The Santa Ponsa estate consists of three courses and a hotel. The courses are bordered by the numerous luxury villas of the estate. A newly restyled and renovated country club, is a great location to relax after your round. Of the 3 courses only Golf Santa Ponsa 1 is open to the general public. Santa Ponsa II and III are private courses reserved for members and property owners on the estate.
Opened in 1977, the 18-hole (par-72) Santa Ponsa 1 golf course measures 6,542 metres long from championship tees.
Eleven lakes, forty-six bunkers and one of the longest par-5’s in Europe (590 metres), help to give Santa Ponsa 1 it’s championship status. Designed by the late Italian, Folco Nardi, it has a great pedigree, and was only the second course on the island to open, albeit 13 years after Son Vida. Santa Ponsa 1 has hosted numerous championship tournaments over the years and recently hosted the DP European Tour.
The course has an open aspect which is uncomplicated. Fairways are amongst the most generous in Mallorca, making it an ideal place to bring out the ‘heavy artillery’! Even a slightly wayward drive, can allow a good chance of recovery. With a superb shape to the course, several doglegs and clever placement of water, particularly at the dramatic par-4 16th, Santa Ponsa 1 offers challenges to golfers of all standards. Good game management is required to card a respectable score.
The par-4, 18th hole is a fine finish to a very enjoyable round of golf. This was the scene of an epic play-off between Seve Ballesteros and Jesper Parnevik for the 1992 Balearic Open. As history records, they played the hole 6 times before Seve eventually triumphed.
Beside the reception and Caddymaster’s office is a 250 metre long driving range with plenty of space, a chipping area and two putting greens.
Do I Need a Buggy?
Golf Santa Ponsa 1 is a flat, but long course, which is easily walked. Buggies are allowed on the fairways, weather permitting.