Vall d’Or Golf Club is located towards the east coast of Mallorca, close to the popular resort of Cala d’Or. About 1 hour’s drive from Palma and with no other courses close by, Vall d’Or is most suited to those looking to play a lesser known course. It is well worth the effort, as the course offers a most enjoyable round of golf.
Opened in 1986 as a 9 hole course, Vall d’Or was redesigned and extended in 1993 by American architect Bradford Benz bringing it up to a full 18 hole course. Relatively short at 5538 m Vall d’Or is a par 71, wonderfully presented course with stunning views to the Mediterranean from some parts of the course. The front 9 holes wind amongst pine trees, with undulating fairways. Opening with a short par-3, followed by a challenging par 4 that climbs into the hills, then leading to Vall d’Or’s signature hole. The 3rd hole is a par 5 with the most incredible views from it’s elevated tee, looking out over the distant bay of Porto Colom.
Whilst the front 9 holes are tight in places, the back 9 are more forgiving, open fairways and plenty of space for approach shots allow an opportunity to steal a birdie or two. Vall d’Or has three lakes and a good number of bunkers to keep the player mindful of positioning shots.
Finishing with a par 3, the 18th hole is not straightforward. The raised green will punish an inaccurate approach, as the run off areas are cleverly sloped. Right beside the final hole is the charming Vall d’Or Clubhouse, designed to give the feel of a traditional Mallorcan finca. From the terraces you can watch others finishing their round, or look out over the sea in the distance.
Unless staying in one of the east coast resorts, Vall d’Or is quite a drive from Palma and the south west tourist area of the island. Given it’s rural setting, magnificent views and varied golf holes, it is well worth a visit.
Do I Need a Buggy?
Vall d’Or is a hilly course, so a buggy is recommended for all but the very fit. Buggies are allowed on the fairways, weather permitting.