Son Vida Golf
Son Vida is the oldest golf course in Mallorca. The original 9 hole course was designed by F W Hawtree and opened to great fanfare in 1964, with the first tee shot taken by Prince Rainier of Monaco. Mallorca as a golf destination had arrived. In 2001 Kurt Rossknect, the acclaimed German architect, redesigned the course increasing its length and style.
With undulating fairways and generous greens, Son Vida is a firm favourite with all that play there. Being the first proper golf course in Mallorca, it’s history is part of the course’s attraction also. Pin positions on the greens are regularly changed to offer varied challenges, providing a test for golfers of all standards.
As the course winds it way through the Son Vida estate, luxury villas overlook the fairways creating an exclusive backdrop. Son Vida’s clever design works with the terrain, yet requires accuracy in some places to avoid going out of bounds. Greens are generally fast and maintained to the highest standards. At 5597m Son Vida is a par-72 course, which is relatively short by todays standards. However, the overall experience is a rewarding one, culminating with the final signature 18th hole, a long par 5 with a beautiful lake protecting the green. The temptation is to try and carry the water, rather than taking the safer option. Fortune favours the brave!
Please be aware that at peak times slow play can be an issue at Son Vida, but marshalls work hard to keep the pace of play moving.
Son Vida’s stunning new clubhouse is situated beside the 18th green. The ground floor houses the Caddymaster, changing rooms and offices. Upstairs on the first floor, is the reception and pro shop. The large bar and restaurant overlook the fairway and 18th green, with extensive outside terraces this is an ideal place to relax with a cold beer.
Do I Need a Buggy?
Son Vida is a relatively short undulating course that is walkable if fit. Buggies are allowed on the fairways, weather permitting.
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