In an unspoilt northern coastal tip near the Mallorcan town of Capdepera, Pepe Gancedo created a golf course in perfect harmony with nature.
“My first priority in designing Canyamel was to spoil Mallorca as little as possible,” said the renowned Spanish course designer.
At Canyamel Golf, Gancedo has succeeded in his goal and has created a 6’000-metre par 73 course that blends perfectly with its natural surroundings.
Created in a valley floor, Gancedo moved very little earth simply crafting tees, greens and bunkers and maintaining the olive trees, drystone walls, fig and palm trees that formerly constituted agricultural Mallorca.
The outward nine winds up into hilly countryside and reaches a glorious pinnacle at its 450-metre 4th hole.
A splendid sea view unveils itself before you, with the raised green giving the visual illusion that it teeters on the clifftops.
In reality, the golf course stretches on beyond it. On a clear day, from this vantage point or the tee of the short fifth you can see Menorca, another of the Balearic Isles.
The par-three 8th sees the introduction of water to the course, and it’s a formidable short hole which preceeds the club’s iconic feature at the 380-metre 9th.
Gancedo preserved many of the land’s original features, and none more stunning in the design of this course than the ancient stone house which remains in the centre of the ninth fairway.
An unusual twist on property near a golf course, but a wonderful compliment to the course, as are the original drystone walls which feature on the flatter back nine holes at the 13th, 14th and 15th holes.
The 18th is a delightful par-three to finish, and remember this advice, throw it long to the back of the green, from where it will roll down a slope close to any pin in the middle or front of the green.