Close to the Bay of Camp de Mar, Golf de Andratx lies in Mallorca’s South West, on one of the island’s most exclusive stretches of coastline.
The Andratx golfer needs to have a little spare money, as there is plenty of opportunity to lose balls here at one of the island’s most challenging golf courses.
The 6,661-yard championship layout was shaped in 1999 by Scottish architect David Kidd, and boasts the longest hole in Europe, the “Green Monster,” Andratx’s 666-yard par-five sixth.
The opening hole sets the tone for the Andratx golf experience. A clever par-four with tee tucked back and fairway running close to a stone wall and out-of-bounds right, you need confidence in your driver to succeed.
The green sits behind a dry stone wall typical of several Mallorcan courses, and particularly of Andratx.
The second hole is a fine short hole, if not a little difficult so early in the round, yet it’s the par-three fourth hole that will thrill you and leave a lasting memory.
Named after one of the world’s finest courses, “Pine Valley,” plays 161-metres downhill, from a chute framed by pine firs across a lake to a small green.
It’s simply breathtaking.
The strong par-four 8th has uplifting views of the Bay of Camp de Mar, and the 15th is another dramatic downhill par-three, but squeezed too tightly to newly built villa’s for a golfer’s liking.
The 18th hole, returning beneath the clubhouse terrace and near the exclusive Dorint Hotel, is another postcard hole. A par-five dogleg played over water, it’s a strong finisher to a great course.
Andratx requires players to use a buggy before 3pm, but even afterwards I would advise taking one.
There are 8,745 yards of cartpath at this 6,661-yard layout, which tells you there’s still a lot of ground to cover between tee and green.