Spirit of Independence: Vall D’or Golf

Vall d’or Golf stands alone as the only golf course on Mallorca’s south eastern coast and is more than worth the drive from the capital Palma where most of the island’s courses are situated.

View of the stylish clubhouse at Vall D'or Golf

Close to the water sports hub of Portocolom, and near Cala D’or, Vall d’or enjoys a sublime setting in the tiny village of S’Horta.

It began life as a 9-hole course in 1985 and was redesigned by American architect Bradford Benz into a full 18 in 1993.

Benz appears to have succeeded in creating the classy standards more often associated with the cars that share his name, for Vall d’or is a short but wonderfully presented course.

A short par-three opens the course, and is followed by a difficult par-four that winds steeply into the hills.

These holes give no hint to the first time player of the breathtaking revelation that is the next hole.

The third hole here must rank among the ten best and most beautiful golf holes on the island.

A par-five with views into the bay of Portocolom from an elevated tee, the hole plays downhill through a valley and winds left to where the green is lofted into a hillside by intricate rock bouldering.

A good drive leaves you in range to reach in two but with a hanging lie that promotes a fade.

Ideally placed at the green’s front right corner is a tall willow tree, a magnet for the brave who take on the approach.

The next four holes are beautiful, short but tricky and on the tree lined front nine it pays to leave the driver in the bag.

The back nine holes, the original 9-hole course, are more open and here you can really play for a score.

The 16th is perhaps the intriguing spectacle of the half and needs a 40-yard fade from the tee.

The par-three 18th is a strong finish with a raised green and well mown run offs, in front of the stylish Vall D’or clubhouse from where you can see the whole of Calas de Majorca, the south eastern coast of the island.

Web: www.valldorgolf.com

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