water appeals to the gambler in everyone.

Son Muntaner golf was added in May 2000, and Kurt Rossknecht returned to work on a tougher, longer companion for Son Vida.

Muntaner is a player’s course, and from the first hole you’re confronted by difficult approach shots over water to bunkered greens.

A slithering lake runs the length of the second and third holes, which run parallel, and plays on your mind on every shot at these holes.

There’s a 1,000-year-old olive tree at Son Muntaner, “Sa Capitana”-  the oldest known olive tree on Mallorca – near the 15th tee, so do try to avoid belting it with a Titleist.

The joy of playing here lies in having to shape the ball off the tee to get the ideal second shot, and in the size of the greens which offer varied pin positions that make the course play differently from one day to the next.

Son Quint has been designed by Garden and Golf and falls between the two existing courses in length (6,200ms) and difficulty.

It is a gentler test than Muntaner, with views over the Bay of Palma and a new hybrid 419 Bermuda grass that is resistant to the hot summers.

Visit the Arabella Golf Resort website here

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