Located in the countryside about 20 minutes outside Palma, Son Gual is a truly beautiful course. The dream of creating a unique golfing experience was the motivation for a wealthy German businessman. Engaging the renowned German course designer Thomas Himmel, his dream was realized.
Son Gual’s 1st tee, situated at the highest point of the course, affords spectacular views. Starting intervals are spaced out to ensure there won’t be any waiting on the tee. Water features come in to play on four of the first nine holes, so accuracy is important.
Most of the greens are cleverly angled to encourage good shot-making and are generous in size with beautifully maintained aprons. This allows the option of putting or chipping on to the green. After the 9th hole, a short break can be taken for perhaps a refreshing drink to recharge the batteries at the halfway house.
Son Gual’s back nine offers a similarly impressive layout, requiring intelligent shot selection and gives a variety of choices for tee shots and approaches. Par-5’s and shortish par-4’s give opportunities for mid handicap players to card good scores. However, more water hazards could easily be the undoing of the reckless. The final 3 holes are cleverly designed to challenge strong finishers. A stream will catch anything wayward, and the same stretch of water will do likewise for subsequent shots. As you approach the 18th green, undulations come in to play and hitting the green does not guarantee an easy end to the round.
Son Gual will challenge anyone and satisfy everyone, regularly ranking as one of Mallorca’s most popular courses, Son Gual should be on every golfers list of must play courses. The distances between the green and the next tee are never too far. Another feature not to be ignored are the massive bunkers, claimed to be some of the biggest anywhere.
Son Gual’s clubhouse is truly spectacular. Situated in an elevated position, the extensive terraces offer spectacular views over the course. A wonderful location to enjoy a cold beer after a wonderful round of golf. The restaurant must be one of the best golf club ones on the island, and has an extensive menu, with daily specials.
Do I Need a Buggy?
The course is gently undulating and can be walked. However, many will feel that having a buggy enhances the playing experience at this excellent course. Buggies are allowed on the fairways, weather permitting.